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Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch - Dark Grey/Red
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2013
I had originally gone with a Bushnell V2 scope which although worked well was clumsy to have to keep getting out and putting away every time and no good on blind shots.
I sold the V2 and have just finished my 4th round with my new S3 and I cannot rate it high enough. So easy to use and a glance to the wrist and your away.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2013
After spending a bit of time looking at GPS watches I plummeted for this one. I must say it doesn't disappoint. Just a quick glance of watch and you know exact yardage to front middle or back of green. It automatically switches holes also which is very handy. Solid strap allows you to cater for all wrist sizes. Touch screen very responsive even with glove on. Battery time matches manufacturers specs. Overall very pleased.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2013
this is a great aid for any golfer of any ability, and is easy to use, heavy battery drain is a drawback as it requires recharging after each round of golf
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
I love it it easy to use accurate, no fussy downloading to do just put it on your wrist select the golf course and go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2015
Good points:
+ showing distances on each hole
+ measuring distances for balls hit
+ adding hazards
+ battery life, display, user interface
- course mapping might not always be accurate
- scoring functionality is disappointing overall
- accompanying software is sparse of features

On the plus side, I love using this to make quick decisions about club selection without having to refer to StrokeSavers etc. However, this is a benefit of having any one of these types of devices, although the S3 seems to do a good job in this regard. Note that the distances will only be as accurate as the course was mapped originally - we found a course in Spain where some of the critical distances were not accurate at all and with hazards in front of the green this was frustrating. Not a fault of the device though, just the way the course was mapped
It seems to detect a course in about 30 seconds, and is pretty good at detecting the hole you are playing but occasionally will increment to the next hole before you have finished. This usually only happens on the green, so only really presents an issue with accurate score inputting, which leads to.....
On the minus side, using the device to keep scores, and manage historical scores is poor. Scoring each hole is reasonably easy - you hit the button on the lower right and tap in the number of shots over par (or under !) on the screen, but you need to make sure that the device is on the right hole, and hasn't moved on to the next one. Also, there is no 'overview' of the round to check that all your scores have been registered correctly. I have played about 10 times with the S3 now, and most rounds it appears to ignore one or 2 holes, so giving a false score. Once you select "End Round" it commits the scores to the device. You then synch the device with the "Garmin Express" app via your lap top & USB and the scores are saved to the intercloudweb. Once you select "End Round" there is no easy way to edit your score (unless you want to edit the xml file on the device for the round you just played via "Notepad" on your laptop, but it is not user friendly).
Finally, the software that accompanies this device is very basic - there is no facility that I have seen for editing scorecards, or for doing any other kind of analysis.
If ALL you want it for is to get distances to the front, middle and rear of the green, and for measuring the distance you hit various shots, then go for it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
I was convinced for years that I neded a traditional big screen gps but a friend showed me his gps watch and I was sokd. I bought the lstedt version and was more than convinced I had made the right decision.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2013
I bought this for my husband as an anniversary present as a colleage had the S1. He has has nothing but praise for it. Found it easy to use, the battery lasted well with about 40% left by the time he got home. You do need to remember to leave adequate time to charge before each game. He found his golf club on there easily and commented that his game has improved with the use of the Garmin. He wears this instead of his watch and was surprised as how light it is and said that you do not realise you are wearing it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2013
Features are easy to use and moving the pin on the green does provide additional accuracy. Would recommend to any golfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2015
I so wanted this to work well, after weeks of deliberation of different types of golf GPS I plumped for the S3 , it look s good and is very simple to operate, occasionally jumps holes to next hole before you've finished last but easy to pop back, the huge huge problem with this is garmins poor accuracy of maps, I've played 3 courses in the fortnight I've had this and it's woefully inaccurate, first course 4 holes are completely wrong , I mean some are even the wrong Par, yardage is out by in some cases 50 yards , pretty bad , I've contacted Garmin who say they only update every 12 weeks and can't guarantee they will update any of these 3 courses this time , so it might be 6 months or longer , some of my golf partners have sky caddie ( costs £30 a year subscription ) which is much better , far more accurate , they actually walk the course where Garmin use satellites to map course, hence why so bad, when one of my golf partners found an issue on sky caddie , he e mailed them , they came down the following week and re mapped the hole ( we were actually there when they turned up ) and gave him extra 3 months free for his inconvenience, all in all I've bought an expensive digital watch , stay well clear.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2013
A little pricey so was sceptical but what a great product. The lay up function a little disappointing so the S1 may have been sufficient. Transformed my golfing.
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