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Garmin Approach G3 Waterproof Touchscreen Golf GPS
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- The Box contains: Approach G3, Belt clip, USB cable, Owner's manual
- The detailed golf course maps will provide golfers with precise distance information about fairways, hazards and greens from any point on the course
- As you move about the course, the unit will continuously update your position and show you the distance to each target
- The Approach G3 steps away from our traditional recreational product line to bring something brand new to the golf market at lower price point
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Touchscreen Golf GPS Gives Exact Yardages
- 2.6" sunlight readable touchscreen display
- Preloaded with thousands of North and Latin American courses
- Free course updates — no subscriptions, no fees
- Touch Targeting gives yardage to any point on the course
- Green View to manually move pin to days’ pin location
Give your game a boost of confidence with Approach G3, a rugged, waterproof, touchscreen golf device packed with thousands of preloaded golf course maps. Approach uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to measure individual shot distances and show the exact yardage to fairways, hazards and greens.
Fits Perfectly in Your Pocket
A bit smaller and lighter than the Approach G5, Approach G3 is ideal if you prefer to walk the course. Still as rough and rugged as its big brother, Approach G3 lightens your load no matter how you get around the course.
Eliminate the Guesswork
Approach displays and updates your exact position on stunningly detailed, preloaded course maps throughout North and Latin America. Approach’s highly sensitive GPS receiver pinpoints your position and removes guesswork from your game. As you move, Approach automatically updates your position, so you’ll always know your yardage. There are no subscriptions or setup fees, and Approach is compliant with USGA rules (permitted when Local Rule is in effect (see USGA Decision 14-3/0.5).
Tired of trees blocking your view? We’ve included Tree Line Coverage for most courses (with more to come) to help you see where trees line your fairways, further allowing you to adjust your shot.
Touch Your Target
Need to measure distances for your next shot? Touch any point on the sunlight-readable display, and Approach shows the precise distance to that exact spot — fairway, hazard, landing area, or the front, middle, and back of the green.
Get on the Green
Approach helps you zero in on the pin with Green View. Just tap the flag on the map to zoom in on the green — then you can drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.
Keep Score Digitally
Approach doubles as a digital scorecard for your foursome. After the game, you can save and review the scores on your computer.
Add More Courses
We add more courses periodically to our map data, as well as updating and improving our course maps for Approach G3.
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Staying Linked in on the Links
Having a golf GPS unit in your bag is a bit like playing with your very own PGA-quality caddie. These little electronic wonders have evolved a great deal since the USGA deemed them legal for tournament play in 2005. Most models these days can provide you with quick and accurate information regarding distance to the hole and other targets and hazards; length of prior shots (often storable for future reference); course layout; distance to the front, middle, and back of the green; and more.
With a wide range of golf GPS device, feature, and subscription choices available on the market today, finding one that's right for you can be like finding the middle of the fairway when the winds are swirling. Amazon.com has put together a list of the top GPS units and their key specifications, below, to help you select your ideal model.
|Navigating Your Options|
|Unit||Available Courses/Capacity||Membership Fees||Screen||Battery Type/Life|
|Bushnell Golf GPS 368100 Yardage Pro||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10||$34.99 annually||Black and white backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Neo Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10||$34.99 annually||2.1-inch, black and white backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Yardage Pro Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/10||$34.99 annually||Black and white backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Yardage Pro XG Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)/20||$34.99 annually||2.2-inch, high-contrast black and white LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC Golf GPS||12,000 (download up to 100 annually)||$34.99 annually||2.2-inch, high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/16 hours|
|Callaway Golf uPro Golf GPS||18,000/50||None||320x240 high-resolution color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours|
|Callaway Golf uPro Go GPS||18,000 pre-loaded||One-time $49.99 activation fee||240x320 high-resolution color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/10-12 hours|
|Garmin Approach G3 GPS-Enabled Golf Handheld||17,500+ pre-loaded/unlimited||None||160x240 transflective color TFT touchscreen||Two AA batteries/up to 15 hours using NiMH or lithium|
|Garmin Approach G5 GPS-Enabled Golf Handheld||17,500+ pre-loaded/unlimited||None||240x400 transflective color TFT touchscreen||Two AA batteries/up to 15 hours using NiMH or lithium|
|GolfBuddy Plus GPS Rangefinder||Over 14,000/1,000||None||High-resolution black/white LCD||Rechargeable lithium-polymer|
|Golf Buddy Pro GPS Range Finder||All available courses in North America/20,000||None||High-resolution black/white LCD||Rechargeable lithium-polymer with AAA backup|
