More and more people are counting steps and tracking their movement with the help of wearable devices. Such digital watches and fitness bands have gained a foothold in golf, too, and Garmin has a new, thin, wearable device designed for golfers, the Approach X40.
“The Approach X40 is the perfect all-in-one solution for golfers who want to know distances on the course and track wellness data without the hassle of switching between multiple devices,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, in a release.
The Approach X40 is pre-loaded with more than 40,000 courses. It measures the distance to the front, middle and back of a green. It also displays yardages to layups, doglegs and hazards.
The X40 also acts as a digital scorecard and can track stats such as fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. The Green View feature shows the shape of the green and allows a player to place the pin for more accurate yardages.
The AutoShot tracking system measures and records shot distances for post-round analysis. And the Approach X40 is compatible with Garmin’s TruSwing club sensors to track swing metrics.
Away from the course, the Approach X40 records steps, calories burned and the distance walked or ran each day. It continuously tracks heart rate and monitors sleep. When paired with a smartphone, it notifies you of incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders and social media alerts with a vibration alert.
The rechargeable Li-ion battery lasts up to 10 hours on the course and up to five days with activity tracking and smart notifications enabled.
The Approach X40 should be in stores by the end of June and will be available in black, white and frost blue for $249.99.