Garmin Approach S4 golf GPS watch is the updated version of Approach S3. This watch first introduced in 2015. Approach S4 comes with preloaded over 40,000 golf courses around the world. It has glove-friendly higher resolution touchscreen display and easy to read digital scorecard for Stroke Play along with Stableford. It will display yardages to the front, middle and back of the green including layups and doglegs. Also, you can move the pin position manually to get yardages to doglegs and layups as well as can customize yardage points (mark traps and hazards).
We have written above that you can customize your hazards and yardages, and didn’t give any reference of pre-mapped hazards because there are none. Approach S4 allows you to input custom points where you can include bunkers or water hazards. It was also not present in their previous version Approach S3. It’s disappointing, though Garmin courses database has pre-mapped hazards yardages today (they used in their other models such as Garmin Approach X40 or Garmin Fenix 5 Plus). So, we can keep hoping that Garmin will fix this issue in their next version of this watch.
The significant differences between Approach s3 and Approach S4 are the dedicated green view button (Green view gives true shape of the green), additional stat tracking (fairways hit/left/right), improved battery life. Also, you can receive smart notifications such as email, text, alerts on your watch, but only when paired with a compatible Apple iPhone. It’s not an Android compatible watch to receive notifications. It’s also a significant limitation of this watch.
However, despite these limitations, Garmin Approach S4 GPS golf watch got a huge response and positive reviews from its end users. So, Approach S4 is one of the best golf GPS watches we can recommend, but the price is comparatively high among other modern available watches and even more than some dedicated devices that have full hole graphics and more advanced features.
Garmin Approach S4
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