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I have laid up (on purpose...), exactly once.I regretted it, and have never done it since. I go for it even when I am playing from the very back tee which makes reaching the green with the tee shot impossible.
Bogey, I do not disagree with anything you said.The only counter-point is that RTJ2/Blasi, actively avoided blind tee shots. Most likely based on advice from USGA (which is probably based on pros' abhorrence of blind tee shots).