It really depends on the situation yeah? For example, I rarely use a driver or 3w on #10 at my course when the pin is tucked left behind the bunker. It's a much easier shot when I hit 8i off the tee and have a full 50 degree uphill into that green then trying to get cute with a 30 yard pitch uphill over a bunker.Barring hazards or some specific reason (bad lie, etc), always try to be as close to the green as possible. “Laying up to a comfortable number” is a myth reinforced by your own selective memory bias and you’ll always be better off the closer to the green. There’s basically no chance you’re better from 100 yards than 50 yards over the long term.
Practice your 50 yard wedge shots. Hit it 50 yards 20 balls each with a 9 iron up through lob wedge, focus on making clean contact and dial back the power from there.
I can name 4-5 shots like that on my course that, for me, are much easier as full shots then touch pitch shots over trouble.