Garmin Approach S42 GPS Watch

We give our verdict on the Garmin S42 Approach GPS Watch

Garmin S42 Approach GPS Watch
Golf Monthly Verdict

Contained in a sleek package are a number of extremely useful and easy-to-use features for golfers of all levels. Ideal for wear on and off the course, we would highly recommend the Garmin S42 Approach to anyone.

Reasons to buy
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    Very clear and easy to use. Lots of features. Can easily be worn away from the course.

Reasons to avoid
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    Takes a few rounds to get on top of all the functions.

We give our verdict on the Garmin S42 Approach GPS Watch

Garmin Approach S42 GPS Watch Review

Go to any golf club on a busy day and you’ll be hard pressed to find more than a few groups in which there are no GPS watches in use. And most prevalent among them will likely be a Garmin. 

Undoubtedly one of the best golf GPS watches on the market, we recently put the newly released Garmin S42 Approach to the test and weren’t disappointed. 

How we tested the Garmin S42 Approach?

We trialled this GPS watch for the first time on a sunny (but cold) day at Essendon Golf Club. It was a previously untrodden course so came in very handy. At the set-up stage, it offered us the option of course A or B, which had us flummoxed initially, but goes to show the level of detail involved.

We've since had it out on two other occasions, allowing us to form an opinion based on things like accuracy, functionality, ease of use, style and value.

Andy Wright testing the Garmin S42 GPS Watch at Essendon Golf Club

Garmin S42 Approach GPS Watch: Our results

Starting with the usual features, yardages to the front, middle and back of each green were very useful, especially at a course we’d never played before. More than a few times, the shot at hand looked shorter than it was, so having that reassurance really was priceless. 

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Additionally, when off the beaten track, it's great to have such easy access to accurate numbers. This is definitely an advantage when compared to a laser device.

The 1.2-inch colour screen is also extremely clear, adding to the ease of use. In fact, just this feature alone we think makes it a worthwhile investment. And what’s more, it actually shows you the true shape of every green, rather than just the generic.

But it doesn’t stop there. As well as more than 42,000 preloaded courses worldwide, there is also the option to pair with the Approach CT10 club sensors for automatic club tracking. When used in conjunction with the Garmin Golf app, this allows golfers to take advantage of the AutoShot round analyser that records shot distances and plots your way round the course.

And once you’ve finished, you can look through your scores and review various performance stats that help to target potential areas of improvement.

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Away from the course entirely, it’s a sleek and stylish watch that can easily be worn in social settings and also comes packed with fitness and wellness benefits. For example, the S42 can be used to track steps, sleep and calories. 

Another important thing to highlight is that we barely noticed we had it on. People can often be reluctant to try a GPS watch because they think it'll interfere with their swing but this is absolutely not the case. Other than checking yardages, it's like it isn't even there.

One thing we would say is that it takes maybe five or so rounds to really get to grips with all the features and get the most out of what’s on offer. And although it comes in at a loftier price point than more basic models, based on our testing, we would certainly recommend seeing this process through as it’s worth it.