Garmin Approach X40: the first golf-specific activity tracker band features GPS and 24/7 heart rate monitoring

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), 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. Slim and lightweight, this versatile 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 post-round analysis in Garmin Connect™. The Approach X40 boasts connected features like smart notifications2 and compatibility with the Garmin TruSwing™ club sensor to provide useful swing metrics at glance and within Garmin Connect. 


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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 is one of the smallest activity trackers with GPS capabilities.

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Stylish and comfortable, 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.

The Approach 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 even more data like the average distance for each club, longest drive per round and overall. They can even see their shots3 overlaid onto one map to see their own personal trends and tendencies, so they know what to work on for the next round. It pairs seamlessly with the Garmin TruSwing golf club sensor to improve swing consistency. 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. 

With a sunlight readable screen, 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. 

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 The Approach X40 has a sleek and unobtrusive design with a crisp 1-inch touchscreen that can be worn 24/7. It is water resistant up to 50m4 so it can withstand a rainy golf game or intense workout without fear of damage. 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 and frost blue. It will have a suggested retail price of $249.99. 

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