Ian Poulter Spotted Using Ping G430 Driver In Dubai Desert Classic

Golf Monthly understands that the Englishman is no longer with Titleist

Ian Poulter hits a drive at the Dubai Desert Classic
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Ian Poulter has been spotted using the brand new Ping G430 LST driver this week in Dubai, with the Englishman quite possibly using a Ping driver in competition for the first time in his career.

Poulter, who also has a non-branded staff bag, had been with Titleist since the end of 2014 but Golf Monthly understands he is no longer under contract with the brand.

Images published by @sms_on_tour on Instagram show Poulter's new Ping G430 driver along with a full bag of Titleist products including the new Pro V1x.

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He has a TSi2 fairway wood, T200 utility irons, AP2 irons, Vokey wedges and a Scotty Cameron Phantom X prototype putter.

The Ryder Cup legend is also back to wearing his old IJP Design apparel almost six years after his fashion brand closed down, following a request from the DP World Tour in September for LIV players not to wear LIV branding in its events.

“This is a business that I actually own part of, so it has a right to be there,” he said at Wentworth in September when he had a Majesticks GC logo, his LIV Golf team, embroidered on his shirt.

“I have had about six different sets of clothes in the last five weeks. I can’t possibly go to the embroiderers and have another set made up for this week. I am here for three weeks. I’m travelling, so this was the set I brought.”

Poulter is flying high in Dubai, currently co-leading the tournament at eight-under-par after two days along with fellow LIV golfer Richard Bland. The pair have only completed 21 and 22 holes respectively, with the Dubai Desert Classic set for a Monday finish due to the UAE rainfall.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x