It's no secret that placing your tee shot in the perfect position is going to help you set up the ideal approach into the green. So how can we help improve our chances of getting into that prime position off the tee?

As Titleist Staff Professional Michael Breed explains in our latest episode of 18 Shots Presented by Titleist, it starts with planning the right strategy and playing the best shot for the shape of the hole. Michael also walks us through his approach for how to attack a hole that requires a cut shot and he also demonstrates his keys to executing a controlled fade.

Watch the video above to learn how to add this shot to your game. And be sure to check out all of the great drills and advice featured in the 18 Shots series by clicking on the image below.

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Welcome to the 96th PGA Championship

Countless hours of practice have been logged. Hundreds of competitive rounds have been played. And all of the preparation brings us to the final major of the 2014 PGA Tour season – the PGA Championship.

As the major season culminates this week at Valhalla Golf Club, the focus level and determination of the field will be amplified as players look to claim the Wanamaker Trophy and have their name etched in history as a Major Champion.

The PGA Championship is always a special tournament that historically features some of the more exciting finishes, so we caught up with Titleist Brand Ambassadors Jason DufnerAdam Scott, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker along with golf ball loyalists Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler to get their perspective on this unique challenge.

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Each year, in the weeks leading up to the season's final major on the PGA Tour, the PGA of America stages the PGA Professional National Championship (PNC) to showcase the talent and recognize many of the finest players from the association's ranks of more than 27,000 member professionals.

Since 1968, this event has served as the club professionals “Major” event of the year and it honors their dedicated efforts to grow the game by helping all golfers enjoy the golfing experience more thoroughly.

The PNC also carries with it a special reward for those who place among the 20 top finishers – a spot in the field at the PGA Championship and the opportunity to compete for the Walter Hagen Cup.

Last month a group of 312 PGA professionals gathered at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach for the 47th playing of the PNC. And at the end of the four-day event, 10 of the 20 players who earned their spot in the 2014 PGA Championship trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success.

Best of luck to all of our Team Titleist Club Professionals in the field this week and we hope you’ll join us in thanking all PGA Professionals for their tireless commitment and dedication to the game of golf.

PGA ProfessionalHometownClub Affiliation
Frank Esposito, Jr.
Pro V1x
Monroe, NJ Brooklake Country Club
Florham Park, NJ
Dustin Volk
Pro V1x
Layton, UT Valley View Golf Course
Layton, UT
Johan Kok
Pro V1x
Brentwood, TN Temple Hills Country Club
Brentwood, TN
David Tentis
Pro V1x
Woodbury, MN Troy Burne Golf Club
Hudson, WI
Rob Corcoran
Pro V1x
Melbourne, FL Paxabogue Golf Center
Sagaponack, NY
Jerry Smith
Pro V1
Scottsdale, AZ Golf Club of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ
Aaron Krueger
Pro V1x
Norwalk, IA Wakonda Club
Des Moines, IA
David McNabb
Pro V1x
Newark, DE Applebrook Golf Club
Malvern, PA
Matt Pesta
Pro V1x
Wixom, MI Lincoln Hills Golf Course
Birmingham, MI
Jim McGovern
Pro V1
Oradell, NJ White Beeches Golf & Country Club
Haworth, NJ
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