Pilotpip - I see your point of view...
I am a product of the USAF
training - Air Force does not believe in thrust reversers.
For a long time, I learned (KC-135) to use aerodynamic braking...
Every landing, was nose high, then hold the controls nose high, very high.
When I did that in the airlines, "they" frowned... - "You gonna hit the tail...!"
I never hit a tail, even in the long body DC8-63/73...
I still do that a lot in the 747...
In a lightplane, call it C-172, I think it will not hurt much to drag the tail.
But it is not YOUR airplane, so wear the brakes of the guys who rent the plane to you.
One thing in lightplanes, you land on runways probably much longer than required.
You can stop on 1000-2000 ft of concrete, but you got 5000+ ft for you.
With the airliners, you do not have that luxury of much excess runway.
Fly safely, is all I can say to you.