If You Want To Know Why Ian Poulter Is Playing Better..

I have an observation that one of WAX Nation passed on to me with regards to Ian Poulter’s swing on weekend (thanks A.M.!).

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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10 thoughts on “If You Want To Know Why Ian Poulter Is Playing Better..

  1. Chief Cowpie

    Would it be to a golfer’s advantage to have the heel higher on the right shoe (for a right handed swinger) and would this be legal? My thinking is this would help to create more leverage.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I don’t think it would help. Plus it would play havoc with the balance when walking!

      1. Chief Cowpie

        The golfer could always take off the left shoe if there was an advantage to be capitalized on. Taking off the left shoe would also save a few left knees for those golfers such Jordan Spieth or Tiger who don’t lift the left heel but nevertheless position it from pointing straight to 45 degrees pointing out. A shoeless foot is less likely to snag than one with cleats which when snagged will torque the knee mechanically incorrect.

        1. Mike Divot

          If you’re wearing the shoe only to hit the ball, it could be seen as building a stance.
          If you’re wearing it for the whole round, you will walk in circles and NEVER FINISH!
          (Some folks say that on moonlit Masters eve nights, you can still see Chief Cowpie walking in circles on the 6th fairway, walking, eternally walking …)

          1. D Watts Post author

            Some folks say that on moonlit Masters eve nights, you can still see Chief Cowpie walking in circles on the 6th fairway, walking, eternally walking …

            That was awesome, Mike D 🙂

          2. Chief Cowpie

            Except that taking of the front shoe isn’t building a stance but demolishing the stance. Not adding to but taking away. A golfer can go in a trap and wiggle their shoes and sink down into the sand but they are not allowed to put sand on piles and then stand on it to hit a ball. Or if a golfer is along a water hazard, they can take off the shoe that is in the water without having to take the other shoe off. A golfer can as well remove loose stones and rocks etc.

            After DJ does his ballistic tests on hitting the ball with the front shoe off and the advantage established, I think the industry’s response would be to make a loafer type shoe that slips on and off easily for the moment needed to hit the ball so golfer’s won’ t walking in circles as was supposed. Of course to those in the know, walking in circles does not happen from using the energy from the ground up but from inhaling into the head down to the lungs.

  2. Chief Cowpie

    Hail Canada! I spend equal time following golf as I do following UFO’s. I wish they would of minted more than 4000 else I would ask my Canadian buddy to get me one.

    DJ has been talking about how it’s time for MCS to hit the world stage but I think this technology will be welcome on other worlds as well or perhaps they already know of it. If beings have the capabilities to be traveling many times the speed of light and traversing worm holes, I wouldn’t think they would be so stupid as to be crippling their back and joints trying to hit a golf ball.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Where do you find this stuff Chief?!? I’ve never heard of this incident, but it was entertaining, to say the least.

      And if aliens could travel light years across space, I daresay the simple game of golf would not interest them… but if it did, I’m sure their technique would be mechanically-sound!

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