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Garmin Approach® S42 Golf GPS watch — covers over 42,000 courses worldwide (Gunmetal/Black)

Item # 150AS42GM

Garmin's Approach S42 golf GPS watch gives you a big edge on the course, in the boardroom, or at a nightclub,...

Garmin's Approach S42 golf GPS watch gives you a big edge on the course, in the boardroom, or at a nightclub,...

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About the Garmin Approach® S42

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Make a serious statement with this stylish Garmin golf watch

Garmin's Approach S42 golf GPS watch gives you a big edge on the course, in the boardroom, or at a nightclub, thanks to its impeccable styling and accurate performance. Its color touchscreen with course shapes and layouts lets you make smart decisions about upcoming shots, while notifications ensure you don't miss important calls, texts, and emails. You can keep track of your stats and count on a big game nearly anywhere, as it features over 42,000 preloaded international courses.

Make a serious statement with this stylish Garmin golf watch

Garmin's Approach S42 golf GPS watch gives you a big edge on the course, in the boardroom, or at a nightclub, thanks to its impeccable styling and accurate performance. Its color touchscreen with course shapes and layouts lets you make smart decisions about upcoming shots, while notifications ensure you don't miss important calls, texts, and emails. You can keep track of your stats and count on a big game nearly anywhere, as it features over 42,000 preloaded international courses.

Garmin Approach S42 golf GPS watch

See the distances to the front, middle, and rear of the green with the Garmin Approach S42 golf GPS watch

Green View with manual pin positioning

Hate not knowing what the next green looks like? You can get a closer look on the S42's screen and tap or drag the pin to move it for the best approach. You'll see distances to the front. middle, and back of the green, plus info on doglegs and hazards along your path.

AutoShot records and analyzes every distance you hit

Garmin's improved AutoShot feature ensures every shot you hit will get recorded for distance so you can refer to those swings later. Once you've completed your game, you can see your results online using Garmin Connect.

Keep tabs on your steps and sleep

The Approach S42 doesn't just help you on the course — it can also help you attain fitness goals. It can count your calories, measure your steps, remind you to move if you've been sitting still for too long, and adjust your daily fitness targets based on your activity level. It includes a sleep monitor so you can keep tabs on how much rest you're getting between rounds.

More than just a pretty face

The S42 is built for comfort, performance, and durability, including a metal bezel that provides stylish protection. 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. Garmin also offers several optional quick-release watch bands in case you want to change things up.

15 hours of energy

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 challenged by bogeys and water hazards, you don't want your device to call it quits before you do. The Approach S42's built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 15 hours of life in GPS mode, or 10 days as a regular watch.

Track your stats

Want to analyze your game for future improvement? The S42 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. You can save, review, and print scorecards from your computer.

Smart Notification for smartphone users

Garmin Approach S42 golf GPS watch

If you're worried about missing important texts, calls, alerts, and emails on the course, you can pair the Approach S42 with most recent iPhone® models and select Android™ models through Bluetooth® low energy, then receive notifications directly on the watch's face, so you can safely leave your phone in your bag.

Go deeper with the free Garmin Golf and Connect apps

For an even more thorough statistical analysis, the Golf and Connect smartphone apps from Garmin keep track of your performance over time in a number of ways, so you can pull up past games on your phone to see where you need more work and where you're improving. The Golf app covers accuracy to the fairway or green and for drives, approach shots, chip shots and putting, and allows you to set baselines to see how you're faring relative to other players in your group.

You can share your stats and results with other users locally and around the world with the Garmin Connect app, and it'll enable automatic course updates for your favorite spots to the Approach S42 when the devices are paired.


Product highlights:

  • golf GPS watch with gunmetal bezel and black silicone band
  • USB charging/data cradle included
  • 1.2" color TFT touchscreen display (240 x 240 pixels)
  • Smart Notification of incoming smartphone texts, calls, emails, and alerts
  • waterproof up to 50 meters
  • odometer and fitness/sleep tracker
  • built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 10 days of use in watch mode and 15 hours in GPS mode
Golf Features:
  • preloaded with over 42,000 courses worldwide
  • allows free course updates from Garmin website
  • Green View display with manual pin positioning
  • AutoShot round analyzer provides in-depth analysis and measures shot distances
  • compatible with free Garmin Golf and Connect apps
  • digital scorecard with stat tracker and round timer
Other Information:
  • dimensions:1-3/4"W x 1-3/4"H x 1/2"D (band fits medium/large wrists)
  • weight: 1.5 oz. (with battery)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # 010-02572-10

What's in the box:

  • GPS golf watch (Gunmetal bezel/black band)
  • 21" USB charging/data cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on other end)
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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More details on the Garmin Approach® S42

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Overview: The Garmin Approach S42 is a wrist-worn golf GPS watch that includes smart features and other activity tracking features. Its memory is pre-loaded with distance information for more than 42,000 golf courses worldwide. The S42 uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to measure individual shot distances and track how far you walk on the course. When paired to your smartphone (via Bluetooth), you can receive notifications on calls, texts, and emails. No subscriptions or setup fees are required.

General Description: The Garmin Approach S42 features a sleek design that looks good on or off the course. It features a rugged lens made of chemically-strengthened glass, a Gunmetal bezel, and a 20mm black silicone band that fits wrists with a circumference of 4.92" to 7.95". Optional "Quick Release" interchangeable bands come in a variety of colors and materials, and can be changed without special tools. The Approach S42 has a 5 ATM water rating, meaning it can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 50 meters. You can wear the watch in the rain or snow without worries. The lightweight Approach S42 weighs only 1.5 ounces.

