No caddy? No problem! This golf watch will help you around the course.
There is no golf technology out there that can swing the club for you, but the best trackers and GPS Golf Watches can offer useful insight into both the course you’re playing on and your own game. All levels of player can benefit from using a tracker, which acts like a basic caddy in providing info that will help with club and shot selections as you plot your way around the course.
We’ll be going into detail on the Garmin Approach S62 shortly, in our opinions the best golf watch on the market today, but first lets look into how a new golf watch will help many different aspects of your game.
What features do golf watches offer?
Originally they were focused on simple measurements, such as from the player’s position to the front, middle and back of the green. Golf watches can now tell you the distance to certain hazards on a hole, as well as providing a view of the entire hole. The top-of-the-range watches will give graphical views of holes with distances provided in the way that you typically see them on a course guide. Some brands are also introducing technology that links the GPS watch to golf club via sensors, providing even more feedback.
How Can Golf Tech Help Your Game?
What different players can get out of golf tech often depends on their ability level, so we enlisted professional golfer and Garmin ambassador Rick Shiels for his advice on how high, mid and low handicappers can best use the tech available.
“I always feel that high handicappers – and even golfers with no handicap – can improve by having benchmarks for distance,” says Shiels.
“If you go to the driving range and notice that when you use your seven-iron the golf ball is landing at the 100 marker, that’ll give you insight when you’re out on the golf course. You’ll have the confidence to say, ‘I hit 100 yards on the range on with the seven-iron, so this shot should be with my seven-iron.’
“If you then hit that seven-iron shot too far, learn from that. Maybe you can hit a seven-iron 140 yards with a good shot. Tech helps you learn what you’re capable of doing.”
“Every mid handicapper can go out and hit certain shots like a single-figure handicapper,” says Shiels. “The issue mid handicappers have is they’re not consistent.
“What the technology offers is a very clear understanding of what lies in front of you. A golfer might know that they often hit the ball to the right, so if they look at GPS and see there’s a bunker or water on the right then they can hit a shot aiming further left to avoid trouble.
“As a mid handicapper you’re starting to know distances better. You’re starting to know how far you consistently hit your seven-iron, driver or pitching wedge. Having technology that gives you distances helps you hit the best shot you possibly can.”
While a high handicapper might use tech to learn about their game, mid handicappers who already know their game well can learn about the course and how to fit their game to it.
“Often we play courses we’ve never played before,” says Shiels. “And if it’s a high-end golf course you might not get the opportunity to play it again. If it’s a special occasion you want to play your best golf. The GPS will help you learn the golf course and play your best golf quicker.”
Precision is the big difference between low-handicap and high- or mid-handicap golfers, and if tech can help you save one or two shots in a round, that will make a huge difference.
“As a high handicapper, the difference between a 90-yard shot and 70-yard shot might not be a big deal – as long as you hit the green you’re not too fussed,” says Shiels. “But low handicappers are not just looking to hit the green, they’re looking to attack the flag. Being able to zap the flag and see it on the GPS helps you know the hole. You know if it’s playing downhill, uphill, or level, or if there’s a bunker you’ve got to carry at 82 yards and the flag’s at 83. Those extra bits of information that you receive from the technology are vital to give a single-figure handicapper the best opportunity to make a great attempt at the flag.”
Introducing the Garmin Approach S62
The crème de la crème of golf watches. The Approach S62 has a glorious 1.3in (33mm) colour screen that shows off a wealth of stats and data about your game and the course you’re on. With 41,000 preloaded courses you get all the usual distances (greens, hazards, doglegs) and maps of the hole, but the S62 will also automatically track your shot distances as you walk to your ball. Furthermore, the S62 will adjust for your position on the course to show the shape of the green from where you are, and despite the large screen it has a staggering battery life of twenty hours.
Off the course, the stylish design means the watch can be worn anywhere, and you can also track other activities like running, swimming and cycling with it.
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