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Garmin Approach G80 merges golf and GPS

Garmin has launched a combination GPS golf device, the Approach G80. It merges GPS technology with functionality to monitor and calculate advanced swing metrics. The integrated radar capabilities allow golfers to analyse and fine-tune their performances, during course play or in the backyard, by tracking their club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, swing tempo, and estimated distance.

Click through to read about how the GPS device assists golfers.

The Garmin Approach G80 sports a 3.5-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen and a battery that lasts up to 15 hours. A quick access button brings up integrated radar features during play. A sleek rear case divot allows the device to sit on a golf ball for better screen display viewing.

By introducing a variety of new practice and game modes, the G80 lets golfers test their skills on the driving range, with the option to partake in virtual rounds on more than 41,000 preloaded, full-colour courses around the world.

Providing golfers with the opportunity to test and improve skill sets, it comes equipped with practice and game modes— Warm-Up, Tempo Training, Virtual Round, and Target Practice. It uses a built-in launch monitor during warm-ups and tempo training to determine ball speed, club head speed, smash factor, estimated distance, and backswing/downswing timings to evaluate tempo.

Virtual Tournament mode allows golfers to raise the stakes by competing on famous courses with other users of the device, and Target Practice gives golfers challenges to zero in on their drives, irons, and short game, by receiving points for hitting specific targets in a one or two player challenge mode.

Golfers can download the Garmin Golf app to take advantage of all the connected features, including the virtual connected modes (mentioned abovel. Players are also able to connect with other golfers by posting and reviewing stats and rankings, saving scorecards, and keeping competition alive by taking part in weekly leaderboards.

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