Lots to look at. Garmin’s S6 Approach watch
NEW TECHNOLOGY IS A FEATURE IN GARMIN’S LATEST OFFERING, THE APPROACH S6 GOLF WATCH
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.