Along par-3 always presents a challenge for every golfer but if you're armed with the right game plan and technique, it can become a scoring opportunity. 

And to help us improve our approach, Titleist Staff Professional Mark Blackburn is back to discuss the importance of choosing a conservative target and making an aggressive swing.

Mark's advice is to focus on hitting a high, soft shot in order to maximize control. To do this, he explains how a long, shallow swing will help launch the ball higher and create a steeper angle of decent.

Watch the video above to learn how to add this shot to your game and click on the image below to check out the entire 18 Shots series of tips.

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Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan capped off a week of solid play at Ridgewood Country Club by firing a final round 65 to claim a two shot victory at The Barclays. Hunter carded seven birdies and only one bogey during his final round as he jumped up the leaderboard to top off a four-round total of 14-under-par 270.

The win vaults Mahan to the top of the FedEx Cup Playoffs points list heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Hunter's play this week was highlighted by a number of clutch putts but before reaching for his putter, he relied on controlling his golf ball off the tee and into the greens to set up his scoring opportunities. Helping him along the way to hitting a field-leading 80.6% of his greens in regulation this week has been Hunter's laser-focused approach to his preparation.

"I don't want to waste a shot anywhere, on the range, on the putting green, on a chipping green, on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday," said Mahan during his post-round press conference.

"It's not about putting the time in. It's about putting the right time and putting the real focus on to every shot, because I think that's what great players do. They don't waste a second of practice time when they are out on the golf course."

Great advice for all golfers. And for Hunter, the hard work certainly paid off this week.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:

Jamie Donaldson (Pro V1x) closed with a 4-under-par 68 to overcome a two shot deficit and post a 14-under-par victory total to claim the D+D Real Czech Masters. The victory was the third of his career and also helped secure him a position on the European Ryder Cup team.

Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist So Yeon Ryu fired a course record 63 in the first round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and she never looked back. Ryu continued her stellar play throughout the week and went on to capture a wire-to-wire victory, finishing the tournament at 23-under-par. 

At the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Web.com tour, Pro V1x loyalist Carlos Ortiz posted opening rounds of 66 and 63, propelling him to a 14-under 270 victory total. With the regular season now over on the Web.com Tour, Titleist golf ball loyalists won 13 events on the 2014 Web.com Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 3.

Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour after sinking a birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Dunlap set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th hole with an outstanding approach to the right of the pin that bounced past the hole, and then drew back downhill to within four feet. He made an easy two-putt for his first Champions Tour victory.

David Bradshaw (Pro V1x) birdied the final hole at The Great Waterway Classic to claim his first career win on PGA TOUR Canada. Bradshaw fired a final round 5-under 67 to post a 21-under victory total. The victory helped move Bradshaw to ninth place on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit with three events to go in the 2014 season. 

On the KPGA Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Sang Hyun Park closed with a 4-under-par 67 to win the Vainer Championship by one shot over Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Maeng Dong Seop. Park fired a four round total of 15-under-par 269.

TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

With another seven wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 117. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 16,678 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,682 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING August 24, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour The Barclays 70 15
European Tour D+D Real Czech Masters 112 21
LPGA Tour Canadian Pacific Women's Open 113 15
Web.com Tour WinCo Foods Portland Open 106 18
Champions Tour Boeing Classic 57 8
Canadian Tour The Great Waterway Classic 96 24
Korean PGA Tour Vainer / Pineridge Championship 70 15

Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan capped off a week of solid play at Ridgewood Country Club by firing a final round 65 to claim a two shot victory at The Barclays. Hunter carded seven birdies and only one bogey during his final round as he jumped up the leaderboard to top off a four-round total of 14-under-par 270.

The win vaults Mahan to the top of the FedEx Cup Playoffs points list heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Hunter's play this week was highlighted by a number of clutch putts but before reaching for his putter, he relied on controlling his golf ball off the tee and into the greens to set up his scoring opportunities. Helping him along the way to hitting a field-leading 80.6% of his greens in regulation this week has been Hunter's laser-focused approach to his preparation.

"I don't want to waste a shot anywhere, on the range, on the putting green, on a chipping green, on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday," said Mahan during his post-round press conference.

"It's not about putting the time in. It's about putting the right time and putting the real focus on to every shot, because I think that's what great players do. They don't waste a second of practice time when they are out on the golf course."

Great advice for all golfers. And for Hunter, the hard work certainly paid off this week.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLDWIDE PROFESSIONAL TOURS:

Jamie Donaldson (Pro V1x) closed with a 4-under-par 68 to overcome a two shot deficit and post a 14-under-par victory total to claim the D+D Real Czech Masters. The victory was the third of his career and also helped secure him a position on the European Ryder Cup team.

Titleist Pro V1 golf ball loyalist So Yeon Ryu fired a course record 63 in the first round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and she never looked back. Ryu continued her stellar play throughout the week and went on to capture a wire-to-wire victory, finishing the tournament at 23-under-par. 

At the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Web.com tour, Pro V1x loyalist Carlos Ortiz posted opening rounds of 66 and 63, propelling him to a 14-under 270 victory total. With the regular season now over on the Web.com Tour, Titleist golf ball loyalists won 13 events on the 2014 Web.com Tour, more than four times the nearest competitor with 3.

