In this Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch review, Joel Tadman wears it out on the course for multiple rounds to put the advanced functionality to the test.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch

Pros:

  • Lots of unique and useful functionality, plus the ability to track shots. Versatile styling and off-course features broadens the appeal.

Cons:

  • Expensive. The hole map graphics look somewhat dated and there were differences in what appeared between the app and watch.

Product:

Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£479.99

Clubhouse Golf

Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch Review

A scroll through the feature list on the Garmin Approach S62 would suggest this promises to be the ultimate golf GPS watch in 2020 and beyond, offering a host of exciting functionality never seen before.

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We tested it over multiple rounds and have to say it was an enjoyable and relatively seamless experience.

Ease of Use

It’s easy and intuitive to get the watch set up and the touch screen works well alongside the side buttons to navigate through the various options. The colour touchscreen display is 17 per cent larger than on the previous Approach S60, which makes it easier to navigate and see hole details more clearly on the colour maps.

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You can even swipe around the edge of the screen to change holes quickly if you need to and access distances to hazards as well as the crucial front, middle and back yardages. There’s also the option to account for elevation changes and manually move the pin position for more accurate distances.

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Display

The hole maps are a little basic and dimmer than we’d have hoped, but we were still able to see clearly what lay ahead and move the pointer to areas of interest.

If you enable shot tracking, you can tell the watch what club you hit after each shot and after five rounds of doing this the Virtual Caddie feature becomes available, suggesting clubs to hit for upcoming shots.

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While not permittable in tournament play, it’s a nice feature to have recommendations on clubs from a device that knows how far you actually hit each club rather than what you think, as long as you make sure not to include poor strikes, chips out from trees or shots into a strong wind when inputting your shots.

Once paired with your phone, the watch can also take into account the wind conditions in real time when suggesting a club, which is next-level.

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We weren’t too fussed about the shot tracking element, but did find the Pin Pointer feature, whereby an arrow with point to the direction of the centre of the green, useful on blind shots and efforts from the trees when the green wasn’t visible.

The GPS distances seemed to stack up well against our laser and other leading GPS devices we were testing at the time, although the hole maps on the accompanying Garmin Golf app hadn’t incorporated course changes from a few years ago even though the watch did.

The aesthetics are slick and stylish to the point that it would look at home off the course too, plus there are lots of fitness tracking options should you want to use it more as a sports watch rather than just a golf GPS as well as the ability to receive email and text notifications.

Specs
Weight: 61g
Courses preloaded: 41,000
Battery life: Up to 20 hours in GPS mode
Display resolution: 260 x 260 pixels

Verdict

The Garmin Approach S62 GPS Watch is undoubtedly one for the gadget lover who wants the very latest features and the ability to track shots all in one place and use it off the course too. It’s expensive, but is unquestionably one of the most comprehensive, cutting-edge GPS watches around.