Garmin S40 Vs Garmin S60 Comparison And Review 2021
For many years, there was no question that the Garmin S60 was the top premium watch in the game with it’s color touch screen and advanced features, but that has changed in recent times.
In 2020 we saw the release of the S62 which blew the S60 out of the water quite frankly but 2020 also saw the introduction of a mid level watch in the form of the S40.
In reality, the watches are quite similar but there are some key differences to consider.
The S40 looks a lot better and is less bulky on the wrist with its 1.2″ color touch screen. You get a lot of the same features with the S40 but it doesn’t have everything.
The S60 doesn’t look as good as the S40 but it offers a little bit more in terms of features and it also comes with a slightly higher price.
These watches are still both worth considering despite both being upgraded by the S42 and S62 respectively.
Garmin S60 Overview
The S60’s position at the top of the market looked like it was going to last forever, but the S62 has blown it out of the water, albeit at a much higher, premium price point.
As you expect with Garmin, you get the 42,000 courses around the world and they load faster than any other competitors watch we have seen to date.
Off the bat, you get a full view of the hole you are playing with distances to the front, middle and back of the green along with distances to hazards and layups for dog legs.
You pick any point on the hole and get the distance to that point along with the remaining distance to the hole from that point for ultimate course management.
You can even get a full view of the green and manually position the pin to suit the day you are playing.
The Plays like feature will give you a slope adjusted distance to the green but this will be illegal for tournament play.
The watch comes with a free subscription to the Garmin golf app which tracks your progress over time and if you buy the CT10 sensors you can get a superior look at your game and progress for each club.
You get a digital scorecard which uses autoshot to automatically count your strokes, and the distance of your shots, simply input your putts at the end of the hole and it will automatically proceed to the next hole.
Swing tempo will even point out any faults with your swing which is quite an exclusive feature for Garmin.
Bluetooth will connect your watch to your phone and the battery lasts about 10 hours in GPS mode which is at least 1 round.
Garmin S40 Overview
The S40 burst onto the scene in 2020 as a mid level watch and at the time, with a relatively high price point, I wasn’t actually blown away by the offering.
It didnt have all the features of the S60 and it almost cost as much, but that price has dropped considerably and it is now a watch, certainly worth considering.
This watch looks amazing, it comes in three colors, grey, white and black. It has quick change bands and you can download different interfaces for a different look and feel whenever you want.
You get the 42,000 courses with the watch but there is no full hole overview available. You get distances to F/M/B of the green with full green view and manual positioning.
You also get distances to hazards and lay ups but you don’t get as much control as with the S60.
The fact that there is no slope feature makes it completely legal for tournament play.
You get access to the free Garmin app and the Autoshot feature is still available.
The watch lasts about the same 10 hours in GPS and it also has the step counter and bluetooth connectivity.
For us the S60 is the better watch. The S62 is much better than both but costs a lot more. The S40 is cheaper than the S60 and it does a good job. It is also legal for tournaments with no slope feature being offered. The S40 also looks better and has more customization options. Both watches are worth buying depending on your preferences and budget.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.