A quick question from a novice fly fisherman from australia.

Is a shorter rod,ie an 8 footer less forgiving of casting errors than a 9 foot in the hands of a novice? If so why?

Same question asked in aus forum and answer was mostly no, but i have read articles(not sure where now) which state otherwise.

Interested in a 9 foot rod anyway. Any help will gtreatly be appreciated.