Garmin Golf has released a lower cost Approach S10 golf watch and Z80 laser rangefinder. Both have integrated GPS and maps for over 41,000 courses.
Garmin Golf Approach S10
An easy to use, entry-level golf watch with pre-loaded course maps for over 41,000 courses worldwide. It has a 3.3cm mono high-resolution sunlight readable screen.
It used GPS, to automatically select the course, and provide distances to the front, back and middle of the green for each hole. It can also display distances to hazards, doglegs and layups.
It will automatically transition to the next hole, and players can enter in their score on the watch. After every game, the Approach S10 shows the total distance travelled, the time played and the score for that round. Ready to be uploaded to the weekly leaderboard on the Garmin Golf App.
Its 5ATM rating means swim and shower friendly. It has a battery life of up to 12-hours between charges in GPS mode. Available in Q2, the Approach S10 (Australian website here) and costs $199.
Garmin Golf Approach Z80 laser rangefinder
It is a laser range finder with integrated GPS and full-colour 2-D CourseView mapping overlaid on more than 41,000 courses worldwide.
- Most accurate laser distance measurements, within 3m to the flag, up to 320 meters
- Image stabilisation reduces shakiness and makes it easier to find and range the flag
- Green View feature automatically shows the distance to the front and back of the green
- PlaysLike Distance feature adjusts distances based on an uphill or downhill slope; turns on or off for tournament play
It comes with a convenient carrying case with carabiner. Available in Q2 2018, at $849. Australian website here
GadgetGuy’s take – golfers need all the help they can get
I don’t see the point in chasing a small white ball around a paddock; please excuse my brevity. Golfers will love the heads up, and Garmin (a good company) gets coverage with GadgetGuy golfers.
It seems that these performance eenhancingdevices take all the fun out of the game!
GadgetGuy has information on the Approach X10 here.