Overview: The Garmin Approach S2 is a black, wrist-worn golf GPS unit combined
with a lightweight sports watch. Its memory is preloaded with distance information for
more than 30,000 golf courses worldwide. The S2 uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to measure individual shot
distances and track how far you walk on the course. You can also keep score on
the digital scorecard while you play. No subscriptions or setup fees are required. The Approach
S2 is compliant with USGA rules, and weighs only 1.8 ounces.
Display: The Approach S2 has a 1" diameter monochrome
LCD with a resolution of 64 x 32 pixels. The display's Hole View indicates the number of the hole being
played, the distance to the back, center, and front of the green, and the par
for the hole. It also provides distances to doglegs and layups along the course. On-screen icons display a low battery warning, GPS use, and alarm
active indication. The display can be set to black on a white
background or white on a black background.
Included Maps: The Approach S2 has CourseView map
data loaded in its built-in flash memory. The data contains distance information
for more than 30,000 golf courses
worldwide. Lifetime free course updates are available from the Garmin website,
and can be downloaded from your PC to the Approach S2 using the supplied
USB/charging cradle. Installed CourseView maps include:
- CourseView Medium Americas 4.00
- CourseView Medium Europe, Middle East & Africa 3.60
- CourseView Medium Australia/NZ 3.10
Functionality: The Approach S2 initially takes 30-60 seconds
to acquire satellite signals and determine your location. As you play, the unit automatically updates your position, giving you the exact yardage to the
front, center, and back of the green. You can also measure the distance of
a particular shot. For Par 4 and 5 holes, you can view a list of layup and
dogleg distances. Distance units can be set to yards or meters.
Digital Scorecard: During your round, you can enter your
score by entering + or - the number of strokes over or under par. Your total
score (relative to par) is updated as each hole's score is entered. If
necessary, you can select any previously played hole to change the score for
that hole. At the end of
your round, you can connect the Approach S2 to your computer to view, save, or
Controls: The unit has
four buttons on the sides, each with multiple functions:
- Power/Light Button: for turning on the backlight
(single press), and for turning the
device on or off (press and hold)
- Up: for scrolling up through menus, holes, and settings
- Down: for scrolling down through menus, holes, and
- OK/Menu: for selecting menu options, or to open the
Watch: In addition to its GPS functions, the Approach S2 is
a digital watch. By default, the watch time is set automatically when the device
acquires satellite signals. You can also set the time manually. The watch also
has an alarm, and can display 12-hour or 24-hour time formats.
Odometer: The Approach S2 has a built-in odometer to
measure your total time and walking distance as you play the round. The odometer
automatically starts and stops when you start or end a round. It can also be
started or stopped manually, as well. You can turn the
odometer off, if you desire.
Power Requirements: The Approach S2 operates on a rechargeable Lithium-ion
battery. In the GPS mode, a fully charged battery should give you up to 8 hours of continuous use while playing golf.
After a period of inactivity, the S2 enters Power Save mode. The GPS receiver is
turned off and only the
time and date are displayed. The estimated battery life is 3 weeks when used as
a watch only.
Battery Charging: The unit comes with a snap-on charging
clip with a USB cable. You can charge the battery
by plugging the cable into your
computer's USB port.
Water Resistant: The Approach S2 is water resistant and able to withstand immersion in
up to ten meters of water. You can wear the watch in the rain with no worries.
Optional Carrying Case: To protect your Approach S2 when not
in use, Garmin offers an accessory
carrying case. The zippered case can hold the watch and