What the Golf Ball Guy Says About It
All this time I have been look for marked sprinkler heads, yardage makers, and sketching out notes to find my distance to the green, enter the Garmin Approach S2 GPS golf watch.
A number of the weekend golfers that I have talked to about using a GPS device say the high price out ways the benefit, unlike that new driver they buy every other year. These guys are happy checking the yardage makers and pacing off the distance to their ball. For me, I love the idea of using a satellite orbiting the earth to help me play better golf. “So you have a $400 driver and a $5 golf well I’m using a $2 million a day satellite” (insert laughter here).
More Than 39,000 International Courses with Free Course Updates
The Approach S2 comes with over 39,000 courses worldwide preloaded and includes free lifetime course updates that are added up to 4 times a year and are available via Garmin’s “CourseView” updater. I was in The Woodlands, Texas to for a round of golf with a good buddy and when I started the S2 it lite up like a Christmas tree with all of the course in that area. Spring Valley Golf Course, a nine hole in Spring, Texas, is the only course I have played that was not available but it isn’t on any app that I have used.
Yardage to the Front, Back, and Middle of Green
Golf GPS smartphone applications are a dime a dozen these days but the even the best of them have way to much going on to be helpful on the golf course, besides that my phone is for taking pictures and posting to Facebook so my friends will know I have a life. The Approach S2 has no need for an internet connection, it doesn’t send emails to your golf buddies it just simply gives you an accurate distance to the center, front edge, and back edge of the green. The Garmin Approach S2 has got be the easiest golf gadget to use all you have to pick the course you are playing from the list, step up on the first tee, look the large number on the display and there is the distance to the hole. With a high-sensitivity GPS receiver precise yardage to the green, to measure shot distances, a course odometer, layup distance, and dogleg distances. “Whether you’re on a course near home, a course at a holiday resort or the Old Course at St. Andrews, the S2 knows where you are and how far you have to go.”
Save Strokes and Pace of Play
Any time you know the distance to the green you will make a better club and shot selection because saving a few strokes per can change your whole outlook on life. The S2 GPS watch gives me the right yardage with just a quick glance at the large readout allowing time to visualize my shot without the hassle of using traditional out of date markers. Accurate distance leads to accurate shot selection, accurate club selection, and lower score. This thing not only saves me strokes but it save me golfing time, about 20 minutes per round even more on course that I never played before. How often do you find yourself looking at the score card, yardage markers, and sprinkler heads to find distances? I never have to spend my time finding yardages, just enjoying the next shot.
The scorecard is a simple feature to help track you round. I prefer to use a score card and only use this function on occasion. Approach S2 helps you track of your score then download, store and print scorecards of your rounds. The included USB cable connects the Garmin S2 to a computer giving the user the option to chart your progress, or even brag to your friends.
If you don’t already know, I am cheap when it comes to spending money on golf and the Garmin Approach S2 fits my pocket book perfectly with the MSRP at $179.99. This is from Garmin the company that perfected GPS for the consumer market for under $200.00, wow.
To Sum it Up
I found the Garmin Approach S2 to be a comfortable and stylish GPS golf watch that did not bother with me during my golf swing like a big watch tends to do. The unit is very light weight and stable during the day. The LED readout on the Garmin Approach S2 has large text I can even read it without my glasses. The S2 gets high marks for simplicity of use and the entry level price.
What Garmin Says about the Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch
Approach S2 is a stylish and comfortable GPS golf watch with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver giving precise yardage to the front, back and middle of greens. The S2 has the ability to measure shot distances and a course odometer. It’s similar to our popular Approach S1 model, but the S2 takes it up a notch with layup and dogleg distances and a digital scorecard.
Courses with Free Course Updates
Approach S2 is preloaded with more than 39,000 courses from around the world. Whether you’re on a course near home, a course at a holiday resort or the Old Course at St. Andrews, the S2 knows where you are and how far you have to go. Every Approach S2 includes free lifetime course updates, without additional subscriptions. Updates are added up to 4 times a year and are available through CourseView Updater.
Lock In and Measure Yardages
The high-sensitivity GPS receiver gives you yardage to the front, middle and back of the green, plus layup and dogleg distances to improve usability over the entire hole. It also measures precise yardages for shots played from anywhere on the course. And for those who like to walk, there’s an odometer to track how far you’ve gone.
Approach S2 easily keeps track of your score throughout your round. When you’re done, use the included USB cable to connect S2 to your computer to download, store and print your scorecards. Then, chart your progress, or brag to your friends.
Approach S2 is flexible, lightweight, and comfortable enough for everyday wear. It’s rugged, durable and water resistant (to 10 m). A variety of colorful bands are available to customize the look. With automatic time and date, an alarm and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, you’ll never miss a tee time.
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