The majority of golfers don't own their own golf carts, so if they were to mount their handheld golf GPS, it would have to be of the quick-release variety. Most mounting options are not designed to be quick-release, and can be cumbersome and inconvenient. Garmin realized this, and has announced their solution, the Approach S1, a golf GPS watch.
On of the main display pages will include distances to the front, back and middle of the green. Unfortunately this won't provide the distance of your layup shot, but can be the difference between just a good approach and a great one. Measure and record specific club distances using the precise shot measurement feature, which adds confidence to the shot execution and takes away the guess work for club selecting.
Other screens showcase odometer readings; to show distance traveled, on and off the course. An alternate use of the Approach S1 is an everyday watch, as it displays time in 24-hour or 12-hour clock format.
Course data for Canada and the US is preloaded, over 14,000 courses come standard. Updates and new courses are added on a regular basis, which can be found at garmin.com/golf. Full course listings can also be found on Garmin's site, extensive coverage of the US including Hawaii, and cross-country coverage in Canada, save some East Coast data.
This new device is great for those who enjoy a good golf game in all kinds of weather. Waterproof to an IPX7 standard, means rain, dust and other airborne particles are no problem for the Approach S1. The sleek, slim design is perfect for full days of activity, as it has the same weight and bulk as the average watch.
Slated for arrival in November, they'll be in store just in time for Christmas season 2010.