Garmin S60 Vs S62 Vs Fenix 6 – What Is The Best Watch For Golf?
The premium golf watch market space has been dominated by Garmin for a long time – and with good reason. Garmin has been an authority on GPS devices for decades and they broke into the golf GPS watch game early and innovated a ton of features that are considered standard today.
The problem for us plebian consumers is that we have been spoiled by Garmin. Now, your average golf enthusiast may go online in search for a Garmin golf GPS watch and simply be confused with the sheer volume of devices they have available.
We have reviewed a lot of Garmin GPS devices in the past but today we want to shine some light on their premium line of watches. In order to help those of you who are in the market for a premium level golf GPS watch, continue reading today’s review of three of the best Garmin watches you can get today.
The Garmin Approach S60
If you want a golf watch that looks great on and off the course, the Garmin Approach S60 should definitely be on your radar. Garmin keeps stepping up their game in terms of design. We reviewed the black S60 with the black band and we didn’t want to take it off – it looked that good.
But we digress. The S60 features a 1.2 inch color LCD touchscreen display that makes swiping through the different modes very easy. It’s easy to read in the sunlight and the QuickFit band can be switched out for other colors without the use of tools.
It is a great overall fitness watch as well. There are different sport profiles preloaded in it including cross country, skiing, snowboarding, rowing and even paddle boarding. You can even download custom watch faces and sync the S60 to your phone to receive push notifications like texts and emails.
But we’re here to talk about golf, right? The S60 is a great golf watch – bottom line. It comes preloaded with 40,000 courses, gives you distances to the front center and middle of the green, shot distance measurement and you even get plays like distances.
The Garmin Approach S60 Pros & Cons
- This is a very well-designed watched
- Battery lasts very long when it is regular watch mode
- There is a pin setting feature
- There is a touch targeting feature that allows you to see the distance to any point on the course.
- Full color course maps
- The Touchscreen makes it very easy to set the pin and find target distances
- The battery lasts for less than 10 hours in golf mode
- Scoring feature could use some work
- It does take some time to get used to
- Some of us didn’t like the bulky watch face
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The Garmin Approach S62
The Garmin Approach S62 is a bit of a step up from the Approach S60 so for this section, we are going to be talking about what new features and improvements it brings to the table. Keep in mind that the Garmin Approach S62 has everything the S60 has in terms of design and features so here’s what’s new.
The Garmin Approach S62 has a slightly bigger screen. It’s 1.3 inches in diameter and features scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. There are also slightly more golf courses that are preloaded onto the Garmin Approach S62: it comes with 41,000 courses.
Now there are two golf features that the Garmin Approach S62 has over the S60 that we thought were great additions and made this watch worth the extra money. The first is the Virtual Caddie feature which gives club suggestions based on club data and even takes wind speed into account.
The second feature is the Hazard View that gives you detailed maps of the hazards on your course.
Last but not least, Garmin has improved upon the Approach S series by beefing up the battery. The Garmin Approach S62 battery lasts a robust 18 hours in GPS mode and impressive 12 days in watch mode.
The Garmin Approach S62 Pros & Cons
- Advanced golf features
- A wider screen
- Very easy to read the screen even in direct sunlight
- Same attractive design as the Approach S60
- You get distances to hazards and dog legs
- It can be paired with the Garmin Golf app for more shot metrics and tournament play
- Cannot be charged wirelessly
- Sometimes thought we were on a different hole
- The screen freezes up sometimes
- Takes a while to connect to the GPS satellites
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The Garmin Fenix 6
If you are an avid outdoorsmen aside from playing golf, the Fenix 6 may be the watch for you. This is an advanced sports and fitness tracking watch with profiles for running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and a lot more.
One of the coolest things about this watch is that you can see a detailed topographic map of your location no matter where you are. This is extremely helpful of you are a hiker and want to see detailed information about the incline/decline on your trail.
It even tracks deep sleep, heart rate and breath intensity. Right on the display, you will see altitude information, barometer and how much battery life is left.
As a golf watch, it gives you all the basics you need for a fun and successful round. You get full color aerial course maps on the 1.4 inch display. You also get distances to the fairway and the green and it comes preloaded with 40,000 golf courses from around the world
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pros & Cons
- Advanced fitness tracking features
- Includes a compass
- Quick access to weather information
- Handy pace-tracking feature
- Compatible with wireless speakers and Bluetooth headphones
- Keeps track of blood oxygen saturation
- It’s the most expensive watch on our list
- Not the best watch if you want advanced golf features
- It’s a bit heavy on the wrist
- No touchscreen
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As far as rounds of golf go, we have to say that the Garmin Approach S62 performed the best. After all, this is a golf review at the end of the day. It had all the advanced golf features we would expect from a premium GPS watch and the battery was much improved from the S60.
The S60 was also a good watch to have on the course but we docked it due to its inferior battery life. And the Fenix 6 was a great basic golf watch too but the Garmin Approach S62 had more features for the serious golfer.
You can get the S60 for about $350 at most retailers while the Garmin Approach S62 will cost you about $500. The Fenix 6 is the most expensive entry on our list at around $600.
Which Watch should you Buy?
In our opinion, the Garmin Approach S62 offers the best value for the serious golfer. You get intuitive and insightful golfing features that can really help your game and the battery lasts for more than three full rounds.
We loved the design of the S60 and the Fenix 6 had a ton of helpful fitness features, but the Garmin Approach S62 has the same design as the S60 without having to pay for some of the features we felt were superfluous on the Fenix 6. The Garmin Approach S62 is our victor so pick it up today!