Owner`s manual | Garmin S6 GPS Receiver User Manual

To prevent corrosion, thoroughly dry the contacts and the
surrounding area before charging or connecting to a computer.‍
Approach® S6 Owner's Manual
See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the
product box for product warnings and other important
1 Plug the USB cable into a USB port on your computer.‍
2 Align the charger posts with the contacts on the back of the
device, and press the charger À until it clicks.‍
3 Charge the device completely.‍
Playing Golf
Select to turn on the backlight.‍
Hold to turn the device on and off.‍
Select to measure a shot (Measuring a Shot).‍
Hold to reset the measurement.‍
Select to open the menu for the current screen.‍
Select to enter your score for the hole (Keeping Score).‍
Hold to view scores for all holes.‍
Select to use CourseView (Using CourseView).‍
Select to return to the previous screen.‍
Before you can play golf, the device must locate satellite
signals.‍ This may take 30–60 seconds.‍
1 Select > Start Round.‍
2 Select a course from the list of nearby courses.‍
3 Tap the screen to scroll through the data screens for each
TIP: You can select
to return to the previous screen.‍
Turning on the Device
The device comes partially charged.‍ You may need to charge
the device before playing golf (Charging the Device).‍
NOTE: The time of day and date are set automatically when
you go outdoors and the device locates satellites.‍
1 Hold , and follow the on-screen instructions.‍
2 Select Start Round.‍
3 Wait while the device locates satellites.‍
Unlocking the Device
After a period of inactivity, the device goes into watch mode and
the screen is locked.‍ The device displays the time and date, but
does not use GPS.‍
Select any key except to unlock the device.‍
Status Icons
Battery level
GPS status
Hole Information
Bluetooth® technology status
Charging the Device
This device contains a lithium-ion battery.‍ See the Important
Safety and Product Information guide in the product box for
product warnings and other important information.‍
August 2014
• À displays the hole information (Hole Information).‍
• Á displays the layup and dogleg information (Viewing
Layup and Dogleg Distances and Saved Locations).‍
• Â displays the PinPointer feature (Using PinPointer).‍
• Ã displays the time of day.‍
The device automatically transitions when you move to the
next hole.‍
By default, the device calculates the distance to the front,
middle, and back of the green.‍ If you know the location of the
pin, you can set it more precisely using the green view (Viewing
the Green).‍
Printed in Taiwan
Tap the screen until the layup and dogleg information
NOTE: Distances and locations are removed from the list as
you pass them.‍
Keeping Score
1 Select .‍
2 If necessary, select
to set up scoring or change par for the
3 Select or to set the score.‍
Your total score À is updated.‍
Current hole number
Distance to the back of the green
Distance to the middle of the green
Distance to the front of the green
Handicap strokes (optional)
Par for the hole
Next hole
Previous hole
Using CourseView
While playing a game, you can take a closer look at the course
and view any location and distance on the course map.‍
1 Select .‍
2 Touch or drag your finger to any location on the screen.‍
The distance arc À displays the distance to the new location.‍
3 To see more of the hole, select
Viewing the Green
While playing a game, you can take a closer look at the green
and move the pin location.‍
1 Select .‍
2 Select at the top of the screen.‍
3 Drag to move the pin location.‍
The distances on the hole information screen are updated to
reflect the new pin location.‍ The pin location is saved for only
the current round.‍
Using PinPointer
The PinPointer feature is a compass that provides directional
assistance when you are unable to see the green.‍ This feature
can help you line up a shot even if you are in the woods or in a
deep sand trap.‍
NOTE: Do not use the PinPointer feature while in a golf cart.‍
Interference from the golf cart can affect the accuracy of the
Tap the screen until the compass screen appears.‍
The arrow points to the pin location.‍
Viewing Layup and Dogleg Distances and Saved
You can view a list of layup and dogleg distances for par 4 and
5 holes.‍ Saved locations also appear on this list.‍
4 Hold to view a list of the scores for all holes.‍
5 If necessary, select a hole to change the score for that hole.‍
Setting the Scoring Method
You can change the method the device uses to keep score.‍
1 Select an option:
• If you are currently playing a round, select
> >
Setup Scoring.‍
• If you are not currently playing a round, select > Setup
> Scoring.‍
Select a scoring method.‍
