​Garmin Approach X40 golf band adds heart rate sensor for those pressure putts

AutoShot detection, distances, activity tracking and notifications in one band
Garmin launches Approach X40 golf band

Garmin has just announced its new golf wearable, the Approach X40 band. Essentially the ultimate fitness tracker for golfers, it blends GPS course data with a heart rate monitor.

With a design that fits the Garmin Vivosmart family more than the existing golf range, the Approach X40 takes the form of a fitness tracker, with a thin 1-inch touchscreen display.

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As with most of Garmin's range, it features information on 40,000 courses to offer distances to the front, middle and back of the green as well as lay-ups, hazards and dog-legs.

And much like the Garmin Approach S20, it also uses an AutoShot feature to register the location of your hacks around the course, which will be fed back to Garmin Connect after your round.

However, it's the non-golf features that really make the Approach X40 interesting. Garmin has added its own optical heart rate monitoring technology into the band, turning it into a powerful fitness tracker. In addition to heart rate, the band will also track steps and ping you with smart notifications.

"We're excited to introduce our new Golf GPS in the form of a slim and sleek band, bringing more style and fun to the game," said Martin Resch, senior product manager of golf at Garmin. "The Approach X40 is the perfect all-in-one solution for golfers who want to know all the distances on the course and track wellness data 24/7 without the hassle of switching between multiple devices."

It's another example of Garmin blending technologies and attempting to make its specialist sport tracking tech more useful to users when they're not playing.

The Approach X40 will be available in Q2 2016 and comes in black, white, blue, and green. It will cost $249.99.

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  • nikeplace says:

    Hello, great idea. Currently I wear an S2 on my left wrist and a Mio heart rate monitor on my right. It would be nice to have both features in one device. I have a few questions; 1. Will the X40 have a back light? 2. Can you set your workout to different types of workouts? I currently row on a rowing machine everyday and track my heart rate. 3. Will the X40 have a countdown timer and alarm? Thanks, 

    Gary Schoenike

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  • Fricker says:

    I have had one of these for a couple of months and love it for my golf and daily wear. But, I should say I am about to be on my third. The straps are weak and break and you cannot buy a replacement band. Nor will you get warrantee for breaking a weak band. I have had to buy a refurbished unit, you cannot replace the band. So think about that before you decide on your golf watch.

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