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Garmin Approach® X40

Touchscreen golf GPS band — covers over 40,000 courses worldwide (White/Black)

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Playing 18 holes can move between relaxing and frustrating in a hurry, but it's never going to be considered the epitome of rigorous exercise. If you're serious about getting fit between games of golf, Garmin's Approach X40 golf GPS band can play a major part. Not only will its database of 40,000 international courses allow you to take it nearly anywhere you play, but its wrist heart-rate monitor and fitness tracking capabilities mean you won't have to worry about keeping tabs on multiple devices and accessories when it's time to hit the gym or track.

A band that helps your fitness and golf game

Playing 18 holes can move between relaxing and frustrating in a hurry, but it's never going to be considered the epitome of rigorous exercise. If you're serious about getting fit between games of golf, Garmin's Approach X40 golf GPS band can play a major part. Not only will its database of 40,000 international courses allow you to take it nearly anywhere you play, but its wrist heart-rate monitor and fitness tracking capabilities mean you won't have to worry about keeping tabs on multiple devices and accessories when it's time to hit the gym or track.

Garmin Approach X40 golf GPS band

Works (and plays) as hard as you do

The band's built-in GPS receiver finds you automatically and locks in on your location. The Approach X40's rechargeable battery gives you up to 10 hours of play time in GPS mode, and can last up to 5 days in activity mode. And since the band's waterproof up to 50 meters, it can handle the pool just as easily as sudden inclement weather.

Wrist heart-rate monitor

Garmin's Elevate heart wrist technology removes the need for clunky chest straps and wires. The Approach X40 tracks your heart rate at the wrist 24/7, and can use your heart rate to deliver key activity stats like calories burned and other indicators of workout intensity.

Time to move

The Approach X40 starts measuring your activity as soon as you put it on. Once it's tracked you for a few days, it will start giving you daily step goals based on your prior activity. And if you're the kind to succumb to binge-watching TV shows, it has a "move bar" that'll remind you to get up and walk around every so often.

Like Santa Claus, it knows when you've been sleeping

Do you get nervous the night before a big match? The Approach X40's sleep monitor can help you track your total sleep and periods of movement or restless sleep. And its alarm clock will ensure you never miss an early tee time.

Key distance info on the course

The Approach X40 gives you distances to the front, back, and center of the green, plus distances to doglegs and layups. You can even get a closer look at the green and move the pin to suit your location. It'll even show you where the hazards and course targets are. One glance at your wrist offers you a wealth of information with clear, easy-to-read numbering.

AutoShot round analyzer

The Approach X40 tracks your shots and records shot locations as you move through the course. It'll accurately determine the distance of each shot so you don't have to guess. Once you've completed your game, you can see your results online using Garmin Connect.  

Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect is where your golf game lives online. Set up a free account and use it to track your stats and get in-depth analysis using the band's data. You can share your stats and results with other users locally and around the world. Add the Garmin Connect app to your smartphone, and it'll enable automatic course updates for your favorite spots to the Approach X40 when the devices are paired.

Track your stats

Want to analyze your game for future improvement? The Approach X40 lets you track your putts per round, greens and fairways hit, and average distance of your strokes. It also offers digital scorecard options for individual players, including Stroke Play and Stableford. You can save, review, and print scorecards from your computer. 

Garmin Approach X40 golf GPS band

Don't miss important calls or texts

You can pair the Approach X40 with most recent iPhone® models and select Android™ models through Bluetooth® low energy to receive notifications about incoming texts and calls directly on the band's face. These notifications will come as quiet vibrations that won't upset others on the course. Leave your phone in your bag and concentrate on the matter at hand: crushing your opponent.

Works right out of the box

Garmin's extensive course database comes already loaded on the Approach X40, so you won't need any subscriptions or additional downloads to enjoy it. Simply charge it up, throw on your argyle sweater, and you're ready to go. You can obtain new course update downloads directly from Garmin's website.

