Fenix 6 vs Approach S60 vs Vivoactive 4 (Golf Watches Compared)


Fenix 6 vs Approach S60 vs Vivoactive 4
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If you’re looking for a quality golf watch then these are some of the higher-end choices you can pick from. In this post, I’m going to be comparing the Garmin Fenix 6 to the Garmin Approach S60 as well as the Garmin Vivoactive 4 and talking about which is best for golfers.

In short, all three of these are quality devices and they’re all made for different people. They all offer the essential golf features you’d be looking for but each of them is slightly different. If it was up to me I’d go with the S60 or the Vivoactive. If you just want a watch for golf, go with the Garmin S60. If you want a multisport watch, go with the Vivoactive 4.

If that’s all you were looking for then great. If you want a more detailed review of each of the watches or you want to know the cheapest place to pick them up, continue reading.

Garmin Fenix 6

The Fenix 6 is the most expensive watch on this list and that’s one of the major reasons why I wouldn’t get it myself. There are a few benefits to it but they don’t justify the higher price tag (it might be worth it to you).

This watch is designed for you if you spend a lot of time in the outdoors. It’s big and rugged and quite heavy-duty. I just think it’s a bit too big and wasn’t the most comfortable. I don’t really like watches, to begin with, and that’s why I prefer the more compact ones.

I will admit though that I like the Fenix 6 a lot more than the previous Fenix 5. It’s not quite as big, it has a few more advanced features, and the battery is better. The two biggest selling points to the Fenix 6 would be durability and battery life. It’s going to last a lot longer than any other watch between charges. Here’s a video of the Fenix 6:

Pros

  • You can track so many different things on it (golf, sleep, fitness, etc).
  • It has all the essential golf features.
  • It’s the most rugged and heavy-duty golf watch.
  • The battery is way better than most of its competitors.

Cons

  • The price point is getting really high.
  • I find it a bit too big and bulky (some people won’t mind).
  • The sleep tracking feature isn’t the best (same for all Garmin watches).

Click here to see our full review.

Garmin Approach S60

The S60 is the higher-end golf watch from Garmin. It’s designed specifically for golfers so it’s not going to have as many features as the Vivo or Fenix. It does offer more for golfers though and that’s the main selling point.

This watch is also going to be the most accurate when it comes to golf. The Fenix and Vivo were quite accurate and they were always within 5 yards of the course markers but the S60 is even better. It does have basic fitness tracking features as well but that’s pretty much it.

There are a few features this watch has that the others don’t. The first is that it’ll show you detailed maps of the hole and where everything is. It’s a lot more detailed than the other two watches and will give you a better visual. The second thing is that it comes with over 40,000 courses programmed in (you have to download them on the other two).

You can also select any point on the hole and get the exact distance to it. It could be any point on the green, fairway, or rough, which can be super useful. It also comes with something called SwingTempo. It’ll measure your backswing and downswing to calculate your tempo. Fixing this could have a big impact on your game. Here’s a quick video of the S60:

Pros

  • I found it to be super comfortable (can get different straps for it).
  • It’ll give you the most information on the course.
  • It was pretty much as accurate as my laser rangefinder.
  • It’s cheaper than the other two watches.

Cons

  • It doesn’t have as many features as the other two.
  • The battery isn’t as good as the other two.

Click here to see the full review.

Garmin Vivoactive 4

My favorite multisport watch was always the Vivoactive 3 (still an awesome value) but Garmin has made some improvements with their newer version. It is more money but everything about it is slightly better. There are more features, it comes in different sizes, and the battery life is better.

I’ll start off by saying, I do like this watch more than the Fenix 6. The main reason is that it’s quite a bit cheaper (over $200 less). The second reason is that the features are pretty much the same. The third is that the Vivo is lighter and more compact. That being said, you might want something more heavy-duty if you’re climbing mountains or something.

The golf features aren’t going to be as good as the S60 but it has all of the essentials. It’ll tell you how far you hit each shot, will record all that info, and will tell you the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green. You’ll also be able to see where the hazards and layup spots are and how far they are from you. Here’s a quick video of the Vivo:

Pros

  • The price point is fairly reasonable.
  • There are a lot more features compared to the S60.
  • The battery life is awesome when used as a normal watch.
  • It’s more comfortable than a lot of other watches.

Cons

  • It’s not as rugged as the Fenix.
  • The golf features aren’t as advanced as the S60.
  • The battery could be a bit better when in GPS mode.

Click here to see the full review.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can you play music through these watches?

A. You can play music on the Fenix and Vivo using Spotify or Amazon Music. You can’t with the S60.

Q. How big are the watches?

A. The Fenix case is 47mm and 15mm thick. The Vivoactive case is either 40 or 45mm and 13mm thick. The S60 case is 46mm and 14.5mm thick.

Q. How long will the battery last in each?

A. The Fenix will last well over a day in GPS mode. The Vivo will last around 16-18 hours in GPS mode. The S60 will last 8-10 hours in GPS mode. All of them will last over a week in smartwatch mode.

Which One Would We Recommend?

Overall, all three of these watches are solid devices and I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them. It’s all going to depend on what you’ll use it for. I’d only suggest the Garmin Fenix 6 if you’re someone who spends a lot of time rock climbing or mountain biking where you need something strong and durable.

If you’re someone who wants a quality multisport watch that’s comfortable and will give you most of the golf features you’d want, go with the Garmin Vivoactive 4. If you just want a golf watch and don’t care about tracking your sleep and other numbers, or you won’t be using it for any other sport, go with the Garmin Approach S60.

If you want to pick one of them up for the best price then click the link above. Those are the full reviews and I’ll do my best to keep those updated. Let me know your thoughts and any questions you have. Like this article? Feel free to give it a share!

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Jon

I'm Jon and welcome to Out Of Bounds Golf. I'm not a professional golfer but I am a huge golf fan and this site was created to share the tips and tricks I've used to go from shooting 100 to breaking 90 and soon breaking 80. We'll be talking about clubs, gear, and training aids.

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