Garmin Approach S1 GPS Golf Watch
The Garmin Approach S1 is a GPS enabled golf watch designed both for everyday wear and to help improve your golf game by including features that only a golfer can really appreciate. Whether you are a beginning golfer or an old pro, the Approach S1 just may be the golf watch for you.
If you are considering purchasing the Garmin Approach S1 golf watch, you might be a little confused as to which version of this product to buy. There is an old version, a newer version, and a special edition of this watch. Telling the difference between the three versions can be quite difficult as there seems to be little if any difference in the actual features of this watch. The newer Approach S1 seems to have more golf courses included, and all of the firmware updates that the older version went through already added. There seems to be no other changes except for the fact that the older versions appears to come only in black while the newer Approach S1 comes in black or white.
You can also get the Approach S1 preloaded with courses in the United States or in Canada.
The special edition seems to have the same features and functions as the other two Garmin Approach S1 golf watches do, with the exception that this watch comes in white with a bit of orange accent and seems to only come preloaded with courses in the United States.
What Comes in the Box
The Garmin Approach S1 comes in a box with everything you need included. You should find:
- The Approach S1
- Charging data clip
- AC charging adapter
Features of the Garmin Approach S1
- Combines high sensitivity GPS receiver with a lightweight flexible watch.
- It has a sunlight viewable screen with large numbering to make seeing the information at a glance simple and easy.
- Provides precise yardage to to the front, back and middle of the course.
- The built in odometer let’s you know how much of a walk you are getting in.
- Measures yardages for shots played anywhere on the course.
- Water proof
- Everyday watch with time and alarm
- It comes preloaded with thousands of courses
- Battery charge lasts 3 weeks on the watch, about 8 hours on the GPS
- Lifetime course updates are free including the ability to download Canadian courses on the U.S. Course watch and U.S. Courses on the Canadian course watch.
What The Reviews Have to say
Overall, users of all three versions of this watch seem to really like the Approach S1 and this watch earns 4.4 out 5 stars. Most people who like to golf found this watch incredibly useful and some did state that it helped them to improve their game. A few users even seem to be walking more with an odometer built right into the watch.
The Garmin Approach S1 is a dependable and functional golf watch that you can wear everyday.
What are the Similarities and Differences between Garmin Approach S3, S2 and S1
|Unit dimensions, WxHxD:||1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)||1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)||1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)|
|Display size, WxH:||1.0″ (2.54 cm) diameter||1.0″ (2.54 cm) diameter||1.0″ (2.54 cm) diameter|
|Display resolution, WxH:||128 x 128 pixels||64 x 32 pixels||64 x 32 pixels|
|Display type:||monochrome LCD||monochrome LCD||monochrome LCD|
|Weight:||2.06 oz (58.5 g) with batteries||1.8 oz (52 g) with batteries||1.8 oz (52 g) with batteries|
|Battery:||rechargeable lithium-ion||rechargeable lithium-ion||rechargeable lithium-ion|
|Battery life:||4 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode)||3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode)||3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode)|
|Waterproof:||yes (IPX7)||yes (10 m)||yes (IPX7)|
|Preloaded course maps:||yes (worldwide)||yes (worldwide)||yes (U.S. or Canada)|
|Course capacity:||unlimited||unlimited||18,000 courses|
|Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point):||No||No||No|
|Manual pin positioning (tap and drag flag on green for precise yardage):||Yes||No||No|
|Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course):||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Course preview (see detailed, hole-by-hole preview):||No||No||No|
|Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance):||No||No||No|
|Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference):||Yes||No||No|
|Digital scorecard:||yes (scoring options include Stroke Play and Stableford for a single player)||yes (scoring options include Stroke Play for a single player)||no|
|Computer scorecard review (save and review scores on computer):||Yes||Yes||No|