Jon Snow knows nothing if he doesn’t know Garmin. That’s the extent of influence they exert in the GPS navigation market. Garmin products have become to golf what Melisandre is to Jon Snow. They have seduced even the most orthodox golfers with the convenience and range of their products. And they have resurrected the interest in GPS enabled Golf systems as a viable rangefinder option. Being a leader in this area also means that they have the resources to innovate and suffuse more features in smaller and more cost efficient packages. In a tribute their tireless efforts we have compiled a list of their best gizmos so far.
TOP 4 GARMIN GOLF WATCH SHOULD YOU BUY
Garmin Approach G8 Handheld Golf GPS
A successor of Garmin G6, the G8 is not meticulous in details but it offers the most out there. With a 4.4 inch dapper outfit, the handheld GPS device offers touchscreen, smart notification, Garmin connect to PC, Club Advice and font choice. It has 39,000 preloaded courses though mapped targets are fewer. It shows slope-adjusted distances, the main improvement over G6. Smart notifications facilitate emails and alerts to be delivered to the device.
PinPointer feature accounts for pointing the direction in a blind shot. ClubAdvice records your shot distances with each club and accordingly suggests the club to be used. Garmin Connect makes way for statistics tracking and sharing. Courses will be updated for free using Wi-fi connection, no subscription required. Customer service is said to be sound.
Garmin G8 has its faults. With different pieces of the product consumers have made different complaints like sloppy Bluetooth connection or inefficient Garmin connect. Software-wise there are quite a few bugs that need to be addressed.
Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch
Armed to the teeth like Swiss mercenaries, S6 features futuristic swing metrics, touchscreen modulated against unintentional touch, Pinpointer blind shot assistance, hazard/doglegs/trap preview, 38,000 course maps in a sleek lightweight, waterproof body. Swing conditioning using SwingTempo and TempoTraining is the major selling point of the Garmin S6 and has been generally appreciated for improving golfers’ game. The screen is a color, touchscreen display that allows you to drag and drop the pin to current location.
The PinPointer blind shot assistance will give you the pin direction in case of a blind shot.It can be synced for advanced analytics to Garmin connect, provides an odometer and has Bluetooth compatibility with Android/Iphone to receive notification. To make a persuasive golf GPS watch without compromising on the features of a handheld device, the S6 facilitates automatic zoom to highlight only relevant menu and map at a time. It is stylish and gives you instant distances to front, center and back of the greens as well as hazards .
Downside is the screen is very small to sustain the mélange of features. You should use a stylus to utilize all of them. This also means it’s more complicated to access many features. Another major issue is that the backswing triggers scorecard button unintentionally, if you are wearing gloves. Garmin S6 comes at a steep price but deserves it.
Garmin Approach G6 Handheld Golf GPS
The S6 is not the latest, but the most loved product to come out of Garmin’s golf GPS collection. With a 2.6 inch glove friendly display in a waterproof package, G6 has over 25,000 preloaded courses worldwide. It claims a 15 hour battery life per charge, has foursome digital scorecard with advanced options, and statistics tracking.
The color touchscreen has a backlight and can be easily read in the sun with or without it. You can touch any point on the course map to get distance to the target and distance from the target to the center of green. The features are numerous in a small (pocket friendly) and light device and you have to go through the user manual for a correct idea about all that G6 can accomplish.
Different users experience minor issues like satellite taking time to recognize the course or glitches with the software after setting up. Garmin can do better with the user manual towards explaining the set up and use procedure.
Garmin Approach S2 Golf GPS Watch
If simple is the mantra for you, Garmin S2 is our all-time favorite. Available in 5 designs, S2 boasts of 30,000 preloaded courses worldwide, shot distances, odometer, accurate yardages and digital scorecard.
The distances to front, back and center are displayed instantly. The battery doesn’t drain as fast as touchscreen GPS watches. Updates are free and there are no paid subscriptions.
S2 resembles the design of S1 to a great extent with the exception of digital scorecard and layup/dogleg distances.
The watch is comfortable, reliable and waterproof up to 10m. The features are kept at bare minimum in an affordable package.
If you are looking for more information and hi-tech features, S2 is not for you. But at low price per GPS watch, it sure is a bargain.
The display is not touchscreen but simple and easy to navigate.