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Foolproof 'distance to green'
on 17 April 2011
This Garmin could not be easier to use.
Switch it on when you arrive at the golf club (it takes less than a minute to find satellites),
it prompts you with the course name (your club may have multiple courses),
click select on the course,
walk onto the tee (front or back 9; doesn't matter; it figures it out),
off you go,
while standing at my ball, a quick glance at my wrist helps my shot/club selection (its as easy as checking the time)
Unlike my shotsaver, I can read it without glasses.
as you walk from a green to the next tee it switches automatically to the appropriate hole.
Unlike my shotsaver, I don't have to explicitly 'finish hole' and confirm the next hole.
I can forget about it for a few holes and not have get out my glasses and 'finish' multiple holes to get to where I am.
Its strictly 'distance to green (front, middle, back)'; nothing about bunkers and other hazards.
Very accurate, to the yard. I already trust it more than my course's 150yd and 100yd markers.
It measures around dog legs (not as the crow, and occasionally the ball, flies).
Oh, you do have to 'end round' as you finish your round, or the battery will discharge too quickly (I didn't try leaving it on).
'Measure shot' worked as expected. 'Odometer' worked fine too.
Updated November 1st 2017
The reviewed Approach S1 was a present for my Dad; he loved it too.
I bought one for myself in November 2014.
It worked perfectly for almost 2 years, at which point it lost all its golf course database ('No Courses Near' message).
I downloaded Garmin Express, but it did not recognize the Approach S1.
After a few back and forth emails with support, when all else failed, they advised me:
1) Attach the Approach S1 to a Windows computer
2) Format the resultant disk drive to Fat32
3) Dismount the disk drive and reattach the Approach S1 again
4) Run Garmin Express again and 'Add device', etc.
This worked perfectly and my Approach S1 lives again.
I have reinstated my 5 star review.