Garmin Launches Two New Smartwatches for Golfers and a Rangefinder

Garmin Approach S42 Approach S12 Approach GPS Rangefinder
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If you don’t know what your handicap is, then the new smartwatches from Garmin may not be for you. With the Approach S12 and S42, Garmin is bringing tailor-made wearables for golf to the market. But the features of the two smartwatches are of course not only suitable for golf. Other functions could ensure that the S12 and S42 are also a lot of fun away from the green.

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Of course, both watches have GPS onboard. This results in a first major advantage for golf. In fact, 42,000 golf courses worldwide are automatically preinstalled in Garmin’s extensive database. This means that the watch not only recognizes which golf course you are currently on. On top of that, the location is so precise that it should even be recognized which hole you are currently playing. This is not only exciting for the subsequent evaluation of a round of golf. Thanks to GPS, you can see at any time how many meters you are from the next hole. This not only saves a lot of walking but certainly gives the game with ball and racket a new charm.

But golfers can also look forward to further help from the two smartwatches. Garmin installed the “GreenView” function here. This should be able to show the wearer the shape of the green. This should allow strokes to be planned much better. Speaking of which are the mandatory strokes. Garmin itself also advertises its racket sensors in connection with the S12 and S42. The Approach CT10 club sensors are specially designed to detect hits. So you can evaluate statistics afterward and work on your technology. The tailor-made set for golfers is rounded off by the Garmin Golf app.

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Golf with style

The lightweight Approach S42 offers an easy-to-read 1.2-inch color touchscreen display with a sleek design that easily transitions from a daily timepiece to a comprehensive golf watch. Once on the course, golfers can rely on a loaded feature set that includes the AutoShot round analyzer to track and auto-record shot distances. Golfers can wear the smartwatch in and out of the golf course and peruse smart notifications3 and activity-tracking features4 that include steps, sleep, calories, vibration alerts, move bar, and built-in sport profiles. Whether golfers are looking for style points or sportiness, switching bands is easy with the Approach S42’s quick release bands. Enjoy more time on the links thanks to the Approach S42’s versatile battery life that lasts up to 15 hours in GPS mode, and up to 10 days in smartwatch mode, reports BusinessWire.

Ready to tee off

Easy-to-use and practical for beginners and seasoned players alike, the Approach S12 includes interchangeable quick release bands and introduces a unique round watch design with a 1.3-inch sunlight-readable high-resolution display. Thanks to the new Big Numbers display mode, Approach S12 makes it easier than ever to read yardage numbers during play. When paired with the Garmin Golf app on a compatible smartphone, the Approach S12 wirelessly updates a player’s most frequently played golf courses for up-to-date course information. Golfers can confidently play round after round thanks to the Approach S12’s internal, rechargeable battery that lasts up to 30 hours in GPS mode.

Approach G12 GPS Rangefinder

Golfers can fine-tune their game with the Approach G12 GPS rangefinder featuring a thin, compact design with a 1.3-inch high-resolution sunlight-readable display that lasts up to 30 hours on a single battery charge. Offering all the benefits included in the Approach S12, the versatile Approach G12 GPS rangefinder adds a built-in clip and a lanyard loop to securely attach the device to pockets or golf bags.

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Price and Availability

Available now, the Approach S42 GPS golf smartwatch has a suggested retail price of $299.99; the Approach S12 GPS golf watch has a suggested retail price of $199.99; the Approach G12 GPS golf rangefinder has a suggested retail price of $149.99.

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