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Garmin Approach® G7
Handheld golf GPS covers over 30,000 courses worldwide
Our take on the Garmin Approach® G7 by Crutchfield's Dominic Devito
Up your golf game
Garmin's Approach G7 handheld GPS golf assistant lets you make every shot out on the course count. It uses accurate satellite technology to locate you on the course, so you'll know exact distances and much more, even on sloping plots. It'll even help you choose your club based on your previous shots. And you can take it on outings just about anywhere — this pocket-sized companion gives you instant access to over 30,000 courses worldwide, without any added fees or subscription costs for updates.
Hit the green
Check out the colorful 2.6" touchscreen on the Approach G7 — it'll stay safe in nearly any weather thanks to its waterproof housing. A pair of buttons let you quickly access Green View, Shot Measure, and Digital Scorecard. A built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 15 hours of playing time, so you can enjoy a whole weekend of play.
Swing with precision
Garmin's PlaysLike Distance gives you distances to the target, adjusted for uphill or downhill shots, so you'll have a better idea about how much energy to put into each stroke. Garmin's Club Advice tracks how far you hit each club and makes a recommendation based on shot distance.
Touch-targeting lets you quickly determine how far it is to any point on the green. Getting ready for a layup? You'll see distance arcs on the G7's screen at 50-yard increments to help you decide your next shot. Green View lets you target the pin more accurately and gives you exact measurements when you're ready to putt.
See distances more clearly
The Appraoch G7 features Big Numbers Mode, which gives you the front, back, and center distances in a larger font. You'll be able to glean information from the Approach G7 more quickly and get on with your game.
Track your progress
Paper scorecards are inconvenient and wasteful. The Approach G7 not only keeps track of strokes for up to four golfers, it offers several scoring options and adjustable handicaps. It'll even track your personal stats per round so you can get an overview of your game, including how far you hit with each club. Most scoring features are also printable from your home computer.
Smart Notification for smartphone users
If you're worried about missing important texts, calls, alerts, and emails on the course, Garmin's got you covered. You can pair the Approach G7 with your Android™ smartphone or iPhone® (4S or newer) and receive notifications directly on the G7's screen, so you can safely leave your phone in your bag.
The Approach G7 requires no subscription or setup fees. New golf course updates are available for free directly from Garmin's website.
What's in the Box:
- Approach G7 golf GPS receiver
- Belt clip
- 20" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and Mini B USB 2.0 connector on the other end)
- AC adapter (DC output: 5V/1A)
- Owner's Manual (English)
- Owner's Manual (Spanish)
- Owner's Manual (French)
- Important Safety and Product Information
- handheld golf GPS assistant
- USB cable, AC adapter, and belt clip included
- 2.6" color TFT touchscreen display (160 x 240 pixels)
- preloaded with over 30,000 courses worldwide
- allows free course updates from Garmin website
- USB input
- IPX7 waterproof design (can withstand immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes)
- built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 15 hours of use
- Smart Notification of incoming smartphone texts, calls, emails, and alerts
- PlaysLike Distance gives more accurate numbers for uphill or downhill shots
- Club Advice recommends a club based on previous shot distances
- Big Numbers Mode makes distances easier to read
- digital scorecard and stat tracker
- 2-1/8"W x 3-11/16"H x 3/4"D
- weight: 3.4 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Garmin Approach® G7 Reviews
Overview: The Garmin Approach G7 is a lightweight (3.37 ounces), handheld golf GPS unit with over 30,000 pre-loaded worldwide golf course maps. The Approach G7 uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to measure individual shot distances and show the exact yardage to fairways, hazards, and greens. No subscriptions or setup fees are required. Approach G7 is compliant with USGA rules. For convenience, the unit is waterproof, and comes with a belt clip.
Display: The Approach G7 has a 2.6" (diagonally measured) transflective color TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of 160 x 240 pixels.
Included Maps: The Approach G7 has maps of over 30,000 select golf courses worldwide. Maps of new golf courses, and updates to existing courses are available through a free download of the Approach CourseView database on the Garmin website (Windows and Mac compatible). The currently installed maps include:
- CourseView Americas: 4.10
- CourseView Europe, Middle East & Africa: 3.70
- CourseView Pacific: 3.20
Water Resistance: The G7 has an IPX7 rating, which means that the case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Play Mode: As you play, the Approach G7 automatically updates your position, giving you the exact yardage to the center of the green, or to any point on the map that you touch. You can use Touch Targeting to measure the distance to a point in the fairway, such as a landing zone, and the distance from that point to the green. The Green View is a detailed view of the green that allows you to set a more accurate pin position by dragging the flag to its location.
