We always hear a lot of discussion about how the grain of the green can impact the speed and line of a putt. But did you know that grain also plays an important role in club and shot selection when you’re chipping from around the green?

In our latest short game tip, we've turned to Titleist Staff Professional James Sieckmann to share some advice on how to approach a chip shot into the grain.

As James explains in the tip above, sometimes taking less club and opening up the face in order to increase effective bounce as well as reducing the forward press will help the club skip through the turf.

Add this shot to your short game arsenal and be sure to check out the entire collection of tips featured in the 18 Shots Presented by Titleist series.

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The most prestigious championship in amateur golf is taking place this week on one of the most historic venues in the nation. The 2014 edition of the US Amateur will be contested at the Atlanta Athletic Club, where the best amateur golfers in the world will be looking to claim the Havemeyer Trophy.

The Atlanta Athletic Club has been host to numerous major championships, including the 1976 U.S. Open and the 1981, 2001 and 2011 PGA Championships.

 In the field of 312 golfers looking to take top amateur honors this year, 246 players are trusting Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls for their success, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 35 and more than three times all competitors combined.

Titleist also leads the field in hybrids (89), iron sets (125), approach, sand and lob wedges (423) and putters (121).

With so many talented players in the field, there is sure to be a lot of excitement as the next US Amateur Champion is crowned at historic Atlanta Athletic Club.

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The U.S. Amateur Championship is just one of several marquee national amateur events where the top competitive amateur players in the world put their trust in Titleist. Throughout the year, Titleist has proven to be the golf ball of choice at these prestigious events:

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Titleist golf ball loyalist Mirim Lee birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture the Meijer LPGA Classic for her first-career LPGA Tour victory. Lee trusted a Pro V1x to lead the field in driving distance with an average drive of 280 yards, taking advantage of that strong display off the tee to close with a 69 for a four day total of 14-under-par.

With another this week, Titleist’s year-to-date victory count advances to 107. That's more than four times the nearest competitor with 26 and more than all competitors combined.

In total, 15,441 players have teed up Titleist golf balls in competition on the 2014 worldwide professional tours, more than six times the nearest competitor with 2,530 and more than all competitors combined.

  THE TITLEIST LEADERBOARD  |  WEEK ENDING August 10, 2014

TourEventTitleist Golf Ball PlayersNearest Competitor
PGA Tour PGA Championship 81 26
LPGA Tour Meijer LPGA Classic 99 11
Web.com Tour Price Cutter Charity Championship 104 21
Canada Tour Forces and Families Open 97 24
Korean Tour Maeil Dairies open 119 16
PGA Tour China Yulongwan Yunnan Open 74 23
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