Arnie Frankel does teach the truth (True Believer, May 9). Your and Frankel's contention, however, that he is the only adherent to the Ernest Jones method is not true. I am among several professionals who teach "the swing." I was trained by PGA life member Bob McCaffery, who was trained by Jones in the early 1960s. A former student of mine, Dave Perry, polished his skills under the tutelage of Vince Grillo, the last person to be trained by Jones in the A.G. Spalding building studio.
John Diggs, San Francisco
Thanks to John Garrity for his superb article on Asian tour vet Mike Cunning (Just Call Him Mr. Asia, May 2). As an American high-schooler living in Asia, I can relate to and commend Mr. Cunning for leaving his comfort zone and venturing to new places to pursue something he loves.
Mike Lyngaas, Singapore
Bobby Clampett complains that the penalty that cost him two strokes in the U.S. Open qualifying could have been prevented if the starter had known him or had come looking for him five minutes before his starting time (My Shot, May 23). The unpaid volunteers who run the qualifying rounds are dedicated individuals who have taken the four-day PGA/ USGA Rules Workshop many times and are giving their time to the game of golf. Their responsibility is to conduct a first-class qualifying tournament, not to look for reasons to call penalties on players, as Clampett implies. Clampett's responsibility is to be on the tee at his starting time and not 18 yards away from the tee. Every golfer, amateur or professional, should know this rule, and now Clampett surely does.
Jay Garrison, Knoxville
With more than $1.4 million in career earnings, you'd think Clampett could afford a watch.
Tim Weldon, Sudbury, Mass.