Product Comparison: Garmin Approach S5 vs Garmin Approach S20

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General Specifications
Approach S5
Approach S20
About the Product
The slim, lightweight Approach S5 GPS touchscreen golf watch features color course maps and green view with manual pin positioning plus precise distances to the front, back and middle of the green so you can preview and adjust positioning from wherever you are on more than 41,000 courses around the world.
Approach S20 is the golfing partner that doubles as your everyday watch. Features more than 40,000 courses plus Garmin AutoShot round analyzer, activity tracking and smart notifications.
Key Specs
GPS, Accelerometer
Golfing Features
Yardage to F/M/B, Yardage to layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Digital scorecard, Computer scorecard review
Yardage to F/M/B, Yardage to layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Digital scorecard, Stat tracking, Hazards and course targets, Round timer/odometer, Step counter, Distance traveled
Maps & Memory
Preloaded course maps: up to 38000
Preloaded courses maps: 41000
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Garmin Approach S5
  • I've very happy with the device itself. The GPS is very accurate. It matches well with marked yardage on the course.
  • I love the scoring mode which allows you to enter the score of the hole, number of putts and which direction your drive went. I only wish there were other, configurable stats you could enter, penalties, duffs, like that.
  • Great watch, very accurate in terms of distances. I played one round, and used a lot the fairway a green views, since I didn't know the course.
  • Works great, used it about 5 times on different courses. Not as accurate as the laser scopes but it is much more accessible.
  • It's an Amazing Watch, I have enjoyed it a lot in the short time I've worn, it's a reliable gadget.
Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch with Step Tracking
  • The GPS moves hole to hole, it tracks everything and even loads your steps, time and odometer automatically after the round
  • Great golf GPS. Distances very accurate.
  • I replaced an S2 that I had been using for a couple of years, and this GPS is better in every way.
  • GPS for golf purposes is accurate and intuitive. I really like the sunrise and sunset feature.
  • The GPS function and syncing is fantastic. It is spot on when compared to a laser or the PGA markers.
Size & Weight
1.8 in.
1.9 in.
1.6 oz.
1.6 oz.
1.8 in.
1.5 in.
0.56 in.
0.4 in.
Display Type
Color LCD
Sunlight-visible, transflective MIP
Display Size
1 in.
1.3 in.
Display Resolution
180 x 180 pixels
128 x 128 pixels
What customers say about "Display"
Garmin Approach S5
  • I especially like the touchscreen which lets you see how far away trouble is.
  • The screen is easy to see and the interface simple to use. As I use it more I find that there are some features I am not using, such as green view.
  • I had to return it as the verbiage on the screen was in a foreign language
Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch with Step Tracking
  • It's a basic display but easy to read. But that's all I was looking for, if you want a color screen you will pay big bucks. Recommended!
  • Fits nice, long lasting battery, easy to read display.
  • Display is easy to read and seems to be fairly accurate.
  • This is my first golf gps watch and I love it. It is fast, accurate, and the display is easy to read. This watch has an attractive, modern look.
  • The display numbers are nice and large and easy to read and the battery is by far the best of the three golf GPS watches I have owned.
Black / Blue
Midnight Teal
Battery Type
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
Battery Life
10 hours
15 hours
High-sensitivity receiver, Smart notifications, Dedicated GreenView button
Garmin AutoShot™, Auto CourseView updates, Green View with manual pin position, TruSwing™ compatible, TrueUp™, Sleep monitoring, Smart notifications, Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile, Sunrise/sunset times, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time
Accesories Included
Charging/data clip
Charging/data clip
What customers say about "Features"
Garmin Approach S5
  • A little bit expensive but by far the best gimmick I have bought in a very long time. You wont regret if you like to play golf as much as I do
  • Its ok. The battery after 18 holes remains low to play more.
  • I liked the S3 that I had and my wife likes this one as well. It has more to it than we need so would stay with a lower priced version next time.
  • The battery life on this is dismal. One average 4 hour round takes up about 3/4 of the battery. No way you're getting more than one round of golf in with this watch.
  • For the price its to difficult to take advantage of the many features it offers. While I'm on the coarse I can't take so much time to mess with the adjustments to get what I need.
  • Yardage seems to work fine, but battery life should be better. Does not last long enough to play 2 back to back rounds.
Garmin Approach S20 GPS Golf Watch with Step Tracking
  • With a full charge, battery will last for more than two rounds. In just watch mode, it lasts a least a week.
  • The battery life is very good, in non-GPS mode it lasts over a week, using the GPS it easily copes with two rounds and would probably go three.
  • Step counter seems accurate and the Garmin Connect app that goes with the watch is actually pretty cool.
  • Alerts you to messages on smartphone, when connected via Bluetooth
  • Works well on the golf courses. I like the sunrise and sunset information
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacter warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Other Information
349.99 $
199.99 $

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