Garmin Golf Watches
If you’re looking to up your golf game, a Garmin golf watch is the tech-loaded virtual caddy you need. In-built AutoShot performance tracking gives you access to detailed statistics both on the spot and as a record. Dig deeper after a round and analyse your progress stroke-by-stroke across games.
To help you unlock your potential and get the best out of a course, the Green View feature gives you an overview of the shape and layout of the green - resulting in on-point targeting. Many Garmin golf watches come preloaded with 40,000 golf course maps worldwide and the GPS will give you a precise rangefinder and determine your yardage on the green.
If golf isn’t the only sport you partake in, a Garmin golf watch can come in handy elsewhere too. Many are fit with pulse, step and calorie tracking and features tailored for swimming, cycling and running. When it’s time to rest, keep your Garmin golf watch on overnight for insights on the quality of your sleep.
Connect your watch to the Garmin Golf app on your smartphone to sync your data, for your own analysis, and to connect with your friends. Foster some healthy competition by comparing your performance and creating a friendly leaderboard.
Another handy feature of a Garmin golf watch is its sensor for detecting hazards and doglegs. Ensuring you don’t stumble into any tricky terrain - and making sure your strokes account for unexpected changes in the course too.
The battery in Garmin golf timepieces watch can be easily recharged. If you’re wearing your watch in normal mode, the battery will last up to 10 days. In full GPS mode, you’ll have up to 10 hours of battery life.
Garmin golf watches are designed to excel in all weather conditions. The large and bright touchscreen display is easy to read even in direct sunlight. Most Garmin golf watches are also waterproof between 5 and 50 metres, so you’re safe if you’re caught in any downpours.
Garmin golf watches come in many aesthetic styles. From evidently athletic, such as the S10 or S20, to more muted and fashionable. For a golf watch that’s as well suited on the green as it is at a social occasion or business meeting, opt for the Garmin Approach S60 or S40.
History of Garmin Golf
Garmin itself was formed in 1987 when Min Kao and Gary Burrell (whose names would later form the brand name as a portmanteau) saw the huge potential in GPS technology and decided to make their mark. Their first products were GPS units and receivers designed for the military. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Garmin launched products for consumers, first focusing on runners with a wrist-worn GPS tracker, the Foretrex.
Since then, Garmin has expanded its specialty GPS watches and technology for different sports and activities, tailoring its features for each. It was in 2010 that Garmin launched its first GPS watch specifically for golfers. The unique selling points were the ability to track your position on a course and measure individual shot distances.
Over the course of a decade, Garmin’s golf capabilities have become more and more sophisticated. With its collection evolving to encompass watches designed for both the amateur enthusiast and the professional golfer.
When it comes to buying a Garmin golf watch, start by thinking about the basics: compatibility, display and interface. To get the best from your watch, ensure both the watch and the Garmin Golf app are compatible with your smartphone so you can sync all data. Then consider your preference on touchscreen versus buttons and if you would rather a colour or monochrome display.
Think a bit deeper next about the specific golfing features you need. GPS tracking is par for the course with most Garmin golf watches but on some models shot measurement is automatic and on others its manual. The most advanced golf watches also feature swing analysis, handicap scoring and automatic adaptability for changes in elevation. Assess the detail of the features that you need and compare across models. Will you be using your golf watch for other sports too? If so, opt for a model that comes fit with additional sporting profiles for features that will support your goals and boost your performance.