Watch our video above and read our full Garmin Approach S60 GPS watch review below to see what we liked and disliked about one of the most feature-laden models available.Key TechnologyThe Garmin Garmin Approach S60 Black Friday Deals 2021 Approach S60 GPS watch features a sunlight-readable touchscreen that integrates detailed hole maps and yardages in full colour. You get quick and precise distances to greens, hazards and doglegs on more than 40,000 preloaded courses (with free lifetime updates).The Approach S60 is packed with useful golf features like AutoShot, which automatically records the location and distance of each detected shot so you can log your score as you play and analyse your statistics after your round. Touch targeting also lets you select any point on the hole map and get a distance, while the GreenView feature outlines the shape of the green and lets you manually position the pin to that day’s location to get more precise measurements.
Garmin Approach S60
As you can see above, it also receives notifications for calls, texts, emails and more, while when paired with the Garmin app it can provide weather forecast data. It also boasts SwingTempo that measures the relationship between your upswing and downswing. You can then use its vibration-based TempoTraining to fine-tune your rhythm in practice. Finally its running, swimming an cycling functions alongside its very stylish look mean it can be used away from the golf course for other sports and for general wear.
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Garmin Approach S60 GPS Watch Review Let us start this review by talking about the styling on offer. As you can see for yourself below, The Garmin Approach S60 can be easily transformed into a watch that doesn’t look out of place away from the golf course, a fact many of its competitors can’t boast. It’s also proved extremely comfortable to wear, owed in part due to how light it is on your wrist. We tested a black silicone watchband, but they are easily interchangeable and there is an assortment available, including leather and stainless steel styles.
Garmin Approach S60-off-course The three main screens we flicked between during our months of testing cover everything you need to know while you play. The first has the key numbers to the front, middle and back of the green alongside the hole map, its par and number. In our opinion, many golfers could happily play a round without ever leaving this screen, which was easy to read even in bright sunshine.
The second useful screen has a a close-up view of the green so you can see its shape. This screen also has a flag on it and it allows you to manually move the pin position to wherever it has been cut that day for very precise yardages that rivalled the laser rangefinder we had with us.
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Admittedly, I’ve been a skeptic of GPS golf watches, always finding a range finder to be more precise and convenient — and less expensive. And quite a few of my golf buddies share my point of view. However, after wearing the $400 Garmin Approach S60 for a handful of rounds, including a 36-hole day, it might be time to leave the range finder at home. The golf-specific smartwatch from Garmin offers all the features avid golfers and fitness fanatics need to navigate their way around the course.
Since conducting this Garmin Approach S60 review, Tom’s Guide tested out its newer variant, the $500 Approach S62. Read our full Garmin Approach S62 review to see if its Virtual Caddie feature and longer battery life make it worth the $100 premium.
The third helpful screen is then the touch targeting display, which allows you to manually move a crosshair to get distances from your to a point such as a bunker or dogleg, and then from that point to the green.
Outside of these key screens there are many, many other options, some of which are more useful than others. You can keep score, track statistics and measure your tempo, while the Garmin Golf app lets users compete in weekly leaderboards and against friends, plus view other players’ rank, score, handicap and more.
We think that there are arguably too many features on this watch for the average golfer to use during a round, but the beauty of the design is that it is easy to ignore the ones you’re not fussed about. On the whole the menus are intuitive and the functionality was good, though the screen did occasionally need a second press to activate your selection, a common issue with any touchscreen technology.
The AutoShot detection proved surprisingly accurate and helped us to keep score, something that we liked a lot. The ability to monitor other sports activities means it also offers a bit more than most golf watches, which you’d expect for something that
Garmin watch features Garmin says that Approach S60 should give you up to 10 hours of battery life in golf mode and up to 10 days in watch mode, but we found it tended to last around 30 holes, or 7 hours, when playing back-to-back rounds, which was frustrating on the days we wanted to squeeze 36 holes in.It took me less than 10 minutes to complete the initial setup of the Approach S60. I followed the on-screen prompt to download the Garmin Connect app to my phone, created a free account and used a Bluetooth connection to sync the S60 with my new Garmin Connect account. From this point forward, just about every setting is controlled from the watch.
Garmin Approach S60: Design and interface
Although the Approach S60 doesn’t look particularly sleek or flashy, it has a clean design and black matte finish that looks great both during fitness activities and as a basic everyday smartwatch. At 1.8 ounces, it’s also lightweight and comfortable to wear throughout a round. Garmin Approach S60 Black Friday Deals 2021 The round 1.2-inch touch screen is large enough to view and interact with the widgets when wearing a glove or when drenched in sweat (it worked in the pool, too — the watch is water-resistant to 165 feet), and was perfectly clear, even in direct sunlight.