Our take on the Garmin Approach® S6
An advanced digital caddy on your wrist
Garmin's Approach S6 golf GPS watch brings much more to the table than a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen with a glorious color display. It tracks your swing and offers tools for improvement, so you can play with more consistency. And of course you get accurate course shapes and layouts, plus the ability to map pin locations with your fingertip. It'll also help you track your stats and keep you abreast of incoming texts and emails. And you can tee up nearly anywhere around the globe with the S6's 30,000-plus preloaded international courses at your disposal.
Thin, stylish, and reliable
The Approach S6 is Garmin's slimmest and lightest golf watch yet, measuring a hair over a half-inch thick. Its waterproof construction lets you enjoy it in rough weather and around pools, lakes, and rivers. You get an odometer to track how far you've walked and a round timer to monitor how long it takes to get through 18 holes. Got an early tee time? Put the watch's alarm clock feature to work for you.
Juice for those extended rounds
The watch's built-in GPS receiver finds you automatically and stays dialed in to your location, even while you're under trees and heavy cover. When you're having a long day on the course, you don't want your device to call it quits before you do. The Approach S6's built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 10 hours of life in GPS mode, or 14 weeks as a regular watch.
Dial in your swing
You can make the Approach S6 your secret weapon on the links by utilizing its built-in swing assistants:
TempoTraining: The watch emits audible tones as you begin your swing — use the tones to synchronize your swing mechanics in the optimal 3:1 swing ratio (your backswing should take 3 times longer than your downswing) and get your swing tempo down pat.
SwingTempo: The watch calculates the relationship between your backswing (also called upswing) and downswing and displays the results as a ratio.
SwingStrength: The watch measures how hard you swing your clubs so you can work on consistent delivery for your shots.
Courseview button at your service
Don't waste time scrolling through the menus — just tap the Approach S6's dedicated Courseview button, and you're right there. You'll see the true shape and layout of the entire hole from wherever you are on the course, including tee box, fairway, and green.
Garmin's highly regarded Green View display is also available with a finger tap from the Courseview screen, giving you an accurate view of the green — even if you're behind it or have an obstructed view. You can even touch and drag the pin to the day's location to make things easier on those difficult par 3 holes.
Verify your distance
The Approach S6 gives you distances to the front, back, and center of the green, plus distances to doglegs and layups. You can even add and save customizable yardages for bunkers and hazards from anywhere on the course. One glance at your wrist offers you a wealth of information with clear, easy-to-read numbering.
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 S6'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.
Swinging blind? PinPointer can help
The Approach G6's PinPointer comes in especially handy when you're way off course. It lets you know exactly where the pin is, even when you can't see it. You can tee off with confidence, even when deep in a trap or the woods.
Manage your stats and scoring
Want to analyze your game for future improvement? The Approach S6 lets you track your putts per round, greens and fairways hit, and average distance of your strokes. It also offers digital scorecard options for individual players, including Stroke Play and Stableford. It even gives you options for handicap scoring for individual holes, player's local handicap, or index/slope methods. You can save, review, and print scorecards from your computer. Use the Measure Shot feature to tell you exactly how far the ball went next time you hit a really big one.
iPhone® users: Stay current with important messages
If you're worried about missing urgent texts, calls, alerts, and emails on the course, Garmin's got you covered. You can pair the Approach S6 with your iPhone (4S or newer) through Bluetooth® low energy and receive notifications directly on the watch's face. Leave your phone in your bag and concentrate on the task at hand.
Android™ users: Garmin tells us that Smart Notification compatibility is "coming soon," so check back for more details.
Go online for bragging rights and more
Garmin Connect lets you upload scorecards and club data to a personalized account online for comprehensive analysis and sharing with friends. You can view your overall stats, stats from one round, or stats on one course. Your friends with Garmin Connect accounts can check out your scores and you can track their progress as well.
Ready to hit the links
Garmin's extensive course database comes already loaded on the Approach S6, so you won't need any subscriptions or additional downloads to enjoy it. Simply charge it up, throw on your polo shirt, and you're good to go. You can obtain new course update downloads directly from Garmin's website.
- dark (black) golf GPS watch with touchscreen display
- USB charging/data cradle included
- 1" color TFT touchscreen display (180 x 180 pixels)
- preloaded with over 30,000 courses worldwide
- allows free course updates from Garmin website
- waterproof up to 50 meters
- built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 14 weeks of use in watch mode and 10 hours in GPS mode
- Smart Notification of incoming texts, calls emails, and alerts for iPhone users (Android compatibility coming soon)
- swing and tempo improvement tools: TempoTraining, SwingTempo, and SwingStrength
- dedicated Courseview button
- touch-targeting gives precise distance to any point on display
- PinPointer shows exact direction of pin from anywhere
- digital scorecard with handicap scoring and stat tracker