Garmin Approach S4
The Garmin Approach S4 is for the golfers looking to be on the cutting edge of technology with all the goodies, i.e., a touch screen, iPhone Bluetooth connectivity and score tracking.
It offers exceptional ease of use that allows taking it out of the box and straight onto the first tee. After opening the box and charging the unit, 90% of its features are usable on the course without needing to read the manual.
The Garmin Approach S4 offers distances to the front/middle/back of greens along with layup and doglegs. It allows input of custom points for bunker or water hazard inclusions.
The touch screen of the Garmin Approach S4 can be utilized for more accurate placement of the flagstick or determination of distances to contours, when shooting for the green.
It can measure shot distances, track scores and statistics, reviewable on the watch after a round. However, it does not provide an online portal to save and track the information over time.
Still, the Garmin Approach S4 is hands down, the unit for anybody wanting the best technology available.
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Garmin Approach S4 Features:
- 1” across, with a 128 x 128 pixel resolution
- comes with over 30,000 pre-loaded worldwide courses
- keeps up with both new course and existing course changes via free lifetime updates
- dedicated green view button
- additional statistics tracking, i.e., fairways hit/left/right
- ability to receive email, texts and alerts, when paired with a compatible Apple iPhone
- waterproof to 10 meters
- improved battery life, lasting up to 10 hours in GPS mode
Garmin Approach S4 Pros & Cons:
- offers everything that can reasonably be expected or wanted from a GPS watch
- incredibly simple to use
- provides useful, simple to navigate features
- levers technology to the fullest
- offers Bluetooth connectivity for texts, call alerts and emails
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- requires a firm touch for its touch screen
- easily soiling white wrist band
- no pre-loaded hazards
What People Say about the Garmin Approach S4:
“I love this GPS Device. It works smoothly, it accurate and easy to use. I don’t even notice it’s on my wrist. So fast to just look down on my wrist and see the distance. Also less time reading distances for playing partners that do not have GPS. Give me more time to think about strategy and the type of shot I want to make.” – Richard Goldstein
“I’m a 12 handicap player that unfortunately only plays once or twice a week.. Was looking for the “best” product to help make distance easy, and accurate. Originally looked at laser devices and was one click away when I decided GPS would maybe be a better fit for me, as I have a hard time holding my friends still, and sometimes would shoot the wrong thing giving me a bogus distance. Long story short, I still didn’t like the idea of needing to bring something out of my bag, cart or have in my pocket and gave this S a chance.. This thing is the best purchase I have EVER made for golf.. Hands down, the easiest, most accurate device you can imagine.. It is instant.. And dead on.. Just went on a golf trip playing several different courses for the first time and this helped me tremendously. All my other buddies have the laser or GPS wouldn’t even go to their bag anymore. They were constantly asking me.. No problem, I just turned my wrist over and it was there.. It’s without a doubt a MUST by for any avid golfer.. Can’t speak highly enough about it.. Now you may want to purchase the cheaper version without all the bells and whistles and I’m sure it would be just fine. I used the email and text function just to see that it worked, but didn’t want that to always be coming across while I’m playing.. I did however use it for the drive home. Pretty cool really.. Anyway, don’t read another review.. If you can afford this watch. Buy it! If you can’t and just need basic distance, buy one of the cheaper versions.. But if you do buy this, you will be very pleased.. I don’t normally review things, but want to let the world know how great this is.. By the way, we played 36 holes per day and I had it running 100 percent of the time.. No screen saver.. Never a problem with battery. Checked out the distance from plates on course and friends laser and it was spot on.. I mean dead on.. No problems, no worries, easy out of the box … It works.. Buy it.” – Bryson Wilson
“You arive at the course, turn to the GPS feature on, confirm you are at the course it thinks you are at, Hit Start Round and that’s it!!! You basically do not have to do anything else the rest of the round. (If you choose to keep score on it you can but I rarely use that feature). It updates yardages as you go so, you walk up to your ball, look at your wrist like looking at the time, and you have your yardage, simple as that, no taking out of the, no urn lipping it from your belt, no trying to laz the flag…just look at your wrist and you have your yardage(Front, Back and Center). A few more points, it is very lite on your wrist, at first I was worried it would bug me (I do not wear a watch) but by time you leave the range warming up you do not even know you have it on. The “Green View” I seldom use, Front, Back and Center are close enough for me. The “Layup Feature” I also rarely use, most of the time it is just doing the math for you to the 150′, and 100′ markers, occasionally it will have a layup to the dogleg or water hazard if the course has it programmed in. In closing I bought the Touch Screen S4 but so far I think I could of just as easily gone with the S2 because I do not use a lot of the additional features of the S4 but it was on sale and I may in n the furture use some of them. In closing, I think the best endorsement for this product is 2 of the guys I play golf with have already gone out and bought 1 of these for themselves. After you see it in action it sells itself. Oh, there is one thing you do give up from other GPSs (I mostly used Goff Logic iPhone App (Subsrciption) and a couple of other stand alone GPSs, and this is true for Laser units. You give the ability to know distances to course feature/objects (sand traps, the big tree on the right or carry distance over the water) so,it still isn’t the PERFECT yardage solution (say having Fluff, Bones or J Ted on your bag) but it is cheaper and the easies yardage solution I have found so far…..hope you other golfers find this helpful.” – Robert Schroeder