PGA Tour star Ian Poulter recently sat down for an extensive interview with Golf Magazine's Cameron Morfit, and many of our readers followed up with questions of their own. Here are some of those questions and Poulter's responses.
I would like to know how you got started, how much coaching you got, what sort of practice schedule you had when you were a teenager and what you worked on when you practiced? Is it the same for now? Do you concentrate on the fundamentals, or do you have some swing keys you focus on?
I had minimum coaching from the ages of 5 to 20. During my teen years I began to watch more golf than any other sport. My brother, who is two years older than me, was a golfer, so growing up I always had someone to help bring my game along. Now, every spare hour I have is spent practicing on the range. I tend to focus more on fine-tuning my all-around game. I concentrate on trying to hit it longer off the tee with more accuracy and closer to the pin. When it comes to my short game, I'm trying to focus more on tidying it up and perfecting my bunker play.
We all know that you will be No. 1 in the world at the end of the year. But who will be No.2? Lee? Graeme? Martin? Tiger?
If I'm No. 1 in the rankings, I'm not too concerned with who No. 2 is.
Do you and Stevenage boy Lewis Hamilton bump into each other much? Big one: Your match play record is outstanding, but if you were given the choice for the future of a green jacket, a claret jug or a clean sweep at the Ryder Cup, which would you go for?
I personally have never met him, but I do know he's a local boy and I'm sure we will cross paths. Winning the claret jug, it's not even close.
What advice would you give for a young golfer while he's practicing? Like, if he enjoys music would that help, and what aids would work best?
I like practicing to music because it relaxes my brain and enables me to concentrate on the actual swing thoughts.
Since Nick Faldo dominated the majors, the English have struggled to produce another winner despite having world class talent. Do you think it's because we don't possess a 'killer instinct' like Nick had?
I am a competitor, and once I begin my round of play, I am only focused on my game. Do you really think I don't have a killer instinct?
Mr.Poulter, in order for you to win a major this year, what do you see as the area of your game you need to work on, and would you do the practice range 24/7 to make those changes?
The area of my game that I focus more on during practice is my short game. I put in the necessary hours on the range, but it's physically impossible to hit the ball 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have a life and family apart from my job.