GARMIN APPROACH G80 GPS REVIEW
The Garmin Approach G80 GPS is a premium option loaded with features. It not only provides distances to the front, middle, and back of the green but enhances your game with advanced features like Garmin’s PlaysLike Distance. This unique feature adjusts distances for uphill or downhill shots, providing precise yardage and can be easily turned off for tournament play. The Green View feature allows you to zoom in on the green, offering precise yardages based on the pin’s location. Linking into the social network of golfers, the Garmin Approach G80 works with the free Garmin Golf app, allowing you to compete, compare, and connect with fellow golfers. This comprehensive functionality is packed into a slim device with a 3.5″ sunlight-readable, color, touchscreen display. However, However, the screen still needs to improve visibility in bright sunlight conditions. This device brings a great array of features to the table, and it can even serve as a launch monitor.
GARMIN APPROACH G80 GPS REVIEW
The Garmin Approach G80 is more than just a GPS device; it’s like having a personal caddie with you on the course. With over 41,000 pre-loaded courses, the G80 provides accurate yardage and quickly detects the course you’re playing. You can easily carry it in your pocket or attach it to your bag or trolley frame using a special mount.
While the touchscreen makes navigating the features a breeze, the screen itself is relatively small and can be challenging to see clearly in certain lighting conditions, appearing dark, pale, and hazy even at maximum brightness. We also noticed that recent changes to our home course were not incorporated. However, the distances provided were within a few yards of our laser rangefinder.
The Approach G80 offers a range of features, including Garmin’s PlaysLike Distance, which adjusts distances for uphill or downhill shots and can be disabled for tournament play. Green View allows you to zoom in on the green for precise yardages based on the pin placement.
The sunlight-readable touchscreen is responsive, and you can easily obtain detailed yardage information by simply pointing to any spot on the course map. The PlaysLike Distance tool is especially useful for understanding the impact of slope on yardages, while Pinpointer assists on blind holes by indicating the location of the green and providing accurate flag yardages when zoomed in.
Moreover, the G80 doubles as a launch monitor, capable of tracking club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, swing tempo, and estimated distance. By positioning it just in front of where you hit the ball, you can gather valuable data. It also integrates with the free Garmin Golf app, allowing you to compete, compare, and connect with fellow golfers. The device even offers games and practice modes to enhance your skills, making it a cost-effective alternative to other launch monitors.
In summary, the Garmin Approach G80 is an excellent all-in-one solution, serving as both a reliable GPS unit and a portable launch monitor. It’s like having a seasoned caddie by your side, helping you navigate the course and improve your game.