WATCH: Ian Poulter Smashes Driver Bombs in Attempt to Break 300 Yards

Published 06/16/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 7, 2021 England’s Ian Poulter walks off the 10th tee during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Ian Poulter is a veteran golfer. Poulter turned pro in 1995 and is still going strong in terms of competing in tournaments. The 45-year-old has three wins on the PGA Tour and not winning a major might be the biggest shortcoming in his career. There is another one too, and it is breaking 300 yards with the driver!

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Averaging over 300 yards off the tee is the new trend on the PGA Tour. The modern-day equipment allows any player to smash it 300+ yards. The rest is all upto the physical capabilities of an individual; so can Ian Poulter do it or not? 

Ian Poulter warms up for US Open with driver bombs

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Ian Poulter is as cheerful as ever. He’s one of the most entertaining personalities on the PGA Tour. Poulter is currently in Torrey Pines preparing for the 2021 US Open, and he wanted to try something with his driver ahead of the major. 

Poulter wanted to see if he could drive the ball 300+ yards. The 45-year-old currently boasts an average of 284.7 yards in driving distance off the tee. That puts him in the 198th rank on the PGA Tour. A lot of room for improvement indeed. 

May 6, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Ian Poulter and his son ready on the first tee during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Poulter has never broken the 300-yard mark on the tour before. He averaged 293.6 yards from the tee in the 2018 season which ranks close as his personal best. While he is not built like Bryson DeChambeau, Poulter wanted to see if he can break the mark with a few bombs with his Titleist driver.

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Did Poulter break 300?

Unfortunately, no. What began as a bright and exciting YouTube video ended in disappointment. Poulter was eager to break the 300-yard mark and tried valiantly. But the best he could reach was 298.5 yards and the Englishman considered it a victory. Just 1.5 yards away from 300! 

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It took Poulter four attempts to reach this mark. All of his tries went more than 280 yards, but only the final one touched past 290. A lot of it had to do with the spin he applied and the type of shot he hit on the range. 

To conclude, Ian Poulter failed in his attempt to hit past 300 yards. Guys like DeChambeau are doing it with ease, but veterans like Poulter are struggling to land just one attempt beyond the target. How much of this will affect his game at the 2021 US Open? We’ll have to wait and find out! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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