Garmin Approach S10 Golf GPS Watch Review

The Garmin Approach S10 has a cool, Apple-watch-esque design, and packs plenty of exciting golfing features. Although it does not come with a colored screen like the ones you will see on Apple watches, the S10’s high-resolution monochrome display ensures that the yardages, the hole numbers, the par numbers, and the scores are easily readable.

Garmin S10 Golf GPS Watch
Source: Garmin.com

The watch’s screen is also readable under the bright sun.

Compared to most golf watches out there, most golfers will find the S10 to be more comfortable as its wristband is made of a soft and slightly stretchy material.

The S10 has four buttons. The function of each button is clearly labeled on the watch’s face making it easy to operate.

In terms of functions, the S10, like all the other Garmin Approach golf watches, is intended to help you familiarize with the course you are playing at. The coolest function, in our view, is the auto-course recognition function, which means the watch can automatically recognize the course you want to play at. There are over 41K preloaded courses that can be recognized.

Garmin S10 GPS Watch Side-view
Source: Garmin.com

Before you hit your shots, you can check the S10 to find out the distances to the center, the front, and the back of the green. You can also use it to determine the distances to the hazards and the doglegs. This type of data will help you to plan accordingly and get better scores.

What is even more interesting is that the S10 can measure your shot distances. So if you happen to crush your drive, you can use it to calculate the yardage for bragging rights.

Source: Garmin.com

The S10 also comes with a scorekeeping feature that you will find very useful. The feature is supported by the iPhone and Android compatible Garmin golf app that allows to thoroughly review your stats and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Having the Garmin app also allows you to participate in weekly leaderboards. This is one of the watch’s most amazing features because many people own different types of Garmin golf watches and seeing your position among them could give you an awesome sense of satisfaction or motivate you to do more.

The S10’s long 12-hour GPS mode battery life also deserves mention.

Pros

  • Cool, Apple watch design golf watch
  • Features a soft and comfortable wristband
  • Made by a brand-name in the smartwatch business (Garmin)
  • Has accurate distances to greens and hazards for over 41,000 worldwide golf courses
  • Can measure shot distances
  • Comes with a great app for analyzing your game stats, comparing your performance with others, and downloaded course updates
  • Has a high-resolution, readable display
  • Easy to operate

Cons

  • The watch may sometimes take up to 3 minutes to recognize a course
  • Does not show phone notifications as is the case with modern Garmin devices
  • A bit cumbersome to find some of the advanced features

The Garmin Approach S10 FAQs

How large is the screen?

The watch comes with an average 0.9” by 0.9” screen. The size combined with the high-resolution display of 128 by 128 pixels makes for a readable screen.

What preloaded courses come on the device?

The S10 has a library of over 41,000 multi-country golf course maps. This means it has the capacity to give you the exact yardages in these thousands of different locations across the globe.

Are there any subscription fees?

No. It does not cost anything to get the 41K course maps. It also does not cost anything to get course updates or to download new courses to your device.

How accurate is the watch?

If accuracy is a big deal to you then get this golf watch. About 90 percent of the time it is accurate to the yard. The rest of the time it is accurate to about 5 yards.

How much does it weigh?

The S10 weighs 1.28 ounces. Just as our review says, it is light and comfortable on the wrist. You will barely feel a thing when you hitting any type of shot.

How long does the battery last?

This is a rechargeable golf watch. When fully charged, it can give you up to 12 hours of GPS service before needing to be recharged. Considering how fast the GPS mode usually drains batteries, it is fair to conclude that the S10 has a pretty decent battery.

How long does it take to recharge?

It takes at least two hours to fully charge the Approach S10. There is a clear signal on the watch when it is charging and when it stops charging. It is very easy to tell when the battery is fully charged so no need to time anything.

Is it waterproof?

This rangefinder has a water rating of 5 ATM. The meaning of this is that it can handle almost any kind of contact with water but no more than a depth of 50 meters.

Is it tournament legal?

Very tournament legal. There are rules that prevent the use of some electronic devices. This device is not in breach of those rules.

Does the Approach S10 have a phone app?  

Yes, it does. This Garmin watch comes with a Garmin golf app that is perfect for all post-game analysis, for comparing your performance with that of others using Garmin rangefinders, and for determining your potential through the combination of all your high scores.

Garmin S10 key features

  • Gorgeous-design golf watch
  • A library of 41K plus golf courses
  • A fantastic app for post-game analysis

Our Verdict on the S10

Source: Garmin.com

The Garmin Approach S10 is a tried and tested device. It is a gadget that golfers continue to prefer not just because it is made by a brand-name manufacturer but because it actually delivers the goods. The design of it is fantastic, it can identify just about any course, it can provide accurate strategic distances, and it is supported by an amazing app for post-round analysis.

Even though it may take time to load and may be a bit cumbersome for some golfers to operate, its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages. New golfers will love it, amateur golfers will love it even more, while professional golfers will find it to be an asset in training and in tournaments.

Brad Carey

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