Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch
If you love golf, then the Garmin Approach S3 GPS is one of the best golf products that you can bring to the course. Like the earlier Approach S1, the Garmin S3 is a GPS that is also a full-featured sports watch that you can wear on your wrist. But it features a whole range of upgraded features that ensures you’ll want the S3 even if you already have an Approach S1.
The Garmin Approach S3 comes pre-loaded with 27,000 courses from all over the world, not just the US and Canada. So you can use it anywhere in the world you want to play.
The Approach S3 features a glove-friendly touch screen that allows you to conveniently access the features simply by touching the watch face.
The Approach S3 has a Green View that gives you a visual overview of the course so that you’ll know just where to aim even if you don’t have a clear view.
The Layup Distances feature makes course management a snap as you can easily see the distance you need to get the ball in the hole and even gives you the distances to difficult holes such as doglegs.
The Garmin Approach S3 comes with lifetime course updates that are available for free with no subscription fees or additional charges. This means that your GPS will always stay current with the latest courses.
As with the Approach S1, the S3 is a full-featured watch that you can wear even off the course. It is available in your choice of white (with red trimming) or black (with grey trimming).
You can keep score and measure your progress using the digital scorecard feature with offers scoring options like Stableford and Stroke Play. And you can even time how long it took you to complete eighteen holes using the round timer.
What We Think of the Product
Of course we love it! If you thought the Approach S1 was great, you’ll find the Approach S3 an essential part of your golfing equipment. And with close to double the number of pre-loaded courses, you’ll be able to play virtually anywhere and enjoy the many advantages the Approach S3 gives you. Not surprisingly, a majority of people who bought the product gave it the highest rating. So you’ll want to add the Garmin Approach S3 to your shopping cart the next time you go shopping for golf products.
Approach S3 shows you the true shape and layout of greens so even if you have an obstructed view, you’ll know where to aim. Plus, you can touch and drag the pin to the day's location.
Course management is key – especially if you haven’t played a course before. Layup distances shows you the distances you need with yardages to doglegs and other hazards on the course.
Once glance at your wrist from any point on the course is all it takes to get yardages to the front, back and middle of greens with clear, easy-to-read numbering.
Measure Shot Distances
When you drop the boom stick on a drive, seeing how far you hit it is a breeze. Approach S3 calculates exact yardages for shots played anywhere on the course.
Here we’ll learn how the Approach S3 replaces that little paper scorecard from the club house.
When you’re done playing a hole press the score button on the lower right side of the watch. The plus and minus signs on the touch screen are in relation to par.
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f your score were 3 over par, you hit the plus sign 3 times. This is your score for the hole. This is your over or under par tally for the round.
Press the score button again to return to hole view. Play another hole and repeat the score keeping process.
S3 doesn’t know if you’re cheating but it does keep track of your overall score.
To view a list of the scores for all holes, hold down the score button, scroll through each hole or scroll up to see total strokes and over under par.