Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS Review

The Garmin Approach G5 golf gps device is a real winner. Good looking, sturdy and waterproof it can help knock scores off your game by giving you accurate information whilst on the course. At around US$350, UK£330 it represents seriously good value for money.

You can use this unit straight out of the box. Just pop in a couple of AA batteries and you’re ready to go – no downloading, no subscription fees, and it comes pre-loaded with thousands of golf courses. Click here to check the current list of courses available on the Garmin Approach G5.

Garmin Approach G5 Feels Good In The Hand

The Approach G5 is quite a chunky unit (2.3 x 1.4 x 4.5 inches) and weighs 6.8 ounces. It feels very comfortable in the hand and with its size and weight it certainly feels built to last, not like a fragile toy.

The full-color screen proved easy to look at (although the ability to adjust brightness would be welcome), and the touchscreen worked very well. From the tee you have a view of the entire hole tee-to-green, with yardages to various points including bunkers and other hazards.

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You can touch the area you are aiming for and you will be given the yardage to that point, and from that point to the green, so you can manage your club selections before you even hit a shot.

With one touch you get a close-up view of the green which gives excellent detail, and you can drag the flag icon to where the flag is on the day of your round for greater accuracy.

Like most golf gps devices the Garmin Approach G5 gives distances to the front, middle and back of the green.

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Keep A Track of Your Game With The Garmin Approach G5

The Garmin Approach G5 golf gps also has a scorecard facility so you can record up to four players, and you can save and record your scores onto your computer once you get home by using the connecting cable that comes with the unit.

If you are really into stats and analyzing your game then you can download free game tracking software from Garmin which will allow you to keep a record of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. It will also keep on top of average club distances, so giving you an even greater insight into your game.

To find out how far you strike with each club, you can hit a shot and as you walk to your ball the Garmin Approach G5 will measure the distance.

Garmin Approach G5 - Field Test

I used the Garmin Approach G5 golf gps over three rounds - once on my home course, and twice on courses I had never played before. It delivered every time.

Garmin G5 Approach golf gps review - Garmin Approach G5I was able to preview the new courses before I played, checking hole-by-hole giving me an idea of what strategy I should employ. During play the Garmin Approach G5 helped me manage my way around the course, helping me avoid mistakes and giving me confidence to swing freely knowing the information I had was accurate.

Walking between shots the unit continually updated yardages to various points and seemed to be very responsive. With some golf gps systems I have used there has been a lag period and I have had to wait up to 20 seconds before I was given an accurate reading of where I was. With the Garmin Approach G5 this was not a problem - it was ready when I was!

Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS User Reviews

"I quickly appreciated that my visual estimates to the pin could be off as much as 2 clubs. I have saved on average 3-4 strokes per hole since I bought this item."

"This is a great tool for the price. It is easy to run but I have had problems with it switching to a different hole (we have 27 holes and they are very close in some areas). It is simple enough to get it "back on track" but a little time consuming. I especially like the feature that you can drag your finger down the screen to get a yardage to the end of a dog leg or to a lay-up position. It is not perfect but I would buy again. Love the part where you are not paying yearly fees."

"If you are looking for a durable and easy to use golf GPS, this is it. I like the ability to see the entire hole with key locations marked and the ability to zoom in on the green and move the pin location to get a accurate distance. It is always ready at the next tee and does not lose track of your location on the course."

Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS - Summary

This is a tough, well-built and serious contender in the golf gps marketplace. With it's accuracy, user-friendly features and price I have no hesitancy in giving it a very high recommendation. An enjoyable device to use, the Garmin Approach G5 has the power to transform your game.

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