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Garmin Approach X40 Golf GPS Band Review

Looking for the Best Golf and Fitness watch? Then the Garmin Approach X40 Golf GPS Band is an ideal, all-in-one solution. If you want to play better golf, and take steps to improve your fitness levels and well-being, yet only want one device. Then the Garmin X40 can seriously help you to achieve your goals.

Welcome to my Definitive Review of the Garmin Approach X40

My name is Ian Allen and as part of my quest to help find the Best Golf GPS Watch to buy, today I am performing a product review of the Garmin Approach X40 Golf GPS Band by Garmin Golf.

So let’s Tee Off!

The Garmin X40 is a little brother to Garmin Approach S60. Don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s any less of a great golf watch. It is an elegantly slim, lightweight GPS Golf Band. It has a low-profile, durable silicone strap that provides a secure, yet comfortable fit whilst managing to look contemporary on your wrist. 

It comes in a variety of colours from the usual Black and Grey, White and a rather vibrant Limelight Blue. Which is my personal favourite. So whatever your personality, you are sure to find one that reflects the ‘inner you’, both on and off the course.

The stylish and unimposing face only measures 10.7mm x 25.4mm. Yet if you’re worried about seeing all the information within this feature packed golf gadget, then don’t be. The Garmin Approach X40 has a sunlight-readable, high resolution touchscreen. The display is 160 x 68 pixels and shows you all the information in a clear monochrome setting.

What features does the Garmin Approach X40 have?

At just 21.1mm wide, the Garmin X40 may be small, yet it is incredibly feature packed. It not only serves as a Golf GPS Band but also as a fully functioning fitness tracker too.

Garmin X40 Activity Tracking Features

I’m a little slow these days, but in my quest to continue to break 80 around the golf course, I recognise the need to be healthy and track my fitness. If you feel the same then the Garmin x40 is an easy tool to allow you to do that.

The X40 Golf and Fitness band contains a plethora of activity tracking features which include;

  • Step Counter
  • Move Bar – Which pops up automatically after a period on inactivity. 
  • Sleep Monitoring – Which monitors your total sleep along with any periods of movement and restless sleep.
  • Calories burned
  • Distance travelled
  • Work Intensity Time
  • Run profiles – with GPS based distance, time and pace

In addition to this host of features, the Garmin X40 also learns your activity level over a period of time. It then automatically assigns you daily goals to achieve. 

However the most clever thing about the fitness features of the Garmin X40, has to be TrueUp.

One of the major selling points of Fitbit’s ever-expanding wearables, particularly fashion-focused wearables is the ability to change between multiple devices during the day.  You could start the morning off with a workout on the bulkier Fitbit Surge GPS, and then transition to a slimmer activity tracker for the remainder of the day.

It’s a gap that’s been a pain in Garmin’s side for quite a while, especially as they too have created differentiated product lines aimed at the more fashionable side of fitness.

But with the X40 Golf and Fitness band, Garmin uses their ‘TrueUp’ software. TrueUp enables you to transition from one device to the next and have updated activity tracking stats not just on the backend, but also displayed on the devices themselves.

The way it works is that each time you sync your activity tracker device it’ll update the Garmin Connect platform with your activity stats, just like it always has.  However now, that information will be sync’d back to any other devices that you have on your account and sync with.

Clever eh?

More freedom with Garmin X40 Elevate Technology

Within the Garmin X40’s wristband is the Elevate heart rate technology. This technology measures your heart rate at the wrist 24/7. That gives you freedom to work out with no additional heart rate strap needed. 

Using heart rate, the Approach X40 provides calories burned information and quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities, providing better information following your workout. And at only 31g in weight, the Garmin X40 won’t slow you down.

As with all the Garmin Golf devices, from the S60, S20, G10 and the X10. The Garmin X40 has an incredibly long battery life. Up to 5 days in activity tracking mode, and 10 hours in GPS mode. Certainly enough for two full rounds of golf.

And as with the others, the Garmin X40 is also waterproof to 5 atmospheres or 50 meters down. That’s more than enough to handle the rain on the golf course, or the shower at the gym.

What other Clock Features does the Garmin X40 have?

In standard activity mode, the Garmin Approach X40 informs you of Date and Time, along with an alarm feature. It is automatically kept accurate with GPS time sync capabilities and will automatically adjust for daylight savings time. In addition to this, it will also tell you Sunrise and Sunset times.

What SMART Features does the Garmin X40 have?

The Garmin Approach X40 is aimed at bridging the gap between your active lifestyle and your golf. So it naturally comes with full smartphone access. You need never miss another text, email or alert just because your smartphone is tucked away somewhere in your golf bag.

The Garmin Approach X40 acts as a wireless extension of your compatible smart device, displaying smart notifications, right on your wristband. Now, via Bluetooth® technology, you can read that email or text you’ve been waiting for — even when you’re ankles deep in a fairway bunker or head first in a bush.

What’s the Garmin Approach X40 Golf Band like on the Course?

As with other Garmin Golf devices, the Approach X40 comes with 40,000 international golf courses preloaded within its memory. Also with its highly sensitive GPS receiver, it will give you the distance data needed to fire away at the flagsticks with supreme confidence.

