Product Review: Garmin Approach X40 GPS Golf Watch Activity Tracker

The Garmin Approach X40 is a general fitness tracker that also incorporates the Golf Activity tacking facility which was first see in the Garmin VivoActive Watch in the GPS wrist band.

Within the Golf GPS Product Sector you have two distinct product ranges being supplied. There are the brands that have a very clear Golf and Technology bias and then the GPS product brands that have the technology and product bias towards supporting the game of golf. The Garmin product range very clearly falls within the supporting and helping the golfer of all levels of ability with helping to improve how they play and hopefully improve their game of golf.


So the important question you will be asking is – What do you Get for you Money?

Well, as you can see from the images  in this review, the Garmin Approach X40 is a High Quality GPS Wrist Band Watch , that is not only functional and easy to use, it is also stylish in its looks and feel when you wear it, but for those of us that are fashion conscious, the Garmin Approach X40 come in a wide variety of colours that will help you match it with your Golfing Apparel and for those of us that are not into following fashion, there is the Garmin Approach X40 in black.

As with all Garmin Product the ease of use is unquestionable and the Garmin Approach X40 is firmly in that product category. It comes with a wide range of product functions such as Calorie Counter, Heart Rate Monitor, Step Counter and many more function to check all aspects of your body and its functions as well as how you are playing that all important round of Golf, if your heart and mind can take it.

Not only does the Garmin Approach X40 help you with your game of Golf, it will also help you with your walking, running, cycling, dancing, swimming and many more physical activities, if you are so inclined to partake in such activities.

For those of us that are more of a sedentary nature or for that rest period after you have partaken in such physical activities as listed above, the Garmin Approach X40 allows you to watch your favorite TV sports program and it also has that all important function of any watch, it will also allow you to know the Time.

The Garmin Approach X40 has a rechargeable unit along with its own Mini USB Charging Cable, it is stated that with normal operational conditions the unit once fully charged with operate for at least 5 days.

The Garmin Approach X40 is light and very comfortable to wear and comes in with a total weight of only 34 g and with the strap of the unit being manufactured from a more tactile and soft material than many of the other Activity Units currently on the market, once you have put it on and adjusted the strap to your comfort, you can almost forget you have it on.

The Garmin Approach X40 does have a database of approximately 40,000 golf courses and it is very quick to find the Golf Course you are going to be playing on, using its GPS system.

The big question in this review is how does the Garmin Approach X40 work on the Golf Course. With its relatively large 11 mm by 25 mm screen area it is quite easy to read. The screen in its operational mode provides you with the distance to the front, middle and back of the green in metres.

There is also a green view screen that allows you to see several pre-set pin positions and this will then change the ‘middle’ distance being displayed, to try and take account of any new pin position for that day. Ass you can imagine this is limited and if your standard of golf is that good, you may want to incorporate other yardage measurement devices to assist the Garmin Approach X40 distance calculation. However, for most Club Golfers the Garmin Approach X40 middle measurement should be more than adequate once you have taken all of the environmental impacts on the flight of the golf ball, I am usually happy to see the golf ball land anywhere on the green, let alone get it to within inches of the pin.

Within the graphics for each hole on any golf course there is also a hazard screen that will highlight all of the potential traps and the ‘reach’ and ‘carry’ at any given point is provided. This is an excellent additional function when one thinks about the size of the unit and its screen.

Between the holes on the golf course there is the auto advance function, which works more than adequately.

If due to environmental conditions, individual game management or just your golfing ability, you need to lay up at any point whilst playing any hole, you can obtain the distances 100, 150 and 200 yards to green, but always remember to consider any hazards ahead of you, as this screen does not take these into account.

The Garmin Approach X40 also has a ‘Scoring’ mode and you can enter your score after completing each hole and the unit will prompt you to do so.

The unit is operated between each of its modes and functions via a press button on the strap and the touch screen, some may find the touch screen a little sensitive, but I rather found it to be very responsive. The menus are also very each to navigate and are intuitive to the user.

The Garmin Approach X40 also has an AutoShot function that will track and record the GPS positions of when and where you take a stroke and if you have set up the ‘club selection’ function, you will also have a record of the clubs you used on any given stroke.

So, you have completed your round of golf and recorded everything on your Garmin Approach X40, you can now get a complete profile and summary of your playing performance.

You can upload your golf round performance data from your Garmin Approach X40 to you Garmin Connect Account via a Bluetooth Connection and pairing the device to your smartphone on which you will have downloaded the appropriate app.

You can then go into the in-depth analysis of your round of golf in the club house with a soothing drink in your hand.

So in the final analysis is the Garmin Approach X40 a GPS Wrist Watch worth having, I certainly believe it is.

Vaughn Smith

Fayde Golf Europe