Garmin Approach R10 Vs Garmin Approach G80 Comparison And Review 2021
Do you need a launch monitor? Or do you need a hybrid golf GPS device/launch monitor?
Garmin is known for making outstanding golf GPS devices but with the R10, they have branched out into full-on launch monitors. However, they even make hybrid golf GPS/launch monitors.
To understand the merits and shortcomings of both, we went out and tested the Garmin Approach R10 which is a launch monitor against the Garmin Approach G80 which is a golf GPS device with launch monitor features.
Garmin Approach R10 Overview
The coolest thing about this launch monitor is how compact and mobile it is.
The actual launch monitor can fit in the palm of your hand and it attaches securely to a nice little tripod. Even when it’s in the tripod, the Garmin Approach R10 weighs under 8 ounces and is very compact.
You simply set the Garmin Approach R10 about 5 feet behind you and swing away. You get vital shot metric data that you would get from much more expensive launch monitors which is part of what makes the Garmin Approach R10 such a great value.
It should be noted that the Garmin Approach R10 uses radar so it performs best outdoors.
The Garmin Approach R10 also has fun golf simulation games that help sharpen your skills.
Garmin Approach G80 Overview
The Garmin Approach G80 is a golf GPS device first and a launch monitor second.
The Approach G80 is operated via a full color touchscreen display. You get full color maps of courses and holes along with vital course data like distance to doglegs/hazards and a green view mode that displays distances to the middle, back and front of the green.
While the launch monitor metrics are certainly scant when compared to the Garmin Approach R10, it cannot be denied that this is a very handy and useful device to have on the course.
While the Approach G80 offers less launch monitor metric data, it has the distinct advantage of working as a full-on golf GPS device.