Approach X10 – Everything you need to know about Garmin’s Newest Golf Watch

Garmin has unveiled the Approach X10 the latest golf watch in Garmin’s virtual caddy. This watch is designed for a new audience, unlike the Approach S60 that was released last year, the Approach X10 is aimed at beginner golfers to help improve their game.

When and How Much

Approach X10 Matte Black and Blue Versions (Standard Size) are available now at $249RRP – Blue colour available in the drop-down menu

Approach X10 Black (Large Size) is expected to arrive Mid-Feb at $249RRPApproach X10 Black

Quick Overview

Here’s a list of the key features available:



What’s changed from the Approach X40 and the Approach S60

Approach S60
Approach S60
Approach X40
Approach X40
Approach X10
Approach X10

The biggest changes from the X40 and the S60 Golf watch are that Garmin has stripped away all the features unrelated to Golf (no more heart rate monitor or any activity tracking). Obviously, the removal of these extra features lowers the price of the watch significantly. The Approach X10 is $140 cheaper than the X40 and $330 less expensive than the Approach S60.  I’ve included a spec list below that details all the differences, but in short, the X10 does not have the following:

  • Smartphone connectivity
  • Activity Tracking (Fitness, Cycling, Swimming or Training)

It has also removed a couple of the Golf modes

  • Garmin Auto Shot (Detects your first shot – places a pin at that point on the course then places a second pin where you take your next shot from)
  • Full vector Map (map of course)
  • Auto CourseView Updates (Golf App will update your most played courses automatically)
  • PinPointer (View the direction of the Pin – Need to have calibrated the compass)
  • PlaysLike Distance (This mode accounts for elevation changes on the course showing adjusted distance to the green)
  • Touch Targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point)
  • Handicap Scoring (You can set a handicap for the hole or for the player)
  • Swing Tempo (Need TruSwing device attached to the club)
  • Tempo Training (Need TruSwing device attached to the club)
  • TruSwing Compatible
Approach X10 vs Approach X40 vs Approach S60 Spec Comparison

General Approach X10 ($249AUD) Approach X40 ($389AUD) Approach S60 ($579AUD)
Lens Material chemically strengthened glass
Bezel Material polymer or ceramic
QuickFit™ watch band compatible yes (22 mm)
Strap material TPU silicone silicone or leather
Physical size Width: 0.85” (21.5 mm) Width: 0.83” (21.1 mm) 46 x 46 x 14.5 mm
Small/medium: 5.2”-7.7” (132-195 mm) circumference Regular: 5.4”-7.7” (137-195 mm) circumference
Large: 6.4"-8.9" (162-225 mm) circumference X-large: 6.4"-8.9" (162-225 mm) circumference
Weight 1.1 oz (31 g) 1.1 oz (31 g) standard: 1.8 oz  (52 g)
premium: 2.2 oz (61 g)
Water rating 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes
Display type LCD LCD sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size 1.00 x 0.42" (25.4 x 10.7mm) 1.00” x 0.42” (25.4 x 10.7 mm) 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution 160 x 68 pixels 160 x 68 pixels 240 x 240 pixels
Color display Yes
Battery life Watch: Up to 23 days; GPS mode: Up to 12 hours Smartwatch mode: Up to 5 days Smartwatch mode: Up to 10 days
GPS/HR mode: 10 hours GPS mode: Up to 10 hours
Memory/History 64 MB 64 MB 1 GB
Clock Features
Time/date Yes Yes Yes
GPS Time Sync Yes Yes Yes
Automatic daylight saving time Yes Yes Yes
Alarm clock Yes Yes
Timer Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Sunrise/sunset times Yes Yes
Face It™ watch face creator Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes
Compass Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Daily Smart Features
Connectivity Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+® Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) Yes
Smart notifications Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes
Weather Yes Yes
Controls smartphone music Yes Yes
Find My Phone Yes Yes
VIRB® remote Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™, Windows® iPhone®, Android™, Windows®
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes Yes
Activity Tracking Features
Step counter Yes Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes Yes
Calories Burned Yes Yes
Distance travelled Yes Yes
Intensity minutes Yes Yes
TrueUp™ Yes Yes
Fitness Equipment/Gym
Preloaded gym activity profiles Indoor Rowing
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distance Yes Yes
Customizable data pages Yes Yes
Auto Pause® Yes
Auto Lap® Yes Yes
Customizable alerts Yes
LiveTrack Yes
Touch and/or button lock Yes Yes
Auto scroll Yes
Activity history on watch Yes
Heart Rate Features
HR zones yes (with compatible accessory)
HR alerts yes (with compatible accessory)
% HR max yes (with compatible accessory)
% HRR yes (with compatible accessory)
Running Features
Preloaded run profiles Running , Indoor Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace Yes Yes
Foot pod capable Yes
Golfing Features
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green) Yes Yes Yes
Yardage to layups/doglegs Yes Yes Yes
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) Manual Automatic Automatic
Digital scorecard Yes Yes Yes
Custom targets Yes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit) Yes Yes Yes
Garmin AutoShot™ Yes Yes
Full vector map Yes
Auto CourseView updates Yes
Green View with manual pin position Yes Yes Yes
Hazards and course targets Yes Yes Yes
PinPointer Yes
PlaysLike distance Yes
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) Yes
Handicap scoring Yes
SwingTempo Yes
Tempo Training Yes
TruSwing™ compatible Yes Yes
Round timer/odometer Yes Yes Yes
Outdoor Recreation Features
Preloaded outdoor recreation profiles Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing
Cycling Features
Preloaded cycling profiles Biking, Indoor Biking
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) Yes
Swimming Features
Preloaded swim profiles Pool Swimming
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) Yes
Swim efficiency (SWOLF) Yes

Approach X10 Black

Approach X10 Blue


This watch is perfect for relatively new Golfers looking to find the best way to improve their game. It’s designed to look like a fitness band and sits quite comfortably on the wrist. The primary use of this watch is for beginner golfers up to intermediates, you will be able to make use of distance to pin, hazards and key lay-ups and doglegs.

Due to the smaller size of the screen, this watch is best used in conjunction with the Garmin Golf App (Revamped for the Approach X10). The free app will allow users to compete in weekly leaderboards on any golf course. You can also compete just against friends and fellow golfer on the same course. There is also the ability to look another players’ rank, score, handicap and more. The golf app can also be used to set up their own tournament event and invite multiple friends to compete. You can input your score manually in the app or upload their scorecard from the Approach X10 using Garmin Express which will sync to the Garmin Golf app.

Approach X10 Matte Black and Blue Versions (Standard Size) are expected to arrive Mid-March at $249RRP – Blue colour available in the drop-down menu

Approach X10 Black (Large Size) is scheduled to arrive Mid-Feb at $249RRP

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