Garmin Approach S2
The Garmin Approach S2 is a good looking watch that takes the awkward second spot in the Garmin S family, priced above the S1 without the advanced features on the S3.
It adds the ability to keep score on the watch and obtain distance information to layups and doglegs to the feature set of the S1, but does not have the touchscreen, ability to position the flagstick on the green for a precise distance or ability to add custom target points of the S3.
When time is premium on a busy course, the Garmin Approach S2 goes about its job in a very simple and stress free way quickly delivering the key information golfers of all levels will surely appreciate.
The Garmin Approach S2 delivers something that’s not just specific but very useful to those learning the game or club members practicing under their own steam on weekends, who could do with a few figures to help.
It is one of the most simple GPS to use as no buttons need to be pressed for the most parts since it just sits there and tells the yards to the center, front and back of the green.
The Garmin Approach S2 is a GPS watch designed for golfers in a very nice looking design with its black and white LCD and 4 hardware buttons around the perimeter.
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- preloaded worldwide courses
- easy to use charging clip
- perfect process from download and installation of syncing software to course map updating
- GPS receiver can store data for over 30,000 courses
- updates offered 4 times free of charge for life
- provides distances to near, center and far points of the green, relative to player position, rather than being limited to fixed front and back points
- can measure dogleg distances to see around tricky corners of the green
- available scoring for single player with savable, downloadable and printable digital scorecards
- distances to green points are within the standard range of 4 yards, as accurate as other dedicated devices
- odometer measures how far has been walked on and off the course
- around 8 hours battery life
Garmin Approach S2 Pros & Cons:
- extremely easy to use
- easy to read screen
- excellent course coverage
- no fees to access course database
- get your very own Garmin Approach S2 right here and now!
- no pre-mapped hazards
- no ability to add custom points
- no online portal
- 36 hole courses numbering can be confusing
- relatively expensive
What People Say about the Garmin Approach S2:
“This watch is so easy to use! You get it set with your course and it finds you no matter what hole you start on, which is great for those shotgun starts. There’s no messing around with calling up an app, waiting for a signal, and wondering if the distance is correct. I’ve found it to be very accurate, and all I have to do is quietly look at my wrist! By far the simplest to use of its kind.” – Pam Denny
“I’ve used the S2 6 times without incident. I thought wearing a watch like device during a round would interfere with my swing but it did not. I have only used the yardage to the pin function and found it to be fast and accurate. The instructions are somewhat lacking. It took a little time to figure out how to shut down the S2 as the instructions were not clear. Once I figured it out it turned out to be a simple procedure. The initial set-up was easy and charging the S2 is a snap.” – Dan B Villareal
“First impressions: watch is very light and comfortable. I wish the manual was a little more detailed, as I had to spend a good amount of my first round trying to figure things out. Watch picked up the course in about 30 seconds standing on the first tee. If you’ve activated the “scorecard” feature, one of the nice things the watch does is automatically switch to the scorecard view once you reach the green. This makes entering your score easy without having to navigate menus and sub menus. If you forget to enter in your score, you can still do it via the menus. Yardages were very accurate, as verified by my playing partner with a laser range finder: usually within 2-3 yards.
Two questions I have for others: I inadvertently “started a round” while inside my house. The watch immediately starts searching for a satellite signal. I couldn’t find anyway to de-activate this. After about 10 minutes of fruitless searching, I had to go stand in my front yard like an idiot at 10PM so my watch could finally lock onto satellites. At that point, I was able to cancel the round I had started.
Second question: I’ve been charging primarily through my iPhone charger. Does the watch charge in it’s powered-down state? When it’s powered down I don’t see the battery charging icon, only when it’s on.
I actually like wearing it as a regular watch as well.
All in all, very pleased.” – Will Robinson