Garmin introduces Approach S1 GPS wristwatch

Most folks who play golf are pretty well off, or at least middle class at worst. Well, this means they have a pretty secure and cushy job, coupled with timeshare vacations elsewhere, own a couple of properties with the mortgage fully paid off perhaps, and drive a convertible sports car with an upmarket saloon for more ordinary errands.

This would also mean their choice of attire will be branded for most, not to mention having a pretty nice wristwatch with metal straps. Who would have thought that one would wear a GPS wristwatch instead? Garmin’s Approach S1 GPS wristwatch is meant for those who love spending time on the greens, as it is capable of displaying precise yardages to the front, back and middle of greens while boasting more than 14,000-plus courses pre-loaded.

The Approach S1 will constantly update information based on a golfer’s actual real-time location, while measuring individual shot distances without missing a beat. Of course, this doesn’t mean it will not be able to tell you the time – no sir, it still does that with aplomb. Preloaded with 14,000-plus U.S. and Canadian courses, you won’t need any pesky subscriptions or downloads, just select “Start Round,” choose your course and you’re more than ready to tee off (with an advantage, of course). We do wonder what will happen when your mates find out about this unfair advantage though – will they club you over the head?

Being both rugged and waterproof, the Approach S1 will tip the scales at a mere 1.8 ounces, boasting an ultra-thin backlit display alongside a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which is capable of lasting up to 8 hours in GPS mode – that ought to be a whole lot longer than what you would spend on the greens, we suppose. As for watch mode, it can last for up to 3 weeks, making it ideal for the boardroom, the bunkers and all points in between.

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