You don't have to hit the Ding to be it a good shot. Slightly left or right is ok. Then a bit more than slightly is good too if you want it
the higher your tier the more you get punished for slight miss hits. That's bothered me for quite some time as it makes the game artificially harder.
If I slightly miss hit a ball as a master, it went basically straight. I miss hit a ball slightly as a Tour Legend, it goes 3-5 yards off line. honestly, I think a slight miss hit should be punished the same regardless of the tier.
But I tend to think I'm alone in that fight.