I'm in complete agreement with the OP.
I'm a little better than a 5 (CDGA) on a course with a rating of 71.3 and slope of 128. I NEVER work the ball. I believe that's for competitive players well into the plus category.
The mechanics of the swing dictate that someone who needs to hit it 55 times before they putt is someone who should do very little to change the swing, shot to shot. They should just try to hit the best shot they can with their natural trajectory, shape, and positions. The odds are in your favor if you do that. It's already hard enough for a bogey golfer to hit the ball they way they want to, without changing things or cluttering the mind with changes.
Now, i do alter trajectory off the tee into the wind, but that's just a matter of lowering the tee. I just try to hit the ball with my normal tiny draw (15 feet at 250 yards) and low trajectory. Trying to do anything different, shot to shot, just seems like asking for trouble.
Now to those who were talking about trouble shots, i get that. Since i'm a percentages player, if i'm behind a tree i'd probably just hit a little punch and make sure i did no worse than bogey, rather than try to hit a hero shot. But, that's a style choice, not a technique thing. I prefer to keep my score under control by making sure i make my 14 pars and 4 bogeys, and not try to be more aggressive than my skills permit.