Hey all, I finally pulled the trigger tonight and purchased the Garmin Approach G80. I don't have a ton of feedback to share with you all as I only had time to hit 50 balls on the range and then I played 2 holes with it and ran out of sunlight. Here were my results.
First, the distances I expect to see mid-season.
Driver = 275 + roll = 285-290
Hybrid *17 = 225 carry
4 iron = 205 carry
5 iron = 195 carry
6 iron = 185 carry
7 iron = 175 carry
8 iron = 165 carry
9 iron = 150 carry
PW = 135 carry
GW = 125 carry
56W = 100 max
60W = 70 max
8-iron with a lasered distance of 155: 20 8-irons hit and the launch monitor had me anywhere 148 - 155. According to the eye test, the shots were, in fact, flying the sign by 8-10 yards which would bring their distance in at approximately 164 yards. Result: G80 Approach off by 10 yards to my expected distances.
4-iron with a lasered distance of 200 yards. Expectation: Fly the sign by 5 - 10 yards. Results: G80 distances ranged from 195 - 201. Again, the Approach G80 off by approximately 10 yards.
Hybrid *17 with a lasered distance of 220. Expectation: Hit the sign or at least get close. Results: 5 hybrids and every single one of them was on the money at 220. Both the lasered distance and the Approach G80 were mirrors of each other.
Driver with a lasered distance of 250. Expectation: Fly the sign visually and have the G80 data show a carry distance of 270. Results: Visually it was tough to make out where exactly the ball was landing in reference to the sign but the data I got back from the Approach was anywhere from 255 - 265. Once again, back to 10 yards short of expectations.
52*GW with a lasered distance of 105. Expectations: hit the sign. Results: visually I was pin high to the distance, the G80 showed me anywhere from 102 - 109 yards. For the most part, pretty accurate.
Now onto the course and WOW... the setup was crazy fast. The G80 found the course I was standing on in less than 15 seconds and had me distances within 20 seconds. Here's where the story gets interesting. The G80 will allow you to utilize the launch monitor while in GPS mode so, I did. And, my driver distance returned to normal in the eyes of the G80 and using lasered information. Driving distance of 285 on the Approach and driving distance of 285 from the laser. Tee to pin laser distance minus 2nd shot to pin laser distance = 285 driving distance.
2nd shot distance: 182. Club - 6 iron (4 shots). Results: Incredibly accurate. All 4 shots were pin-high within a couple of yards and the G80 showed me at 180 - 183 yards for each of the 4 shots.
The last hole I went to the 200-yard marker and laser had me at 197 to an elevated green. The G80 GPS told me the shot would be 205 to the center of the green. Results: I pulled 4 iron and knocked it to within 6 feet. The G80 reading showed 200 carry distance with a roll-out to 210. Again... impressive data.
Conclusion: All things being equal, I think the type of ball used during testing makes a huge difference. Once I made my way to the course and pulled out a ProV1 the numbers really came together. I'm excited to test it tomorrow at home in my hitting bin to see what kind of numbers I get back then. I'll keep you all posted and thanks for reading!