Display: The Approach S42's 1.2" diameter color touchscreen LCD has a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. The display's Hole View gives you full-color details of every hole, even before you play them. In addition to the hole number and par for the hole, the Hole View also shows the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green. The S42's display also offers some special features:

  • Hazards and Layups: Tapping the map in Hole View opens up a view of that hole's hazards (bunkers, water), and the layup distances on Par 4 and Par 5 holes.
  • Green View: The Green View lets you take a closer look at the green's true shape from wherever you are on the course. For greater distance accuracy, you can drag-and-drop the pin to its current placement.
  • Garmin AutoShot: Each time you take a shot in the fairway, the S42 records your shot distance and displays it on the screen. After playing the hole, you can view distances for all shots detected during the hole. If necessary, you can manually add a shot. Putts are not detected.

Included Maps: The Approach S42 has CourseView map data loaded into its built-in flash memory. The data contains distance information to the front, back, and center of the greens for more than 42,000 golf courses worldwide. Lifetime free course updates are available from the Garmin Golf app. When you connect your device to your smartphone, the golf courses you use most frequently are automatically updated.

Functionality: The Approach S42 initially takes 30-60 seconds to acquire satellite signals and determine your location. As you play, the unit automatically updates your position, and automatically transitions to the next hole as you approach the next tee. To look ahead or back, you can swipe up or down, or move the hole indicator around the edge of the screen to change holes. During the round, you can save and label up to five locations, such as water hazards or bunkers, on each hole. 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. You can also record statistics, such as number of putts taken, greens in regulation (GIR), and number of fairways hit (or which direction you missed), during the round. Before you start the round, you can select Stroke Play or Stableford scoring. (Stableford points are awarded as specified by the USGA.) When the device is paired with the Garmin Golf app on your smartphone, you can upload your scorecard, view your saved rounds, and player statistics. Many courses have leaderboards that you can join and play against other golfers in tournaments.

Approach CT10 Sensors: The S42 is compatible with the optional Approach CT10 golf club sensors (sold separately). The sensors are placed on the handle end of each club, and allows the device to track your golf shots, including location, distance, and club type.

Training/Swing Analysis: The Garmin Approach S42 is compatible with the optional Garmin TruSwing golf sensor, which can give you instant feedback on your swing, plus swing training to help improve your consistency on the golf course. The sensor, which attaches to the shaft of your club, measures the tempo, speed, swing path, club face angle, and other metrics of your swing, and provides training to help you improve your game.

Watch: In addition to its golf and GPS functions, the Approach S42 is a digital watch with a backlight. You can customize the watch face by selecting from a wide variety of faces. By default, the watch time is set automatically when the device acquires satellite signals. You can also set the time manually. If enabled, the watch can automatically switch between standard time and daylight saving time. The watch also has an alarm, countdown timer, and can display 12-hour or 24-hour time formats.

Widgets: The Approach S42 comes with preloaded Widgets that provide a variety of information and functionality. Some Widgets require connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Some of the available Widgets include: Notifications, Calendar, Sunrise/Sunset, Weather, and Step Counter.

Sleep Tracking: While you are sleeping, the Approach S42 can monitor your movement and the duration and quality of your sleep hours. Using the Garmin Connect app, you can track your nightly sleep statistics.

Non-Golf Activities: In addition to golf, the Approach S42 uses the GPS data, and data from a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer to help you keep track of and analyze other indoor or outdoor activities. These activities include biking and running (outdoor and indoor).

Bluetooth: Approach S42 can connect to your smartphone using Bluetooth technology and provide many valuable connected features. Some features require you to install the Garmin Connect or Garmin Golf apps. The device can display phone notifications and weather forecasts, as well as obtain software updates through the apps. If you misplace your smartphone when it is paired to the S42, you can use the Find My Phone feature to locate it if it's currently in range. You can also locate a lost Approach S42 using your smartphone and the Find My Device feature.

Garmin Apps: The Garmin Approach S42, when paired to your smartphone, can be even more valuable and informative when synced to these Garmin applications:

  • Garmin Golf: The Garmin Golf app helps you keep track of each round of golf you play, analyze your game, and show improvements. You can compete against your friends, or participate in weekly leaderboards on any golf course. The app is available for devices running iOS 11 or later, and Android (version varies with device).
  • Garmin Connect: The Garmin Connect app is a useful source for health and fitness data. It can help you keep track of your non-golf activities and sleep quality. The app is compatible with Android devices (version 6.0 and up) or Apple iPhone and iPod touch (iOS 12.0 or later).

Power Requirements: The Approach S42 operates on a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. The battery is charged using the proprietary USB charging/data cable. In the GPS mode, a fully charged battery should give you up to 15 hours of continuous use as you play golf or perform other activities. You can turn off the GPS receiver when you are training indoors to save battery. If you are using the unit continuously as a watch, a fully charged battery should provide up to 10 days of battery life.

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What type of charging connection does does this S42 watch have?
jackie  Feb 09, 2024
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The Garmin Approach S42 comes with a 21" USB charging/data cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary Garmin connector on the other end), Jackie.
bo  Feb 10, 2024 (Staff)
Change time settings on the Model s42 ?
zorro  Mar 18, 2022
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
kenneth  Mar 21, 2022 (Staff)

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