Garmin S42 Vs Garmin S60 Comparison And Review 2021
The Garmin S60 has been on the market for a number of years and long reigned as the heavyweight king of golf watches before the release of the S62.
The S42 was released in 2021 as an immediate upgrade to the S40 which was released in 2020 and failed to impress for us, although it looked great.
The S60 is not without its faults and the same could be said for the S40 while the S42 looks to iron out some of the flaws of the S40, the main one being the poor battery life of only 1 round guaranteed in GPS mode.
The S42 is a mid range watch that is designed to sit in between the premium S62 and the entry level S12 and it is an excellent watch that looks amazing and has excellent battery life.
The S42 has also inadvertently come into competition with the S60 which is now available for a competitive price and still has more advanced features than the S42.
Garmin S60 Overview
The S60 long reigned as the premium golf gps watch king and deservedly so. It’s color touchscreen, features and performance were unmatched in the market until the S62 came along.
The watch has 42,000 course that load fast on arrival at your course of choice and the 1.2″ color Touch screen is visible in all lighting conditions.
You get distances to the front, middle and back of the green along with distance to any hazards and lay up options for dog legs with a full hole overview. You can also pinpoint any point on the hole and get to distance to that point for masterful strategy.
You get green view with the S60 and manual pin position on the day so you can get the exact distance for pin hunting.
The Plays like feature also takes the slop into consideration when hitting downhill or uphill.
The watch hooks up to the free Garmin golf app and also to your phone via bluetooth to display messages and phone calls.
The battery lasts 10 hours in GPS mode and 10 days in watch which will guarantee at least 1 round every time.
This watch is still popular despite the release of the S62 which appears to be superior in many departments.
Garmin S42 Overview
When the S40 was release in 2020, it was a little underwhelming. It looked great with multiple colors and quick change bands but lacked the features of the S60 and S62.
The watch got an upgrade in 2021 in the S42 which is also slightly underwhelming but did offer some key upgrades on the S40.
The battery life is the biggest one, the watch will now last 15 hours in Gps mode which is at least 2 rounds, compared to the 1 with the S40.
The internal mechanics of the watch have also got an upgrade and the watch looks a little bit more like the S62 while having all the same dimensions of the S40.
If you were hoping for a heart monitor in the S42, you will still be disappointed, it is still only available in the S62 watch.
There is no slop either in the S42 making it completely legal for tournament which will suit some players.
You get distances to front, middle and back of the green, doglegs and hazards with green view and manual position and it will hook up with the Garmin App, bluetooth with your phone and with the CT10 sensors.
For us the S62 is a better buy than the S60 and the S42 can be purchased on a budget, although it is almost the same watch as the cheaper S40 with a better battery life. The S12 could be a good choice for a better price than the S42.