Garmin Approach G8 GPS Review

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  • At a glance

  • TG Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Owner Rating 3 out of 5
  • Pros

    Truly a 21st century GPS.

  • Cons

    It is expensive, but you get a lot for your money.

  • RRP £369.99

What we say...


Features a three-inch, multi-touch display and provides blind shot assistance with the new PinPointer feature, which shows you exactly where the centre of the green is, even if it’s not visible, and points you in the right direction on blind shots. The new “PlaysLike Distance” feature adjusts distances for uphill and downhill shots, and it even remembers how far you hit each club and makes recommendations based on shot distances. It will automatically update its 30,000 courses when connected to WiFi at no extra cost. ACR; AHA; 30,000 CP; PinPointer feature for blind shots, PlaysLike feature adjusts distances for slopes; remembers how far you hit each club and makes recommendations. No fees.

As reviewed in our 2014 Distance Devices Test - winner of our Gold Award: 
Lightweight, easy to clip to your bag or slide in your pocket. It’s easy to navigate as there’s only two buttons so it’s difficult to get confused. Small and very thin. I love the features and the classy look. It’s expensive, but worth every penny. The best hole graphics on test. It looks more like a phone than most. The screen is ultra-sensitive and looks like the right size, which makes moving the pointer on the screen a breeze. Plus it works while wearing a glove and you can pair it to your phone, too.

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Product Information

GPS locations UK and Ireland, Europe, Rest of World
Additional download fees No
Colour screen Yes
Subscription fees No
Touchscreen Yes

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  • 3 out of 5 Lots of features but illegal in comps

    By Steve Trace

    Why they built this device without an alternative only featuring the legal apps is remarkable. If a clip on module gave you the illegal stuff you could use them in practice and remove them for comps leaving a legal device.

  • 3 out of 5 Is it Legal for Competitions?

    By Malcolm Knobel-Forbes

    Decision 14-3/16 prohibits devices that can calculate distance between two points considering the gradient.

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