Ian Poulter: How To Improve Your Distance Control

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter offers his best tips to help improve your distance control

How To Improve Your Distance Control

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter offers his best tips to help improve your distance control

Ian Poulter: How To Improve Your Distance Control

Want to improve your distance control with your irons? Ryder Cup star and 12-time European Tour winner Ian Poulter shares his best tips...

First and foremost, I am not trying to swing the club at 100% with my irons.

Instead, I am trying to keep them moving at a consistent speed, giving me a consistent distance.

For me, a 5-iron goes 202 yards - that's a number I know becaue of TrackMan.

We look at data all the time and find the most frequent number.

As Tour Pros we have to be precise, and that's something every player can learn from.

I play in Pro-Ams week in, week out and it's surprising how few amateurs know the exact distance they hit the ball.

They think they hit a wedge 140 yards when they really hit it 130, and that's a big window!

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I understand that a lot of amateurs don't get time to hit thousands and thousands of golf balls, so if you are in a fortunate situation where you can get some data, it's always good to.

It means that when you've got 150 yards you know it's an 8-iron, or whatever club consistently gets that distance.

Speed is key, and if you want to take a little yardage off, swing it a bit smoother.

If you want to add a little yardage, hit it a bit harder.

Now you've got the options in there, if you're going to hit a cut, generally it's not going to go as far because it's got more spin on it.

If you're going to hit a draw, the ball is perhaps going to go a little longer, so bear that in mind.

If I've got a yardage where I want to land it 205 yards, perhaps, I would try to hit a three-yards draw to get that extra yardage out of my 5-iron.

And vice versa,, if you want to take some yardage off I will just hit a little cut shot.

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