Just when we thought the Garmin Approach series had reached the peak of potential in a golf GPS watch with the Garmin S4, they introduced one with even more features. Our Garmin S6 Review will be available in the very near future, but here are our thoughts and expectations for the most advanced golf watch on the market to date…
“Garmin Approach S6″
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First of all, let’s take a look at the features that set Garmin S6 apart from the Garmin S4:
- Dedicated CourseView button with Green View for manual pin positioning. We love the dedicated green view button on the S4 that made it easy to see the green shape and adjust the pin location to get more precise distance. The dedicated CourseView button on the G6 gives the same information, but also allows you to view the shape of the entire hole, as well as see layup and dogleg distances. This is definitely a feature we haven’t seen on any other golf watch.
- PinPointer blind shot assistance tells you where the pin is, even if you can’t see it. This can be a life saver when you are at the bottom of a hill and can’t see the green.
- Features swing metrics: SwingTempo, TempoTraining and SwingStrength™. We can’t wait to take these features to the driving range. At the very least, it will be interesting and at best, may help you lower your handicap. If you are working on swing changes, it seems like the SwingStrength™ indicator would help you identify which “tweaks” are working and which are not. As for tempo… all golfers know that we play our best on days when our tempo is just right. Hopefully using this tool on the range will make for more consistency on the course.
Like the S4, the Garmin S6 also has a glove-friendly, high-resolution touchscreen. Distance to the front, middle and back of every green, plus par and hole number shows on the main screen. In addition to the doglegs and layups already included with the course maps, you can save custom points for future reference. As with most GPS devices, you can measure your shots. Both the S4 and S6 have an easy to use scorecard feature with stat-tracking and the S6 will utilize handicap information. Both of these golf watches will also connect via bluetooth to your iPhone and get notifications whenever you want them. Both of these watches come preloaded 38,000 international courses and never have any subscriptions or fees.
When the Garmin S4 was announced with so many features, we were skeptical that it would be easy enough to use, but were totally impressed with Garmin’s implementation and it quickly became our favorite golf watch. The same thoughts occur when looking at all that is promised on the S6… but we are far more optimistic this time, having seen Garmin pull it off over and over again with their golf GPS handhelds and watches.
Our bottom line… If Garmin has indeed pulled off another easy to use golf GPS with the bonus features that we can take to the driving range and improve our game, we think this watch will likely be worth the price!
|Model||Garmin Approach S6|
|Course Download Fees||No|
|Pre-loaded with Courses||Yes|
|Battery Life||10 hrs GPS / 20 wk|
|Measure Shot Distance||Yes|
|Display Type||hi-res color touch|
|Rainproof||Yes (50 meters)|
|Manual Pin Positioning||Yes|
|Computer Analysis Tools||Yes|
|Aerial Hole View||Yes|
|Green Rotates to your shot angle||Yes|
|Add Courses Manually||N/A|
|USGA Compliant (local rule)||N/A|
|Notes||Swing tempo trainer and swing strength measurements. Notifications from iPhone available via bluetooth.|
Garmin Approach S6
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