I can see the controlled pitch, but does that really matter if you are hitting 3 off the tee because of an arrant tee shot scrambling for an bogey?
I would have to go with md7716 and say some sort of fade or draw off the tee that you know will make the fairway or close to it. For me (the tee), that is one of the most important shots in golf. It sets your mood for the hole and can really do help you or do some major damage.
I agree with your thoughts on the driver, but when you rip a drive down the middle to a 360 or 370 yard par 4 and only have 50 yards to the pin, nothing will deflate your game more than leaving yourself a 30 foot putt or worse yet, missing the green altogether.
Even if you limit your misses to one side of the fairway, there will till be times that you will have to punch out and you leave yourself the awkward in between half wedge shot to save par.
I will let Mr. Hogan reply to that one...
"...when you begin with an excellent tee shot, your mental attitude would carry forward on all successive shots."
Someone contended that a two foot putt counted just as much as a tee shot... Mr. Hogan replied, "If you are trying to make a two foot putt for a seven, due to an errant tee shot, who in the hell cares? After all, a missed two foot putt will generally only cost you one shot, whereas a missed tee shot can easily cost you two or more shots."
Albeit, I agree the wedge game is the most important aspect of golf (100 yards and in) I just think that everyone should be able to hit a tee shot that eliminates any OB or hazards and will almost certainly put you in the fairway.