Consider buying a Garmin Approach G5 golf GPS if you’re one of the
millions of golfers who are hoping to play better. Using one of these
devices can give you the yardages and confidence you need to lower your
Garmin is widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in the GPS industry. It makes a number of different types of GPS units, including several models of GPS devices designed specifically for golfers. You can find our review of the Garmin Approach G3 GPS on another page of this website. On this page we focus on that unit’s “big brother” - the Garmin Approach G5 golf GPS.
Calling this device the G3’s “big brother” is appropriate in several ways, so much so that we recommend you read our separate review on the G3 in addition to reading this page. Basically, this GPS system is a “super-sized” version of the Approach G3 – it gives you a larger screen and some extra features.
Although the G5 does have a few drawbacks, its advantages tip the scale heavily in its favor. Let’s do things a little backward this time and talk about the unit’s drawbacks first – we’ll get to its advantages quickly enough.
You’ll probably get two or three rounds out of each battery charge, but after that you’ll need to recharge the used-up pair or swap in freshly-charged batteries. Of course, you’ll probably need to recharge the battery pack in any other type of GPS unit after every round, but you don’t need to physically remove the batteries and insert fresh ones like you do with the Garmin Approach G5. Removing the discharged set and inserting charged batteries into the Approach G5 takes a little longer than simply plugging the entire unit into a charger.
Replacing a discharged set of batteries in the Garmin Approach G5 is easier to do than I’ve probably made it sound. It only takes about 10 seconds to pop out the discharged batteries and insert a freshly charged pair. That’s nothing when you compare the cost of a set of batteries for the Garmin Approach G5 with the cost of replacing the battery pack that most GPS units use. You can buy a pair of rechargeable AA batteries for five or six bucks; a new battery pack for a different GPS unit can easily cost ten times that amount. And those battery packs do eventually wear out.
Those are the only real drawbacks of the Garmin Approach G5, and I don’t really consider the battery thing to be a disadvantage (to the contrary, I think it’s a better and less expensive design). Now, let’s move on to some of the unit’s advantages.
The Bottom Line: Several other features, including manual pin positioning, shot measurement, scorekeeping and stat tracking, also come with the Garmin Approach G5. It’s a great little device that’s well worth its price.