Garmin Approach G3 came in the mail today. The boss (wife) got off of work early so she was able to watch the kids and I was able to get to the course for twilight rates. After 3pm $10 to walk, I figured I'd be able to get 9 in for sure....
Prior to leaving for the course I loaded the newest course info and it included my local muni.
This was by far the most fun I've had on the golf course in a LONG LONG time. I haven't used a laser range finder but knowing the FCB distances, being able to move the pin for the (Red, White, Blue) different locations, was really cool. Knowing the lay-up yardages to creeks crossing the fairways, distances to carry fairway bunkers, etc...this was FUN. I'm not the best golfer out there and haven't been able to play near as much since having kids, but knowing the yardage made club selection AWESOME! Now I can pick my club and swing knowing I have the right weapon in my hands.
I was able to get all 18 in, towards the end it was harder since it was getting dark, but $10 for 18 holes in just around 3 hours walking was great for me. Our oldest son is 4, I have played 1-2 times since he was born so it's been a long while and the worse thing for me getting back is the short game/feel game around the greens. 2 weeks ago at this same course without a GPS I shot a 95. Today I shot an 86. Still have a lot of work to do and a lot of improvements, I think my score could have been better if they hadn't aerated the greens today, makes it very difficult to putt, but it was very nice to atleast have birdie putts. Once the greens are smooth I should have a better chance at rolling them in.
The 2 coolest things I've bought for my golf game so far are my Clic Gear 3.0 with SEAT and now the Garmin Approach G3.
Compared to the G5 and G6, I'm glad I went w/ the G3. I can still keep my stats (FIR, GIR, Putts, etc) on the scorecard if I want to. (which you would have to print out on your PC anyways) I can measure club distances with the G3 and do not really see why I need to keep an running average of my different clubs the way the G5/G6 say they can. I know my club yardages so I don't see why that feature is necessary.
I'm glad I went w/ the GPS over the laser, after reading here and other places my questions were answered as to exact distances. I was concerned w/ the laser being able to shoot FCB distances and how I would know for sure that I was "shooting" the pin or the bunker or the hazard etc....the GPS gives me yardages and I can plan my attack with those yardages in mind.
The biggest thing I need to do now is learn, learn to hit enough club to get to the hole. I used the Front yardage a lot today and would end up on the green but short, should have taken 1 more club. It was very nice though on other holes that in the past I knew from playing this course what I "thought" I should use and then to have the GPS yardage, then to pick the club and stick it pin high, that was NICE!