The Garmin Approach S1W GPS Golf Watch is a golf watch that gives golfers the accurate distance to the front, center and back of the greens.
The S1W Golf Watch measures short distances and works as a normal everyday watch with an odometer as well that calculates the distance users have traveled on and off the golf course.
With this GPS watch, Garmin has once again, created a sleek and simple hands-free solution for golfers who want accurate data. It comes with over 14,000 preloaded golf courses as well in the U.S and Canada, therefore, no need for subscription and downloads.
At a glance, it displays precise yardage and there are other European and Australian versions of the device available, pushing the total number of courses to nearly 25,000 worldwide.
1. Lock in Yardage
Golf has a lot to do with different kinds of distance. Some golfers have a hard time locking in yardages. With the Garmin S1W however, you can dial in like a professional. The sunlight view-able screen of the device also features large numbers that provide easy visibility. The unit provides accurate yardages for shots from anywhere on the golf course.
2. Battery life
when the GPS functionality is running continuously, the battery life tends to be short, lasting in the range of 6 to 8 hours. It goes into power safe mode after some period of inactivity, displaying only time and date. The rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery can last for up to 3 weeks when the device is used as a watch.
3. No subscriptions or downloads
Another great feature of device is that you do not have to pay any sort of fee whatsoever to watch the constantly updated courses. Unlike many devices in the market, the Garmin S1W is preloaded with 14,000 plus golf courses, and Garmin constantly add more. Once you have the watch, it is ready for use immediately.
The S1W Golf Watch can measure the distance of a shot, though the data cannot be stored. There is also built-in odometer as well which with some easy conversions, you can calculate how much weight you?ve gained or lost.
Pros and Cons
- The preloaded course of the device makes it ready for use once you get it outside the box.
- No complexity whatsoever in using the watch. Even new users can use all the functions easily.
- With the automatic hole advance feature, the watch knows when you change holes and advance to a new.
- Other than distance and par of the hole, there is no extra information. The location of a hazard for instance, or distance to a bend in the fairway is not provided.
- Battery life of the device is quite short. It can last for 8 hours on GPS mode and a few weeks in normal watch mode.
The Garmin Approach GPS Golf Watch is unlike other systems in the market. It combines a high sensitivity GPS-receiver with a lightweight and flexible sport watch. It provides you distance information to the front, middle and back of the greens, and you can measure your individual shot distances as well as track how far you?ve walked on the course. Golf rangefinders
The Garmin Approach S1W is full-featured sports watch and GPS system in one package.