You need to be gifted. Moe Norman was maybe the best straight ball hitter ever. They called him pipeline Moe because he hit straight down a pipe. Some considered he had autism - like the kid that never played a piano sits down and plays like a pro. Anyway the great Ben Hogan was never impressed by others but was impressed by Moe. Hogan considered straight shots to be accidents. After watching Moe hit every single shot dead straight on the range he said before he left, "keep hitting those accidents kid" (as I remember - not exact)
The point is that golf is a game of misses. Try very hard to learn how to hit straight shots but better to learn how to deliberately hit curving shots. They are actually probably easier because your miss is only off to one side of square rather than either side. Either straight or curved we still have to learn to play within the parameters of our miss range. For example from 150yds and more it is wise to aim for the middle of the green allowing for misses. 100-150yds aim between the middle and the pin. From 100yds or less aim for the pin. Unless you are Moe Norman that is. He once wanted to bet a guy that he would hit the 250yd sign with his driver before the other fellow sunk an 8 foot putt. The other guy declined as the odds were in Moe’s favor.
I was incorporating what I just said in my putting today. I was deliberately finishing/ follow through my putts by deliberately fanning the blade after the ball contact. The thinking being that I am only dealing with missing square blade off to one side(uphill side) rather than the possibility of missing square off to either side.
But to answer your question:
" In Summary,
To hit the ball straight
with no slicing or hooking, the clubhead path should be slightly open
at First Contact (about a third of a degree, typically) and approximately the same amount closed
The clubface should also be slightly open
at First Contact (about one- to two-thirds of a degree, typically, depending on the Hinging) and approximately the same amount closed
at Separation. Any deviations will cause the ball to start and/or drift somewhat off-line."
By Dr Aaron Zick (Physicist)
Dr. Aaron Zick, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, Physicist and President of Zick Technologies, and a golf swing physics expert who really understands the science behind how things work in the golf swing.
Edited by Jon Robert, 03 December 2012 - 04:22 PM.