About Stableford Scoring
When you select the Stableford scoring method (Setting the
Scoring Method), points are awarded based on the number of
strokes taken relative to par.‍ At the end of a round, the highest
score wins.‍ The device awards points as specified by the United
States Golf Association.‍
NOTE: The scorecard for a Stableford scored game shows
points instead of strokes.‍
Strokes Taken Relative to Par
2 or more over
1 over
1 under
2 under
3 under
Enabling Handicap Scoring
1 Select > > Setup Scoring > Handicap Scoring.‍
2 Select an option:
• Select Local Handicap to enter the number of strokes to
be subtracted from the player's total score.‍
The number of handicap strokes appear as dots on the
hole information screen.‍ The scorecard screen displays
your handicap-adjusted score for each hole.‍
• Select Index\Slope to enter the player's handicap index
and the course slope rating to calculate a course
handicap for the player.‍
Saving a Location
While playing a round, you can save up to five locations on
each hole.‍ Saving a location is useful for recording objects or
obstacles that are not shown on the map.‍ You can view the
distance to these locations from the layup and dogleg screen
(Viewing Layup and Dogleg Distances and Saved Locations).‍
1 Stand in the location you want to save.‍
NOTE: You cannot save a location that is far from the
currently selected hole.‍
> Save Location.‍
3 Select a label for the location.‍
Measuring a Shot
1 Take a shot, and watch where your ball lands.‍
2 Select .‍
3 Walk directly to your ball.‍
The distance automatically resets when you move to the next
4 If necessary, hold to reset the distance at any time.‍
Using the Odometer
You can use the odometer to record the time and distance
traveled.‍ The odometer automatically starts and stops when you
start or end a round, but you can also start and stop it manually.‍
1 Select > Odometer to view or start the odometer.‍
2 Select an option:
• Select > Turn Off to stop the odometer.‍
• Select > Reset to reset the time and distance to zero.‍
The SwingStrength feature estimates how hard you swing the
club by measuring acceleration and angular rate and comparing
that with a known, normal swing.‍ The SwingStrength value
represents a percentage of your “full power swing” that is
determined through a calibration process.‍
Setting Up SwingStrength
Before you can calibrate the SwingStrength feature, you must
wear the device on your leading wrist to ensure the
SwingStrength calibration is accurate.‍ For example, righthanded golfers must wear the device on their left wrist.‍
The club types include three groups: woods, long irons, and
short irons.‍ A 6-iron or lower is considered a long iron.‍ A 7-iron
or higher is considered a short iron.‍
TIP: Your SwingStrength levels can change over time.‍ You can
recalibrate anytime you feel like your SwingStrength level is no
longer accurate.‍
1 Warm up, and take a few practice swings.‍
2 Select > SwingStrength.‍
3 Select a club type.‍
4 Complete a normal, full swing.‍
5 Select an option:
• To save a good swing, select .‍
• To delete a bad swing and try again, select .‍
6 Repeat steps 3-5 for each club type.‍
Analyzing Your Swing Using SwingStrength
You can use the SwingStrength feature while practicing or
during a round.‍ You can use it when practicing at the driving
range to improve consistency for your normal, full swing.‍ You
can also use this feature when you are trying to use a less-thanfull swing.‍ For example, you can swing your 9-iron at 50% and
see how that affects the distance.‍ During a round, when you
need that distance, you can turn on the SwingStrength feature
and take a couple practice swings at 50% before hitting your
TIP: The SwingStrength feature works best when you make
good contact with the ball.‍
1 Select > SwingStrength.‍
2 Select a club.‍
3 Complete a swing.‍
Changing Your Club
1 From the SwingStrength screen, select > Change Club.‍
2 Select a club.‍
3 If the club has not been calibrated, calibrate it now (Setting
Up SwingStrength).‍
The TempoTraining feature helps you perform a more
consistent swing.‍ The device measures and displays your
backswing time and downswing time.‍ The device also displays
your swing tempo.‍ Swing tempo is the backswing time divided
by the downswing time, expressed in a ratio.‍ A 3 to 1 ratio, or
3.‍0, is the ideal swing tempo based on studies of professional
The Ideal Swing Tempo
You can achieve the ideal 3.‍0 tempo using different swing
timings, for example, 0.‍7 sec.‍/0.‍23 sec.‍ or 1.‍2 sec.‍/0.‍4 sec.‍
Each golfer may have a unique swing tempo based on their
ability and experience.‍ Garmin® provides six different timings.‍
