Garmin Approach G6

Three weeks ago I went looking for a range finder.  Being in many groups where someone has this tool, I thought it would be something to investigate.  I looked at several types, but did not see their value.  I found them difficult to use.  So I went away still considering my next course of action.  Two weeks ago, I was playing with a friend who received a Garmin Approach G6 for his birthday.  It was his first time using this device, but we found it very valuable because it provided valuable yardages on a course we had not played in years (the Highview Golf Course).  Specifically, we found the distances to the hazards, middle of the fairway and the green extremely helpful.

Garmin Approach G6

Excited about this device, I went to the nearest Golf Town and bought one!  Since my impulsive purchase, I have improved my club selection and approach shots into the green.  Using it 4 times already, it is now an integral part of my game.  The following video gives a very good overview of the device.

The Garmin Approach G6 has 28,000+ preloaded courses, excellent back lighting for in the sun, measures distances, keeps score in four different modes and gives exact distances to from, middle and back of the green.  It fits in your pocket and has a battery that will last up to 15 hours.  Lastly, it has free lifetime uploads of new courses constantly being developed for display.  Overall, it is an excellent device and I am grateful to have purchased it!

Previously, I often wondered if using a GPS or range finder took away from the spirit of the game.  However, after using the device I can honestly say that it is improving my course management, pacing off of distances, and focusing on proper club selection.  So, I have stopped wondering and started using this rules sanction tool.  Do you use a device to help with yardage?  What do you think?

 

 

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  9. Hi Jim, I have been using the SkyCaddie GPS for some time now and have got on really well with it. One draw back is the annual fee, so when I was offered a free app download on my phone I thought what a great idea. The Golf Logix app does not work very well, I was sorely disappointed with its performance. Biggest bug bear is that it does not know where it is on the golf course. You have to select the hole you are playing on each tee box, if you forget the thing gets totally confused. I was standing on a short, 150 yard par three, but the Golf Logix app insisted that the hole measured 999 yards, hopeless. I had to stop using the SkyCaddie because the battery wore out, a replacement in this country cost ridiculous money. I am picking up a new battery on my trip to the States next week.

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    • Pete

      I looked at the SkyCaddie and did not like the annual fee. Also, it was too big to fit in my pocket. The Garmin is not as robust as the SkyCaddie from what I could tell in the store, but it is well worth the value. Especially the free uploading of courses for life! Thanks for the feedback. Enjoy your trip to the states.

      Cheers
      Jim

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  11. Interesting post Jim, and appreciated all the other comments as well. I own both a Bushnell Laser Range finder and a Skycaddie GPS device. (The GPS came first). I do find the Range Finder much more accurate for to the flag distances, however, (and maybe I’m just getting old!) it can be a bugger to hold steady from over 100 Yards out, and lock onto the flag, particularly if the wind’s blowing the falg around. Even worse if you’ve got trees not too far behind the green and you inadvertantly think you got the yardage and then hit a pure shot, Straight Into Thhe Woods! (Yep! Been there, done that). I totally agree with you that the GPS is great for course management enhancement. Particularly if you’re playing a course you’ve never played. On my GPS I am able to mark the spot from where I’m hitting and then measure the distance of that shot when I next get to the ball. This function’s been invaluable, as I now have very realistic yardages for every club in my bag. I see way too many high handicappers hitting a club/yardage based on the “Best” shot they ever hit with that particular club, and they come up woefully short……….As to your …..Comment:- “Previously, I often wondered if using a GPS or range finder took away from the spirit of the game.” I thought the same thing. However, I really do think these things improve the pace of play, which is currently everybody’s bugbear (PGA Included). So I’m all for them. It drives me crazy playing behind a four ball that spends 5 minutes just trying to find a sprinkler head. So I say get GPS or Laser Range Finder…..But Please…..Do It….”WHILE WE’RE YOUNG!”

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    • Steve

      Thanks for the great comment! I agree that the pace of play has improved with the GPS. I was playing with someone today who does not play often and it sped up their decision making immensely! I am very grateful for my decision to purchase a Garmin Approach G6.

      Cheers
      Jim

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  12. Reblogged this on mindbodygolf and commented:
    I am GPS-less….I think Jim’s post about getting a GPS unit for golf is worthwhile. Some day I’ll get one, I suppose.

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  13. Jim, has having these new “data points” improved your score? I do see the value in knowing the yardage to a hazard, carry distances, etc. I’ve always been a “pace it off” player and am pretty accurate (within a yard or two). I sometimes use the Skydroid app on my iPhone, but it’s basic and it’s a pain to get in and out of my bag…

    Most important question: Has it had an effect on your pace of play, be it positive or negative?

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    • Rick

      The Garmin Approach G6 is so easy to use, it is as fast as pacing out the course. I have always played that way and had very little problem when I was on the fairway. This little device speeds up play when in odd positions and with people who do not know how to pace off the course. It fits in my pocket and can be used when wearing a glove! Thanks for the comments and reblog!

      Cheers
      Jim

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  14. Just got a laser rangefinder and love it. Amazing what knowing act yard ages does to my precision coming into greens. Definitely worth a couple strokes a round

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    • I agree, that a laser rangefinder or a GPS knocks strokes off your game. When I used my Garmin for the first time on my home course, I found that I had miss judged the distance of 3 holes! It is quick amazing how precise the rangefinder and GPS are! Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Jim

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  15. Jim, great topic for discussion. I struggled for a long time deciding which device to buy and debating GPS or rangefinder. Ultimately I landed with the Bushnell V2 rangefinder. The feature that appealed to me was the ability to snap exact yardage to the flagstick, which it does quite well. I can also snap yardages to hazards like bunker lips provided they are clearly defined but this is where the GPS has the advantage. The Bushnell runs on an Energizer CR2 disposable battery (about $6.00 US) and lasts 10-15 rounds. Ultimately, I would like a unit that provides both GPS and rangefinder capabilities. Limiting factor for me with GPS is my poor eyesight. I need to use reading glasses to view the screen but don’t play with them on. No issue with the rangefinder on that. How do you like that drag and drop feature with the flagstick? I found that a bit kludge on a cart-based GPS unit that I played with recently. Thanks! Brian

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    • Brian,

      Thanks for the comment. I agree with your comments about the GPS. I too require reading glasses and found some rangefinders difficult to use. I did not try the Bushnell V2. I do not have that problem with the Garmin Approach G6…it has old man font…haha. I took a bit of practice to use the Garmin, however, now there are no issues. The flagstick feature was a bit clunky at first, but I like the fact that it is easy to move to the location depending on the pin. This may be a minor challenge if the course does not used the Red, White, Blue flag indications on the green, however the Garmin defaults to the center. I guess shooting for the center of the green is not a bad way to manage your approach shoots. I think the cost of the Garmin was worth the $300 price tag (actually received a $50 rebate, so actual prices as $250). This is a great deal for the avid golfer!

      Cheers
      Jim

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