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

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Posted: 06/02/2018 at 4:30 PM   /   by   /   comments (0)

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

Sensors

     

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

Wrap-Up

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