The device uses three audible tones that continuously repeat
the correct tempo.‍ The first tone indicates when you should start
your backswing.‍ The second tone indicates when you should
start your downswing.‍ The third tone indicates when you should
hit the ball.‍
The device also displays a graph that indicates if your
backswing or downswing times are too fast, too slow, or just
right for the selected timing.‍
Timing choices (backswing to downswing time ratio)
Backswing time
Downswing time
Your tempo
Good timing
Too slow
Too fast
To find your ideal swing timing, you should start with the slowest
timing and try it for a few swings.‍ When the tempo graph is
consistently green for both your backswing and downswing
times, you can move up to the next timing.‍ When you find a
timing that is comfortable, you can use it to achieve more
consistent swings and performance.‍
Viewing the Tip Sequence
The first time you use the TempoTraining feature, the device
displays a tip sequence to explain how your swing is analyzed.‍
From the TempoTraining screen, select > Tips.‍
Changing the Tempo Timing
1 Select > TempoTraining.‍
to select a tempo.‍
2 Use
Analyzing Your Swing Using TempoTraining
1 Select TempoTraining.‍
2 Complete a full swing.‍
The device displays your swing analysis.‍
When your Approach device receives a notification, it displays a
message.‍ You can select the message to open the notification.‍
Setting the TempoTraining Tones
1 Select > TempoTraining > > Tones.‍
2 Select an option:
• To turn the tones on, select On.‍
• To turn the tones off, select Off.‍
1 Select > Notifications.‍
2 Select a notification.‍
to scroll through the contents of the
3 Select
Customizing Your Device
System Settings
Tracking Statistics
Select > Setup.‍
Bluetooth: Enables Bluetooth wireless technology (Phone
Tones: Turns audible tones on or off.‍
Display: Sets the background color (Changing the Display
Color) and the accent color.‍
Scoring: Sets the scoring method, enables or disables
handicap scoring, and turns statistics tracking on or off
(Keeping Score).‍
Time: Sets the time to automatic or manual (Setting the Time
Format: Sets the time format to 12- or 24-hour.‍
Language: Sets the text language on the device.‍
NOTE: Changing the text language does not change the
language of user-entered data or map data.‍
Units: Sets the unit of measure for distance.‍
Driver Dist.‍: Sets your saved driver distance from the tee box.‍
This distance appears as an arc on the CourseView screen.‍
Handedness: Sets the device for a right-handed or left-handed
player.‍ This setting is important for the TempoTraining and
SwingStrength features.‍
Lock Screen: Allows you to choose if the device times out and
locks the touchscreen while you are playing golf or using the
golf features.‍ When you are not playing golf or using the golf
features, the watch automatically times out after a period of
inactivity (Unlocking the Device).‍
You can enable statistics tracking on the device.‍ You can view
statistics, compare rounds, and track improvements using your
Garmin Connect™ account (Garmin Connect).‍
> > Setup Scoring > Stat Tracking > On.‍
Recording Statistics
1 Select .‍
2 Select or to set the number of strokes taken.‍
Your total score updates.‍
3 Select .‍
4 Select or to set the number of putts taken.‍
5 Select .‍
6 Select an option:
• If your ball hit the fairway, select .‍
• If your ball missed the fairway, select or .‍
Garmin Connect
Garmin Connect is your online statistics tracker where you can
analyze and share all your rounds.‍ You can connect with your
friends on the Garmin Connect site or mobile app.‍ Garmin
Connect gives you the tools to track, analyze, share, and
encourage each other.‍ To sign up for a free account, go to www.garminconnect.com/‍golf.‍
Store your rounds: After you complete and save a round with
your device, you can upload that round to Garmin Connect
and keep it as long as you want.‍
Analyze your data: You can view more detailed information
about your round, including scorecards, statistics, course
information, and customizable reports.‍
Share your activities: You can connect with friends to follow
each other's activities or post links to your activities on your
favorite social networking sites.‍
Phone Notifications
Phone notifications require a compatible smartphone to be
paired with the Approach device.‍ When your phone receives
messages, it sends notifications to your device.‍
Enabling Bluetooth Notifications
NOTE: Your smartphone must support Bluetooth Smart in order
to pair with your Approach device and synchronize data.‍ See
the application store for compatibility information.‍
NOTE: Enabling Bluetooth notifications reduces battery life
while in watch mode (Specifications).‍