Compatible with Garmin TruSwing™

The Approach X40 works with Garmin's TruSwing sensor to provide detailed metrics that'll help you make your swing consistent and accurate. You'll get feedback on crucial components of your movements to keep you on target, including 3-D animations when using the Garmin Connect online platform.

Product Highlights:

  • white touchscreen golf GPS band
  • built-in Elevate wrist heart-rate monitor
  • USB charging/data clip included
  • 1" x 7/16" monochrome display (160 x 68 pixels)
  • preloaded with over 40,000 courses worldwide
  • allows free course updates from Garmin website
  • waterproof up to 50 meters
  • built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 5 days of use in activity mode and 10 hours in GPS mode
Golf Features:
  • Smart Notification of incoming smartphone texts, calls, emails, and alerts (with vibrations)
  • Green View display with manual pin positioning
  • AutoShot round analyzer provides in-depth analysis
  • compatible with Garmin TruSwing sensor
  • digital scorecard with stat tracker
Activity Tracker Features:
  • step counter (with automatic daily goals set based on prior activity)
  • move bar encourages activity after long periods of sitting still
  • sleep monitor
  • alarm clock
Other Information:

What's in the Box:

  • Approach X40 golf watch/fitness tracker (white/black)
  • 22" Charging/data cable (Type A USB)
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Important Safety and Product Information

Great product perfect for golf and walking.

Raul, Lincoln, CA


Garmin Approach® X40 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Garmin Approach® X40

Crutchfield customer from Moore, OK on 11/3/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love the Approach X40. Works great!




Raul from Lincoln, CA on 10/7/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product perfect for golf and walking.



Garmin Approach® X40

Crutchfield customer from Wayne, NE on 6/19/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Got for my husband for Father's Day! He could not believe the features and accuracy. He usually does not like things on his wrist when golfing but the nice soft band just makes it feel as if it's a part of his glove.



Garmin Approach® X40

Crutchfield customer from St Thomas USVI on 4/27/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product for golf but battery life could longer and once you are finished a round you have to keep swipe it for time. Great features for golf though



Garmin Approach® X40

Crutchfield customer from Lancaster, PA on 1/2/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Replaced my old hand held golf GPS device. Nice to have the activity tracker and golf package all in one. Digits are a little on the small side for those with vision issues but understandable given size of product. Double edged sword as I was concerned about wearing this effecting my swing as I don't normally wear a watch when playing but small size kept that to a minimum. Overall love the product and highly would highly recommend.

Pros: All In one activity tracker and GPS Golf data Size Accuracy

Cons: Small Digits ( dbl edge sword as size is also a pro )


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Overview: The Garmin Approach X40 is a wrist-worn golf GPS unit with over 40,000 pre-loaded worldwide golf courses. It is also an advanced activity tracker with Elevate wrist heart rate technology. The X40 features a slim design, and weighs only 1.1 ounces for a comfortable fit all day long. The Approach X40 uses a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to measure individual shot distances and show the exact yardage to fairways, hazards, and greens. No subscriptions or setup fees are required. Approach X40 is compliant with USGA rules.

Display: The Approach X40 has a 1.0" x 0.42" high-resolution monochrome touchscreen display with a resolution of 160 x 68 pixels. The high-contrast selectable (positive or negative) display is easily readable in bright sunlight.

Course Data: The Approach X40 has data for over 40,000 select golf courses worldwide. New golf courses, and updates to existing courses are available through a free download of the Approach CourseView database on the Garmin Express website. CourseView is compatible with Windows (Vista SP2 and newer) and Mac OS X 10.8 and newer). The currently installed software includes:

  • CourseView Medium SE Americas: 5.0
  • CourseView Medium SE Europe, Middle East & Africa: 4.60
  • CourseView Medium SE Pacific: 4.10

Water Resistance: The X40 has a 5 ATM rating, which means that the case can withstand accidental immersion in 50 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

Play Mode: As you play, the Approach X40's Hole View automatically updates your position, giving you the exact yardage to the front, center, and back of the green. The Green View shows the shape of the green, and allows you to set a more accurate pin position by manually moving the flag to its location.

