Every golfer, from the world’s top professionals right through to the occasional weekend player with a high handicap, knows that every piece of available information about a particular shot can help to make it an easier one. The height of the grass on the fairway, the depth of the sand in the bunker and the speed of the green are all variable factors which can influence the stroke and make a huge difference to the quality of the individual’s game.
For shots made from the fairway to a waiting green, perhaps the most important piece of data is the actual yardage that’s involved. The distance of the required stroke will tell a player which particular club is needed, but it isn’t always easy for the average golfer to get a reliable figure. On most courses there will be a marker post located at a point that’s exactly 150 yards from the centre of the green, but that will be all.
There are a number of GPS products on the market which promise to help golfers to gain accurate yardage stats, but some are perhaps more practical than others. Many of them are around the size of a mobile phone, and can usually be clipped to the player’s belt or to the golf bag. They are useful and offer reliable information, but most players will either forget they are there or will soon get tired of having to look at them.
The Garmin S3 is somewhat different, because it is worn on the wrist just like a watch. In fact, when the wearer isn’t playing golf it actually IS a watch, and a very attractive one, too. But yardage is what the Garmin S3 is all about, and this is where this handy little gadget comes into its own. One quick look at its easy to read face is all that’s required for the player to know exactly how far he or she is from the target area.
As well as distance to the very centre of the green itself, it also offers yardages to both the front and back of the putting surface. To non-golfers, this may seem like unnecessary information, but anyone who has played golf will know this can be vital if the flags are placed away from the middle.
The Garmin S3 has made club selection far more of an exact science, especially for players who are never particularly sure which iron they need for any individual shot. Given the fact that choosing the wrong club can result in finding a bunker or water hazard at the front of the green, or perhaps going out of bounds at the back, the S3 represents a very sound investment.