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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Did You Know This Rule? (Video)

This short video is from GC's digital content and it highlights a Rule of Golf that I didn't know. Did you?

With all the limitations the Rules of Golf put on "helpful equipment" like rangefinders, I was surprised to learn that a compass is perfectly legal.

To be honest, I'm not sure when you would use that kind of info. Knowing where the wind is blowing relative to the pin seems more useful than knowing whether it's an east or a south wind. But it certainly seems to have helped Dylan Frittelli, so I may be wrong.

At any rate, it's always good to know the rules.


  1. This is one that seems to have changed a few years ago to cater for the digital age. The one thing that was preventing iPhone users from using a GPS App was the presence of the built-in compass. The old rules prevented the use of a compass (as well as any devices that measured atmospheric conditions) so people that wanted to leverage a distance measuring device were restricted to golf-specific GPS devices or laser-rangefinders. Not cheap. I recall a flow chart from the R&A website that you could folllow to determine if your device was legal and this forced me to purchase a GPS device that was a substandard alternative to the functionality provided by my phone. Like yourself, Mike, I don’t know what advantage that could be gained knowing which way I’m facing on a golf course so I suspect that the R&A/USGA agreed to drop the compass rule and remove any grey areas around mobile devices. Otherwise we’d still be using an iPhone 3G to be tournament legal

    1. I think you're right, JB, and I can only imagine how many other “digital” changes we'll be seeing in the next decade. Now that they've finally decided to take the advancements seriously, they're going to have A LOT to deal with.