Pro V1 golf ball loyalist Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour after sinking a birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Dunlap set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th hole with an outstanding approach to the right of the pin that bounced past the hole, and then drew back downhill to within four feet. He made an easy two-putt for his first Champions Tour victory.

David Bradshaw (Pro V1x) birdied the final hole at The Great Waterway Classic to claim his first career win on PGA TOUR Canada. Bradshaw fired a final round 5-under 67 to post a 21-under victory total. The victory helped move Bradshaw to ninth place on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit with three events to go in the 2014 season. 

On the KPGA Tour, Titleist Brand Ambassador Sang Hyun Park closed with a 4-under-par 67 to win the Vainer Championship by one shot over Titleist Pro V1x loyalist Maeng Dong Seop. Park fired a four round total of 15-under-par 269.

TEAM TITLEIST BY THE NUMBERS

With another seven wins this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 117. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 16,678 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,682 and more than all competitors combined.

THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING August 24, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour The Barclays 70 15
European Tour D+D Real Czech Masters 112 21
LPGA Tour Canadian Pacific Women's Open 113 15
Web.com Tour WinCo Foods Portland Open 106 18
Champions Tour Boeing Classic 57 8
Canadian Tour The Great Waterway Classic 96 24
Korean PGA Tour Vainer / Pineridge Championship 70 15

The #1 Ball in Golf - 2014 Wins

 

Titleist is the #1 ball for more players and more champions across the worldwide professional tours. To date, Titleist golf ball players have recorded 117 victories around the world in 2014, compared to 27 for the nearest competitor. Since its introduction in 2000, the Pro V1 golf ball franchise has been the golf ball of choice for more than 2,000 champions worldwide.

Below is a listing of tournaments won by Titleist golf ball players on the major worldwide professional tours in 2014.

TOUR (wins)
TOURNAMENT PLAYER BALL MODEL
 

 

PGA TOUR (23) Frys.com Open Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Webb Simpson Pro V1x
  CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Winner Pro V1x
  The McGladrey Classic Winner Pro V1x
  OHL Classic at Mayakoba Winner Pro V1x
  Hyundai Tournament of Champions Zach Johnson Pro V1x
  Sony Open in Hawaii Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Farmers Insurance Open Scott Stallings Pro V1x
  AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Jimmy Walker Pro V1
  Northern Trust Open Bubba Watson Pro V1x
  Puerto Rico Open Chesson Hadley Pro V1x
  Valspar Championship John Senden Pro V1
  Valero Texas Open Steven Bowditch Pro V1x
  Shell Houston Open Matt Jones Pro V1x
  THE MASTERS Bubba Watson Pro V1x
  HP Byron Nelson Championship Brendon Todd Pro V1x
  Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Adam Scott Pro V1
  FedEx St. Jude Classic Ben Crane Pro V1x
  Travelers Championship Kevin Streelman Pro V1x
  Greenbrier Classic Angel Cabrera Pro V1x
  RBC Canadian Open Tim Clark Pro V1
  Barracuda Open Geoff Ogilvy Pro V1x
  The Barclays Hunter Mahan Pro V1x
       

EUROPEAN (16) South African Open Championship Morten Orum Madsen Pro V1x
  Volvo Golf Champions Louis Oosthuizen Pro V1x
  Omega Dubai Desert Classic Winner Pro V1x
  Joburg Open George Coetzee Pro V1x
  Africa Open Thomas Aiken Pro V1x
  Solaire Open Alejandro Cañizares Pro V1x
  NH Collection Open Marco Crespi Pro V1x
  Maybank Malaysian Open Lee Westwood Pro V1x
  Volvo China Open Alexander Levy Pro V1x
  The Championship at Laguna National Felipe Aguilar Pro V1x
  Madeira Islands Open Daniel Brooks Pro V1x
  Nordea Masters Thongchai Jaidee Pro V1x
  Lyoness Open Mikael Lundberg Pro V1x
  Irish Open Mikko Ilonen Pro V1x
  BMW International Open Fabrizio Zanotti Pro V1
  D+D REAL Czech Masters Jamie Donaldson Pro V1x
       

LPGA (9) Swinging Skirts LPGA Classsic Winner Pro V1
  North Texas Shootout Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  Kingsmill Championship Lizette Salas Pro V1x
  ShopRite LPGA Classic Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  NW Arkansas Championship Stacy Lewis Pro V1x
  RICOH Women's British Open Mo Martin Pro V1
  Marathon Classic Winner Pro V1
  Meijer LPGA Classic Mirim Lee Pro V1x
  Canadian Pacific Women's Open So Yeon Ryu Pro V1
       

CHAMPIONS (14) Mitsubishi Electric Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1
  Allianz Championship Michael Allen Pro V1x
  ACE Group Classic Kirk Triplett Pro V1x
  Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Jeff Maggert Pro V1x
  Insperity Invitational Bernhard Langer Pro V1
  Regions Tradition Kenny Perry Pro V1x
  Principal Charity Classic Tom Pernice, Jr. Pro V1x
  Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf Jeff Sluman Pro V1
  Encompass Championship Tom Lehman Pro V1
  Constellation Senior Players Championshsip Bernhard Langer Pro V1
  The Senior Open Championship Bernhard Langer Pro V1
  3M Championship Kenny Perry Pro V1x
  Dick's Sporting Goods Open Bernhard Langer Pro V1
  Boeing Classic Scott Dunlap Pro V1
       

