I always try to use my basic swing. Doing a lot of fancy things with setup and other alterations, unless you've really practiced it and have it ingrained, is going to lead to a lot of funky results. I only try to flop a shot if my regular pitch is too risky because a flop shot comes with some inherent risk, particularly for newbies.
Aim for the middle of the green. And practice, practice, practice before bringing new shots to the course.