The Approach X40 isn’t the first Garmin device to specifically cater to golfers — tracking statistics like yardage, course data (distances to the front, back and middle of the green, as well as to hazards) and your overall performance — but it is the first golf-specific Garmin device to combine those metrics with everyday fitness-tracker functions.
Similar in size and shape to the Garmin Vívosmart, the X40 is a device that can be worn on and off the course. Aside from tracking yardage, the watch comes pre-loaded with 40,000 course maps, provides golfers with the shape and layout of the green (even from behind it, in case you carry the green), and is compatible with Garmin’s TruSwing club attachment. A handful of previous Approach devices provided the same statistics, including watches like the Approach S6, but the X40 provides an added service, doubling as a fitness tracker that you can wear day to day. For fitness tracking capabilities, the X40 comes packed with an optical heart-rate sensor, an automatic goal-setting feature, sleep monitoring and a step counter.
Unfortunately the X40 won’t be available until later this year (Q2). But for golfers whose wrists have become uncomfortably overpopulated with wearables, the wait will be worth it.
The best fitness trackers to get you motivated and moving, without wrecking your style. Read the story