Oh, this again. Goody. :P I've merged this into what seems like an appropriate existing thread.
Nick's body learned to over-ride what his mind told him he was trying to do. If he truly had the clubface pointed at the tree at impact, he'd hit the tree.
I have always been able to hit a fade fairly well without even thinking about it. I wanted to try and follow the "new" rules to the letter. I was set up about 20 yards away. I set up with open stance, open club face, swinging along the stance line. I happened to have a seven iron. Now unless I had interpreted the rules incorrectly, the ball should have curved back towards "0", but instead it looked like a dead pull.
First, I don't like the words "open" for everything here. How open? If I set up 20 yards left but point the face 50 yards right, the ball will not finish at the target. It'll start almost 50 yards right and slice from there. It also won't go very far. :)
To fade a ball around a tree: point the clubface just left of the edge of the tree, and swing farther to the left than that. This must be done AT IMPACT. What you do in your setup can help but in no way actually determines what you'll do at impact. I could take a grip, and twist the club so it's pointing at my left ankle at setup - doesn't mean I'm going to return it pointing there.
Your clubface and path matched enough that you hit a ball straight left. You swung left with a face pointing in roughly the same direction.
You didn't interpret the "rules" incorrectly - you simply didn't pull off what you were trying to pull off.
That doesn't make sense. A lower lofted club will curve more. It's difficult to curve a pitching wedge. Watch this (if you're bored).
There's no need to "believe." They are correct.
Feel ain't real. Probably the three words I've typed the most in sequence that aren't the common phrases like "I think that" or whatever.