1 On your smartphone, enable Bluetooth wireless technology.‍
2 Bring your smartphone within 10 m (33 ft.‍) of your Approach
3 Go to http:​/‍​/‍www​.garmin​.com​/‍apps or the application store
for your smartphone, and download the Garmin Connect
Mobile app.‍
4 Open the Garmin Connect Mobile app, and follow the onscreen instructions to connect a device.‍
5 On your Approach device, select > Setup > Bluetooth >
Pair Mobile Device.‍
6 Follow the on-screen instructions.‍
Viewing Notifications
Setting the Time Manually
By default, the time is set automatically when the device
acquires satellite signals.‍
1 Select > Setup > Time > Manual.‍
2 Select and to set the hour and minute.‍
3 Select AM or PM.‍
Changing the Display Color
You can change the background color on the device.‍
1 Select > Setup > Display.‍
2 Select an option:
• Select White to display black text on a white background.‍
• Select Black to display white text on a black background.‍
Changing the Accent Color
You can change the accent color on the device.‍
1 Select > Setup > Display > Accent.‍
2 Select an accent color.‍
Setting the Alarm
1 Select > Alarm > Setup Alarm.‍
2 Select and to set the hour and minute.‍
3 Select AM or PM.‍
4 Select Once, Daily, or Weekdays.‍
Device Information
Battery type
Battery life
Watch only: 20 weeks
Watch with Bluetooth notifications: 15 hours
Playing golf: 10 hours
NOTE: The actual battery life of a fully charged
battery depends on how much time you use
GPS, the backlight, and power save mode.‍
Exposure to extremely cold temperatures also
reduces battery life.‍
temperature range
From -20º to 60ºC (from -4º to 140ºF)
temperature range
From 5º to 40ºC (from 40º to 104ºF)
Water rating
5 ATM*
Radio frequency/
Bluetooth Smart wireless technology
Calibrating the Compass
NOTE: You must calibrate the electronic compass outdoors.‍ Do
not stand near objects that influence magnetic fields, such as
cars, golf carts, buildings, or overhead power lines.‍
Your device was calibrated at the factory, and the device uses
automatic calibration by default.‍ If you experience irregular
compass behavior, for example, after moving long distances or
after extreme temperature changes, you can manually calibrate
the compass.‍
1 From the hole information screen, select > Calibrate.‍
2 Follow the on-screen instructions.‍
Resetting the Device
If the device stops responding, you may need to reset it.‍ This
does not erase any of your data or settings.‍
1 Hold for 15 seconds.‍
The device turns off.‍
2 Hold for one second to turn on the device.‍
*The device withstands pressure equivalent to a depth of 50 m.‍
For more information, go to www.garmin.com/‍waterrating.‍
Clearing User Data
Device Care
1 Hold to turn off the device.‍
2 Hold , and select .‍
3 Select Yes.‍
Avoid extreme shock and harsh treatment, because it can
degrade the life of the product.‍
Avoid pressing the keys under water.‍
Do not use a sharp object to clean the device.‍
Never use a hard or sharp object to operate the touchscreen, or
damage may result.‍
Avoid chemical cleaners, solvents, and insect repellents that
can damage plastic components and finishes.‍
Thoroughly rinse the device with fresh water after exposure to
chlorine, salt water, sunscreen, cosmetics, alcohol, or other
harsh chemicals.‍ Prolonged exposure to these substances can
damage the case.‍
Do not store the device where prolonged exposure to extreme
temperatures can occur, because it can cause permanent
NOTE: This deletes all user-entered data.‍
Support and Updates
Garmin Express™ provides easy access to these services for
Garmin devices.‍ Some services may not be available for your
• Product registration
• Product manuals
• Software updates
• Map, chart, or course updates
• Vehicles, voices, and other extras
Cleaning the Device
1 Wipe the device using a cloth dampened with a mild
detergent solution.‍
2 Wipe it dry.‍
Touchscreen Tips
The touchscreen on this device is different than most mobile
devices.‍ You can operate the touchscreen with your finger tip or
while wearing gloves.‍ The touchscreen is optimized to prevent
accidental touches while you play.‍
NOTE: You must press firmly in order to select items and
change pages.‍ You should practice using the touchscreen
before you play golf.‍
• Tap the touchscreen to scroll through the pages.‍
• Tap the touchscreen to confirm messages.‍
• Make each touchscreen selection a separate action.‍
Getting More Information
• Go to www.garmin.com/‍intosports.‍
• Go to www.garmin.com/‍learningcenter.‍
• Go to http:​/‍​/‍buy​.garmin​.com, or contact your Garmin dealer
for information about optional accessories and replacement
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