Garmin Approach S20 vs S40 vs S6 – Which Garmin Watch Is Best?

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In this post, I’m going to be comparing the Garmin Approach S20 to the S40 and the S6. I’ll be talking about which one is best for you and also the cheapest place to pick them up.

How does the Garmin S20 compare to the S40 and S6? In our opinion, a yardage finder like these is definitely worth picking up because they’ll help with distance control and lowering scores. If you’re a bit tighter on a budget or are just getting started with golf we’d recommend the Garmin S20. If you golf a lot and want the most info we’d recommend the Garmin S40.

If that’s all the info you were looking for then great. If you want a more detailed review and the cheapest place to pick them up, continue reading.

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The Garmin Approach S20

This is an entry-level golf watch that comes with a GPS and some shot tracking info and is currently priced at around $140.

The S20 will keep track of all your clubs and store your average distances in the Garmin app it comes with.

It also will keep track of fairways/greens hit and putts per round.

It comes loaded with over 41,000 courses and will show you the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green.

Here’s a demo video:

Who Is The Garmin Approach S20 For?

Long story short, the Garmin S20 is one of our favorite budget golf watches and I’d highly recommend it to someone who’s just getting started with golf or someone who’s tighter on a budget.

It’s not the most advanced watch out there but it’s one of the more accurate in this price range, it’s quite a bit more comfortable than others, and it’s not going to break the bank.

The Garmin Approach S6

The Garmin S6 is a middle of the range golf watch and is currently priced at around $280.

It’s loaded with over 40,000 courses from around like world (like all Garmin watches) and comes with a touchscreen display (which the S20 doesn’t).

It also comes with some pretty cool swing tracking function which will give you some useful data (SwingStrength, SwingTempo, TempoTraining).

Here’s a demo video:

Who Is The Garmin Approach S6 For?

In our opinion, the Garmin S6 probably isn’t worth picking up because it’s a bit of an older model.

We really didn’t find it to be much better than the S20 and it’s roughly double the price. If you want a watch that’s somewhere in the middle you can check out the Garmin X40.

The S6 watch doesn’t come with the Autoshot feature (which tracks where your shots went) and it doesn’t come with any activity tracking (the S20 and S40 do).

The Garmin Approach S40

The Garmin S40 is a newer watch that’s higher quality than the S6 and is currently priced at around $300.

It comes loaded with over 41,000 courses and will tell you the distance to any point on the course.

It has a color display that’ll show you the shape of the green and has a really cool app that’ll store a lot of your data such as fairways hit and where you missed.

Here’s a demo video:

Who Is The Garmin Approach S40 For?

In our opinion, the Garmin S40 is much better than the S6 and we’d recommend it to anyone who wants a more advanced version of the S20.

It has the Autoshot feature and also activity tracking.

The difference between this and the S20 is the color touchscreen display, the distance to any point on the course, and is more comfortable in our opinion.

Pros Of These Devices

  • Knowing the rough distance to the green and hazards is an easy way to lower scores.
  • Knowing how far you actually hit each club will help you with your distance control.

Cons Of These Devices

  • They aren’t always 100% accurate (but generally within 4-5 yards of the course markers).
  • Wearing a watch while you’re golfing isn’t always the most comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can you play music through the watches?

A. Not these models.

Q. Any annual fees or memberships?

A. Not on these models.

Q. How long does the Garmin battery last?

A. About 3 rounds with the S20 and S40.

Are These Devices Worth It?

Overall, we definitely think a yardage finder like these are worth picking up (watch, handheld, laser).

They’re a fairly inexpensive way to improve your game (better distance control & knowing distances).

If you’re tighter on a budget or don’t golf much we’d recommend the Garmin S20. If you want a bit more info we’d recommend the Garmin S40.

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Jon Webber

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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