By Matt Neundorf
on 1.24.13
Photo by Garmin

Golfers looking to escape the winter weather and start working on gloved tan lines will be all too happy to let the Garmin Approach S2 Golf Watch ($250) remove a stripe of sun from their arms and a few strokes from their scorecards. Much like the S3 Approach, the S2 comes preloaded with maps to 30,000 international golf courses, from North and South America, Europe, Australia and parts of Africa (with updates four times a year), to give holiday hackers an edge abroad.

Unlike the S3, there is no touchscreen interface or manual pin positioning to fine tune things on the fly; however, the S2 keeps club selections easy with full info on yardage to doglegs and areas to lay-up, along with distance measurements from wherever your rogue ball may end up. For heavy hitters out there looking to get the most out of their newest weapon of choice, the distance to the front, middle or back of the green is also at wrist hand. The 64 x 32 pixel monochrome display offers simple grayscale guidance and score keeping for duffers everywhere. Available in three colorways and a waterproof in case you want to reenact Bishop Pickering’s greatest round ever from Caddyshack, the S2 hits specialty stores and pro-shops alike in March.

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