I dont think avoiding the problem is the answer. I am working on a new system. Less that 340 yards Ill go 3 iron off the tee. 340-360 Hybrid 360-380 is 3 wood. Anything more than that I am hitting driver. This is my hopes to avoid as much damage as possible and always be in scoring position on my second shot from 100-120. Things can change if there is trouble or what not. But make the driver hittable. Doesnt have to be a good shot but just get to where if you REALLY concentrate on your 4 driver hits per round. It will make the game alot easier hitting wedges into the green instead of 5 irons into greens. Also work on a good punch shot. I used it all the time for when I do end up in the trees. I hove no better club in my bag than a 3 iron that I can fade or draw and keep lower then 10 feet but still going 170 yards with fairway roll.
These type of systems are fundamentally flawed. If the hole is 340 with tons of space in your landing zone, you should be pulling driver. If it is 400 but there are bunkers and OOBs where you miss, you should be using a club that avoids it. The distance of the hole doesn't matter as much as the risk of a bad shot and the reward for a good one.
See bold. It is a rule of thumb not a law set in stone. For the most part though if my wedges are on point (havent been latelty) I am more like to hit my 100 yard club more accurately thatn an awkard 70 yard chip shot. I cant tell you how many times I have tried to only take 10 20 yards off that 100 yard shot and either completely fatted it or came up short or hit it with too much. I am more confident with a full swing than a half swing but that is just me. Obviously from 70 yards I can be a little more accurate left to right but depth can be off. I would say maybe there is a point around 310 320 where I may be hitting driver again just because around 50 yards and in it gets easier. But this has been my system I have been working on to avoid crappy misses. It makes it frustrating when the hole is supposed to be pretty easy but you make it harder for yourself by hitting driver and ending up in the tress and causing more damage.