As with all the Garmin Golf range and Best GPS Golf Watches, the Approach X40 will deliver you a clear distance to front, middle and back of the greens. And despite the appearance of a small display, it will also provide you with a Green View and manual pin placement technology you can be sure to be ahead of your playing partners when you walk off the green towards the next Tee.

The Garmin X40 gives you precise distances to layups and doglegs, as well as distances to hazards and course targets. 

Does the Garmin Approach X40 Track Golf Statistics?

Yes it does, and very well too I might add.

Via Garmin Connect and the inbuilt Autoshot technology. The X40 automatically tracks your shots, measures distances and collates them for a post-round analysis. This is great if you are tracking your progress following golf lessons, or if you just want to see if the new Ping G400 driver or Scotty Cameron putter is really working for you.

The real power of this feature and the associated software comes from when you marry it all up and pair it with the smartphone app. Once paired, the process happens quickly and easily whilst you’re having a beer at the 19th.

Click on the score screen and you are also faced with your Greens In Regulation (G.I.R) and Putts per Hole. You can even edit the clubs used and any missed strokes later through the Garmin Website to give you a real sense of how you’re currently playing.

Furthermore, by scrolling down you can even view how you played the hole via the map view. Impressive.

To add another level of competition. The Garmin Connect software lets you compete with other players around the globe. You can run weekly leaderboards on all international courses and you can even compete among friends and playing partners alike. You can even set up your own tournament at your home course.

Keep an Eye on Your Swing with Garmin TruSwing and the Garmin Approach X40

Garmins’ TruSwing provides detailed metrics to help improve your swing consistency.​ There are a few companies out their doing something similar, such as SkyPro Swing Analysis, Zepp Golf 2 and Blast Golf.

Garmins’ TruSwing simply attaches below the grip of your golf club allowing you to stay fully focused during your training with no distractions. Through Garmin Connect you can also monitor your swing data or review your swing with comprehensive 3D animation or overlay one swing with another for detailed analysis. 

TruSwing also allows you to monitor data such as swing tempo, speed, club-path measurements and critical club angles. Helping you to improve your swing consistency and form, both on the course and at the range.

What are the Garmin Approach X40’s Key Features?

Stylish & comfortable; Durable Silicone wristband with a monochrome, high-resolution display
Distance to hazards such as bunkers and water hazards plus front, middle and back of the green, layups and doglegs
Green View feature displays the shape of the green with manual pin placements
AutoShot automatically measures every shot distance for post-round analysis on your Garmin Connect account
TruSwing: When paired, the TruSwing golf swing sensor provides metrics to improve your swing consistency
Receive smart notifications for incoming calls, texts, emails and other alerts
Activity tracking reminds you to stay active with move bar and alerts. Displays steps, calories burned, distance and time of day, plus it monitors hours of sleep

Garmin Elevate Heart rate monitor within the wristband

Fitness Tracker including calories burned, distance travelled, step counter, auto lap, GPS distance-time-pace and workout minutes done

Customisable screens
Wireless connectivity to upload and share scorecards with Garmin Connect Golf
Preloaded courses to access more than 40,000 courses from around the world
Digital scorecard lets you easily keep track of your score throughout your round

Autosync feature automatically transfers your data to a compatible smartphone
Battery life: up to 5 days in activity tracking mode; 10 hours in GPS mode
Water rating: 5 ATM (50 meters)

So What Did I Think of the Garmin Approach X40?

As I have stated before in the Garmin Approach X10 and the Garmin Approach S60 reviews, I don’t really like wearing a watch. I usually find them bulky and uncomfortable, yet like the Garmin Approach S20, I found the X40 both slim and comfortable enough that I would be happy to wear it. I also liked the Limelight and Blue colour of the one I tested, so was happy to show it off.

The other reason I would be happy to wear this Golf watch, is when you consider the fitness features included. It’s not as bulky as the Fitbit fitness watches, and it also works for golf. All in all that is a big tick in the plus column from me.

The touchscreen was simple use and navigate, unlike the Garmin Approach S20 which had small buttons on the side. The display, whilst monochrome, was clear and easy to see in the small bit of sunshine we had during the round.

Like all the Garmin Golf GPS devices, the X40 is really well made. It’s a crossover device which allows for the funky and fun colours. Something that I personally liked as it rings a nice change from the usual bland colours of these type of devices.

The GPS receiver was very sensitive and hence gave me accurate information as I played my round. It quickly located the course on the 1st Tee. And once playing, it was a lot more accurate than my irons or driver!

Overall I really liked the Garmin Approach X40. It was durable, packed full of features for both the course and the gym and wrapped up in a slim and comfortable package. For the price point you can get cheaper Golf GPS watches, such as the Garmin Approach X10. You can get cheaper Fitbits. Yet for the price of the Garmin Approach X40, you can have both which is a huge saving!!

To get yours, simple click on the links below or visit your local golf store.

Thank you for reading this review of the Garmin Approach X40 Golf GPS Band. I hope it has answered some if not all of your questions, but please do feel free to leave a comment below if you would like to know more about it….

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