Garmin’s New GPS Golf Watch: Gloves On

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Looking for an edge in your golf game? Many golfers rely on GPS devices, in watch-form, to help them stay on top of their game. The problem: price. Most reliable GPS watches can cost over $300. After weighing options, however, the price begins to look more reasonable.

Some argue that decent GPS apps can be installed on a smartphone that perform just as well as the fancy, expensive watches. For example, the AirVue Golf app costs a mere $10 in the Apple App Store. It performs quite well, but when you start to look at certain factors which are smartphone-specific, it becomes more clear the reasons one would invest in a golf-specific GPS device watch. If you happen to have an iPhone provided by your employer, most do not provide the option to set your screen to “always on”, a corporate security policy, causing the screen to time out. This means battery life is shortened, as every time you wish to take a shot and check the app, you need to press the home button, enter your passcode, and wait for the app to locate you. Not to mention the fact that sunlight and iPhone screens don’t really get along with one another.

Enter the Garmin Approach S3 GPS watch, the waterproof technological wonder.  Its price tag might scare some away ($340), but many golfers will happily shell out that amount of money to have one. Everyone knows a golfer, and there’s always something they “need,” whether it’s a new putter or the latest in golf shoe technology. You can add the Garmin Approach S3 GPS watch to that list. It features no subscription fees and over 27,000 courses already loaded. See the green exactly as it appears with “Green View,” displaying the green’s exact layout and shape, and position the pin manually using the touchscreen.

The best feature: no need to worry about the endless “take off the gloves, put them back on, take them off, put them on” cycle. This touchscreen works, gloves or not. The watch not only functions as a GPS device, but as a regular watch as well. Use it to track the distance you’ve walked throughout your golf game, or even the entire day, thanks to the odometer. Head to Garmin’s website to check out this watch yourself, whether for your own personal use or the perfect gift for the golfer in your life.

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