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Garmin Approach® X10

Touchscreen golf GPS band — covers over 41,000 courses worldwide (Blue, Small/Medium)

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Our take on the Garmin Approach® X10

Garmin's Approach X10 GPS golf band can help improve your game without weighing your wrist down like a watch might. And since it's on your wrist, you don't have to worry about losing it on the course like a pocket assistant. Speaking of courses, the Approach X10 comes preloaded with maps of over 41,000 international courses, so it'll give you accurate distances and helpful guidance just about anywhere you play.

Take a better approach to your golf game

Garmin's Approach X10 GPS golf band can help improve your game without weighing your wrist down like a watch might. And since it's on your wrist, you don't have to worry about losing it on the course like a pocket assistant. Speaking of courses, the Approach X10 comes preloaded with maps of over 41,000 international courses, so it'll give you accurate distances and helpful guidance just about anywhere you play.

Garmin Approach X10 golf GPS band

All about the golf

Other GPS bands tout bells and whistles for fitness enthusiasts, and that's fine if you're active day in and day out. But if you're looking for something simple to get you through a couple of rounds on the weekend, the Approach X10 offers a great value. Its built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 12 hours of play time in GPS mode, and 23 days of power as a watch. And since the band's waterproof up to 50 meters, it can handle the pool just as easily as sudden inclement weather.

Get the big picture for distances

The Approach X10 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 with Green View. Garmin even lets you track your steps per round and how long you've been playing. 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.

Keep tabs on your performance

Want to analyze your game for future improvement? The Approach X10 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.

Ready to go when you are

Garmin's extensive course database comes already loaded on the Approach X10, so you won't need any subscriptions or additional downloads to enjoy it. Simply charge it up, throw on your spiked shoes, and you're ready to go. You can obtain new course update downloads directly from Garmin's website.

Product Highlights:

  • blue small/medium touchscreen golf GPS band
  • USB charging/data clip included
  • 1" x 7/16" monochrome display (160 x 68 pixels)
  • preloaded with over 41,000 courses worldwide
  • allows free course updates from Garmin website
  • waterproof up to 50 meters
  • built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 23 days of use in watch mode and 12 hours in GPS mode
Golf Features:
  • Green View display with manual pin positioning
  • odometer and round timer
  • digital scorecard with stat tracker
Other Information:

What's in the Box:

  • Approach X10 golf band (bolt blue small/medium)
  • 21" USB data/charging cable (Type A USB)
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Important Safety and Product Information

Easy to use and accurate. No weight. Hardly know that device is on my wrist.

Charlie, Boone, NC


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Overview: The Garmin Approach X10 is a wrist-worn golf GPS unit with over 41,000 pre-loaded worldwide golf courses. The X10 features a slim design (7/8" wide), and weighs only 1.1 ounces for a comfortable fit all day long. The Approach X10 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 X10 is compliant with USGA rules.

Design: This Approach X10 has a bolt blue finish, and is designed for small to medium-sized wrists (5.2" to 7.7" circumference). The small-medium unit is also available with a matte black wristband. The Approach X10 is also available with a large (6.4" to 8.9") black wristband, if needed.

Display: The Approach X10 has a 1.0" x 0.42" high-resolution monochrome touchscreen display with a resolution of 160 x 68 pixels. The high-contrast display is easily readable in bright sunlight.

Course Data: The Approach X10 has data for over 41,000 select golf courses worldwide, including over 17,300 in the US. New golf courses, and updates to existing courses are available through a free download of the Approach CourseView database on the Garmin Express website. Garmin Express is compatible with Windows 7 SP1 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.10 or newer. The currently installed software includes:

  • CourseView Americas: 5.30
  • CourseView Europe, Middle East & Africa: 4.90
  • CourseView Pacific: 4.40

Water Resistance: The X10 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 X10's Hole View automatically updates your position. The Hole View provides the current hole number and par for the hole, and displays the exact yardage to the front, pin location, and back of the green. The Green View shows the true shape of the green, and allows you to set a more accurate pin position by manually moving the flag to its present location.

Hazards, Layups, and Doglegs: The X10 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 X10 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.

Keeping Score: The Approach X10 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. When your round is completed, you can upload your scorecard to Garmin Connect.

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 X10 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 X10 as a watch, timer, and odometer.

Power Requirements: The Approach X10 operates on a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. A fully charged battery lasts for up to 12 hours in GPS mode, and up to 23 days in watch 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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