Garmin Approach S4 User Guide

Garmin Golfing User Guide - Approach S4.
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Approach® S4 Owner's Manual

Getting Started


See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the 

product box for product warnings and other important 


When using the device the first time, complete these tasks.
Register your device (Registering Your Device).
Update your device software and courses (Updating 

Software and Courses).

Charge the device (Charging the Device).
Turn on the device (Turning on the Approach).
Start a round (Playing Golf).

Charging the Device


This device contains a lithium-ion battery. See the Important 

Safety and Product Information guide in the product box for 

product warnings and other important information.


To prevent corrosion, thoroughly dry the contacts and the 

surrounding area before charging or connecting to a computer.

Plug the USB cable into a USB port on your computer.
Align the charger posts with the contacts on the back of the 

device, and press the charger 


 until it clicks.

Charge the device completely.
Turning on the Approach
The time of day and date are set automatically when 

you are outdoors. You can also set it manually (Setting the Time 

Hold  .
Go play a game of golf (Playing Golf).

Touchscreen Tips
The device touchscreen is different than most mobile devices. 

The touchscreen is designed so you can operate it with your 

finger tip or while wearing gloves. The touchscreen is optimized 

to prevent accidental touches while you play.

NOTE: You must press firmly in order to select items and 

change pages. You should practice using the touchscreen 

before you play.
• Tap the touchscreen to scroll through the pages.
• Select 

 > Lock Screen to lock the screen from the hole 

view, layup and dogleg, shot measurement, or odometer 


• Tap the touchscreen and swipe left to exit power save mode 

or to unlock the screen.

• Tap the touchscreen to confirm messages.
• Tap the top and bottom of the touchscreen to scroll through 


• Make each touchscreen selection a separate action.



Select to turn on the backlight.
Hold to turn the device on and off.


Select to measure a shot.


Select to open the menu for the current screen.


Select to enter your score for the hole.


Select to view the green.


Select to return to the previous screen.


Battery is low.

Odometer is measuring distance and time.

Alarm is on.

Bluetooth is on.

Playing Golf
You cannot start playing golf until the device acquires satellite 

signals, which may take 30–60 seconds.
Select   > Start Round.
Select a course from the list.
Hole View
The device shows the current hole you are playing, and 

automatically transitions when you move to a new hole.
NOTE: By default, the device calculates the distance to the 

front, middle, and back of the green. If you know the location of 

the pin, you can set it more precisely using Green View 

(Viewing the Green).

November 2013


Printed in Taiwan