Garmin® goes Golfing with Approach®G3 and G5, new touchscreen GPS devices with preloaded courses and no annual fee

ApproachG5_HR_TT Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation is pleased to announce its first touchscreen handhelds designed exclusively for the golf course, the Approach G3 and G5.


The new Approach is available in two formats, the G3 and G5. The G3 offers a palm-sized device with a 2.6-inch touchscreen, perfect for the golfer who wants to keep an eye on their progress. The G5 has a large 3-inch touchscreen and allows the user to track their stats including putts per round, greens and fairways hit in regulation. They can also measure their shots and assign it to a club to obtain an average yardage per club.


Andrew Silver, Outdoor Product Manager for Garmin said: “The Approach devices show golfers the precise distance to the centre of green or other key course features, which can eliminate the guesswork and make club selection easier – key factors in improving any golfer’s score.


“There’s no other golf device on the market that combines the ease of use, responsive colour touchscreen and preloaded information featured in the Approach series, all with no annual fees. Within minutes of opening the box, you can be ready to tee off.”


The waterproof Approach series feature a touchscreen colour display, which offers two simple options once powered on. The Play and Preview options enable golfers to see detailed course maps with precise distance information from their current location to any position on the hole using Touch-Targeting. As the golfer moves about the course, the Approach continuously updates their position and distances to each target. During the course of play, the touchscreen interface also helps golfers decide the best tactic to use to get that perfect shot. 


Another concern for players is the fairway bunker, a single tap on the map will show golfers how much club they need to carry it, or how little they need if laying up. 


For good course management golfers can drag their finger across the map screen to give them the precise distance of their ideal approach shot.


To check the pin position, simply touch the top corner of the screen and golfers can reposition the flag to correspond with the day’s placement.


Whether tracking improvement or simply backing up your brags, the Approach makes it easy to measure the distance of your shot to keeping score for your group using the intuitive touchscreen digital scorecard.


The Approach even lets golfers preview any of the 1,250 preloaded courses to ensure they are never ill-equipped to meet the challenges of unfamiliar courses.  The preloaded courses, complete with detailed vector mapping is unlike anything used before on a golf course, it can save time while eliminating setup complications and computer frustrations. Golfers can go to  to check if their course is among the 1250 already available for the UK.


Additional courses for the UK, as well as countries across Europe, will be made available for download at regular intervals throughout 2010, giving golfers the latest set of courses in one downloadable update, and all free of charge.


The Approach series let golfers benefit from Garmin’s 20 years of using GPS technology to enhance user’s lives, making Garmin a popular choice for runners, cyclists, hikers and a household name in the automotive, aviation and marine industries.


Event Notice:


The Approach G3 and G5 will be in action at Golf Live, Stoke Park 14th – 16th May 2010. Garmin are on stand B1 or visit the Garmin mid iron and recovery theatre, where Ian Poulter, Retief Goosen, Paul Casey to name a few will show golfers how to escape from tricky situations and get close with mid irons using Touch Targeting.


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The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989 – 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 the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information visit Garmin's media centre at . Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.  All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.


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