If you asked me to name the most overlooked and undervalued aspect that a golfer who’s looking to improve requires, I would definitely say it was impact point, meaning where on the face the golf ball is struck.
The exact same swing with differing points of club and ball contact on the face can lead to wildly different distance, start direction, height, amount of spin and curvature.
Having a slightly misguided awareness of where the middle of the face is can lead to many shapes of shots and all kinds of different ball flights from similar looking swings.
All that may have happened is that the collision between a small bit of metal moving at speeds of up to 100 mph and a stationary white ball may have been off by as much as ½ inch.
Instead of always trying to monitor every single aspect of your swing, a great way to improve your golf is to get more awareness of what you are currently doing.
Putting some dry-erase marker on a golf ball or imprinting it into an ink-pad before hitting shots, will help you to see where contact point is.
From here you can note your tendencies and then start to improve.
I challenge you to make some swings and try to guess where on the face the contact has been made and then test yourself.
This awareness can only help and is the same awareness that all top players have developed by hitting many shots in their career.
You can get this, too, by just paying more attention to what you currently do.