Garmin® introduces the Approach® S60, a golf watch with modern style

New Garmin Golf app features weekly leaderboards, live scoring and more

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the Approach S60, its newest GPS golf watch with a
sunlight-readable color touchscreen display and sleek new design that’s
made for everyday use both on and off the course. Preloaded with more
than 40,000 courses from around the world with lifetime updates, the S60
features full-color course view mapping that golfers can view right from
their wrist. It provides quick access to critical information needed
during a round like precise yardages to greens, hazards and doglegs to
help players master their game. With a modern style that goes beyond the
clubhouse, the Approach S60 also features the popular QuickFit™
watchbands that can be easily interchanged in seconds, without tools.
They’re available in an assortment of colored silicone, leather or
stainless steel styles, and can be interchanged with a number of Garmin
multisport watches, including the popular fēnix 5 series.

To add another level of fun and competition, the Approach S60 is one of
the many Garmin golf watches compatible with the new Garmin Golf app
that lets users compete in weekly leaderboards on any golf course. This
free app allows users to compete against friends and fellow golfers on
the same course, plus view other players’ rank, score, handicap and
more. Players can set up their own tournament event and invite multiple
friends to compete, plus they can chat with each other and post their
results for others to see. Using the Approach S60, players can also
utilize the app for live scoring as they’re playing their round; scores
entered on the device will automatically sync to the app for instant
updates as they play.

“The Approach S60 is as functional of a golf watch as it is a stylish
timepiece,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer
sales. “It’s packed with industry-leading features golfers have come to
appreciate and rely on with our Approach series – like advanced
AutoShot, SwingTempo, touch targeting and more – yet it’s the most
stylish golf watch we’ve offered so it can easily be worn 24/7.”

Thanks to the Garmin AutoShot™ game tracking technology1,
players can easily review, map and analyze all of their detected shots
from each round they play with the Approach S60. It automatically
records the location and distance of each detected shot and uploads it
to the user’s Garmin Connect™ account for post-round analysis. In
addition to seeing how far a shot was, players can also use AutoShot
data to compare stats from previous rounds, review distances for each
club, and analyze their tendencies as they fine tune their game. The
Garmin Connect mobile app can also be used to receive updates to the
courses users play the most thanks to the CourseView auto updater, which
automatically sends updates to the device.

The Approach S60 also features SwingTempo that measures the relationship
between upswing and downswing, and TempoTraining that uses a 3:1 ratio
and gives the user vibrations to synchronize their swing mechanics and
fine-tune their swing tempo. When paired with the Garmin TruSwing™
sensor, it can also provide the user with swing speed and club path
angles to improve their swing consistency.

Additionally, the Approach S60 measures precise distances to the front,
back and middle of the green as well as the distance to course targets
like sand traps, water hazards, layups and doglegs. Golfers can use the
Green View feature to see the outline of the green on each hole, where
they can manually position the pin to that day’s location to get the
most accurate measurements. Thanks to the new PlaysLike feature, the
Approach S60 can also take into account the elevation change between the
player and the target and calculates what the distance will play like.
For example, if the shot is downhill, PlaysLike will show that the shot
will play shorter than it actually is.

Doubling as an all-day activity tracker2, the Approach S60
works with the Garmin Connect mobile app to monitor and record daily
steps, calories burned, distance and sleep, with move alerts to keep
users active throughout the day. It also receives smart notifications
from compatible smartphones3, so users can stay connected
with notifications for call, texts, emails and more right on their
watch. What’s more, when paired with the app, the Approach S60 can also
provide weather forecast data so players will know if they’re going to
stay dry on the course.

The Approach S60 can get up to ten hours of battery life golfing and up
to ten days in watch mode with activity tracking. It boasts a 5 ATM
water rating, so it can easily withstand the elements, whether golfers
get caught in a sudden rainstorm or are sweating on a hot day. The
Approach S60 is expected to be available in June in black or white with
a suggested retail price of $399.99. A premium version with a
scratch-resistant ceramic bezel and black leather band will also be
available for $499.99. To learn more, visit

The Approach S60 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor
segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to
enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching,
golfing or using satellite communication, 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

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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1 Lie and ball contact may affect shot tracking. Putts are
not tracked. Some shots, particularly chip shots around the green, may
not be tracked.
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3 Visit for a list of
compatible phones

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin and Approach and are registered trademarks, and
QuickFit, TruSwing, AutoShot and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin
Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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Garmin International Inc.Carly Hysell, 913-397-8200 [email protected]