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I had a Garmin S2 at one point and honestly miss it. I like the exactness of a laser, but GPS really comes in handy when you get out of position and are blocked by trees or there's a hill between you and the flag practically rendering the unit worthless. I would just buy another Garmin (and may still) to supplement my rangefinder, but I'm holding out for an Apple Watch. It just makes more sense to buy something that looks nice and does much more than provide the time and GPS on a golf course.

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I don’t like wearing a watch when I play but love to have that technology available. Bought a Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS and really love it! Has a great app for the phone and so far every course I have played has been on it. Main display shows front middle and back distances of the green and it will also display fairway and greenside bunker distances as well. If you don’t want to wear a watch it is a great alternative. I’d get one of the bright colors if you intend to use the magnet on the back to attach it to a golf cart. That way it would less easy to lose. That would be my only real negative of the device. Would hate to accidentally leave it somewhere. Other nice thing is there are no additional annual fees. Buy it once and forget it.


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I bought a Garmin Approach S20 last year and I love it.  It is a mid range GPS watch.  It doesn't have a color screen, but that doesn't take away from it.  I am currently wearing it as my everyday watch.  I have to remember to charge it before I go play a round.  It holds it's charge very well.  It has had every course I have ever played, even on vacations.  It appears to be very accurate and it gives front middle and back of the green.

I like using the scorecard feature, even though I keep track the old fashioned way too.  I can then download the data into my iphone app. 

I would highly recommend it.  

The downside;

You can't use it for practice at a range, only on the course.  You have to make sure it has enough charge for the round of golf.  It always has so far, but if it was at 30% I don't know if I would trust it.

There are times where a rangefinder would be useful, but I love the ease of use on the course.  I look at my watch and it gives me the yardage instantly.

I hope this helps.

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So I just broke down and bought a Garmin s20 about two weeks ago.  I have used it for about three rounds so far and I am still trying to get used to all of its features.  So far, I like it.  The distance to the greens is fairly accurate and you can move the pin around (although I just mainly use it for front middle and back distances).  I really like the layup feature.  It will give you various distances for layup shots.  If gives you about 4 different yardages to be 100 yds out, 150 and so on.  Great feature.  

I paired it with my phone to look at the data at a later date but I have not really used that feature much yet so I cannot comment on it.  The watch itself is comfortable, large display and easy to use.  I like the buttons on the side but wish that I could get the watch to light up at night just to look at the time (maybe it does this, but I have not figured it out yet).  I would recommend it.  

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So I just broke down and bought a Garmin s20 about two weeks ago.  I have used it for about three rounds so far and I am still trying to get used to all of its features.  So far, I like it.  The distance to the greens is fairly accurate and you can move the pin around (although I just mainly use it for front middle and back distances).  I really like the layup feature.  It will give you various distances for layup shots.  If gives you about 4 different yardages to be 100 yds out, 150 and so on.  Great feature.  

I paired it with my phone to look at the data at a later date but I have not really used that feature much yet so I cannot comment on it.  The watch itself is comfortable, large display and easy to use.  I like the buttons on the side but wish that I could get the watch to light up at night just to look at the time (maybe it does this, but I have not figured it out yet).  I would recommend it.  

 

On my S60 you can press the middle button, scroll down to system and press that. Scroll down until you see backlight. You can activate by gesture meaning at night you roll your wrist and the backlight will come on automatically.

 

 

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have used the Garmin g20 for a couple years now.

Pro's:

1. Solid GPS

2. Courses: it's found courses easily (stored in memory) for every course I've been to so far (in the US + Canada)

3. Lightweight + not distracting, with a perforated watch band, which helps your wrist breathe

4. Can sync to the garmin connect IOS app to show you your historical performance on  a course (or several!)  ability to see it on the web application as well

5. bluetooth - so can see your text messages from your phone

6. decent battery life // 2-3 rounds

7. ability to "move the flag" due to varying pin placements

8.found the range finder quite accurate when comparing against a player who has a laser range finder

9. easy to read in the sun

10. pretty affordable ~$200

11. step counter

12. details on when the sun rises + sets according to your GPS location

cons:

1.  not always accurate re: hazards (i.e. how far do I need to hit to clear this water etc)

2. black and white screen

3.  not able to place the pin or check hazard ranges

4. no touch screen (however, one could argue this is a good tradeoff vs. cost)

 

Overall, the watch has suited me well, for a golfer who plays 2x / week for 4-5 months a year. 

 

good luck!

 

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I 'upgraded' to an S60 from a TomTom watch earlier this year and I love it.  The fitness features have encouraged me to incorporate more walking into my daily routine too.

Personally i prefer the convenience of a watch to a handheld or phone app, and feel i am more efficient time wise too, as i can just glance at my wrist unless i need to check stuff more closely.

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On 4/15/2019 at 9:11 AM, ballplayer002003 said:

So I just broke down and bought a Garmin s20 about two weeks ago.  I have used it for about three rounds so far and I am still trying to get used to all of its features.  So far, I like it.  The distance to the greens is fairly accurate and you can move the pin around (although I just mainly use it for front middle and back distances).  I really like the layup feature.  It will give you various distances for layup shots.  If gives you about 4 different yardages to be 100 yds out, 150 and so on.  Great feature.  

I paired it with my phone to look at the data at a later date but I have not really used that feature much yet so I cannot comment on it.  The watch itself is comfortable, large display and easy to use.  I like the buttons on the side but wish that I could get the watch to light up at night just to look at the time (maybe it does this, but I have not figured it out yet).  I would recommend it.  

If you press and hold the “ok” button, upper right, the screen will light.

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I have an S20. It works very well, no complaints other than aesthetics. I’m intrigued by the the S40, but one of the best things about the S20 is that when not golfing it uses practically no battery — 1% a day. I wear it all the time and when I’m not golfing I can basically forget about it. So, at least three rounds without charging, almost regardless of how many days between rounds. The 10-day watch mode battery life of the S40 pales in comparison. 

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On 6/24/2019 at 8:50 PM, howellhandmade said:

I have an S20. It works very well, no complaints other than aesthetics. I’m intrigued by the the S40, but one of the best things about the S20 is that when not golfing it uses practically no battery — 1% a day. I wear it all the time and when I’m not golfing I can basically forget about it. So, at least three rounds without charging, almost regardless of how many days between rounds. The 10-day watch mode battery life of the S40 pales in comparison. 

Howell is right.  I use my S20 as a daily watch and when I am not playing golf, battery usage is practically nil.  Last week I played 4 days straight.  I charged my watch before the first game and then between the second an third rounds.  It still had battery life, but previously, I had the battery die during a round when the battery was below 50% before I started.  Now I make sure it is well charged before I go play.  I don't consider it a negative about the watch.  I love mine.  

I am interested in the Arccos system, but I love my watch so much, that I can't justify the expense.

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2 hours ago, Txmason123 said:

Howell is right.  I use my S20 as a daily watch and when I am not playing golf, battery usage is practically nil.  Last week I played 4 days straight.  I charged my watch before the first game and then between the second an third rounds.  It still had battery life, but previously, I had the battery die during a round when the battery was below 50% before I started.  Now I make sure it is well charged before I go play.  I don't consider it a negative about the watch.  I love mine.  

I am interested in the Arccos system, but I love my watch so much, that I can't justify the expense.

Had the same issue of the battery suddenly dying when below 50% with a G10, which is basically a G20 without a watch band. My G20, though, has been quite linear and I get about the advertised 10 hours of GPS use out of a charge. I just put it on the charger with 16% remaining. I usually charge before playing if it’s less than 40%. 

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