Garmin Approach S40 vs Garmin Approach S62

Garmin Approach S40 vs Garmin Approach S62

The Garmin Approach S40 is a mid-range GPS golf watch with most, but not all of Garmin’s golf technology. 

The Garmin Approach S62 sits alongside the Garmin Marq Golfer as the best golf watch in Garmin’s product line-up at this point in time. 

The goal of this post is to help you choose between the Approach S40 and the Approach S62. Let’s get stuck into the details. 

Key Similarities - Garmin Approach S40 vs S62

Approach S40

Approach S62

GPS

Wrist-based HRM

Touchscreen

Activity Tracking

Sleep Tracking

Indoor + Outdoor Running

Indoor + Outdoor Cycling

Sleep Tracking

Yardage To Green (F, M, B)

Yardage To Layups/Doglegs

Yardage To Hazards

Measures Shot Distance

Digital Scorecard

Custom Targets

Stat Tracking

Garmin Autoshot

Green View with Pin Placement

Truswing Compatible

Round Timer

Automatic Club Tracking

Approach® CT10 Compatible

Water Proof

5 ATM

5 ATM

Garmin Approach S40

Garmin Approach S60

Key Differences - Garmin Approach S40 vs S62

Approach S40

Approach S62

Price

Less Expensive

More Expensive

Physical Size

43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm

47 x 47 x 14.8 mm

Display Size

1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter

1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter

Screen Resolution

240 x 240 pixels

260 x 260 pixels

Bezel Material

Metal

Ceramic

Weight

43 Grams

61 grams

Virtual Caddie

Wind Speed + Direction

Body Battery Score

Blood Oxygen Levels

Garmin Pay

GPS Battery

Up to 15 Hours

Up to 20 Hours

Smartwatch Battery

Up to 10 Days

Up to 14 Days

Total Golf Features

15

23

Total Sports/Activity Modes

4

17

Garmin Approach S40

Garmin Approach S60

Golf Features Comparison - Garmin Approach S40 vs S62

Garmin Approach S40 Garmin Approach S62
Pre-loaded with 41,000 Courses Pre-loaded with 41,000 Courses
Yardage To Green (F, M, B) Yardage To Green (F, M, B)
Yardage To Layups + Doglegs Yardage To Layups + Doglegs
Measures Shot Distance Automatically Measures Shot Distance Automatically
Digital Scorecard Digital Scorecard
Custom Targets Custom Targets
Stat Tracking Stat Tracking
Garmin AutoShot Garmin AutoShot
Automatic Course Updates Automatic Course Updates
Green View With Manual Pin Placement Green View With Manual Pin Placement
Hazards And Course Targets Hazards And Course Targets
Handicap Scoring Handicap Scoring
TruSwing Compatible TruSwing Compatible
Round Timer Round Timer
Automatic Club Tracking (Requires Accessory) Automatic Club Tracking (Requires Accessory)
Full Vector Map
Pin Pointer Directional Assistance To Blind Green
Touch Targeting - Touch Target To See Distance
Handicap Scoring
SwingTempo
Tempo Training
Wind Speed And Direction
Virtual Caddie

Sports Mode Comparison - Approach S40 vs S62

Garmin Approach S40 Garmin Approach S62
Indoor Running Indoor Running
Outdoor Running Outdoor Running
Indoor Cycling Indoor Cycling
Outdoor Cycling Outdoor Cycling
Pool Swimming
Strength Training
Cardio Training
Elliptical Training
Stair Stepping
Indoor Rowing
Walking
Yoga
Skiing
Snowboarding
Cross Country Skiing
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Outdoor Rowing

Main Reason To Choose The Approach S40

Reasons To Choose Approach S40

It's About 40% Cheaper

The price of each watch is subject to change, but if looking at the recommended selling price, the Approach S40 is literally 40% cheaper than the Approach S62. 

If you’re on a tight budget, this could definitely be a dealbreaker. 

It's A Good Looking Golf Watch

The Approach S40 is definitely one of the better looking golf watches available right now. It can easily double as an everyday watch. 

The Approach S40 Has Solid Golf Features

Admittedly it’s not quite on the same level as the Approach S62, but the Approach S40 still gives you most of Garmin’s core golf features. It also comes loaded with 41,000 courses that update automatically, so you shouldn’t run into any hassles in this regard. 

Main Reasons To Choose The Approach S62

Garmin Approach S62 Lifestyle Image

It's A Better Fitness Tracker

The Garmin Approach S62 is comparable to the Garmin Vivoactive 4 from a fitness tracking perspective. It includes 24/7 activity tracking, sleep tracking and Garmin’s body battery score. 

It's A Much Better Sports Watch

Aside from the additional golf features, the number of sports modes could be a deal breaker in this particular product battle. Where the Approach S40 is basically limited to running and cycling, the Approach S62 gives you access to almost all of Garmin’s best sports modes. The extra modes include: 

  • Pool Swimming
  • Strength Training
  • Cardio Training
  • Elliptical Training
  • Stair Stepping
  • Indoor Rowing
  • Outdoor Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

It's About As Good As A Golf Watch Can Be

The only rival to the Garmin Approach S62 is the Garmin Marq Golfer (which is effectively the same watch, made from significantly more expensive materials). 

To put this into context, the Approach S62 is considerably better than it’s predecessor, the Appoach S60. Of the new features in the S62, these are arguably the most important. 

Wind Speed and Direction – This is very difficult to judge on the course. With the S62, you can just turn to your wrist to better understand what’s happening in the sky. 

Virtual Caddie – This features looks at how far you usually hit your clubs, and then factors in wind speed and direction to recommend a club. Let’s just say that the Approach S62 will develop a data driven understanding of how far you hit the ball over time. This can help produce better club suggestions than most human caddies. The only potential issue is your ego getting in the way of the data backed recommendations from your watch. 

Pin Pointer – Hitting into a blind green is always a challenge. You just have to trust your instincts and let it fly. Unless you have the Approach S62 on your wrist, in which case you can get directional queues from your watch. For casual golf on tricky courses, this is a pretty cool feature to have. 

Garmin Approach S40

Garmin Approach S60

Final Thoughts

We’ve taken a deep dive into the key similarities and the key differences between these two golf watches. If you’re still on the fence at this point, these final buying tips may help: 

Go for the Garmin Approach S40 if: 

  • You’re on a tight budget
  • You just need the main golf features
  • You aren’t too phased about the other fitness and sports features of the watch

Go for the Garmin Approach S60 if: 

  • You want the better smartwatch overall
  • You play other sports as well
  • You want the better activity tracker
  • You want all the golf features that Garmin has to offer

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