|Golf Buddy Tour GPS Range Finder||All available courses in North America/20,000||None||Backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium-polymer with AAA backup/14 hours|
|GolfLogix GPS by Garmin (2008 Model)||15,000/20||$39.95 annually||1.25-by-2.25-inch backlit black and white LCD||Two AA/22 hours|
|GolfLogix GPS Smart Phone Membership and Ultimate Retail Accessory Kit||24,000/varies by smartphone||$39.95 annually||N/A||N/A|
|GPS Golf Guru 4 Precise GPS/PDA Golf Rangefinder with Multi-application capabilities||20,000/200||None||3.5-inch full color touchscreen||Rechargeable/14 hours|
|IZZO Swami 1500 Golf GPS Unit||12,000/10||$9.99 annually||Black and white LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours|
|OnPar Golf Touchscreen GPS||13,000/300||None||Full color backlit touchscreen||Rechargeable lithium ion|
|SkyCaddie SG2.5 Golf GPS (Black)||16,000/varies based on membership plan||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||120x80 backlit black and white LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours|
|Sky Caddie SG3.5V GPS Unit||16,000/20||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||High-resolution 2.2-inch backlit color LCD||Three AAA|
|SkyCaddie SG5 Golf GPS (Black)||16,000/10||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||220x176 high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours|
|SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS||30,000 pre-loaded||$29.95-129.95 annually, depending on plan||Three-inch, high-resolution transflective TFT-LCD screen||Rechargeable lithium ion/14 hours|
|Sonocaddie Auto Play Golf GPS||Pre-loaded with 18,000/30,000||None||220x176 high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/12 hours|
|Sonocaddie V300 Color GPS Unit||22,000/30||One-time $29.95 or $49.95 fee, depending on plan, or $5 per course after first five free downloads||2.2-inch high-resolution backlit color LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/15 hours|
|Sonocaddie XV2 Personal Golf GPS||22,000/20||One-time $29.95 or $49.95 fee, depending on plan, or $5 per course after first five free downloads||Black and white LCD||Three AAA/10 hours|
|Sureshot GPS Golf System||14,000/10||$29.95-199.95 annually, depending on plan||Full color backlit LCD||Rechargeable lithium ion/typically lasts for 36 holes|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
1) If you can't see the target, you can't scope a distance. Let's say you are playing a course where you know there is water in front of the green over the hill. If you can't see the water, you can't scope it. Or a hazard around a dog leg. True, these situations don't happen often but it is certainly an advantage of the GPS device.
2) I like just looking down at the device to get the yardages. No fussing with trying to hit the spot, plus I get front, middle and back of the green yardages. In the green view, in a single glance I get more information about yardages than the scope can give me.
If you are thinking of getting a GPS device where you need to download course to it, consider this. I thought we were playing Grande Dunes as one of the courses but we were playing Dunes Club. The courses are actually near each other and if I had to download the course before going down to Myrtle, I would have downloaded Grande Dunes. When I went down, I found out we were playing the Dunes club and because I had a device with all courses loaded, it wasn't an issue.
Notable features of the G3
- No fees: All US & Canada courses are pre-installed. I also downloaded an update to the courses for free. Included all trees too.
- Battery life: I got 3 full rounds on a pair of Duracell alkalines. I plan on using NIMH rechargables going forward.
- Screen: People have really over analyzed this. The screen is a color LCD touchscreen. In daylight, you don't need a backlight. In fact, the last few holes the device would not use the backlight to save power and I didn't have any issues. It isn't an iPhone screen with a strongly backlit display. It's the same kind of screen that you would get on a Garmin GPS device for your car but the backlighting is not as strong in order to save power. I have GolfShot on my iPhone and it wasn't perfect either.
- No buttons: This is 100% touch. Turn it on, select the course and play. It automatically changes the holes. The backlight is off unless you touch the screen so it doesn't drain the battery. I keep this on my bag and just look down at it when I need a yardage. Simple.
- Course detail: It has a zoom to any point on the course and it has a separate green view.
- Size: It was smaller than I thought it would be but I wouldn't put this in my pocket.
- Durable: I like the fact that I can bang this around and not worry about it.
Compared to the Bushnell Neo (which offers no graphics and very basic) the G3 is much more useful and worth the extra cost. The G5 has a higher resolution and larger screen. The practical difference is that you see more of the hole and green but the points that you get numbers to are the same. The G3 and the G5 use the same maps and work the exact same way. The G5 is larger overall. I would go with the G5 if you regularly play courses you are unfamiliar with. Note that the size of the numbers are exactly the same on the G3 and G5.
What I don't like (but am willing to live with) about the G3?
- The trade off for this being a durable device is that the screen is recessed making it sometimes tricky to click on the corner buttons. People with fat fingers may have an issue.
- I wish the screen was bigger but I know that a big screen comes with the tradeoff of requiring more battery power. The G5 is a larger device but the graphics are the same size, you just see more of the hole. Check out the images on their website. They are an excellent and accurate representation of the difference between the screens.