OPENING SHOT

As we go back and forth about green reading technology and yardage books, here's what's really bothersome. Put the content of the USGA's impending crackdown aside and think about the form. The governing body's penchant for trying to put toothpaste back in the tube is bad for the game in an economic sense. Say you were a yardage book maker or a fitter that specializes in long putters whose livelihood is based on something permissable that suddenly becomes illegal? These aren't market forces acting, but rather its dogmatism from some seriously short-sighted and out-of-touch folks.