A long 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
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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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