I think for amateur players like us, we would benefit from mostly controlled play in close to mid distance from the table. I’m not sure what you mean by defensive style, but my understanding is that’s mostly block/lob/chop at mid to long distance, and counter attack/loop only when a chance presents itself. If this is the defensive style you meant, I don’t think it would be a good choice since backing away from the table cause more problems than it solves. Controlled play to me is the player would use placement and subtle spin difference to try to force an opportunity so they can open up, and/or force the opponent to make a mistake. And this is how I usually play.

Btw, you’re up so early…