Perhaps I should have been more specific. There is a very small area on the neck that I can never seem to get smooth.
The rest of my face is fine. When I do go for it (trying to get that neck portion smooth), I'll often nick myself from too many passes.
I've seen some pretty risky techniques, such as The J-Hook and blade buffing. I could just be agonizing over it, but it does cause frustration.
The J-hook isn't difficult but you don't have t even go that far. You can just add a tiny lateral motion to your stroke and it improves things greatly.
For the neck, take some time to figure out which way the whiskers lay on which part of your neck - usually the neck is the most chaotic place for this. Once you establish that, it's easier to attack it correctly. In my experience nicks happen going ATG on neck and chin. You can then also stretch the skin one way or the other to make the hair stand up better. I used to get much smoother/closer shaves with a straight and I think stretching the skin had much to do with it. It's easy to be lazy with DEs.