What's In My Bag: Ian Poulter
March 03, 2011
RYDER CUP VETERANWhen I was 17 I stayed in a tent three miles from The Belfry and walked to the course each day. It was always my dream to be on the other side of those ropes. Now I've played in three.MAN OF THE CLOTHAs a kid I loved how Payne Stewart, Seve Ballesteros and Jesper Parnevik dressed. I enjoy people having their own identities. I used to not be able to afford nice clothes, but now I have my own clothing line.
WHITEOUTMy new driver is white, and all my cars are white. The Ferrari I ordered last June has finally arrived. It even has a white interior.DREAMFLIGHTThis charity is in its 24th year, and I've been supporting it for the last three. Last October, 192 kids with various illnesses and disabilities flew from the U.K. to Orlando to enjoy the amusement parks for 10 days. I was on the runway for the plane's arrival.
I'm a mood music guy. I've got everything from R&B to hip hop to reggae to rock to jazz on my iPod. You'll find a lot of Kings of Leon, U2, Bob Marley, Michael Bublé and Jay-Z on there.
I mark my Titleist Pro V1x with a black line, and I always carry 12. I'll change if there's a scuff, if I've made a bogey, or if it's had three birdies because I feel there are no more left in it.
A jeweler friend made this platinum and diamond ball marker with my kids' names on it--Aimee, Luke and Lilly. It made headlines when I accidentally dropped my ball on it in Dubai and incurred a penalty.
That you can immediately give fans an insight into what they can't normally know is a cool concept. I give honest opinions, not politically correct ones. I have more than a million followers, which is bizarre.
GIVE ME THE TALC
If your hands sweat quite a lot--like mine do--talcum powder is an essential item for the golf bag. If it's hot and humid, I'll talc my hands very often during a round.
I use the all-white Cobra ZL with 9.5 degrees of loft. (Only 500 were made.) The shaft is a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.0, X-flex.
My 3-wood is a Titleist 909F3 with an Aldila RIP Alpha 70X shaft; my Titleist 906F2 5-wood is shafted with a Grafalloy ProLite 35, X-flex.
I carry a 21-degree Titleist 909H hybrid. The shaft is an Aldila NV 85, X-flex.
I carry two Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C wedges; 54- and 60-degrees. I grind the leading edge to be pretty straight. My grips are Golf Pride Tour Velvet, ribbed.
I've had this Rife Island Series Aruba in the bag for about the last 18 months.