Garmin Approach G6 Golf GPS

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Garmin Approach G6 Golf GPS

The Garmin Approach G6 Golf GPS is a sleek, thin glove friendly golf gps system weighing just over three ounces and comes preloaded with over 25,000 worldwide course maps and is equipped with an internal rechargeable battery giving golfers the opportunity for an entire weekend worth of use on one charge.

The Garmin Approach G6 has a 2.6” screen which is readable even in sunlight. The display on the G6 provides large, bright, high contrast graphics and numbers so that it easy to read in all conditions, and for everyones eyes. The Approach G6 now has layup arcs that are drawn directly on the course map and offers perfect references to 100, 150, 200 and (when applicable) 250 yards for layup decisions. A player can even touch the place on the course map that they want to measure, judge layups or focus in on hazards or obstacles that may affect their shot, and zoom in for an even closer look at the landing areas. The Garmin Approach G6 has an internal rechargeable battery lasts up to 15 hours, which will allow a player to play an entire weekend of golf without recharging.

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Garmin Approach G6 Golf GPS Features Garmin Approach G6 Golf GPS
Touchscreen: yes
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point): yes
Manual pin positioning (tap and drag flag on green for precise yardage): yes
Course preview (see detailed, hole-by-hole preview): yes
Digital scorecard (keep score for up to four players): yes
Computer scorecard review (save and review scores on computer): yes
USGA and R&A compliant (legal under the Rules of Golf): yes

 Physical & Performance: Garmin Approach G6 GPS Garmin Approach G6
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 2.1" x 3.7" x 0.8" (5.4 x 9.3 x 1.9 cm)
Display size, WxH: 1.4" x 2.2" (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6" diag (6.6 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 160 x 240 pixels
Display type: Transflective color TFT touchscreen
Weight: 3.37 oz (95.6 g)
Battery: internal rechargeable lithium polymer
Battery life: up to 15 hours
Waterproof: yes (IPX7)
High-sensitivity receiver: yes
Interface: USB

 Maps & Memory: Garmin G6
Preloaded course maps: yes (Worldwide)
Course capacity: unlimited

“With its new features, the Approach G6 becomes a must-have tool for every serious golfer,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “It’s small enough to fit in a golfer’s shirt pocket and golfers who travel the world now have access to worldwide courses without hidden fees or subscriptions. The Approach G6 was designed to take golfers’ games to the next level.”

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Good Value
By Drive4show from Pierce Cty, WA on 02/08/2014
Pros: Compact, easy to use
Cons: Lacks some information
Recommended: Yes
This is about as easy to use as it gets. Picks up satellites quickly and intuitive to use. Screen is pretty easy to read. Biggest negative is that it will give distances to hazards/traps but not the distance to carry them. To get that you have to manually manipulate the device. For the money it is worth what you get. Huge improvement, especially the touch screen and moving the pin placement, over the G5 which I bought last year and returned.
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By Ken from Mesa on 02/08/2014
Pros: Easy to use, fast reacting
Recommended: Yes
Both the G6 and the folks at In The Hole were great. The screen is too small to use the touch screen feature accurately. However, the unit gives enough information that I don't have to use that feature anyway.
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Garmin's Great GPS
By RJ from Boise, Idaho on 01/04/2014
Pros: features
Cons: needs more detailed instruction book
Recommended: Yes
The Approach is an outstanding GPS unit. Has the features you need PLUS a number that you'd like to have. All for the right price ($50 rebate really helps). was fast, convenient, and very price competitive. I will buy again form these folks.
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Dad's Day
By Dada Day 2013 from lexington, michigan on 06/08/2013
Cons: Great GPS
Recommended: Yes
Works Great and is by far one of the best out their..............
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Best GPS Rangefinder Available
By larrymcj from TN on 07/17/2012
Pros: Fast, easy to use, great readability in bright sunlight
Cons: None that I've found...other than no one makes a silicone skin for it yet.
Recommended: Yes
I don't write many reviews, and that's probably because if something works really well, I feel it should. Or if it fails my expectations, it doesn't surprise me anymore.

That said, The Garmin Approach G6 is simply one of those products that so greatly exceeds my expectations, I have to write a review on it. For several years I've primarily used a laser rangefinder, though for convenience sake I keep trying every new GPS that comes along?hoping I'll find the Holy Grail of yardages in an easy-to-use GPS product.

In the past decade I've tried every model of SkyCaddie ever manufactured, including the latest SGXw. I've tried the Golf Buddy Platinum, a Bushnell, GPS watches, but nothing holds a candle to the Garmin G6?nothing! All the others found their way to eBay or Craig's List at a great loss of money!

One of the inherent features of the G6 is its simplicity. The obvious front, middle and back yardages are always present, but if you desire a distance from you to a water hazard, or sand trap, etc., the touchscreen is so responsive and easy to use I still can't believe it. If you want layup distances, you can drag the cursor to the distance you want, or simply look at the screen and see they are also automatically displayed at 100, 150, 200 and 250 yard arcs from the center of the green.

At any time, you can press one of two buttons (more simplicity) on the G6 and see an expanded view of the green, or press it again and go back to the hole view. That might seem like a minor point, but so many of the other devices make this action more difficult.

My last point about the Garmin G6 is the most important?to me, anyway. It is SO VISIBLE?even in bright sunlight. In fact, because of how the screen is made, it's even more visible in the sunlight. I had mine set for the backlight to go off after 15 seconds, yet every time I looked at it on the course, the screen was very bright and readable. I thought there was something wrong with it and the backlight was staying on, but in fact, the backlight was actually going off as it should, but having it on simply made no difference. The display was as easy to read with the backlight on or off. On a cloudy or overcast day, the backlight does come into play and makes a marked difference.

If you're on the fence about a GPS unit, please do yourself a favor and give the Garmin G6 a try. If you don't like it you can always return it, but I'm betting that will not happen. And don't forget, it has over 27,000 courses pre-loaded and there are no fees at all. You can also update the courses easily online with it hooked up to your computer (Mac or Windows).

One more thing: a couple of reviews I've read said the Garmin G6 was slow acquiring courses before you started play. I have not found that to be true at all. In all cases my unit acquires the satellite in less than a minute or two.

About me: retired, five rounds per week, 7-handicap, 66 years old.
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