I would hazard a guess that some of it has to do with renewed focus and commitment, but this is a guy who nearly lost his Tour card before suddenly going on a tear this year, making the semi-finals in the WGC Matchplay and then winning the Houston Open yesterday!
I didn’t catch any of the televised action, what with the holiday events going on with family and friends, but when A.M. passed on this screen shot that he’d taken of Poulter’s back swing and mentioned that IJP was doing some leading heel lift on his back swing:
Look At That Swinging Gate!
… I did some digging, and look at what I found from the Round 3 highlights (Saturday’s round):
Poulter always had what I would call a very good setup over the ball, as far back as 2010 when I wrote a blog posting on it:
Poulter – 2010
At that time, I noted his nice “kicked-in” leg position and the upright posture over the ball.
I didn’t see any lifting of the leading heel, but he’s certainly doing it now, at least on some if not all of his driver swings!
So, some impressive weekend golf from a veteran pro who nearly lost his Tour card last year but who has rebounded to win the Houston Open and earn another trip to the Masters this week.
The older a player gets, the more benefit he’ll derive from getting a full and free hip turn by letting the legs and feet do what they do naturally and Ian Poulter, fresh from his brush with the edge, could be around for a good while longer if he keeps up this Classic golf swing action.
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