Garmin Approach Golf Course GPS

Garmin Approach G6 GPS The Garmin Approach G6 GPS is a versatile player for the golf course. The slim design of the G6 allows it to store easily in any pocket. The Approach G6 also offers different types of mounting accessories. A sunlight-readable display and an enhanced Approach G-series user interface with new graphics and numbering allow even the most detailed information such as the new lay-up arcs to be easily visible while mounted. Building on the success of the Approach series, the G6 is preloaded with a worldwide database of 25,000+ courses and has an internal rechargeable battery. The glove-friendly 2.6″ touchscreen display is the focal point of the unit’s exterior to portray a clean and durable finish. This easy-to-use device with convenient buttons allows expanded scoring and stat tracking. Being a Garmin, G6 is also rugged, waterproof, and reliable, making it ready to play right out of the box. Digital Scorecard New scoring options for your foursome include Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins, and Match Play with adjustable handicaps. Maps with Layup Arcs Large, bright, high-contrast graphics and numbering improve G6’s readability. Layup arcs drawn on the map offer at-a-glance references to 100, 150, 200 and (when applicable) 250 yards for layup decisions. Track Your Stats The enhanced stat tracking feature keeps track of fairways hit, greens in regulation, and putts per round. Not only can you check your stats during the round, but you also can download and print them from your computer. Get Club Averages The Approach G6 lets you continuously update and average how far you hit each club. Plus, you can customize the names of your clubs, from your driver to your putter. Additional features: Preloaded with Worldwide database of 25,000+ courses (free updates available) Slim, handheld GPS with 2.6″ glove-friendly, touchscreen display that stores easily in the pocket and is both rugged and waterproof Internal, rechargeable, lithium-polymer battery (15 hours

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352 of 365 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not a Home Run, February 26, 2012

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My disclaimer: I am writing this review after one actual round and some playing around on Preview mode.

For the past two or so seasons, I have been a devoted user of the Callaway Upro Golf GPS product, the one that game out before the one with all the problems. I am comparing the G6 to that device. Overall, I give the Garmin G6 (which I was looking forward to greatly) 4 stars, it’s a good device, but not a home run.

For starters, the G6 is incredibly small, lightweight and has a good feel to it. The top piece has a carbon-like appearance and the screen is probably about 3 inches long by about 2. The screen is definitely bright enough to read outdoors (my round was on a bright sunny day) but not too bright that it gets washed out. The device came 75% charged with was nice, and charged to 100 percent pretty darn quick. It comes with a USB cable and an electric unit with one of those slide in adapters (where you slide in the plug). I charged it off my Mac computer without incident. It came with a minimum of paper, just a short pamphlet.

The First Round: I took the unit out for a 900 tee time, and have to say that it took longer than the Callaway to acquire the GPS. I turned it on and off a few times to see if I could “jog” it into place, and just when I said screw it, I looked down one more time, it acquired. It thought I was in Kansas City for a while before figuring it out. In contrast, the Callaway UPRO acquired the sats much facter.

The look and feel of the graphics on the Garmin are far different than the Callaway. With the Callaway, it was a photo-realistic image superimposed on top of the GPS data. By contrast, the Garmin’s graphics are cartoonish and not nearly as detailed. If you’ve used one of their other devices, then you will be fine. It displays MOST of the data you need in acceptable fashion, it’s just not as clean as the Callaway UPRO. Another thing the UPRO has that the Garmin lacks in distance measurements to trouble. The Garmin will map to the bunkers pretty well, but if you are flying over some junk and want to know precisely how far until the junk or edge of it, you just see green.

The G6 does have, what the UPRO lacks, a touch screen. Navigating around the screen is pretty easy, but I never had problem moving the cursor around the screen on the UPRO, though that wss often slow, particularly when getting a detailed distance from your ball position. It’s much easier on the G6, though as far as I can tell, you really only get three views on the Garmin. You get the zoomed out view, the zoomed in view and the green view. The zoomed out view is too distant, and the zoomed in view may be a little two close. What I couldn’t figure out how to do (if the device permits it at all), is to scroll along the hole. If you can scroll the hole from tee to green, I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Every time I tried to swipe down to scroll, as you would on an iPad or iPhone for example, it just moved the targeting circle all over the screen, giving me handy new (and not useful) yardages every time. This frustrated me for the whole round. As I said before, the UPRO does a better job at giving you an idea of distances to trouble and bunkers after your tee shot too.

