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Garmin S60 best overall watch?


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#1 Piersm2

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:31 AM

I am looking at purchasing a golf watch and I think I am leaning towards the S60.  Who out there has one and do you like it?


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#2 Stuart G.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:09 AM

I have one and it's nice but many times I prefer to use my x40.   If I'm an unfamiliar course, the full hole view of the s60 is nice and I do like the tempo measurements when on the range working on the swing, and the larger display (compared to the x40) is nice on my old eyes, however much of the functionality is not something I use.   And the s60 doesn't sit as securely/comfortably on the wrist, it's awkward to use the full hole view to get specific yardages (finger is too big and display too small for any accuracy picking a location), and it's fairly easy for the side buttons on the s60 to get hit accidentally during the swing - more so then it used to with my older s3.  

So it really depends on what you want/need from your gps watch, for many the s20 or even the new x10 might be the 'best'.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:04 AM

I agree with what Stuart G. posted above.  

I have S20 and S60.  I also tested many other watches, but Garmin is my first choice.  S20 is much more comfortable and easier to use.  S60 has nice features but I hardly use many of the features.  To use the map to pin point is nightmare to use.  That said, I had the S60 for about 6 months now and getting used to its bulkiness.  It does have nice customizable features, tons of watch faces and other free apps you can download.  I also like the fact that it has hole layout for new course I play.  I do not use my phone apps any longer and hardly use my range finder.

Over all, I don’t think you can go wrong with either S20 or S60.

Note to Garmin:  PLEASE give us easier access to hazards, bunkers and layups.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:24 AM

The thing I liked about the S60 is the fact that it is a round face.  I was thinking about buying an apple watch a few years back, but I like the traditional styling of a round watch vs the square face.  I do like the fact that the S20 is $200 less than the S60.  Has it been tough getting used to how bulky the S60 is?

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:24 AM

 Piersm2, on 13 April 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

The thing I liked about the S60 is the fact that it is a round face.  I was thinking about buying an apple watch a few years back, but I like the traditional styling of a round watch vs the square face.  I do like the fact that the S20 is $200 less than the S60.  Has it been tough getting used to how bulky the S60 is?

When I first bought it, I hated the bulkiness.  So, I started to wear it everyday to get used to it.  After few weeks, It wasn't too bad but when wearing long sleeves in the colder months, it is bothersome.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:21 AM

 Piersm2, on 13 April 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

Has it been tough getting used to how bulky the S60 is?

I've never thought of the s60 as being bulky at all.  I was actually surprised to find it had a slightly slimmer profile then my older s3.  

But then my normal, every day watch used to be a Suunto Vector - so it takes a lot before something seems bulky to me.

The main problem I had with it from the standpoint of comfort was that the back and transition to the straps is flat and not contoured like the s3 or x40.  It just doesn't feel like it sits as securely on the wrist as the other two.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:45 AM

After 6 months of normal use, battery doesn't hold it's charge as well.  I fully charged night before playing, after 18 holes, I had 36% left.
Driver: G20 (hard to replace, not from lack of trying)
Mini Driver: Taylormade SLDR 14*
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:51 AM

I looked into the S60 and wound up going with the Forerunner 935. It was a little more money, but it does a whole lot more stuff that I wanted. All the added features on the S60 that the Forerunner 935 doesn't have are either too fiddly or against the rules anyway (like the where's the hole thing - sounds useful, but you can't use it while playing to the rules). They're both about the same size and I have had no issue playing while wearing it. The S60 doesn't have a heart rate monitor, which I wanted and I've also been trying to work on my fitness and the Forerunner does so much more there too.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:34 AM

What I do like about the S60 is the ability to track shots, swing path, distances, etc, as well as the common smart watch features.  Am I able to get this with the 935 or even other models?

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