The Most Useful Garmin Golf GPS Watch Reviews
For the serious golfer, having the right equipment can make a lot of difference. This compels many golfers to seek out the best golf clubs, swing analyzer devices, shoes, and clothing. When it comes to watches, golfers do not only demand style, they also want utility. This is where Garmin Golf watches really get a chance to shine. Depending on the model you buy, the watches sport different features useful to avid golfers. The Auto Shot Detection feature, for example, can measure short distances and record detected shots making it easier for you to do a post-game analysis using your Garmin Connect account.
Here are reviews of the top Garmin Golf watches on the market today.
The Garmin Approach S6 is one of the newer models, and it’s one of the best golf watches we've seen in a while. One of its best features is the combination overhead hole maps with a touch screen that determines the distance of any point on the golf course, all available right on your wrist.
Having overhead maps on a watch might sound sketchy due to the size of the watch screen, but Garmin conveniently provided a solution through auto-zoom. When you're at the tee box, the Garmin S6 will automatically zoom to the hole map which typically depicts your driving distance. Let's say you tell the watch that you drive 250 yards; it will zoom to the area 250 yards down the fairway.
Pretty neat! Other noteworthy features include: statistical analysis through Garmin Connect, course coverage and handicap scoring.
Our Garmin Approach S6 review would not be complete without mentioning the things that bothered us. First of all, you can’t see the scorecard on the watch; you need to sync it with an app using a mobile device like your phone. Secondly, it does not list distances to hazards which could be bad news if you're not familiar with the course.
Another Garmin watch review that we've chosen to feature is for the Approach S5. Just like the S6, it features full-color maps with green view, manual pin positioning, smart notifications for emails and texts and is tournament legal under USGA rules (but check on the individual tournament first to make sure).
It is not only a great golfing watch but great everyday watch as well due to its styling. While it is sold for the same price as the Approach S6, it does not have pin pointer, swing tempo, swing trainer and swing strength measuring features. So perhaps, it’s best to go with the S6 since they are the same price.
Golfers will love the glove friendly touch screen display that is very readable even in sunlight when they buy the Garmin Approach S4. This top of the line watch has nifty features such as the ability to receive email, texts and alerts when paired with the iPhone, dedicated Green View button and long battery life of up to 10 hours in GPS mode. One of the best thing about this Garmin Golf watch is that it comes pre-loaded with 30,000 worldwide golf courses. This watch is perfect for golfers who like to play around the world. Our Garmin Approach S4 review has only 1 downside: this watches takes up to two hours to charge, which is significantly more than many golf watches. Bad news for you if you forget to charge your watch!
The Garmin Approach G10 is new for 2016. One of the reasons why we decided to include this watch in our Garmin Golf watch reviews is the price. This watch retails at approximately $130 which is relatively inexpensive for a Garmin GPS watch. One of the main reasons why we love this model is its clip on feature. You can clip it on your belt, glove or other surfaces. Like the other models it can also display the shape of the green and pin placements. It also has a digital scorecard so that you can monitor your score throughout each round. In our opinion, this watch is a steal considering its features and price.
This is another Garmin Golf GPS product that is below the $200 mark. Our opinion of this Garmin watch is that it’s surprisingly good considering its price point. This watch closely resembles the Approach S4 in features but is more affordable. The only downside to this product is the lack of touch screen and the ability to save targets, which can understandably be a deal breaker for some players. However, it does have features not available in the S4 such as Course View software and the Auto Shot features. But better still, it boast up to 50% more battery life than S4 and S6.
It can be quite confusing to choose the right Garmin Golf watch for you. When in doubt, always look for features that can best improve your game. Utility is always important for golfers because it can be quite tiring to bring lots of gizmos and equipment when you’re out on the golf course. Looking for useful features will not only boost your handicap but also give you some bragging rights. We hope our Garmin GPS watch reviews will help you choose a great watch!