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Five questions with Ian Poulter

ian-poulter-interview.jpgIan Poulter is known for his fashion -- partnering his IJP Design company with FedEx has made his product accessible globally. But what people might not know is that he's just as interested in equipment. He answers five questions from Keely Levins about the golf studio in his Florida home.

Q: How did you decide what to stock your studio with?
I wanted a repair facility there because I enjoy getting back to basics. When I was growing up, I worked in a shop and regripped my equipment as well as my customers' equipment. I still regrip my own clubs.

Q: What else do you have?
I have a Full Swing Golf simulator and a V1 camera system, so I can track my swing. I have a surface I can putt on, but it's relatively small. I have a TrackMan launch monitor. There's enough room to pick up data before the ball hits the net. It picks up ball speed, club angle -- all the numbers I'm after.

Q: What's the benefit to having the studio?
The reason I live in Orlando is because the weather's normally pretty good, but if it's not, I can go inside and still do some work. If there's something I want to tinker on at 8 o'clock at night, and it's dark, I can go in the studio -- so it's good.

Q: How often do you use the simulator?
It's fun, but there's nothing like seeing the ball fly outside. The simulator is there as a backup. And my kids love it, especially [9-year-old] Luke. He's always on it.

Q: Do you think simulators are going to become more popular with amateurs?
If you can afford it, it's a great thing. It's probably more beneficial to an amateur player than it is for [pros]. It's a luxury for me. An amateur is going to get a lot of use out of it because he's going to want to train on it when he gets back from work. I've got all day to practice outside.

[Photo: Nathaniel Welch]