The Garmin does a good job at giving you intermediate distances when you lay up. The addition of the Red, While, Blue yardage arcs that the UPRO lacks is also a nice touch. You move the targeting reticle to the spot you are thinking of laying up to and it instantly calculates that distance and then the remaining distance to the green. This is far more fluid and flawless than the UPRO which took some time to calculate same. That way, you can sort of figure out you want to hit “just a 7 iron” and instantly see where it put you to a desired yardage, and go from there.

The green view is a bit of a disappointment, however. And here, it falls below the UPRO again. In green view, you CAN move the flag around which is good (and just as easy on the UPRO), but distance presentation is a little confusing. It gives you distances, but only to the flag in the close up view (and maybe the back, I couldn’t tell for sure).

Scorecard: It’s a draw here. I did have to pay to obtain that functionality on the UPRO, but it’s out of the box on the G. The UPRO was the whole card, which you could always see, easily see what you did going out and coming in and could scroll the whole card. The G6 opts for different presentation. You have to enter the score on every hole but don’t get to see the whole card laid out. It calculates your +1 or +4 for the round, but it doesn’t let you easily go back and see the whole card, and requires a few key presses. You press the button on the screen of the device to go to score card mode, you then press another button that looks like a pencil to enter your score, and then you have to hit a few checkboxes and…

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best GPS Rangefinder Available, July 15, 2012
I don’t write many reviews, and that’s probably because if something works really well, I feel it should. Or if it fails my expectations, it doesn’t surprise me anymore.

That said, The Garmin Approach G6 is simply one of those products that so greatly exceeds my expectations, I have to write a review on it. For several years I’ve primarily used a laser rangefinder, though for convenience sake I keep trying every new GPS that comes along…hoping I’ll find the Holy Grail of yardages in an easy-to-use GPS product.

In the past decade I’ve tried every model of SkyCaddie ever manufactured, including the latest SGXw. I’ve tried the Golf Buddy Platinum, a Bushnell, GPS watches, but nothing holds a candle to the Garmin G6…nothing! All the others found their way to eBay or Craig’s List at a great loss of money!

One of the inherent features of the G6 is its simplicity. The obvious front, middle and back yardages are always present, but if you desire a distance from you to a water hazard, or sand trap, etc., the touchscreen is so responsive and easy to use I still can’t believe it. If you want layup distances, you can drag the cursor to the distance you want, or simply look at the screen and see they are also automatically displayed at 100, 150, 200 and 250 yard arcs from the center of the green.

At any time, you can press one of two buttons (more simplicity) on the G6 and see an expanded view of the green, or press it again and go back to the hole view. That might seem like a minor point, but so many of the other devices make this action more difficult.

My last point about the Garmin G6 is the most important…to me, anyway. It is SO VISIBLE…even in bright sunlight. In fact, because of how the screen is made, it’s even more visible in the sunlight. I had mine set for the backlight to go off after 15 seconds, yet every time I looked at it on the course, the screen was very bright and readable. I thought there was something wrong with it and the backlight was staying on, but in fact, the backlight was actually going off as it should, but having it on simply made no difference. The display was as easy to read with the backlight on or off. On a cloudy or overcast day, the backlight does come into play and makes a marked difference.

If you’re on the fence about a GPS unit, please do yourself a favor and give the Garmin G6 a try. If you don’t like it you can always return it, but I’m betting that will not happen. And don’t forget, it has over 27,000 courses pre-loaded and there are no fees at all. You can also update the courses easily online with it hooked up to your computer (Mac or Windows).

One more thing: a couple of reviews I’ve read said the Garmin G6 was slow acquiring courses before you started play. I have not found that to be true at all. In all cases my unit acquires the satellite in less than a minute or two.

About me: retired, five rounds per week, 7-handicap, 66 years old.


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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great GPS, February 27, 2012
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I have had the Garmin G5 for 2 years and it works great. I got the G6 and have played 4 rounds with it and it did not disappoint at all. Great in the sun, light on your hip, battery lasted all 4 rounds and accurate. In comparison to the G5, its better than the G5 in the sun, the graphics are more detailed, & its WAY smaller.

If I had to say something I didnt like, I would say it takes some time before it finds that satellites (turn it on 10-15 minutes before your round starts) The screen can sometimes be a little sensitive…but its not the end of the world especially for what you get in return. The belt clip the GPS attaches to, doesn’t come out easily at all. Which is a good thing considering you dont want the 0 you spent on the unit to fall off your hip and its so light you wouldnt feel it missing until its to late. So if you play with it on your hip rather than leaving it in the cart, you just have to pull the whole thing off your belt rather than unclipping it. But it does pull off your belt easily, so its not a big deal.

I would only suggest to get a screen protector, I put 1 on mine and it works fine. Garmin is the best when it comes to GPS and this one is no different. FREE lifetime map updates….You cant go wrong!


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