Garmin Approach S2 Golf GPS

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Garmin Approach S2

Garmin Approach S2 Golf GPS is the newest model in Garmin Approach wristwatch series. This model was announced by Garmin in January 2013. The two previous models are Garmin Approach S1 and Garmin Approach S3.

The Garmin Approach S2 is a GPS-enabled wristwatch with golf-optimized functions including dogleg distance measurement, digital scorecard, golf course updates, and more.

In additions, there is a USB port allowing user to connect this device to a computer; this can be a useful feature in case user needs to download and print the digital scorecard stored. Golf course database update is as well available free of charge.


The dimension of this GPS golf watch measures at 1.8-inch W x 2.7-inch W x 0.6-inch D, it weighs 1.8 oz. The display is a 1-inch (diameter) monochrome LCD with 64 x 32 pixels resolution. It is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. With full power, it should be able to run the wristwatch for approximately 3 weeks in watch-mode or 8 hours in GPS mode. It is also waterproof to 10 meters.


Garmin Approach S2 has more than 30,000 preloaded golf courses around the world.

This watch mainly functions by measuring distances from where you stand to the back, middle, and front of the putting green. The wristwatch is able to adjust automatically as the ball comes closer to the green. It also detects when user moves from one green to another.

One of its strongest points is the ability to measure dogleg distances allowing user to perform shots more carefully and accurately.

In terms of user-friendly aspect, Garmin Approach S2 can provide a layout of any given course stored in the device. The yardage to the putting green is displayed along with the layout, so the provided information should be comprehensive enough to understand. Besides measuring distances to the green, S2 also measures shot-distance from anywhere in the course.

Other useful features include digital scorecard for a single player and course odometer. As previously mentioned, the digital scorecard can be transferred to computer via USB connection in case user needs to print it out; the necessary USB cable is included in the package. For those who like to walk, the odometer will measure distance traveled across the golf course.

Every Approach S2 comes with lifetime course updates from Garmin’s website. Updates are added up to 4 times a year. Furthermore, user does not need to pay for subscription fee.  The updates are available through CourseView Updater.

CourseView Updater for Garmin Approach Devices

CourseView Updater is a software for an easy way to get your Garmin Approach S2 and other Approach devices to get updated. Two step needed.

1. Download the application to your Windows PC or Mac.

2. Connect your device to the computer with the USB cable.

And the CourseView Updater will update your device to the latest available maps.

Additional Information

Garmin Approach S2 is available in 3 different variants which only differ in band colors including white/gray, black/red, and purple/white. Conventional clock functions are still included such as time, date and alarm.

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Table of Specifications and Features

Garmin Golf GPS
Approach S2
ModelApproach S2
Garmin Approach S2
Introduction DateGarmin Approach S2 is a model that was announced by Garmin on January 2013
View the latest price from AmazonGarmin Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch with Worldwide Course
Specifications and Features
Unit dimensions, WxHxD:1.8" x 2.7" x 0.6" (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)
Display size, WxH:1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH:64 x 32 pixels
Display type:monochrome LCD
Weight:1.8 oz (52 g) with batteries
Battery:rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life:3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode)
Waterproof:yes (10 m)
High-sensitivity receiver:Yes
Preloaded course maps:yes (worldwide)
Course capacity:unlimited
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course):Yes
Digital scorecard:yes (scoring options include Stroke Play for a single player)
Computer scorecard review (save and review scores on computer):Yes
What's Unavailable
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point):No
Manual pin positioning (tap and drag flag on green for precise yardage):No
Course preview (see detailed, hole-by-hole preview):No
Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance):No
Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference):No
Official Specs and Features
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Demo Video
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