Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch (Black)
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- Water resistant, GPS golf watch with 1-inch monochrome LCD touchscreen
- Preloaded with over 29,500 worldwide courses
- Course preview (see detailed, hole-by-hole preview)
- Stat tracking keeps track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round
- Touch-targeting to see distance to any point
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Approach S3, the touchscreen GPS golf watch – instant, simple, precise
Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is another benchmark for GPS innovation within the golf market. Packed with 27,000+ worldwide courses without subscriptions or fees, S3 displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens. The S3 also introduces a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen display, Green View with manual pin positioning, distances to doglegs and layups, customizable yardage points and printable digital scorecards for Stroke play and Stableford.
Touch & Move the Pin
Green View shows you the true shape and layout of the green. Use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to the day’s location. This is especially helpful on par-3’s where you’ll be able to dial in the distance you need, and fire away with confidence.
Play Preloaded Courses for Free
No larger than a typical sports watch, the comfortable S3 is filled with 27,000+ preloaded courses from around the globe – all without extra fees or subscriptions. Plus, whenever we release more courses, you can download them for free.
Customize the Distances You Need
Approach S3 gives you distances to the front, back and center of the green, and you can see distances to doglegs. S3 also allows players to input and save customizable yardage points – like water hazards or bunkers – from anywhere on the course.
Keep Score and See How Far You Hit It
Approach S3 debuts digital scorecard options for individual players. Scoring options include Stroke play and Stableford, and you can save, review and print scorecards from your home computer. Plus, when you hit a big one you can see how far it went with the Measure Shot feature.
Choose Your Style
The S3 is available in 2 sharp color combinations – white with red trim and black with gray trim.
Wear it Everyday
The S3 functions as an everyday watch, and it has a odometer so you can see how far you walk each day, or every round you play. A round timer also is included so you can keep track of how long it took you to play 18.
No Downloads, No Setup
Say adios to subscriptions and fees – Approach S3 comes preloaded with 27,000+ worldwide courses and sports a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Approach S3 shows you the true shape and layout of greens so even if you have an obstructed view, you’ll know where to aim. Plus, you can touch and drag the pin to the day's location.
Course management is key – especially if you haven’t played a course before. Layup distances shows you the distances you need with yardages to doglegs and other hazards on the course.
Once glance at your wrist from any point on the course is all it takes to get yardages to the front, back and middle of greens with clear, easy-to-read numbering.
Measure Shot Distances
When you drop the boom stick on a drive, seeing how far you hit it is a breeze. Approach S3 calculates exact yardages for shots played anywhere on the course.
What's in the Box:
- Approach S3
- USB/Charging cable
- AC adapter
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So I made my mind up to invest in another yardage aide. I spent a week researching and weighing the pros and cons of gps vs. laser. It came down to a few key points. First, as I mentioned previously, I am not a scratch golfer. I like exact distances but do not hit my clubs consistently enough for +/- 5 yards to make that much of a difference. Second, I know me. The idea of taking a laser rangefinder out every time I need a distance is unappealing. It'll end up staying in my bag after the novelty of it wore off. The exact distance a laser rangefinder provides is appealing but overkill for the vast majority of golfers including me. Most of us only need a fairly accurate distance. Third, I wanted something that was portable enough to ensure I would use it frequently.
Admittedly, handheld gps units are good but cannot match the accuracy of a good laser unit. That's not the point. GPS units allow you to enjoy the game by giving you fairly accurate distances to hazards and greens. They also serve to speed up the game. If you've ever golfed a public course on a Saturday you know what I mean (people searching for yardage markers, etc.).
So here's my take on the Approach S3 after two rounds. Set-up was fairly easy with the exception of the language issue others have mentioned. I followed the instructions of one of the other reviewers and it worked. The first time at the course it took about 4 minutes to acquire the satellites. The second round (at a different course) it took less than a minute. The yardages seemed to be spot on 50 yards or more from the green. Inside of 50 yards I became skeptical of the yardage the S3 was giving. Fortunately, I rely mostly on feel at that distance anyway so it wasn't a deal breaker for me. I think this issue is endemic to most GPS units.
The "measure" feature is pretty cool and easy to use. There is a dedicated button on the upper left hand side of the unit and was helpful in enabling me to check my club distances frequently. The scoring feature inaccurately showed my score in each round but I later found that either I failed to enter in my score on one of the holes or it didn't register. Either way, I was able to go back and update for the missing hole and it correctly calculated the score. I'll keep an eye on this and update accordingly.
Battery life is acceptable. I had about 70% of battery life left after a three and a half hour round. It should be able to get through a two round day.
I love the portability of the unit....being able to look down at your wrist and get a distance is great. My buddy, who has a Sky Caddie SGX, started asking me for distances when he saw the Approach was mirroring the distances he got from his Sky Caddie. You just can't beat the convenience.
My one complaint is the "green view". Moving the flag pin on the watch can be frustrating at times due to the size of the screen....it's just not conducive to that type of feature. Each time it took more than one try to position the flag stick correctly but not annoying enough to be a deal breaker.
In conclusion, I don't think you will be disappointed with the S3 if you're expectations for accuracy are grounded. Remember, it will not be as accurate as a laser rangefinder (given you use the laser correctly...they have their own set of issues).
The bad part is the red that is on the white band is bleeding through and turning the (used to be white) band into a cross between white and red mess.
if you are going to sport something white in golf it better be white.
No hassle, just turn on and use. Updates are very easy to do, self-recognized.
The only "negative" comment is the unlock slide (when playing, to activate menu) usually takes several tries. But not frustrating, just doesn't work 100% first time. I rather swap the unlock slide with a key combination instead (i.e. press 2 separate buttons simultaneously) if the point is to prevent activating the menu accidentally.
It is great to glance down at your wrist anytime, anywhere on the course to know immediately the distance to the center of green. It doesn't matter if the distance isn't to the flag, most people are not that accurate with the approach shots anyway. Besides, you could make mental adjustment if you know the pin location (i.e. add / subtract a few feet/yards).
This allows the group to play ready-golf: scatter to each ball with multiple clubs instead of driving the golf cart to each ball after another.