Ian Poulter What's In The Bag?
Ian Poulter turned professional with a handicap of 4 and has become one of the most iconic players to compete in the Ryder Cup. Gear wise he was a Titleist ambassador but Golf Monthly understands that Poulter is no longer with Titleist. As such he is free to use and test clubs from any brand. Let's take a look at his specific club specifications and setup.
Ian Poulter What's In The Bag?
Ian Poulter WITB: Full Specs
*Note - the top of his bag changes regularly.
Driver: Ping G430 LST (10 degrees) with Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 S shaft
3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (16.5 degrees at 15.75, C2 SureFit setting) with Matrix Ozik TP7HD X shaft
*7-wood: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees) with Aldila Synergy shaft
*Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (21 degrees, A1 SureFit setting) with Aldila Tour Green Hybrid 85 shaft
Irons: Titleist T200 (4), T100 (5), Titleist 718 AP2 (6-PW) all with Project X LZ 7.0 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (52-12F, 56-14F), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60-A)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoes: FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow/Packard
Ping G430 LST
He had been using the Titleist TSi3 driver and had done for some time but he turned up in Dubai at the start of 2023 with a Ping G430 LST driver in the bag. His driver is fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 S shaft which has proven to be a very popular model out on Tour. The head itself is 440cc but, despite the more compact profile, Ping has done a good job of making this look inviting, not intimidating, at address. In our testing we thought it was a hugely impressive driver that does a great job of balancing distance with consistency.
- Read our full Ping G430 LST Driver Review
Poulter did continue to use a Titleist 917 F2 three-wood but right now he has opted for the TSi2 model. It is interesting Poulter opts for the TSi2 and not the TSi3 fairway wood although we would guess this is because of the extra forgiveness on offer. It is fitted with a Matrix Ozik TP7HD X shaft.
He has also put a TSi2 seven-wood in the bag too but we believe this comes in and out of his setup.
- Read our full Titleist TSi2 Fairway Wood Review
Poulter has also shown a willingness to put a hybrid in the bag, sometimes replacing his second fairway wood. As far as specific model goes, he was using a Titleist 816H2 hybrid for a long time but we have spotted him with a TSi2 model as well. This hybrid has an Aldila Tour Green shaft.
- Read our full Titleist TSi2 hybrid review
Titleist T200, Titleist T100, Titleist 718 AP2
Shifting to the irons he uses a Titleist T200 iron which acts as his 4-iron. His five-iron is then a Titleist T100 before moving into a set of Titleist 718 AP2's. They go from six-iron down to pitching wedge. All of these irons have Project X LZ 7.0 shafts. Poulter is one of many players to use a combo set of irons right now, with many players opting for a model they feel like they can control better with the shorter irons, and an iron that offers a touch more forgiveness at the top-end of the bag. This just shows even the finest ball-strikes in the world want and need a bit more forgiveness.
- Read our full Titleist T100 Iron review
Titleist Vokey SM9
Poulter then has three Titleist's Vokey wedges in the bag. The 52°, 56° models are SM9's whilst the 60° is a Vokey WedgeWorks design. This is a pretty common setup out on Tour because wedges not only have to fill in distance gaps properly whether that be on full shots, or pitches, but also top players carry three wedges to give them some options and versatility when facing different shots in competition.
- Read our full Titleist Vokey SM9 Wedge Review
Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Prototype
After using an Odyssey Stroke Lab 7 model for a long time, he has now switched to a Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 Prototype. We think this went in the bag in March 2021 and has not come out since, although Poulter has said in the past he does test a lot of different models. Speaking to GolfWRX he said; “I am kind of trying them and I'm trying to get the right feel, the right look, and Scottie [Cameron] made me one a week ago, two weeks ago,” Poulter said. “I told him ... I wanted some grooves in the face. He did it. It sits right, and that's all I want. I want something that sits well, that looks nice and feels good. At the minute it's working out quite nice!” What makes his model different are the horizontal grooves on the face whereas the retail Phantom X putters have a traditional milling pattern.
Titleist Pro V1x
His ball is the Titleist Pro V1x. Like many other professionals, Poulter opts for the Pro V1x because it is an excellent all-rounder. It is designed for players who want a higher trajectory and increased spin relative to Pro V1, with a slightly firmer feel. In our testing we were particularly impressed by the improved ball flight in the long game which didn’t come at the cost of any short game control or feel.
- Read our full Titleist Pro V1x ball review
Poulter, famed for wearing apparel and shoes that stand out, then wears FootJoy golf shoes, regularly switching between the Tarlow and Packard shoes in FootJoy's Premiere Series. The Packard is inspired by Frederick Packard, FootJoy’s founder and a shoe pioneer who drove the adoption of many modern manufacturing and design innovations that are still used today. The Tarlow is FootJoy's modern interpretation of the timeless cap toe design, made with a natural grain leather.
- Read our full FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe Review
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Sam's What's In The Bag:
Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees)
Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5
Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond
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