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5.0 out of 5 stars Think About What You Really Want!, June 21, 2010
This review is from: Garmin Approach G3 Waterproof Touchscreen Golf GPS (Electronics)
I did a lot of research on golf GPS devices and finally settled on the Garmin Approach G3. I couldn't be happier with my decision. What I would recommend to anyone searching for a golf GPS device is to ask yourself: "What do I really want in a GPS device"? This is what helped me decide on which GPS device to buy. The main reason I purchased the G3 Approach is it is one of the easiest devices to use. When out on the course, the last thing I wanted to do is fool around with a device. I wanted something very simple to use. The Approach is just that! No buttons, no sequences, just touch the screen for what you want.

The distance to the pin is always displayed in the upper right hand corner. If the pin is up front or in the back of the green, just touch the upper right hand corner to zoom in on the green. Touch the location of where the pin is on the green, and the display automatically gives you the new distance to the pin! Touch anywhere on the fairway, and the unit instantly gives you distances to that point. Nothing could be easier! The unit also measures any shot very easily. Touch "Measure Shot" on the screen and begin walking to your ball. The Garmin begins counting the yardage as you walk! It's also very easy to keep score for each person in your foursome. The batteries last two rounds. Rechargeable batteries are highly recommended. The unit is waterproof, so don't worry about it getting wet! It fits easily in your front pocket. I also bought the Garmin clip for my golf bag, but haven't tried that yet.

Some reviews put down the Garmin because they said it was hard to see in the sunlight. However, I have not seen where that's true. Just a little tilt to the screen one way or the other and it becomes easily viewable, even in direct sunlight. I've used other GPS devices but this one is just plain simple and easy to use. Only the Garmin and the Golf Buddy have no annual subscription fees. I chose the Garmin because I love the way is shows you a very clear visual of the whole fairway when standing on the teebox. The Golf Buddy doesn't do this. Also, most GPS devices use an installed rechargeable battery, so if it goes dead, you have no way to replace the battery on the course until you get home to recharge it again! The Garmin uses 2 AA batteries, so I always keep an extra set in my bag. If the batteries die during the round, just pop in two new ones. All data for that round will be saved if you need to change the batteries. One click of the on/off button and it shows you the amount of battery power left. I looked at several other GPS devices: Golf Buddy, Callaway, and the SkyCaddie, but the Garmin just seemed the simplest and easiest to use. And once you get out on the course, you'll realize how important this becomes!

Only one Con about this item that I can think of: At the end of the round, it gives you your score in how many over par your are (ex. +8). I would prefer it actually gave you an actual number (ex. 80).

I would definitely recommend this product to a friend.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2011 8:48:13 AM PDT
Thanks for the review, i just purchased the Garmin approach G3 because of the positive feedback. i purchased the callaway upro mx but was greatly disappointed in it and am in the process of returning it. I feel i made the right decsion and can't wait for it to arrive.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2011 5:18:19 PM PDT
lcook0825 says:
The G3 does give the actual score. On the scorecard page touch the players name and it gives score.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2011 11:34:35 AM PDT
Sharon S. says:
I did the exact same thing. Haven't heard about my refund since I sent it back.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 9:58:46 AM PST
Winger says:
I appreciate this review. I plan on getting my husband one of these, but I wanted to make sure he'd love it. Your review helped a lot, thank you.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 8:32:12 PM PST
B. Johnson says:
Does it give yardage to bunkers or water ect...?

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 5:58:06 AM PST
J. R. Adam says:
J. Saddler,
Thanks a lot for an AWESOME feedback for the Garmin Approach G3 device. More and more I am realizing how much I do not want to use my iPhone, a monthly subscription of a GPS App (nickeling-and-diming me to death) for my course management functions...
You are right! Use something simple and easy to enhance the focus on the hole and shot at hand.
This is a very useful review. Count me in for the purchase of one these tiny things... 3 inch screen...That is Tiny. I cannot wait to see mine...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 6:00:10 AM PST
J. R. Adam says:
I am glad to hear about your experience with the Calloway uPro because I was dead-set on purchasing one.
Thanks a lot for the post.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 6:00:46 AM PST
J. R. Adam says:
Look at the sample screenshot...

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012 11:24:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012 11:26:11 PM PDT
yes..on the display you ll see the all the hazards..just tap the screen where the hazard is and the distance to it from your position is shown..
and when you want front, middle and back of green merely tap the
red flag in the upper right hand can even move the flag around where you want it..

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 9:16:45 AM PDT
any feedback to your question? Need same info. Thnks
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