If there's one sport that's managed to spawn an entire industry of bizarre gadgets promising to improve a player's game, it's golf. But Garmin's new Approach S2 watch manages to shine in a sea of mediocrity, providing a genuinely useful tool to golfers with a library of over 30,000 course layouts from around the world, available without the need for a mobile data connection.

At just 1.8 ounces the Approach S2 is lighter than carrying a dedicated GPS unit, or even relying on your phone. And during a round it uses GPS to measure the distance of a shot, as well as the yardage to the hole. It's also got a pedometer if you're curious how many steps you took from the green to your golf cart and back, a simple digital score card, and will drop in March for $250. [Garmin]


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