Lots to look at. Garmin’s S6 Ap­proach watch


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It’s never been eas­ier to im­prove your golf. The new Ap­proach S6 boasts first-of-it­skind swing met­rics and train­ing tools, mean­ing help is at hand — or at least as close as your wrist.

“The Ap­proach S6 pro­vides golfers with per­for­mance and train­ing data that has never been avail­able in a wrist­watch be­fore,” said Matt DeMoss, gen­eral manager of Garmin Aus­trala­sia. “The new swing met­rics, paired with the colour Course View maps, high­res touch­screen dis­play and Smart No­ti­fi­ca­tions make the S6 the first golf watch that packs the power of a hand­held into a sleek form fac­tor.”

The Ap­proach S6 is the first golf watch with th­ese ad­vanced swing met­rics, which in­clude SwingTempo, Tem­poTrainer, and SwingStrength.

SwingTempo mea­sures the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a golfer’s back­swing and down­swing, and shows it as a ra­tio. In stud­ies of suc­cess­ful golf swings, an ideal ra­tio of 3:1 has been es­tab­lished, even with in­di­vid­ual vari­a­tions of speed. Tem­poTrainer uses the 3:1 ra­tio and gives golfers au­di­ble tones to syn­chro­nise their swing me­chan­ics and fine-tune their tempo.

The S6 also fea­tures SwingStrength, which pro­vides golfers with im­me­di­ate feed­back on their power per­cent­age, to help golfers cal­cu­late and re­mem­ber how hard they hit each club.

The Ap­proach S6 also has a Hand­i­cap Scor­ing fea­ture, which pro­vides hand­i­cap scor­ing op­tions for in­di­vid­ual holes, golfer’s lo­cal hand­i­cap or in­dex/slope meth­ods.

Pre­vi­ously only avail­able in golf hand­helds, the Ap­proach S6 of­fers full-colour course views for more than 30,000 in­ter­na­tional cour­ses (with no ad­di­tional sub­scrip­tions or fees)and has a ded­i­cated CourseView but­ton.

CourseView al­lows golfers to pre­view hole de­tails like doglegs, traps, wa­ter haz­ards, and green shapes while they’re on the course or even in the club­house. In ad­di­tion to CourseView, the Ap­proach S6 has Green­View, which shows golfers the lay­out of the green, as well as nearby bunkers and wa­ter haz­ards, so golfers can use the touch­screen to drag and drop the pin to the day’s lo­ca­tion, giv­ing them the most ac­cu­rate yardages.

The Ap­proach S6 even has PinPoin­ter, which of­fers blind shot as­sis­tance by pro­vid­ing an ar­row point­ing di­rectly to the green. With this fea­ture, golfers know ex­actly where to line up their shot, no mat­ter if they are in the woods or deep in a trap. With the high-res­o­lu­tion touch­screen, the Ap­proach S6 boasts the Touch Tar­get­ing fea­ture to show the pre­cise dis­tance to any point on the hole, whether it’s a fair­way, haz­ard or green.

Although the Ap­proach S6 is the slimmest, light­est golf watch from Garmin, it has 10 hours of bat­tery life in full GPS mode or 14 weeks in watch mode.

The Ap­proach S6 is also equipped with Smart No­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy. When paired with an iPhone 4S or later, golfers can re­ceive text, email and missed call alerts on the watch. RRP $499.

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