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Many thanks to John Gill if he hadn’t portaged gymnastic chalk into our little sport four decades ago, I’d be even more the eternal bumbler, sweaty-palmed and defeated number grades lower than now. So it is we welcome to the States the new-for-2009 WILD COUNTRY PURE CHALK ($7 for a 350g bag, wildcountry.co.uk), a helping of the pure white stuff that, as advertised, contains no additives or additional drying agents. The resealable bag has the white magic crushed to send-friendly perfection finely ground, but not too much. You can also buy the 60g Chalk Ball ($3.75) or an eight-pack of 58g blocks ($9.20).