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Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch Review

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch

New functions have been added to the Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch to create a product that is both golf aid and activity tracker.

All of the existing functions from the Garmin S10 have been retained in the S20. But more features like swing analysis are included to provide a more rounded golf watch.

The S20 also tracks activity on and off the golf course including a step counter and provides notifications on e-mails, text messages and phone calls.

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What Garmin says about the S20 Approach GPS:

“Whether you’re leisurely playing with friends on your favourite local course or teeing up on that amazing resort course you’ve always wanted to play, Approach S20 knows on which golf course you are – and how far you are from the next green.

“Garmin Approach S20 is a sleek and lightweight GPS golf watch that provides more convenience on the course with distances on over 40,000 preloaded courses including hazards plus Green View and the new Garmin AutoShot game tracker for detailed game analysis on Garmin Connect.

Garmin Approach S20

“The Green View feature on your Approach S20 shows you the true shape and layout of the green. You can manually reposition the pin to today’s location for accurate distances to the hole.

“The watch’s high-sensitivity GPS receiver gives you the distance data you need to fire away with confidence.”

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Garmin Approach S20 GPS Design & Features

A high-sensitivity GPS, the S20 provides fine details on over 40,000 courses with distances to dog-legs, hazards, bunkers and greens all displayed.

A large 23x23mm sunlight-readable, high-resolution, 128×128-pixel monochrome display provides a clear screen to display course information for users.

Garmin Approach S20

An added feature is the fact Approach CT10 Sensors can be attached to clubs to allow golfers to track shot distances and location. Data can then be analysed for every swing to see consistency for each club.

Wireless connectivity means golfers can upload information straight to the Garmin Connect app and the Garmin Auto Shot option can be used to keep track of scores and analyse shots and scores post-round.

Garmin TruSwing technology analyses details of swings and provides metrics with players receiving details and advice on how to improve swing consistency.

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch

Activity tracking adds further benefits from non-golfing detail with steps, number of calories burned, distance and time of day shown.

Users can also monitor the number of hours they have slept while smart notification functions notify users if calls, texts or e-mails are received – making this a GPS-cum-smart watch.

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Verdict: Is the Garmin S20 Approach GPS any good?

The Garmin Approach S20 GPS offers plenty of help for golfers looking to get the most of our their game. And it isn’t just about the 40,000 courses, distances and course management assistance.

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch

Swing analysation technology is a key benefit and the improvements it offers thanks to detailed feedback on every shot.

The Activity tracking function may not appeal to all golfers looking for a more basic golf watch to improve their game, but we particularly the all-round purpose the S20 offers.


How much does the Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch cost?

Most retailers sell the Approach S20 GPS for £199.99 / $268

Is the Garmin Approach S20 GPS Watch compatible with smartphones?

Yes, the watch is compatible with both iOs and Android devices. Users can download the Garmin Connect app to their phone for free.