Hazards, Layups, and Doglegs: The X40 lets you view hole characteristics that affect shot selection along the fairways on Par 4 and Par 5 holes. Hazards are identified at the top of the screen (bunker, water, etc.), and the distances to the front and back of the hazard are given. You can view a list of layup and dogleg distances for Par 4 and 5 holes, and the distance to reach each layup.

Measuring a Shot: The Approach X40 can measure the distance of a particular shot. After hitting the shot, you can select "Measure Shot" in the menu and walk to your ball to calculate the distance.

Smartphone Compatible: The Garmin Approach X40 can be paired to your smartphone (via Bluetooth) through the Garmin Connect mobile app. Once your phone is paired, you can receive notifications of phone calls and text messages during your round.

TruSwing: The optional Garmin TruSwing golf swing sensor mounts to your club, and pairs to the Approach X40 via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). TruSwing provides swing metrics to see how your mechanics affect ball flight and shot results. It measures your swing tempo and speed, face to target, dynamic loft, shaft angle, club path and coordinates, and shaft lean. After your shot, the swing measurements are displayed on the X40 so you can instantly analyze the shot.

AutoShot Round Analyzer: The AutoShot round analyzer tracks your shots, measures distance, and records shot locations throughout the round. Once you have uploaded your round to your Garmin Connect account, you can review your round, shot-by-shot, on your computer.

Digital Scorecard: The Approach X40 doubles as a digital scorecard, helping you keep your score and other statistics. When scoring is enabled, you will be prompted to enter your score when your are on the green. If you also enable statistics tracking, you will be prompted to enter other stats such as number of putts, and fairways hit (or whether you missed left or right). When your round is completed, you can upload your scorecard to Garmin Connect using the Garmin Express application.

Garmin Connect: You can keep track of your golf game using Garmin Connect, an online community created for users of Garmin sports devices. You can upload all of the stats from the Approach X40 and analyze them over time. You can share your scorecards with friends, and compare your rounds to other people you've played against. You can also view your longest shots, average score, average putts, average score by par, and overall fairways hit.

Other Functions: When you're not on the links, you can use the Approach X40 as a watch, alarm clock, and activity tracker. The activity tracking feature records your daily step count, step goal, distance traveled, and calories burned for each recorded day. It also has a Move Alert feature that reminds you to get up and move about after one hour of inactivity. The X40 can also monitor your sleep, with measurements of total sleep, periods of movement, and restful sleep.

Elevate Technology: The Approach X40 is equipped with Elevate wrist heart rate technology, which monitors your heart rate without having to wear a chest strap. Whenever you wear the X40, your heart rate is being monitored, even while you sleep. The heart rate data helps to provide an accurate reading of calories burned, and to measure the intensity of your workout.

Smartphone Locator: Should you lose your smartphone while it's paired with the X40 via Bluetooth, you can search for it using the Smartphone Locator feature. When activated, the Approach X40 begins searching for your paired smartphone, sounding an audible alert on the smartphone while you view a Bluetooth signal strength meter on the X40. The signal strength increases as you move closer to your smartphone.

Power Requirements: The Approach X40 operates on a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. A fully charged battery lasts for up to 10 hours (in GPS mode), and up to 5 days in activity mode. The unit has four small metal contacts on the back of the device for connecting the supplied snap-on charger/data cable. The cable can be used to connect to your computer for downloading course and firmware updates, uploading scorecards, and charging the battery.


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For the great product reviews across the net on a mid-line golfing watch. [ REBECCA L  Nov 18, 2018 ]

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Thanks for your question. It is adjustable from 5-7/16" - 7-5/8". Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Apr 14, 2017 ]  Staff

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