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Garmin X40

by Victoria Gardner

Garmin have announced 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, as well as  AutoShot tracking, which measures and records shot distances for post-round analysis in Garmin Connect™. The Approach X40 boasts connected features like smart notifications and compatibility with the Garmin TruSwing™ club sensor to provide useful swing metrics at glance and within Garmin Connect.

Garmin X40

“We’re thrilled to combine our golf technology and activity tracking into one sleek device,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “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.”

The Approach X40 comes preloaded with data for more than 40,000 courses around the world with no additional fees or subscriptions, and 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.

The Approach X40 was designed with the active golfer in mind. With daily activity tracking, the Approach 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. Featuring Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, the X40 monitors heart rate 24/7 and gives users the freedom to exercise without a chest strap and helps quantify the intensity of fitness activities to provide users with better credit for their efforts.

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 paired, the X40 provides golfers with useful 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 Approach X40 keeps up with users’ active lifestyles and helps keep them connected on and off the course. It can send any notification from a compatible smartphone, including incoming calls, text, emails, calendar reminders, social media alerts and more to the device with a vibration alert so users won’t miss a beat.

The Approach X40 has a sleek design with a 1-inch touchscreen that can be worn 24/7 and  is water resistant up to 50m. The Approach X40 will begin shipping in 2016 and will be available in black, white and frost blue.

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