A Feature-Packed GPS Golf Watch with First-of-Its-Kind Swing Metrics
and Full-Color CourseView Maps
OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Approach S6
touchscreen watch equipped with all-new golf watch technology. The
Approach S6 boasts first-of-its-kind swing metrics and training tools
right on a golfer’s wrist. SwingTempo, TempoTrainer and SwingStrength™
can be used to improve golfers’ swing consistency and synchronization,
making the S6 an essential tool on the driving range, in the tee box, on
the green, or even in the clubhouse. The S6 is the first golf watch to
offer full CourseView maps with GreenView, Touch Targeting, and
PinPointer™ on a high-res color touchscreen. Like other Garmin golf
devices, the Approach S6 comes preloaded with more than 30,000
international courses with no additional subscriptions or fees. With
this brand new technology, the Approach S6 provides what a golfer needs
to improve their game in a sleek wristwatch.
Introducing the Approach S6 golf watch with first-of-its-kind swing metrics and full-color mapping. (Photo: Business Wire)
“The Approach S6 provides golfers with performance and training data
that has never been available in a wristwatch before,” said Dan Bartel,
Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The new swing metrics, paired
with the color CourseView maps, high-res touchscreen display and Smart
Notifications make the S6 the first golf watch that packs the power of a
handheld into a sleek form factor.”
The Approach S6 is the first golf watch with these advanced Swing
Metrics, which include SwingTempo, TempoTrainer, and SwingStrength.
SwingTempo measures the relationship between a golfer’s backswing and
downswing, and shows it as a ratio. In studies of successful golf
swings, an ideal ratio of 3:1 has been established, even with individual
variations of speed. TempoTrainer uses the 3:1 ratio and gives golfers
audible tones to synchronize their swing mechanics and fine-tune their
tempo. The S6 also features SwingStrength, which provides golfers with
immediate feedback on their power percentage, to help golfers calculate
and remember how hard they hit each club. The Approach S6 also has a
Handicap Scoring feature, which provides handicap scoring options for
individual holes, golfer’s local handicap, or index/slope methods.
Previously only available in golf handhelds, the Approach S6 offers
full-color course views for more than 30,000 international courses and
has a dedicated CourseView button. CourseView allows golfers to preview
hole details like doglegs, traps, water hazards, and green shapes while
they’re on the course or even in the clubhouse. In addition to
CourseView, the Approach S6 also has GreenView, which shows golfers the
layout of the green, as well as nearby bunkers and water hazards, so
golfers can use the touchscreen to drag and drop the pin to the day’s
location, giving them the most accurate yardages. The Approach S6 even
has PinPointer, which offers blind shot assistance by providing an arrow
pointing directly to the green. With this feature, golfers know exactly
where to line up their shot, no matter if they are in the woods or deep
in a trap. With the high-resolution touchscreen, the Approach S6 boasts
the Touch Targeting feature to show the precise distance to any point on
the hole, whether it’s a fairway, hazard, or green.
Although the Approach S6 is the slimmest, lightest golf watch from
Garmin, it boasts 10 hours of battery life in full GPS mode or 14 weeks
in watch mode. The Approach S6 is also equipped with Smart Notification
technology. When paired with an iPhone 4S or later, golfers can receive
text, email and missed call alerts right on the watch. This way, golfers
can stay connected on the course, but leave their phone in the cart or
packed away in their bags. Android compatibility expected in summer 2014.
The Approach S6 also doubles as an electronic scorecard to save, review,
and share scorecards and stats. Sync the Approach S6 to Garmin Connect™
or Garmin Connect Mobile, and golfers will be able to upload, analyze
and share their scorecards, as well as other data like fairways hit,
greens in regulation, shot distance and number of putts. They can even
analyze course data, and see hole-by-hole details to understand their
own trends and tendencies to improve their game. This is great to track
golfers’ progress and improvements over time for every course they play.
Water resistant to 50 meters1, the Approach S6 is durable
enough to withstand a rainstorm, or users’ golf bags without fear of
damage. The Approach S6 will be available in Q3 2014, and will have a
suggested retail price of $399.99. The Approach S6 is a 2014 reddot
product design winner and will be available at specialty golf retailers,
golf course pro-shops and on garmin.com.
The Approach S6 is the latest addition to Garmin’s outdoor segment,
which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance
users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching,
golfing, dog training, or capturing it all on VIRB action cameras,
Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor
enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other
outdoor products and services, go to garmin.com/sports and
1 5ATM Water rating.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN),
the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of
companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation,
communication and information devices and applications – most of which
are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive,
mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM
applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its
principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the
United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and
Approach are registered trademarks and SwingStrength and Garmin Connect
are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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Maddie Estrada, 913-397-8200
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