Hitting hard and through the ball had been my plan A for too long. It is just not needed against a lot of players like you are saying.
Topspin looping is great against lower level guys who you know you should beat, but if you go out there and hold down the power button you usually lose. In that case, heavy spin pushing them back can be devastating.
Learned a lot playing my friend who can crush the ball for winners but will loop the heck out of the ball and just move it around deep in the court. If you can hit those balls deep, they are very hard to attack. I can return them deep and set up winners now but it is a very patient style of play. Heavy loops allow you to recover and prep on time, and that is something that is not valued enough in rec tennis.