Ian Poulter answers Nick Faldo criticism on Twitter

Poulter answers Faldo criticism with postman promising to deliver when it matters

Ian Poulter says he is working harder than ever on his game and believes it will not be long before he delivers.

Ironically enough, the colourful Englishman used his Twitter account to answer criticism from Sir Nick Faldo in this week’s World of Golf column that he spends too much time on the social networking site when he should be putting in quality time on the practice range.

Hitting back: Poulter

Hitting back: Poulter

Barely had the piece been posted on this website than Poulter was busy on Twitlonger, issuing this response: ‘i’m honoured that people are talking that I’m not working hard enough on my game. I have to answer that question, though. I have never worked harder than I am right now, not only on my game but on my health and fitness. There are areas of my game which we have looked at, and are making big improvements on. It’s just a case of them coming together. This game has a funny way of showing hard work sometimes but it is showing and it will show very soon. Trust me, I will deliver like I promised in the Ryder Cup and like I always do. The day to start worrying is when I do. That is no time soon. I will deliver (the postman).’

Poulter then spoke to Faldo who claimed he was misquoted, prompting a follow-up tweet from the former: ’Don’t panic complete false alarm I spoke to Faldo last night and he was totally misquoted, as per normal the papers can write what they like.’

Never let the facts get in the way of a good tweet. The truth of the matter is not only was there a voice recorder sitting on the table between Faldo and myself but also a photographic witness to the whole conversation.

Given that, perhaps it wasn’t surprising that Faldo put out a tweet of his own, correcting Poulter and saying he wasn’t misquoted, adding: ‘Spoke with IJP and my advice is same – if postman believes he’s giving 100% let’s see if he delivers.’

In other words, he was sticking by his original thoughts, which is fair enough given that it was only ever Faldo’s intention for his criticism to be seen in a constructive light.

But he did predict that Poulter wouldn’t be happy. When I asked him why he didn’t tell Poulter face-to-face he said: ‘I don’t feel it is my place, it’s only my opinion. In any case, he’ll read it in the newspaper and no doubt tweet his disapproval.’

Constructive criticism: Poulter and Faldo, pictured during the 2008 Ryder Cup

Constructive criticism: Poulter and Faldo, pictured during 2008's Ryder Cup

In an interview with Sportsmail
last December, Poulter admitted that last season hadn’t lived up to
expectations because of distractions caused by building a massive new
house in Orlando. He vowed to put them behind him and was as good as his
word with a brilliant victory to end the year in Australia.

Only he knows whether his slow start to this campaign, culminating with a heavy first round defeat in the Accenture Match Play Championship last week, was a result of him taking his eye off the ball or, as he says, a case of being patient as some game improvements bed in.

The one thing we can all agree upon is let’s hope we see the best of Poulter as the season progresses, and more exciting chapters are written in his remarkable journey from humble beginnings as an assistant pro to become one of the top players in the world.

Meanwhile, one man who enjoyed Poulter’s Twitlonger response and particularly his closing line about being the delivery man was Rory McIlroy, who showed off his impish sense of humour. ‘Hey postman, love the new IJP [Poulter’s clothing company] range!’ he tweeted.

Underneath was a picture of Postman Pat.