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Retail prices of gear need not dissuade parents
Reader Ray Wood’s comments about the high price of clubs acting as a barrier to growing golf ignores the fact that parents wanting to get their kids into golf can buy second-hand clubs fairly cheaply on eBay (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 14).

There’s no need to part with loads of money to get into golf. Those clubs are perfectly good for establishing whether the kid has interest and aptitude. If it looks like there’s talent and a willingness to practice, then parents can take the plunge and buy properly fitted clubs. Buying fitted clubs for anyone younger than 15 is a complete waste of money anyway. Growth in height and strength will render them obsolete in a very short time.

Fitted clubs without doubt can improve somebody’s game, but it’s vital to understand that fitted clubs will not transform bad golfers into good ones. Improvements by fitting are marginal, not substantial. Lessons, coaching and practice are the keys to substantial improvement.

George Fletcher
Edinburgh, Scotland

It’s never too soon to start counting
As a high school golf coach, I’ve been aware of blatant score miscounting and fudging of the rules for some time, but I’ve learned the tolerance for cheating goes to the core of the USGA (“An honest appraisal of golf’s best asset,” Jan. 14).

Attending my grandson’s state-USGA pee-wee golf match, I was pleased with his performance and quite certain that his score was the best in his group. Amazingly, the prize went to another competitor whose dad quit counting the boy’s numerous strokes in a sand trap because “traps are not fair for kids this age.” Dad and son proudly posed for the winner’s photo with the USGA host.

When I protested afterward, I was told, “We’re about participation. Rules will come later.”

Yes, much later.

Rod Clemmons
Lebanon, Tenn.

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