WEB.COM (13) Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship Alex Cejka Pro V1x
  Panama Claro Championship Carlos Ortiz Pro V1x
  Chitimacha Louisiana Open Kris Blanks Pro V1x
  El Bosque Mexico Championship Carlos Ortiz Pro V1x
  South Georgia Classic Blayne Barber ProV1x
  BMW Charity Pro-Am Max Homa Pro V1x
  Rex Hospital Open Byron Smith Pro V1x
  United Leasing Championship Greg Owen Pro V1x
  Nova Scotia Open Roger Sloan Pro V1x
  Utah Championship Andres Gonzales Pro V1x
  Albertsons Boise Open Steve Wheatcroft Pro V1x
  News-Sentinel Open Martin Piller Pro V1x
  WinCo Foods Portland Open Carlos Ortiz Pro V1x
       

SOUTH AFRICAN (7) Dimension Data Pro-Am Estanislao Goya Pro V1x
  Zimbabwe Open Jbe Kruger Pro V1x
  Investec Royal Swazi Open Danie Van Tonder Pro V1x
  Lombard Insurance Classic Christian Basson Pro V1x
  Vodacom Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro Danie van Tonder Pro V1x
  Vodacom Origins of Golf - Arabella Jean Hugo Pro V1x
  Vodacom Origins of Golf - St. Francis Links Keith Horne Pro V1x
       

ASIAN (3) Sail SBS Open Rashid Khan Pro V1x
  ICTSI Philippine Open Marcus Both Pro V1x
  Queen's Cup Thaworn Wiratchant Pro V1x
       

ONEASIA (3) Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship Michio Matsumura Pro V1x
  GS Caltex MaeKyung Open Jun-Won Park Pro V1x
  Fiji International Steven Jeffress Pro V1x
       

JAPAN (3) Tsuruya Open Hiroyuki Fujita Pro V1
  PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup Winner Pro V1
  Dunlop srxn Fukushima Open Satoshi Kodaira Pro V1x
       

AUSTRALASIAN (4) Victorian PGA Championship Gareth Paddison Pro V1x
  Queensland PGA Championship Anthony Summers Pro V1x
  Victorian Open Matt Griffin Pro V1x
  New Zealand Open Dimi Papadatos Pro V1x
       

KOREAN (7) Dongbu Promy Insurance Open Dong-Min Lee Pro V1x
  Descente Munsingwear Match Play Ki-Sang Lee Pro V1x
  Happiness SongHak Construction Open Woo-Hyun Kim Pro V1x
  Bosung CC Classic Woo-Hyun Kim Pro V1x
  GunSan CC Open Heung-Choi Joo Pro V1x
  KPGA Championship Matthew Griffin Pro V1x
  Vanier Championship Sang-Hyun Park Pro V1
       

CANADIAN (7) PC Financial Open Joel Dahmen Pro V1x
  Syncrude Boreal Open Joel Dahmen Pro V1x
  Dakota Dunes Open Matt Harmon Pro V1x
  The Players Cup Timothy Madigan Pro V1x
  Staal Foundation Open Wes Homan Pro V1x
  ATB Financial Classic Brock MacKenzie Pro V1x
  The Great Waterway Classic David Bradshaw Pro V1x
       

CHINA (1) Lanhai Open David McKenzie Pro V1x
       

LATINOAMERICA (7) 67th Arturo Calle Colombian Open David Vanegas Pro V1x
  TransAmerica Power Products CRV Open Marcelo Rozo Pro V1x
  Stella Artois Open Armando Favela Pro V1x
  Abierto OSDE del Centro William Kropp Pro V1x
  Roberto DeVicenzo Invitational Ty Capps Pro V1x
  Dominican Republic Open Michael Buttacavoli Pro V1
  Lexus Panama Classic Julián Etulain Pro V1x

You Have Many Swing Speeds

It’s a fact. Every golfer has more than one swing speed.

Think about the last round of golf you played and you’ll quickly realize that you hit a number of different shots all at varying swing speeds.

From a half-wedge or a full-wedge shot, to an approach shot with a 5-iron or 8-iron, or a tee shot, every shot is going to have a different swing speed. This is an important concept of golf ball development and it’s why we design golf balls to perform on every shot.

“A golf ball must perform for all golfers of all swing speeds on all shots,” says Titleist Golf Ball Fitting Manager Mike Rich.

“Titleist golf balls perform for all swing speeds on all shots.”

At Titleist, we also spend a lot of time with golfers of all skill levels testing golf balls and capturing launch condition data to help us learn even more about all of the different shots that golfers are hitting throughout their rounds.

It’s these experiences working with real golfers and listening to them talk about what they are looking for in golf ball performance that fuels our passion to help golfers shoot lower scores.

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