Garmin Fenix 7 Vs Garmin S70 Golf Watch Comparison Overview

The Approach series from Garmin has been their flagship for many years.

That might change with the advent of the Garmin Fenix 7. Not only does the Garmin Fenix 7 have a comprehensive list of golf features that rivals the S70; it’s also an elite fitness watch.

The Garmin Approach S70 and the Garmin Fenix 7 watches have the same price though. So which one should you buy? We break down the key differences in the following GPS golf watch comparison overview.

Garmin Fenix 7 Overview

“The Garmin Fenix 7 comes loaded with features like a virtual caddie, full vector maps, greenview, pin pointing, custom target distancing, and plays like distances.”

The Garmin Fenix 7 also comes pre-loaded with 43,000 course maps and automatically detects which one you’re on and pulls up the information for it. You can also use the Garmin Golf App to enter your scores in leaderboards for all those courses.

But the Garmin Fenix 7 comes loaded with a ton of fitness features like workout programs, yoga, programs, heart rate monitor, sleep monitor, stress monitor, and more.

The Garmin Fenix 7 has a battery life of 18 days in smartwatch mode. It comes with a stainless steel bezel and a 1.3” display. The display resolution is 260 x 260 pixels.

Garmin S70 Overview 

“The S70 has a 16-day battery life, 1.4” display, ceramic bezel, 454 x 454 pixel display resolution and is waterproof up to 5 atmospheres.”

The S70 lacks a lot of the advanced fitness tracking features that the Garmin Fenix 7 has; but it has more in-depth golf features. For instance, the Garmin Approach S70 features tempo tracking and swing tempo training.

Other than that though, the golfing features are the same between these two watches. I liked that the S70 had a more vibrant, clearer display than the Garmin Fenix 7.  And even with the slightly larger display, the S70 weighs the same as the Garmin Fenix 7 (56g). The Garmin Approach S70 also has twice the storage space (32GB) as the Garmin Fenix 7 (16GB).

“If you want a watch mainly for golf but also for some light fitness tracking, the Garmin Approach S70 is the watch for you. If you are looking for a fitness/smartwatch first and a golf watch second, I would recommend the Garmin Fenix 7.”

Garmin Fenix 7

In 20 Words or Less

“The Garmin Fenix 7 comes loaded with golf features that are essential. There are also advanced features for tournament players.”

Garmin S70 GPS Watch

In 20 Words Or Less

The Garmin S70 is the newest premium golf watch with an awesome AMOLED display, Superior Virtual Caddy, and Enhanced Fitness Tracking. This is the top dawg of golf watches.

Garmin Fenix 7 – First Impressions

“With every single smartphone currently on the market having completely done away with buttons, I was surprised to see control buttons on the Garmin Fenix 7.”

But it was a pleasant surprise. Not only do the buttons give the Garmin Fenix 7 a more traditional timepiece aesthetic; it makes it easier for dinosaurs like me to navigate the features. I liked the fact that I could scroll on the touchscreen or use the buttons to search for what I needed – the buttons are much easier to use with a gloved hand.

The Green Contours feature was also very impressive. It lets you see the pitch, breaks and elevation of every green you play. Again, this is an advanced feature for advanced players but it really helped inform my knockdown and chip shots.

Key Features

“The Garmin Fenix 7 also comes with a virtual caddie feature that, thankfully, isn’t trapped behind a paywall.”

This is a standard feature that can be useful for beginners and scratch players alike. The Virtual Caddie will suggest clubs for certain lies based on your stats and play history.

The Plays Like distance readings were also super helpful for me. Straight up yardage can be deceiving. It doesn’t account for slopes and inclines. But the Plays Like distance reads the elevation of the turf and gives you an adjusted distance that’s more accurate.

Lastly, the Garmin Fenix 7 pairs with the Garmin Golf App which gives you access to a ton of other resources and features. You can also check out the leaderboards to 43,000 courses and enter your scores.

Garmin S70 GPS Watch – First Impressions

The beautiful Amoled touch screen of the Garmin S70 coupled with the improved design, upgraded battery life and enhanced features have knocked the S62 off the top spot in theGolg GPS market.

This one comes with 1.2″ or a 1.4″ display and will suit female golfers as well as males.

The graphics look much crisper and brighter on the new screen which also helps to save the battery which now lasts 20 hours instead of 15 in the S62.

We now have got 43,000 courses and it’s even going to pick up the backwater courses you mightn’t expect it to.

We can get the distance to any point on the green, we can now see the contours on the green and we can always see the distance and direction to the green, even on blind approaches.

The Playlike distance now shows the calculations right on the screen, inspiring more trust in the figures and they are very accurate.

The virtual caddy now suggests a club for every shot and gives you your expected average strokes when laying up or “going for it”.

It also shows where your mishits end up and how accurate you are with the big stick historically.

It also keeps the scorecard and calculates your handicap in the Garmin Golf App.

The health and fitness features are also next level now, Heart rate monitoring over extended periods, deep sleep monitoring and profiles for every sport you can imagine, the S70 has taken the strengths of the s62 to the next level.

Overall, the best watch in the market for many years to come.

Garmin Fenix 7 Selling Points

  • 18-day battery life
  • 16GB storage
  • 260 x 260 pixel display
  • Incident reporting
  • Stress monitoring
  • Sleep tracker
  • Thermometer
  • Battery saver mode
  • Preloaded fitness programs
  • On-screen training animations
  • Running modes
  • Swimming modes
  • Cycling modes

Garmin S70 – Selling Points

  • Amoled Touch Screen
  • Improved Graphics & Interface
  • Enhanced Virtual Caddy
  • Green Contours And Slope
  • Plays Like Calculations On Screen
  • Pinpoint Any Point On The Course
  • 43,000 Courses That Load Fast
  • Major Upgrade To Fitness Features
  • Improved Battery Life

Who is the Garmin Fenix 7 for?

“I would say the Garmin Fenix 7 would be ideal for scratch players and amateurs who regularly compete in tournaments.”

If you’re trying to go pro then this is the watch for you. It has a lot of advanced golf features that will help you with practice and hone your game. The Garmin Fenix 7 would also be a great watch for casual golfers who also want to invest in a comprehensive fitness watch. The fitness features on this watch rival anything that FitBit or Apple is putting out.

Garmin Fenix 7 Pros & Cons


  • Compatible with Android and Apple phones
  • Detects the golf course you’re on quickly
  • Connects with wireless headphones
  • Good battery life
  • Durable bezel
  • Downloadable watch faces


  • Some features are likely to go unused

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Is The S70 GPS Watch For

The Garmin s70 is the new top golf GPS watch in the game and the price tag reflects the quality and features.

This is for anybody who wants the best golf watch and has the cash available to buy it.

It’s for anybody who is serious or becoming serious about the game and wants to knock strokes off their round with quality course management.

If you are a golf and fitness fanatic, the s70 will certainly offer a ton of value, once you are ok with the higher price point.

With two display sizes, the s70 is a perfect fit for any golfer.

If you only get out on the course once per month, the s70 may not represent the best value in the game.

Pros And Cons Of The S60


  • Awesome AMOLED Touchscreen
  • Improved Graphics
  • More Intuitive Design
  • Fits Any Sized Wrist
  • Green Contouring
  • Pinpoint Any Point On The Course


  • Expensive
  • Complex For Less Tech Savvy
  • Not Legal For Tournaments

Overall Score: 99/100

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