Garmin International Inc today announced the Approach S60, its newest GPS golf watch with cutting edge golfing features you need on your wrist for the perfect and fast approach, and a great style that goes beyond the course.

The sleek Approach S60 GPS golf watch comes with a sunlight readable touchscreen display that intuitively integrates detailed CourseView mapping and yardages in full colour, right on your wrist. It provides quick access to critical information needed during a round like precise yardages to greens, hazards and doglegs to help players master their game on more than 40,000 preloaded courses from around the world including free lifetime updates.

With a modern style that goes beyond the clubhouse, the Approach S60 also features the popular QuickFit™ watchbands that can be easily interchanged in seconds, without tools. They’re available in an assortment of coloured silicone, leather or stainless steel styles, and can be interchanged with a number of Garmin multisport watches, including the popular fēnix 5 series.

 

 

To add another level of fun and competition, the Approach S60 is one of the many Garmin golf watches compatible with the new Garmin Golf app that lets users compete in weekly leaderboards on any golf course no matter when they play it during the week. This free app allows users to compete against friends and fellow golfers on the same course, plus view other players’ rank, score, handicap and more. Players can set up their own tournament event and invite multiple friends to compete, plus they can chat with each other and post their results for others to see. Using the Approach S60, players can also utilize the app for live scoring as they’re playing their round; scores entered on the device will automatically sync to the app for instant updates as they play.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Approach S60 is as functional of a golf watch as it is a stylish timepiece,” says Martin Resch, Garmin EMEA Senior Product Manager, Outdoor. “It’s packed with industry-leading features golfers have come to appreciate and rely on with our Approach series – like advanced AutoShot™, PlaysLike Distance, touch targeting and more – yet, it’s the most stylish golf watch we’ve offered and a statement of one’s passion for the great game of golf in any surroundings.”

 

Thanks to the Garmin AutoShot game tracking technology, players can easily review, map and analyze all of their shots from each round they play with the Approach S60. It automatically records the location and distance of each detected shot and uploads it to the user’s Garmin Connect™ account for post-round analysis. In addition to seeing how far a shot was, players can also use AutoShot data to compare stats from previous rounds, review their club distances and averages, and analyze their tendencies as they fine tune their game. The Garmin Connect mobile app can also be used to receive updates to the courses users play the most thanks to the CourseView auto updater, which automatically sends updates to the device.

 

Additionally, Approach S60 measures precise distances to the front, back and middle of the green, to sand traps, water hazards, layups and doglegs. Furthermore, touch targeting allows to measure the distance to any other point on the course. Golfers can use the Green View feature to see the outline of the green on each hole, where they can manually position the pin to that day’s location to get the most accurate measurements. Thanks to the PlaysLike feature, the Approach S60 can also take into account the elevation change between the player and the target and calculates what the distance will play like. For example, if the shot is downhill, PlaysLike will show that the shot will play shorter than it actually is.

 

Doubling as an all-day activity tracker, the Approach S60 works with the Garmin Connect mobile app to monitor and record daily steps, calories burned, distance and sleep, with move alerts to keep users active throughout the day. It also receives smart notifications from compatible smartphones, so users can stay connected with notifications for call, texts, emails and more right on their watch. What’s more, when paired with the app, the Approach S60 can also provide weather forecast data so players will know if they’re going to stay dry on the course.

 

 

The Approach S60 also features SwingTempo that measures the relationship between upswing and downswing, and TempoTraining that uses a 3:1 ratio and gives the user vibrations to synchronize their swing mechanics and fine-tune their swing tempo. When paired with the Garmin TruSwing™ sensor, it can also provide the user with swing speed and club path angles to improve their swing consistency.

 

The Approach S60 can get up to ten hours of battery life golfing and up to ten days in watch mode with activity tracking. It boasts a 5 ATM water rating, so it can easily withstand the elements, whether golfers get caught in a sudden rainstorm or are sweating on a hot day. The Approach S60 is expected to be available in June in black or white with a RRP of £399.99 / €449.99. A premium version with the perfected look of a brilliant ceramic bezel and black leather band will also be available for £479.99 / €549.99.

 

The Approach S60 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to www.garmin.com/outdoors.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

 

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO in the transport industry, mobile tech fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia/Microsoft VIP, HTC Specialist, Multiple forum supporter with worldwide top rankings, I also work in the background in the mobile technology sector, weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show and Cavan TV. Technology reviewer and blogger.Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.

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