Garmin’s three new golf wearables aim to make watches more accessible

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Garmin has launched a trio of golf wearables, as it refreshes its range for 2021.

It’s launched two new Approach golf watches – the Approach S42 and S12 – and a new clip-on rangefinder in the Approach G12.

While these are all brand new products, there’s not a lot of new golf features – and this looks to be more of a hardware update, offering slightly more features at an entry level price, to try and keep golfers out of the clutches of smartwatch brands such as Apple and Wear OS.

Approach S42

The Approach S42 is a reworking of the company’s mid-range golf watch, and it brings some of the features of its more premium S62. The S62 really impressed us in our review, and the Approach S42 brings Autoshot and a dash of style to the Garmin golf range.

It offers a 1.2-inch colour display, the same as you’ll find on the company’s existing sports watches.

It also functions well when you’re away from the course, with fitness tracking, notifications and workout profiles that can use the built-in GPS for running and cycling. That makes it a decent smartwatch alternative, albeit one that’s at its best when you’re out on the course.

It launches for $299.99.

Approach S12

The company also debuts the S12, an entry level golf GPS watch it scales back on features, keeping it all about distances to the green, hazards, and has a big numbers mode for those that really just want the basics.

Golf watches have very much come under threat from smartwatches with apps – many of which are free. At $199.99 the S12 gives golfers a budget alternative to the rest of the pricey Garmin range and a big reason to buy over a £279.99 Apple Watch SE.

Approach G12

Finally, the Approach G12 is something new for Garmin – a clip on rangefinder that can be worn on the belt or even clipped to your bag.

If wearing a golf watch isn’t for you, the G12 will still show key yardages at a glance on its 1.3-inch display, and will last 30 hours between charges. It will cost just $149.99.

All these three devices are available now.

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