Garmin Approach S20 Review & Guide

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf watch has made the Garmin family more adorable. Built-in activity tracing and advanced Golfing features made the Approach S20 a better choice from the other golf watch available in Garmin. Gorgeous, handy and light Garmin S20 has more than 40,000 pre-loaded courses to help a non-professional to be more accurate on the field.

Garmin Approach S20 Review

Garmin Approach S20 Review

Garmin Approach S20 Review – One of The Best GPS Golf Watch

Short distances are recorded automatically by AutoShot features. This also does the post round analysis on Garmin Connect, installed on your Smart Phone. You can upload and save your played courses on the Garmin Connect, an online golf community. On which you can also share and compare your post round courses. Green View feature of Garmin Approach S20 depicts you the true shape and layout of the green and also replace you pin for an accurate shot.

Garmin S20 Review

Smartphone notifications of Garmin Approach S20 GPS allows you to complete your course without any interruption while receiving your important text, calls, e-mails on your wrist. Prolonged lithium –ion battery of Garmin Approach S20 allows you to play golf through the weekend with up to 15 hours in GPS mode. Besides, you can use it for approximately 2 months as an activity tracker along with a normal watch, after fully charged.

5 ATM water resistant feature of Garmin S20 allows you to continue your course in any weather condition. But in that case, you have to dry it carefully to extend battery life and keep safe the charger contacts. Automatic updates of often played courses are done by Course View Feature of Garmin Approach S20 GPS watch for free.

Garmin Approach s20 Charging Mode

Garmin Approach s20 Charging Mode

What’s In the Box of Garmin Approach S20

  • Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch.
  • Charging/data clip.
  • Manual

Getting Started with Garmin S20

Before starting doing any activity with your Garmin Approach S20, you just need to charge it properly. Plug in the USB cable of Garmin S20, in USB port of your computer. Place the charger posts with the contacts on the back of the device and join the charging clip exactly to the device.

There is a button in the Garmin S20 device’s USB cable to remove the charger from the device. After charging fully the device is ready to use! On the outward part of the Approach S20 device, there are four buttons, two buttons on the up and down ward, on the both right and left side of the device.

Approatch S20 device icons

Upper button on the left side is used to either power up or simply go up of the menu of the Garmin S20 device. Same button on the left side is used to “select” any option from the menu or going through the message you received in your phone. Lower button on the left side is simply provided to use it for scrolling down the menu’s option and settings. Same button on the right side is used to go back to the prior option or menu.

Status Icon of Garmin Approach S20

Garmin s20 status icons

Hold the Power button to turn on the device and comply with the on-screen instructions. Generally, as per above table, time of sunrise and sunset, calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, battery status and Bluetooth wireless signal status will appear on your Garmin Approach S20 when it will turn on.

Garmin S20 Review on Golfing Features

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf watch grabbed all the attention of a golfer after release for its dual purpose features. Preloaded more than 40,000 courses of Garmin Approach S20 will help you to practice more efficiently in your golf field and its advanced golfing features will gradually make you a professional golfer from a usual golfer.

However, before playing golf, with your Garmin Approach GPS S20, you will have to wait for 30 to 60 seconds, while the device acquires satellites signals.

Garmin s20 hole view

Garmin s20 Golf Watch Hole View

Garmin S20 depicts the current hole playing and mechanically transits your move to a new hole. The device systematically tells the distance to the front, middle and back of the green. Hole view will tell you about your current hole number, distance to the pin location, approximate view of the green and par for the hole.

Movement of the Pin

You can also move your location to get a closer look of at the green, while playing golf with Garmin S20 Golf watch. Select ‘Move Flag’ from the ‘OK’ menu and scroll up or down to replace the pin position. And then again select ‘OK’.

Shot Measurement of S20

Before going to your ball, select “measure Shot’ from the menu, on your Garmin Approach S20. This will simply measure your shot. The space will automatically resets when you take another shot. Moreover, you can press ‘DOWN’ to review your previous shots.

Golf course date for Approach S20

Garmin Approach S20 Hazards View

To view distances to hazards of your shots, select ‘Hazards’ from the ‘OK’ menu. Garmin Approach S20 will display the Hazards that are going to affect your shot selection, individually or in groups, what will provide the opportunity to layup or carry. The closest Hazard distances to the front and back will be displayed on the screen, along with the Hazard type at the top of the page. You can review other hazards for your current hole by scrolling ‘UP’ or ‘Down’.

Layup and Dogleg Distances

Select ‘Layups’ from the menu and a chart of layup and dogleg distances will come on screen on Garmin S20. Garmin Approach S20 will show these distances for par 4 and 5 holes.  Besides, the distance to reach each layup will be displayed on the screen of you Garmin S20.


Scorecard option gives the opportunity to record your scores while playing golf. During play time, select ‘OK’ from your Garmin Approach S20. From that option select ‘scorecard’ and then select UP or Down to either select a hole or set the score.

Connectivity of Approach S20

Approach S20 connect with GarminGarmin Connect is an obvious option for every Garmin Golf watch provided by Garmin lately. All your rounds can be shared and analyzed in your Garmin Approach S20, with Garmin Connect.

