Today, we’re going to be reviewing the Garmin Approach S6 golf GPS and I’ll be sharing my honest thoughts after testing it out for myself. There are a bunch of GPS or rangefinders out on the market, so how did this one stack up?
Long story short, there wasn’t really anything bad to say about the S6. It shows you an overhead view of the hole you’re on and tracks some pretty cool stats which you can see on the app. It has a bunch of courses already programmed in (not sure the exact amount) but all the courses I normally go to were on it. It also has handicap scoring, so you can track your performance more effectively. Sure, it’s one of the more expensive GPS units on the market, but the benefits are worth it if you’re able to afford it.
If that’s all the info you were looking for then great. But if you want a more detailed review of this GPS, be sure to watch the full video or blog post below!
Garmin Approach S6 GPS Golf Watch Review
Garmin S6 First Impressions
The new features these GPS units have are pretty cool. You can see how far you hit each club and you can track your round right on the watch itself (not other peoples though). It’ll automatically track putts per round, fairways/greens in regulation, and left vs right shots. You can see all that info on the app.
It also has some pretty cool training apps to help your game. Tempotraining will help find the right tempo for your swing. Swingstrength will help you compare good swings to bad ones. Then, all you have to do is set your good swing and the GPS will tell you how you compare. Pretty cool if you ask me…
Setting it up was pretty easy. All you had to do was charge it on your computer, turn it on, select your language, input your driver distance, what hand you shoot, and then create your Garmin account.
Garmin claims the watch has over 38,000 courses already programmed in (who knows if it’s true) and new ones are always being added. Pretty much all the courses I normally go to were on it.
That’s good and all, but how did it perform…
How Did The GPS Perform?
Since it’s a watch, the screen is pretty small and can be a bit tricky getting used to it. After a couple of rounds, it wasn’t a problem though. It seemed to be well built (for the time we’ve had it) and would be something that’ll last a while.
In terms of accuracy, we found it to be accurate to about +/- 4 yards on average, which was completely fine for me. It showed distances to greens, bunkers, water, creeks, and you could even manually input 5 targets on each hole.
Other than that, there’s really nothing else you’d want a GPS to do. It did the job it was made to do.
Here’s a demo video:
Who’s It Best For/Not For?
I’d say this GPS would be perfect for anyone who golfs a lot and would put the thing to good use. It’s a fairly expensive device and you’d probably only benefit from it if it’s used a lot (or if you have the money to burn). If you’re out there a couple of times per year, go with a cheaper model. If you want a top-notch device, I’d recommend the S6.
- It comes with an overhead hole view so you can see everything.
- It’ll track a bunch of stats that can help your game.
- It has a lot of courses programmed in.
- It comes with handicap scoring.
- At the time of this post, you can’t view your score on the watch (only on the app).
- It’s more expensive than some other GPS watches.
- Performance score: 10
- Price score: 7
- Durability score: 9
- Personal score: 8.5
My Final Thoughts
Overall, I really liked the S6 GPS and would recommend it. It’s not the cheapest thing out there but if you plan on using it a lot I think it’d benefit your game quite a bit.
It was accurate enough for me and the stats it provided were really useful. Thumbs up from me.
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