There are those who live easily with the Rules of Golf, who believe that what is writ is inviolable and that those who challenge The Word is an ungolfer.
And there are those who live equally easily with the belief that some of the rules of golf are just damned silly and are prepared to challenge their sacrosanctity. I'm one of them.
Any law that contradicts an absolute truth is a bad law and I wrote that when Padraig Harrington was disqualified when on the verge of winning the Benson and Hedges International Open at The Belfry in 2000.
He had the correct score on his card, any number of people could vouch for it but his signature was in the wrong place and, three days after making that score - a course record at the time - he was ejected from the tournament.
Then there was the preposterous instance of Mark Roe and Jesper Parnevik being thrown out of the Open Championship at Royal St George's in 2003 for something similar when the players signed for the right score on the wrong card.
They were disqualified for an "administrative error" - which is how the Royal & Ancient describe it now.
And it was as much the R&A's error as the players', almost.
And the R&A were so decently sheepish about it all that they did not deprive the two players of their share of the prize money. I'm getting to admire the R&A. Because yesterday they, together with the United States Golf Association, announced that there are to be no fewer than 111 amendments made to the book Decisions on the Rules of Golf,from January 1 next.
Since the book was last written, two years ago, the two governing bodies have decided that 111 laws have been so questionable as to need to be rewritten.
That's one in the eye for the rules worshippers.
Out of 1,200 Decisions, there are to be 37 new Decisions, 66 revised Decisions and eight are being withdrawn.
There is now to be "help" for the player who signs the wrong card.
"In the future," says the new pronouncement, "such an administrative error [as in the Roe/Parnevik case] can be corrected without penalty.
"Revised Decision 6-6d/4 gives a committee the power to strike the wrong name from an otherwise correctly completed scorecard and add the correct name, without limit of time."
Good news, of course, but it's a shame that good sense of that order did not prevail on the Kent coast 26 months ago.
If what happened is wrong now, it was wrong then.
According to the two governing bodies, the principal change to the Book concerns the use of distance measuring devices, including GPS-based systems and laser rangefinders.
"New Decision 14-3/0.5 allows a committee to permit the use of distance-measuring devices by Local Rule," it is announced.
"This applies to devices that measure distance only, not any other conditions that might affect a player's play (eg, wind or gradient). In the absence of such a Local Rule, the use of a distance-measuring device remains contrary to the Rules."
Those meticulous tournament professionals, the likes of Bernhard Langer who want to know every inch from his ball to the pin, will no doubt rejoice at all this.
To the rank and file, it will mean that the R&A are moving with the technology of the times. But there is unlikely to be a rush by members of my club to the nearest distance-measuring machine shop.