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The dirty truth about the handshake

Do you realize where that sweaty right paw has been during the course of a round? And, you still want to shake?

I don’t know at what point in my life the end-of-the-round handshake came into play. I know it wasn’t always a standard (“Coming to grips with an outdated golf tradition,” April 21; “From the Morning Read inbox,” April 22; April 23).

The handshake is a right-handed maneuver. Most golfers are right-handed and don’t wear a glove on the right hand. During the course of a round, that naked right hand touches bags, tees, balls, grips, ball washers, dirty towels, flagsticks, rakes, fertilized grass, sand, raw penalty-area water and much more. Many men also make use of the 100 or so acres of plumbing-less restroom facilities.

When you think about it, it’s really a disgusting end-of-round ritual. Before the round, maybe. After? Not a chance.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Handshake will return after development of a vaccine
The handshake will return in full force once the virus situation is totally behind us, which will be once a coronavirus vaccine has been developed (“Coming to grips with an outdated golf tradition,” April 21; “From the Morning Read inbox,” April 22; April 23).

The handshake has enduring value. It's a moment of connection that cannot be duplicated by rubbing your nose, pulling your ear, or (shudder!) bowing.

In the interim before a vaccine is available, the pros and everyone else probably will just go to a fist bump, which provides minimum exposure but delivers the same “feel” as the handshake.

John Abercrombie
Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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