Image: Mashable Sarah Fisher. Garmin, the brand best known for its in-car mapping systems.
is set to make another major inroad into the wearable technology space with the introduction of a new golf analytics device. The Approach S6 looks like a normal digital watch, but inside it contains technology designed to improve your golf swing while guiding you through a myriad of golf courses around the world. Featuring a color touchscreen interface, an audio metronome (to guide your toward better golf swings) and an accelerometer, the Approach S6, which comes in black or white, appears to be the perfect companion for beginner and advanced golfers alike. Image: Mashable, Sarah Fisher. The device gives you the ability to measure your "swing tempo" (by measuring your upswing and downswing) and offers a "tempo training" mode to help you optimize your golf swings.
In addition to giving you precision measurements of your swings, the device also quantifies your "swing strength," giving you feedback in percentages on just how hard to hit the golf ball with various clubs. Included in the watch are color graphics of over 30,000 international courses, giving you a kind of digital caddy to shepherd you through nearly any major golf course you plan to visit. You can track your stats via the Garmin Connect app (available now for iOS and coming to Android in the summer). With roughly 10 hours of battery life in GPS mode and two weeks of battery life in simple watch mode, the Approach S6 is yet another sign that Garmin is serious about its commitment to the mainstream wearable tech market. Yes, it is a bit bulky, and no, you won't win any style points for wearing it, but considering what it delivers in terms data and analytics, the slightly conspicuous watch-like accessory could be one of the most values tools in your golf kit.
The waterproof device is set to go on sale for $399. 99 later this month. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Image: Mashable, Sarah Fisher.