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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MizunoStriker View Post
    Once I made my way to the course and pulled out a ProV1 the numbers really came together.
    Same here. The range rocks I was hitting were off 5-10 yards from the G80. On course it was much more accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MizunoStriker View Post
    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!
    Great feedback and I agree. Range balls have given me really random feedback, but actual golf balls have been extremely accurate.

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    Hi all,
    What I found was that when the unit starts to warm-up, either from direct sunlight or from long running use, the radar starts to give slanted reads.
    Has anyone found this too?

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    Update: After 200 shots through the Approach G80 in various modes and 20 holes of golf, the device is going back to the golf shop.

    Leading factors for the return:
    1. Inconsistent feedback from the launch monitor.
    2. I guess I'm a laser guy. I liked the GPS features, but I can utilize the same features for free through Grint's GPS app.
    3. The GPS is cool, accurate, but just not for me.
    4. Virtual rounds were less than exciting.
    5. I can't trust the launch monitor data.

    In the end, I just need to know that I can trust my equipment. The breaking point for me in the round was a pure 6-iron from 173 yards into a south wind. The G80 launch monitor showed 192 yards. The G80 "measure last shot" mode gave me 174 yards (accurate), and GPS gave me 173 yards after I lased the target. The result, the launch monitor was off by almost 20 yards. That's too much for a $500 piece of equipment.

    Next up for testing... the SC300 by Swing Caddy.

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    Use the radar mode in the backyard today. 92 degree direct sunlight. I expected to get the note that it is too hot. After 30 minutes I get a popup message that the device is too cold to use the radar mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pilot25 View Post
    Use the radar mode in the backyard today. 92 degree direct sunlight. I expected to get the note that it is too hot. After 30 minutes I get a popup message that the device is too cold to use the radar mode.
    Shall we say then, that the device is... bi-polar?!

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    Took mine out to the range for the first time today. High 80’s here in Ohiotopia and spent about 1.5 hours with it on the range today.

    Happy to report no issues at all with overheating, sitting in the direct sun the entire time. Also only had 3 shots that it didn’t pick up at all and all three were really poor shots that I’m glad it didn’t haha.

    My range does use limited flight balls, however my distances were within 5-10 yards of my averages confirmed by game golf. Absolutely no issue picking up 1/2 swing wedges or full rips with the driver.

    After messing around with the LM for 1/2 a bucket I decided to try the virtual round feature and play Muirfield village. Sign me up for the PGA now...



    Hahaha— the device uses only distances to figure your score here and doesn’t take dispersion into consideration at all, but it was fun to break up the monotony of just beating ball after ball.

    Looking forward to getting it out on the course this week to try out the gps features but initial thoughts on the LM and practice applications is an extremely positive one.
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    Able to get out with the Approach for league tonight and I loved the ease of use. Distances seemed to be fairly dead on and gave me exactly what I needed.

    Being able to move the pin around the green and get distances was simple and proved to be extremely quick. No issues seeing the device or being able to read it.

    So far it’s got a solid 8.5/10.
    In my Hauler Grandaddy Bag:
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    Rogue 3/5 wood- HZRDUS Yellow
    4-PW ONE F9 with C Taper Lites
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