Garmin Approach X40 – a new wearable for golfers

Garmin-X40-golf-wearableGarmin Australia has announced the Approach X40, a golf band that combines daily activity tracking and Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology with golf data for more than 40,000 international courses.

The wristband shows precise distances to the front, middle and back of each green as well as hazards. Smaller than other golf watches, the X40 band features AutoShot tracking, which measures and records shot distances for later analysis in Garmin Connect. The Approach X40 works with the Garmin TruSwing club sensor to provide swing metrics on your wrist and with Garmin Connect.

The Approach X40 has integrated GPS and comes preloaded with data for more than 40,000 courses around the world with no additional fees or subscriptions. It measures precise distances to the front, middle and back of the green as well as layups, doglegs and hazards like bunkers and water. Additionally, the Approach X40 features Green View, which displays the shape of the green on each hole and allows golfers to manually place the pin for more accurate yardages.

As well as assisting on the golf course, the X40 records daily steps, calories burned, distance, time of day, hours of sleep and reminds users to stay active throughout the day with move alerts. It monitors heart rate 24/7 using Garmin Elevate.

On the course, the X40 acts as a digital scorecard, which can track individual stats like fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. When using the AutoShot feature, X40 users can gather data like the average distance for each club, longest drive per round and overall. They can even see their shots overlaid onto one map to see their own personal trends and tendencies, so they know what to work on for the next round.

The X40 pairs with the Garmin TruSwing golf club sensor to provide swing metrics in real time and 3-D animations in Garmin Connect so golfers can see how their individual mechanics affect their ball flight and shot results.

The one-inch touchscreen is sunlight readable and receives incoming calls, text, emails, calendar reminders, social media alerts with a vibration alert so users won’t miss a beat. It’s also water resistant up to 50m and the rechargeable Li-ion battery can get up to 10 hours in GPS mode while out on the course and up to five days in watch mode with activity tracking, 24/7 heart rate monitoring and smart notifications enabled.

The Approach X40 will begin shipping in Q2 2016 and will be available in black, white, frost blue and limelight blue. It will have a recommended retail price of AUD$389.00.

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