Garmin Golf Approach S3 GPS Watch
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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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Garmin Approach S3 Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is packed with tens of thousands of international courses. It displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens on a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen. It lets you manually position pins, get distances to doglegs and layups, customize yardage points, and print digital scorecards for Stroke Play and Stableford. Features: Touchscreen GPS golf watch with sunlight readable, high-resolution display Battery lasts up to 8 hours in GPS mode; 4 weeks in watch mode Preloaded with more than 30,000 international courses with no subscriptions or fees Precise distance to the front, back and middle of greens plus layups and doglegs Green View provides the true shape and layout of the green Touch and 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 3s where you’ll be able to dial in the distance you need and fire away with confidence. Preloaded Courses and Free Updates The S3 may be the size of a typical sports watch, but we have preloaded it with tens of thousands of courses from around the world — without extra fees or paid subscriptions. Plus, you'll be able to download free course updates whenever they become available. Customize Distances S3 gives you distances to the front, back and center of the green, as well as distances to doglegs. It also allows you to input and save customizable yardage points — such as water hazards or bunkers — from anywhere on the course. Keep Score and See How Far S3 has digital scorecard options for individual players. Scoring options include Stroke Play and Stableford, and you can save, review and print scorecards from your computer. Plus, when you hit a big one you can see how far it went with the Measure Shot feature. An Everyday Watch with Style The S3 functions as an everyday watch,
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First time out:
-The night prior I charged the watch, too easy. The charging cradle is MAGNETIC and is dummy-proof. The next day I put it on and headed to the course.
FEEL: I wear an "oversized" TIMEX watch (I have small wrists as well) and this fit like a brand new golf glove, AMAZING. It didn't get in the way of my swing nor my glove.
DURABILITY: So far I've worn it once on the course for 18 holes and around town. There were some complaints on the durability of the band but this seems SOLID. I wouldn't wear this watch on any sort of endurance race or through the woods (unless you hit your ball there) but for the course and normal wear, this watch is as high of quality as I would have expected from Garmin.
INTERFACE: As soon as I walked outside the time synced with GPS, NO PROGRAMMING NEEDED! The touch screen is great and EASILY navigable. I didn't notice the buttons on the side. They're nice if you use it to keep score (I haven't yet as I use Nike Golf 360 app) and the "distance" button (top right) is great for measuring shots, you push it from where you hit to where the ball landed, TOO EASY. Now I was able to actually see real-world number of my shots. AWESOME!
USE DURING PLAY: I drove to the course and several courses around me came up, with the one I was at on top. I selected it and it started at hole one and gave me the distance to the pin, front, and back (as you see in most photos of the watch). Whenever I moved around the tee box, the numbers changed accordingly, and VERY QUICKLY. You can also use the distance to doglegs and the 150/200 yard markers. Finally knowing the distance to dog legs was GREAT! I was able to change up my teeing options and nail the doglegs instead of hitting a driver or 3 wood and wondering if they would stay on the fairway. GREAT TOOL!
-After the tee shot, this watch was ABSOLUTE MONEY. I was able to stick a few greens and change my club options by knowing the EXACT distance to the pin. You can even physically move the pin on the "green view" which was also pretty amazing.
-At one point the watch switched to another hole (as noted by another reviewer) but all I did was literally press UP or DOWN on the screen (top or bottom) and it switched to the hole that I was on and was accurate to the pin (I may have bumped or accidentally touched the screen). This ONLY HAPPENED ONCE and rest assured that it doesn't register wayward motions or touches, at least it didn't for me during the rest of the course. I'm not sure of the "downtime" between presses but you'll find yourself having to "swipe" across the screen to make changes. It's not a pain at all and I like the design.
ODOMETER: I didn't realize until before I started that I could use the odometer to track my overall walking distance. It also keeps time via a timer and lets you see how fast you're playing as well. Pretty great! I finished walking 18 holes and also ran a 3 mile course afterward by MAPPING IT OUT with the watch. Too cool! I've never had a GPS watch before and this was great!
UPDATING: When I returned home I plugged it into my computer with the included USB cable. On the watch face it gave me the website to go to (again, dummy proof!) I went there and had to download a small program (Garmin Express) and it quickly recognized my watch. There were 5 updates (2 watch software) to include map updates! Again, too easy. I had to restart the watch (top left button) and turn it back on for the updates to apply. Simple, fast, and easy.
BOTTOM LINE: I haven't worn watches when golfing up until a few weeks ago (knowing that I wanted a GPS watch). It doesn't hinder my play or throw my swing off whatsoever. I personally believe that this is WAY BETTER than using a laser distance range finder (beats carrying it around!). Knowing distance to the hole (for me anyhow) allows me to also know the distances to any hazards (which the watch DOES NOT give you distances to). This IS NOT a deal breaker for me!
-Having been jammed up after the 10th hole and falling out of rhythm, I nailed a +8, not bad given the windy conditions. Do I think that I was able to take strokes off with the watch? Absolutely. Before checking distance a couple of times I chose what club I thought I should use and then checked distance. A few times I changed clubs and stuck it right on the green; I was ecstatic!
WHY I CHOSE THE S3: I was torn between the less expensive S1/2 and the more-expensive-with-more-features S6. For me I don't need anymore features than what the S3 has (I don't need the smartphone notification, color maps, swing tempo, etc). Here is a link to the comparison on the Garmin website (scroll down): [...] .These all seemed more than what I actually needed a distance finder for. If you want DISTANCE, GREEN VIEWS, ODOMETER, etc, this watch is perfect for you. If you want to keep track of phone calls and want color maps on your wrist, then get the more expensive watch (Me personally I don't care to know who is calling and the score cards and signs on the course ALREADY give you the course layout!) Also, for less than $199 this was a GREAT INVESTMENT and price point for me. Want SIMPLICITY but also some STYLE? Then this watch is for you. My girlfriend and a few buddies even commented on how nice it looked.
The best in making your decision and I hope that this review was able to help out!
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.
The only negative I have run across is the initial charge seemed to take days and one of my frequent golf partners said the same about his, but, this is minor and I would rather have this than trying to line up a laser onto a flag 200 yards away.
Great buy for any golfer