Garmin Approach S6 GPS watch review

What do we make of the Approach S6 GPS touchscreen watch from Garmin?

Andy Roberts's picture
Thu, 26 Mar 2015

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Name: Garmin Approach S6 watch
Weight: 47 g
Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.42 cm (without wristband)
Touchscreen: Yes
Battery life: Up to 20 weeks (watch mode), 10 hours (GPS mode)
Course maps: Pre-loaded with over 38,000
Colours: White, Black, Orange
RRP: £330

Key features

  • CourseView - preview doglegs, hazards and green shapes from wherever you are on the course, or even from home
  • Precise yardages - distances to the front, middle and back of the green
  • Lay-up distances - yardages to doglegs and hazards
  • SwingTempo - measures your backswing compared to your downswing times and expresses this in a ratio
  • SwingStrength - allows you to compare how hard you swing with your normal full swing

Ease of use

The Approach S6 requires a combination of four buttons and a touchscreen, which proved a learned process to begin with. The watch is slim, lightweight and comfortable on the wrist during the swing, however, and the yardage numbers are bold and clear.  

Best features

Like all good golf GPS watches, the Approach S6 presents the golfer with yardages at a glance to the front, middle and back of the green, but also provides something extra.  

The Approach S6 allows you to automatically zoom in on the area of the hole map that corresponds to your typical driving distance (which you input into the watch when you set it up). This is a neat touch as it paints a picture of the hole, which is rather unusual for a watch. From here, the user can then draw an arc on the screen through that point and display the distance to reach that arc - perfect for playing precision golf. 

Aside from being just a GPS, the Approach S6 can also be used as a training aid with its "TempoTraining" and "SwingStrength" features, with preference for the latter that promotes better rhythm and timing in the swing. 


Setting up the Approach S6 is a very simple process as you select your data such as language, measurement and typical driver distance - which determines where the hole map will be zoomed when you are on a par four or five.

The Approach S6 is charged by plugging the USB cable into your computer. We recommend you download "Garmin Express" and create a "Garmin Connect" account in order to keep track of those vital scores and statistics. 


Although the Garmin Approach S6 is the dearest GPS in our test at £330, it is well deserving of one of our gold awards because it is easy to use, provides clear yardages in colour and at a glance, as well as overhead maps of the course. In many ways, it is like having a handheld GPS device on a watch. 

As with other devices in the Garmin family, the Approach S6 carries no additional fees for course map updates. It also has a suitable battery life that will likely see you get through 36 holes - depending on the pace of play. 

If you are looking for a premium golf GPS watch, the Approach S6 is well worth the plunge. 

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