Garmin Approach G10 Golf GPS Review

The Garmin Approach G10 is a compact GPS device with cutting-edge features and free lifetime course updates. You can clip it to your belt, bag, or pocket to quickly and easily access strategic course distances whenever you need them.

Garmin Approach G10 GPS Device

With this, you will experience no interference with your swing or your game as is the case with bulky handheld GPS devices and GPS watches.

If you have ever stood at the tee wondering how far away a bunker or a water hazard is, or at some point on the fairway not sure how far you have to drive the ball to the flagstick, get this device and thank us later.

Get it because it will show you precise distances from where you are standing to the center, the front and the back of the green. It will also show you all the distances to the hazards. The crucial information you read on this device can certainly help you to enhance your game.

This compact Garmin GPS device can also track your shots and save the information. Other kinds of information it can track and save include the fairways hit, putts per round, and total strokes.

Garmin Approach G10 GPS Device Layup Distances

For every hole you play, you can also save your score in the device using its reliable digital scorecard. You can review your stats directly on the watch, or analyze them thoroughly using the free Garmin golf app. With the app, it is easy to read patterns and to note the strengths of your game and the areas that need improvement. This can certainly help you improve day in, day out to make this club-and-ball sport even more enjoyable for you.

In addition to getting to use the free app, owning the G10 also allows you to become a member of the Garmin Online Community, where you can create tournaments or get ranked in weekly leaderboards. The competitive nature of this community will naturally force you to perform better. Just being a member may also help you to gain new golf buddies that you can play against at your local course.

Garmin Approach G10 GPS Device Green View

What’s even more brilliant about the Approach G10 is its sleek and compact pocket-sized design. The G10 also comes with a belt clip and a carabiner clip allowing you to wear it on your belt or to clip it on your bag, jacket or somewhere on your cart.

Despite its small size, the G10 has a great monochrome screen that shows information very clearly. In fact, the screen is even good enough to show the true shape of the green. What’s more, the ‘green’ view allows for manual pin movement and placement for more accurate distances.


  • Slim and compact design that fits comfortably in the pocket
  • Shows accurate distances to the center of the green and to the hazards
  • Provides a true shape view of the green and allows for manual pin movement and placement
  • Supported by the Garmin golf app that allows for easy performance analysis
  • Powered by a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that provides fifteen hours of charge in GPS mode


  • It is too compact for some users
  • It may take a couple of uses to get used to the device and its controls

Garmin Approach G10 GPS FAQs

How big is the screen?

Admittedly, the screen of this device is a bit small (only 1.3 inches) because of its compact design. However, it is a pretty nice monochrome 128 by 128 pixels screen that is clear and readable even under the midday sun.

What preloaded courses come on the Garmin Approach G10?

Despite the tiny size of this device, it has a built-in library of over 40,000 multi-country golf course maps. This means it can pretty much be used on most major courses around the world without the need for any course updates or downloads.

Are there any subscription fees?

Course downloads and updates are free of charge. You get no hidden charges with the Garmin G10.

How accurate is the device?

Like all other Garmin devices, the G10 is extremely accurate. This is because it is made using the same state-of-the-art sensor technology used in the other Garmin devices.

How much does it weigh?

This Garmin watch is quite compact and light. It weighs just 28 grams. For context, the weight of the golf ball is about 46 grams.

What is the battery life?

The G10 has an outstanding battery life of 15 hours in battery-draining GPS mode and lasts even longer in the normal watch mode. Fifteen hours is five hours longer than the average battery life of ten hours.

How long does it take to recharge?

The time it takes to recharge the G10 varies based on the type of charger used and its output. However, on average, it takes about 2.5 hours to recharge the G10.

Is it waterproof?

Definitely. Despite its small size, this Garmin device has been waterproofed and has an impressive waterproof rating of 5 ATM. This means that this innovative device can handle a light shower.

Is it tournament legal?

Absolutely! The Garmin G10 is competition approved and can be used in tournaments that have a local rule accepting the use of DMDs (Distance Measuring Devices). So always consult with the organizing committee to be sure if a local rule exists that allows the use of DMDs.

Does the device have a phone app?

The Garmin Approach G10 is supported by a decent App that allows for game and trends analysis. In addition to enabling game analysis, the App can also be used to update the GPS device.

Key Features

  • Has a compact, pocketable design
  • Comes with two clips for easy attachment to the belt, bag, or jacket
  • Shows exact distances to the green and to the hazards
  • Has a fifteen-hour GPS battery

Our Verdict on the Garmin Approach G10

Garmin Approach G10 GPS Device

In our opinion, the Garmin Approach G10 is a great compact GPS device. It is pocketable and has multiple exciting features same as those found on bigger and more premium Garmin GPS devices.

Those who find GPS watches and handheld devices to be a bit cumbersome will love the size of this and the fact that they can just slip it into the pocket or clip it on their belts, jackets or golf bags. In short, it is an amazing device that will certainly improve the game of any recreational golfer.

Brad Carey

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