Dylan Frittelli was a winner on the European Tour (and Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour) when he beat Arjun Atwal on the first hole of a playoff to take the 2017 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.
One aspect of the South African’s final round that confused a number of people was when Frittelli busted out a compass in the final round to gauge the wind direction.
Dialled-in Frittelli ⏲️
During his penultimate hole of yesterday's final round Dylan Frittelli was pictured using a compass in an attempt to gauge the wind direction. pic.twitter.com/LEpwbRuRwv
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) December 4, 2017
As it turns out, this technique — while rarely used — is completely legal and in accordance with the Rules of Golf. In fact, there’s a rule specifically addressing the legality of using a compass: Rule 14-3. Here’s Decision 4 under that Rule to explain that it’s OK.
14-3/4 Use of Compass During Round
Q. A player uses a compass during a stipulated round to help determine the direction of the wind or the direction of the grain in the greens. Is the player in breach of Rule 14-3?
A. No. A compass only provides directional information and does not gauge or measure variable conditions or assist the player in his play.
I’m not entirely certain why Frittelli wanted to know the direction of the wind. After all, you’re trying to feel if it’s coming from any direction, it doesn’t matter whether it’s north, south, east, west or somewhere in between. It really only matters how it feels relative to you and your shot. But, hell, the guy won the tournament, so he must know something we don’t.