Conclusion: Three likely lads teeing off on the first at Newbold Comyn Golf Club. Wending my way to the tee, the approach S1, once dialled in, displays five nuggets of information. The central portion highlights the line-of-sight distance to the back, centre and front of the green, given here in yards but user-configurable for metres. The hole number is displayed on the left-hand side and, just below, a line of pips denote the par rating: four for this hole.
Conclusion: Garmin has long been the leader in GPS watches for runners and other athletes, and the company shows its knack for innovation and line expansion by introducing the Approach S1 golf GPS watch. Unlike the many-featured, color-screen golf GPS handhelds on the market (Garmin makes those too), the Approach S1 keeps things simple.
Pros: Convenient - distance information always with you on your wrist., Reasonable cost ($249 - $255), Free (with product lifetime updates) 16,500+ U.S. and Canadian golf course database., Also serves as a normal watch (shows time and date).
Cons: Some golfers prefer not to wear a watch while they play., Doesn't show hole overviews or distances to hazards.