Garmin Approach S1

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By Andy Roberts on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 - 12:07

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4

Need To Know

Accurate yardages to front, middle and back Measure how far you've walked Can be used as an everyday watch Stylish look
No English instructions Slightly overpriced Unlikely to replace the GPS system in my bag
PRICE: £179.99     YEAR: from 2011

User Reviews

Overall Review

Really like it

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Strengths

Easy to use and no hassle as worn on wrist

Weaknesses

battery life could be better. I have to recharge after every round, so wearing as a watch is a bit out of the question. Maybe I have a dud battery?

Submitted by Old Nick on Fri, 05/08/2011 - 18:02

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Great piece of equiptment, shop around for price, I purchased mine for under

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Strengths

Easy to use ,unobtrusive on your wrist, changes holes automatically

Weaknesses

Non really. It does have an English owners manual in the box

Overall Review

A must have gift for this xmas.

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Arrive at the course turn on will locate satellites and courses.press "start round" & pick your course, away you go.small menu [good] start odometer if you chose.measure your shot.bring the time up.It's the simplicity of the watch and the accuracy of the yardage which makes it a winner.

Weaknesses

None.

Submitted by Yorkey on Mon, 16/01/2012 - 17:16

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Excellent piece of kit, simple and accurate and can now be had for around the

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Fantastic and simple bit of kit. Unobtrusive and is around the same size as an average wristwatch. No annual contract and pre loaded with thousands of courses. Arrive at the course, switch on and choose course, simples. Gives accurate measurements to front, middle and back of green, and switches automatically between holes which is a massive plus. Can also be used as an odometer or just as a watch.

Weaknesses

To attach the charger to the watch can be a bit faffy at times and battery life as a GPS lasts for around 2 rounds only.

Overall Review

I've used this on loan for about 2 rounds and as with all DMD's it gives you the confidence to hit the right club. Just removing another layer of doubt before you take your shot!

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Just the most simple thing you can imagine, load your courses, probably an hour to load as manu as you play in a season, than have it attached to your wrist with the ingenious "strap"

Weaknesses

Only gives limited information, but for 90% of situations you can either deduce the rest or just be confident and brae one into the middle of the green!

Submitted by fatshaft on Tue, 14/02/2012 - 05:21

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Good if you're only looking for the basics, but expensive.

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Strengths

Look and go. Gives you the basic info at the flick of the wrist. No subscritpion fees.

Weaknesses

Expensive by comparison to more complex DMDs. Only gives the basic yardages.

Overall Review

Good product which has increased my confidence around the green.

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Strengths

Fits on the wrist (it is a watch as well) so does not get in the way. Easy to use with large numbers for ageing eyes. Is accurate and gives confidence on approach shots.

Weaknesses

Battery life lasts about 2 rounds so must not forget to recharge or could be left guessing again.

Overall Review

Highly recommended accurate GPS device, which is also great value for money. Also helps speeds up play through easier club selection, which is always welcome!

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ultra convinent GPS device, giving highly reliable yardages to the front, middle and back of the green. Prior to getting one of these i used an app on my phone, but the constant faff (and battery drain) made this watch a great alternative. Also provides other functions, such as shot measurement and odometer

Weaknesses

battery isn't great, you can just about get 36 holes in a day. Not quite sure i'd classify this watch as stylish either. Shot tracking not included, but what's wrong with a card and pencil?!

Overall Review

As my golf has slowly improved the importance of knowing approach distances has become more important. On course markers are of some use but with the advent of smartphones I tried some of the free GPS apps and was immediately converted, in a matter of seconds you get accurate distances to front, middle and back of greens. However, smartphones battery life with GPS on is not great and I didn't really like having something so relatively heavy in my pocket whilst playing so I took the plunge and bought the Garmin Approach S1 watch. A nice looking watch that gives you the accurate measurements I'd become accustomed to but with the added convenience of it being on my wrist. A quick glance at the watch and you immediately know which club to get out the bag and hit so in theory speeding up the pace of play. Whilst a watch like this is not a cheap purchase when you can get something fairly similar for free on a smartphone, the added convenience and the extended battery life meaning you can get two rounds on the same day in, makes this a good purchase.

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Strengths

Detects course you are at and automatically changes the hole you are playing as you move through the round. Accurate distances to front, middle and back of green plus can measure individual shot distances. Pre-loaded with all UK courses so ready to go from purchase. Odometer to track how far you've walked for those that like that sort of thing.

Weaknesses

Unit has a "built in strap" so if there's a problem with the strap it's not easy to replace. Slightly fiddly charging device that I'd experienced with a Garmin running watch and they've since changed to something easier on other models. Had an issue with mine in that it stopped detecting courses after a year and needed replacing (friends haven't had same issue so probably just a one off).

Submitted by AngusGolfer on Mon, 01/09/2014 - 21:09

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My Garmin S1 GPS watch is the Special Edition version; white strap with an orange stripe. I think it is the best looking of the S1 range; stylish and very retro and reminds me of F1 sports accessories of the 1970

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Accurate Lightweight Affordable

Weaknesses

Basic functions Non-user replaceable strap.

Overall Review

Really good entry level product that performs brilliantly for what it was intended for. If you are in the market for a simple tee to green device this is one I'd recommend you look as it is no frills but does its job very well.

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Strengths

Easy to use and functions great. Screen is clear and easy to read in almost any condition. Fantastic tech to know which course and hole you are on.

Weaknesses

No detail on hazards or on the course layout for example distance round dog-legs. Not the most comfortable I found but not a big fan of wearing anything on my wrist when playing