After completing a round with your Garmin Approach S20, simply just save it and upload it to the Garmin Connect. Garmin Connect will also show you more detailed information about your round, such as Scorecards, statistics, course information and most importantly you can also modify all of above information. This will help you to improve your performance day by day. And finally, you can also your records with your friends.

Automatic Shot Detection 

Enable ‘scoring’ from the menu’s and then your Garmin S20 GPS Golf watch will automatically record your location and shot distances. That’s how Automatic Shot detection feature works on.

Automatic Course Updates

Garmin Approach S20 will automatically update your most often played Golf courses when get connected with your Garmin Connect Mobile App.


Activity Tracking Features of Garmin S20

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch also records your daily activity when you are out of Golf field. So it can be used for both purposes either being on the golf field or out of the field. The activity tracking attributes records your daily step, step goal, distance traveled and calories burned for every recorded day, where calorie burned also indicates your base metabolism and activity calories. To enable or disable the Activity tracking press the ‘Turn On’ or “Turn Off’ from the menus.

Garmin S20

Step Totals

When Activity Tracking is enabled on your device, Garmin Approach S20 will show your step totals for a regular time period. You can also get more detailed information on our steps, such as Total step count, step goal, distance traveled and calories burned, by selecting Up or DOWN on your Garmin S20 watch screen.

Approach s20 Move Alert

After being idle for an hour, Garmin S20 GPS watch will give you an alert for Move! Sitting for extended periods of time can prompt an unwanted metabolic state changes. Move bar or an audible tone will be heard from your device to remind you of going for a walk or to do something. To reset the Move alert simply just take a short walk.

Gamin s20 Alarm

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf watch also provides the alarm option. From the main menu select ALARM, and then turn it on. If there is an existing alarm select ‘Edit Alarm’ and go with the instructions. To turn it off select the ‘TURN OFF’ option from the menu.

Smart Phone Notifications of Garmin Forerunner S20

Approach S20 Review

To get your phones notification on your Garmin Approach S20 watch you have to pair it with your smartphone. On your consistent smart phone download and install the newest version of the Garmin Connect Mobile App and repeat the on screen instructions to finish the set up.

To enable or disable the smart notifications on your Garmin S20 go Settings > Bluetooth > Notifications.

To view notifications of your Smart Phone on your wrist, go Up or Down of the notification seen in  your Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf watch.

Compatible Devices of Garmin s20 

TruSwing device is compatible with your Garmin S20 device. TruSwing feature permits you to look at metrics from your TruSwing device. To get the settings, turn on your Garmin Approach S20 device and select Truswing from the main menu. Before that turn on your TruSwing Device. TruSwing Device will show you swing measurements after each swing on your Garmin S20 watch.



  • Gauge the distances very accurately.
  • High connectivity GPS.
  • Preloaded more than 40,000 courses.
  • Gives clear Hazards distances.
  • Water-Proof up to 5 ATM.
  • Screen resolution is good and can be seen in a bright sunlight.
  • Garmin Approach S20 watch wristband is good and the band keeper is also good.
  • Better battery life.
  • Buttons are easy to press even with the golf glove in the hand.
  • Easily charges from a computer.


  • Needs to click the required buttons before taking a shot to confirm which club you are in.
  • Primordial numbers on the screen.
  • Should have an alternative car or plug in the charger.


Garmin Approach S20 GPS golf watch is better than Approach S2, its previous model. Garmin S20 is a better option for starting a period of golfing. It has much more options for daily activity tracking.

It seems that Garmin Approach S20 is unique than S2, S5, and S6 in case of course view auto updater, AutoShot, and Activity Tracking features.

It is more like Garmin’s another good option Garmin Approach X40. But both differ on the battery life only. Garmin Approach X40 has 10hrs battery life in GPS mood and 5 days in normal watch mood. On the other hand, Garmin Approach S20 has 15hrs battery life in GPS mood and 8 weeks in normal watch mood. Garmin Approach S20 has a great battery life comparing to other models from the Garmin. This has made the Garmin Approach S20 more attractive to the user.

Summary of Garmin Approach S20 Review

Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf watch has got the attention after release. Its built-in activity features also help the golfer to be fit for daily life. Its super extended battery life provides you a good day in your golf club.

Garmin S20 Golf Watch Review

To avoid problem while charging, wipe the Garmin Approach S20 device by a moistened cloth with a mild detergent solution and again wipe it dry. The Garmin S20 has to be dried completely after cleaning. Small amounts of sweat or moisture can cause atrophy of the contacts of the charger. This also impedes the device from charging and data transfer.

Even you have to wash the Garmin Approach S20 device with fresh water after exposure to chlorine, salt water, sunscreen, cosmetics, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals. It would be a great option for a fresher to start his/her golf training with Garmin Approach S20. Its long battery life and user-friendly features will help the user to do well either to be a usual golfer from nun-usual or to be a fit and healthy person from lazy and fatty person. The device is pressure resists up to 50m.

Mark Fleming

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