Garmin S42 Review 2021 – Is It Worth Buying

When Garmin brings a new golf watch to the market, the golfing community takes notice and that is no different with the Garmin S42, released in 2021.

Following up on the Garmin S40 which was released in 2020, The Garmin S42 looks to iron out of all it’s weak points and take  center stage as the leading mid level watch in the range.

The S40 is also an excellent looking watch but it lacked some of the extra features of the s62 and even the s60, but if you were looking for the most stylish watch with the quick change bands and customizable interface, it is still a good bet.

One of the key additions with the S42 is the extending battery life as we had already seen with the S62, which will now last for up to 15 hours in GPS or at least 2 full rounds.

The design of the S42 has the exact same dimensions of the S40 but it has a rounder more sturdy look and the internal engine has been given an upgrade.

The features are also very similar to the S40, if not identical, you get:

  • 42,000 Course that fast on arrival at the course you are playing
  • 1.2″ Color Touch Screen
  • Distances To The Front Middle And Back Of The Green
  • Distances To Hazards And Lay Ups For Dog Legs
  • Green View With Manual Pin Position
  • No Slope – Making It Legal For Tournament Play
  • Step Counter, Fitness Profiles And Bluetooth Connectivity To Your Phone
  • Auto Shot And Score Card
  • Auto Hole Progression
  • Access To The Free Garmin App

Is The Garmin S42 Waterproof

The S42 is water resistant up the 5 metres, so if you forget to take it off in the pool or God forbid, you fall in the drink, the watch shouldn’t have any difficulties.

Is The Garmin S42 Worth Buying?

The S42 is pretty much the same watch as the S40 with a few improvements. If you can get the S40 for much cheaper, we would probably recommend it. The S42 is also missing a ton of features from the S62, so if you want the absolute best, regardless of budget, go with the S62.

If you want a quaility mid level watch with excellent battery life that wont let you down, we recommend the S42. When the S42 drops down form the hefty $300 price tag, it will make a lot more sense for more players.

Garmin S42 Golf GPS Watch

In 20 Words Or Less

The S42 was released as a mid range replacement to the S40, designed to sit between the S12 and the S62. An excellent color touch screen watch.

Garmin S42 Golf GPS Watch – First Impressions

It is immediately apparent that the S42 is a beautifully designed color touchscreen golf gps watch that can be worn at all times, not just for golf.

The watch is less bulky than the S62 and as such will look better at a nice restaurant than the premium S60 or S62.

The watch comes in White, Grey and Black with downloadable interfaces and quick change bands which allows you to have a completely different looking watch to suit your clothing or any occasion.

Key Features:

This watch has 42,000 courses around the world and when you pull up to the course, it loads quickly. Usually minutes faster than their competition.

The watch will give distances to the front middle and the back of the green but also distance to any hazards with layup options included which can be excellent on dog legs and longer holes.

You get green view with the watch and manual pin position to get the exact distance you need for the  pin hunters among us.

There is no slope or plays like feature with the watch, making it completely legal for tournament play which is handy and a selling point for many golfers.

Tru swing is included to iron out any swing problems you may have. The watch connects to the Garmin App to track your shots and build up your stats. You can take this to the next level by attaching the CT10 sensors to the golf clubs to track your performance in detail with each club.

The watch also hooks up to your phone via bluetooth to display any message and calls you receive although it drains the battery a bit quicker.

The Garmin pay feature on the watch is also excellent, you can pay in the clubhouse or in your local shop when wearing the watch which is easily stylish enough to wear at all times.

Garmin S42 Golf GPS Watch – Selling Points

  • Sharp, Durable Color Touch Screen 1.2″ x 1.2″
  • 42,000 Courses Load Automatically
  • Distances To Front Middle And Back Of Green
  • Distances To Hazards And Dog Leg Lay Ups
  • Manual Pin Position & Greenview
  • Free Garmin App And CT10 Sensors
  • Quick Change Watch Bands & Downloadable Interfaces

Who Are The Garmin S42 Watches For

The S42 is mid level watch, perfect for any body who wants the best looking watch with advanced features but without the heaviest of price tags.

The S42 is less bulky than the S60 or the S62 and it doesn’t have slope, making it legal for tournaments and easier to navigate.

This one is also for those who want the maximum style and is probably not for those who want a simply watch to get the distances on a budget.

Garmin S42 Pros And Cons


  • 1.2″ Sharp And Durable Color Touchscreen
  • Fast, Accurate And Effective
  • Sleekest and Nicest Looking Garmin Watch
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Fitness Tracking For Many Sport Profiles
  • Bluetooth And CT10 compatible
  • Connection To Excellent Garmin App
  • Quick Change Bands & Faces


  • Expensive
  • Almost Identical To The Now Cheaper S60

Overall Score: 93/100

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