Overview: The Garmin Approach S20 is a wrist-worn golf GPS unit with over
40,000 pre-loaded worldwide golf courses. It features a slim, fully-hinged
design that weighs only 1.5 ounces for a comfortable fit. The Approach S20 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
S20 is compliant with USGA rules.
Display: The Approach S20 has a 0.9" x 0.9"
high-resolution monochrome display with a resolution of
128 x 128 pixels. The high-contrast selectable (positive or negative) display is
easily readable in bright sunlight.
Course Data: The Approach S20 has data for over 40,000
select golf courses worldwide. New golf courses, and updates to existing
courses are available through a free download of the
Approach CourseView database on the Garmin Express website. CourseView is
compatible with Windows (Vista SP2 and newer) and Mac OS X 10.8 and newer).
The currently installed software includes:
- CourseView Medium SE Americas: 4.90
- CourseView Medium SE Europe, Middle East & Africa: 4.50
- CourseView Medium SE Pacific: 4.0
Water Resistance: The S20 has a 5 ATM rating, which means that the case can withstand accidental immersion in
50 meters of water for up to
Play Mode: As you play, the Approach S20's Hole View
automatically updates your position, giving you the exact yardage to the front,
center, and back of the green. The
Green View shows the shape of the green, and allows you to set a more accurate pin position
by manually moving the flag to its location.
Hazards, Layups, and Doglegs: The S20 lets you view hole
characteristics that affect shot selection along the fairways on Par 4 and Par 5
holes. Hazards are identified at the top of the screen (bunker, water, etc.),
and the distances to the front and back of the hazard are given. You can view a
list of layup and dogleg distances for Par 4 and 5 holes, and the distance to
reach each layup.
Measuring a Shot: The Approach S20 can measure the distance
of a particular shot. After hitting the shot, you can select "Measure Shot" in
the menu and walk to your ball to calculate the distance.
Smartphone Compatible: The Garmin Approach S20 can be paired
to your smartphone (via Bluetooth) through the Garmin Connect mobile app. Once
your phone is paired, you can receive notifications of phone calls and text
messages during your round.
TruSwing: The optional Garmin
TruSwing golf swing sensor mounts to your club, and pairs to the S20 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 S20 so
you can instantly analyze the shot.
AutoShot Round Analyzer: The AutoShot round analyzer tracks
your shots, measures distance, and records shot locations throughout the round.
Once you have uploaded your round to your Garmin Connect account, you can review
your round, shot-by-shot, on your computer.
Digital Scorecard: The Approach S20 doubles as a digital scorecard,
helping you keep your score and other statistics. When scoring is enabled, you
will be prompted to enter your score when your are on the green. If you also
enable statistics tracking, you will be prompted to enter other stats such as
number of putts, and fairways hit (or whether you missed left or right). When
your round is completed, you can upload your scorecard to Garmin Connect using
the Garmin Express application.
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 S20 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, and overall fairways hit.
Other Functions: When you're not on the links, you can use
the Approach S20 as a watch, alarm clock, and activity tracker. The activity
tracking feature records your daily step count, step goal, distance traveled,
and calories burned for each recorded day. It also has a Move Alert feature that
reminds you to get up and move about after one hour of inactivity. The S20 can
also monitor your sleep, with measurements of total sleep, periods of movement,
and restful sleep.
Power Requirements: The Approach S20 operates on a built-in
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. A fully charged battery lasts for up 15
hours (in GPS mode), and up to 8 weeks in activity mode. The unit has four small
metal contacts on the back of the device for connecting the supplied clip-on
charger/data cable. The cable can be used to connect to your computer for
downloading course and firmware updates, uploading scorecards, and charging the