Overview: The Garmin Approach G8 is a lightweight (3.37
ounces), handheld golf GPS unit with over 30,000 pre-loaded worldwide golf course maps. The Approach
G8 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
G8 is compliant with USGA rules. For convenience, the unit is waterproof, and comes with a belt clip.
Display: The Approach G8 has a 3.0" (diagonally measured) transflective color TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of
240 x 400 pixels.
Included Maps: The Approach G8 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 G8 has an IPX7 rating, which means that the case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to
Play Mode: As you play, the Approach G8 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.
PinPointer: The PinPointer feature is a compass that
provides directional assistance when you are unable to see the pin location.
Before using the PinPointer, you must first calibrate the compass on the device.
Club Advice: The Approach G8 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
Preview Mode: You can use the Approach G8 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
G8 provides you with a hole-by-hole overview. During a preview, you can utilize Touch Targeting as well as
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
Two Buttons: In addition to the side-mounted power button, the
Approach G8 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 G8 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
Digital Scorecard: The Approach G8 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
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
Tracking Statistics: The Approach G8 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 G8 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
adapter to charge the battery. You can also connect to your computer for
downloading course and firmware updates, uploading scorecards, and charging the
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.
TruSwing: The optional Garmin
TruSwing golf swing sensor mounts to your club, and pairs to the Approach G8 via
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). TruSwing provides swing metrics to see how your
mechanics affect ball flight and shot results. It measures your swing tempo and
speed, face to target, dynamic loft, shaft angle, club path and coordinates, and
shaft lean. After your shot, the swing measurements are displayed on the G8 so
you can instantly analyze the shot.
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 G8 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
Smart Notifications: The Approach G8 can connect wirelessly to
your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0, and will alert you when you receive a text, email, or RSS alert.
The G8 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 G8. 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.
here for further updates.
Wi-Fi Connected Features: The Approach G8 also has built-in
Wi-Fi that allows you to wirelessly connect to WLAN. When connected via Wi-Fi,
you can upload data to Garmin Connect when your round is completed. You can also
register your device, and download the latest software and course updates.