PlaysLike Distances: In addition to the actual yardage, the device offers PlaysLike Distance, which provides distances to the target, adjusted for uphill or downhill shots.
Club Advice: The Approach G7 can save the distance information for each club type in your bag, and use that information to suggest a club for your next shot. During club setup you can enter the distances you can hit each club. The device will save the most recent 30 shot distances for each club to calculate an average. During play, if Club Advice is enabled, the device will recommend a club for your shot, based on the average distances for each club.
Preview Mode: You can use the Approach G7 to preview a golf course before you play. You can search for courses near your current GPS location, or start a search using the course name or the city where the course is located. Once you have located the desired course, the Approach G7 provides you with a hole-by-hole overview. During a preview, you can utilize Touch Targeting as well as Green View.
Map Features: While in play or preview mode, the map screen shows the hole number, par for the hole (indicated in dots below the hole number), distance to the middle of the green (from your current position), and layup arcs showing 250, 200, 150, and 100 yards to the pin. Touching the upper right corner of the display enables the Big Numbers display, which provides in a large font the distances to the rear and front of the green and to the pin position.
Two Buttons: In addition to the side-mounted power button, the Approach G7 features two buttons located just below the display. The Score/Measure button has two functions--to enter your score for the hole, and to measure your shot. The Green button gives you a close-up view of the green with the distance measurements for the front and rear of the green, and the pin location. If the pin is located in a different spot than as indicated, you can touch the flag icon and drag it to the actual pin location. The distance to the pin is recalculated based on the new position.
Measuring a Shot: The Approach G7 can measure the distance of a particular shot. After marking the spot where the shot originated and the spot where the ball ended up, the distance between the spots is calculated. This distance can be saved to a particular club to determine a club distance average. Club averages can be viewed after you have measured and stored the shots for each club.
Digital Scorecard: The Approach G7 doubles as a digital scorecard for up to four players. You can set the scorecard for normal stroke play, Stableford, Match Play, or Skins Game. Every scorecard recorded on the device can be viewed on your computer (connected via the supplied USB cable), and printed, if desired. The default hole handicap is displayed, if available. If you want to change it, or if it is incorrect, you can set the hole handicap manually.
Handicap Scoring: You can set a handicap for the hole and for each player. You can select from two options for setting a player's handicap: Local Handicap (enter the number of strokes that will be subtracted from the player's total score) or Index/Slope Rating (enter the player's handicap and the course slope rating) to calculate a course handicap for the player.
Tracking Statistics: The Approach G7 has an enhanced stat tracking feature that keeps up with important stats, such as number of fairways hit, greens in regulation, and putts per round. When reviewing your round, you can see the number of putts per hole, the clubs used, distances hit, fairways hit and missed to the left or right, time of play, and distance traveled.
Power Requirements: The Approach G7 operates on a built-in Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery. A fully charged battery lasts for up 15 hours. The unit has a Mini-B USB 2.0 port for connecting to the supplied cable and AC adapter to charge the battery. You can also connect to your computer for downloading course and firmware updates, uploading scorecards, and charging the battery.
Memory Card Slot: The unit has a microSD memory card slot for additional storage or for pre-loaded maps. The memory card slot and USB port are protected by a weatherproof cap.
Garmin Connect: You can keep track of your golf game using Garmin Connect, an online community created for users of Garmin sports devices. You can upload all of the stats from the Approach G7 and analyze them over time. You can share your scorecards with friends, and compare your rounds to other people you've played against. You can also view your longest shots, average score, average putts, average score by par, overall fairways hit and greens in regulation.
Smart Notifications: The Approach G7 can connect wirelessly to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0, and will alert you when you receive a text, email, or RSS alert. The G7 utilizes Bluetooth Smart to wirelessly sync with smartphones running the Garmin Connect Mobile App. Smart Notifications let you read texts and emails directly on the Approach G7. Smart Notifications can be received on iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7.0 and above. Compatible Android phones (running OS 4.3 and above) include HTC One (M7), LG Flex, Sony Xperia Z2, and Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Note 3, S3, S4, S4 Active, and S5.
Note: Garmin's list of compatible devices is dated 12/08/2014. Click here for further updates.
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