Garmin Approach G12 Review

'Garmin Approach G12'

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Garmin Approach G12 User Rating: 4.48 Stars 4.48 out of 5 (95 reviews)

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There are two features of the Garmin Approach G12 that set it apart from other handheld and clip-on golf GPS devices.

The most impressive feature is the battery life – up to 30 hours! That is double the life of Garmin Approach G10 and most other golf GPS products. It means you can go on a golf getaway and not even need to worry about taking the charger. If you’ve ever had your GPS run out of juice midway through a round or forgotten to take your charging cable on your weekend golf trip, the G12 is the golf GPS for you!

The second feature that makes the Garmin G12 different is that it is compatible with Garmin’s CT10 Club Tracking Sensors. Up to now, only Garmin golf watches were compatible with the sensors. Tracking the distance of every club in your bag may only be for the golf geeks among us, but there’s no doubt the information gained can help you improve your game. Golf watches are not for everyone, so we’re happy to see Garmin add this functionality to the G12.

If you can trust yourself to remember to charge your golf GPS after you play and you’re not interested in the CT10 golf club tracking, you can probably get a unit with similar functionality for less money. Check out our current list of the top budget golf GPS models.

Garmin Approach G12 Noteworthy Features
  • Battery Life – up to 30 hours on a single charge
  • Club Tracking – paired with Approach® CT10 club trackers, you’ll be amazed at how accurately this thing tracks your shots.
  • Accuracy – distances to the front, back, and middle of the green, plus hazards and doglegs
  • Green View – gives you each green’s true shape from wherever you are on the course. It allows you to drag-and-drop the pin for greater accuracy
  • 42,000+ courses worldwide
  • Clip and lanyard loop included
  • Waterproof – IPX7 water-rated so you can play in the pouring rain!
  • Big Numbers Mode – this probably isn’t the unit for you if you struggle to see text on small screens. Check out our recommendations for Easy-to-Read Golf GPS Models./li>
  • Wireless Updates – when paired with the Garmin Golf app, wirelessly download updates for the courses you play most often
  • Garmin Golf™ App – pair with the Garmin Golf app on your compatible smartphone for strokes gained analysis, to participate in leaderboards and tournaments, and to gain more data about your game
Garmin Approch G12 Specifications
Garmin Approach G12
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Full Hole Views Yes
Slope / Elevation N/A
Battery Life 30 hrs
Battery Rechargeable Lithium Ion
Size (Width x Height x Depth) 2.0 in. x 1.8 in. x .5 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size .9 x .9
Resolution 176 x 176
Display Type high-res monochrome
Weight .9 oz.
Rainproof Yes, IPX7
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Yes
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes Pairs with the Garmin Approach CT10 Golf Club Trackers to provide automatic shot distance tracking for each club.
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