Golf GPS systems are becoming an increasingly large part of the way golfers play their game. Mixing it up from employing traditional means of course knowledge (research and experience), a GPS system is the best thing you can get to help you discover an extra - and legal - advantage.
What is so good about a GPS system? Well, that would be telling and you’ll have to read further to find out the absolute benefits, but these systems - such as the Garmin Approach X40 GPS Golf Band Reviews we’re looking at today - take away all amount of doubt and guesswork from your game, something that can only be a positive.
- The sleek and minimalist design on offer is a major plus, as is the usability and setup of the system.
- Another bonus for the X40 is that there is a free course upgrade, so that the more courses added to the satellite and database, the better your information will become
- Unfortunately for this model, the battery life across a full length course is woeful. Especially if you use the kit regularly through the day and even sync it to your phone to receive call notifications, you may end up draining the battery life before your finish the course.
- Which of course could end up being a problem. If you’re not inclined to use the extra features this could not affect you, but for someone who is looking to make the most of the X40, you’ll find the battery frustrating
What I’m looking to do here is give you the low-down on how - and how well - the Garmin Approach X40 works on the course. So, let’s shoot:
The setup of this piece of kit is as you would expect with any fitness and smart device. Simply remove from box, connect to a PC or Mac and follow the instructions then away you go. To be honest, anything more complicated than that and I would have got a little worried. There’s no need to over complicate things here and Garmin haven’t. To make the absolute most of this GPS band, you’ll want to pair it with a smartphone. This basically means you can view your progress, shot records, scorecard and additional fitness stats (more on this later) from your mobile phone device.
This, again, is fairly standard. Yet it is still handy. Getting started with this is super easy too, merely selecting the correct, simple options once you have downloaded the Garmin GPS app. Follow the instructions on screen to find yourself in golfing heaven.
- Course Availability
The course availability on the band is really good. In comparison with other models, it’s competitive, with over 40,000 courses covered. This is really helpful especially if you’re someone who likes to take in a fair few golf courses across the world more so than repeatedly hitting your local course.
- Ease Of Use
You’ll find this piece of kit really simple to use. As mentioned above, the setup situation is ideal and suitably uncomplicated, and this theme runs through the whole product, from look, feel and usage.
The main button of use on this band is the ‘device’ key - this is your one-stop shop for getting round your new GPS. Pressing this will activate your watch-face screen, where you can select through the options using the touchscreen technology.
Getting by with the screen is simple and responsive. The touchscreen is great and the icons are really self-explanatory. You will find exactly what you’re looking for, if only for one minor grumble that some golfers may have found it easier having additional text with these icons. But that really isn’t a major issue.
- Course Details
Tracking the course you’re playing is effortless. The watch will pair with the satellites and find the course nearest to you. All you need to do then is select the course and away you go. If you’re not used to a GPS device then this will take a little time to adjust. Yet just like anything, you’ll be able to get used to it and find the positives completely outweigh the negatives.
The course details on offer here are good. You can see your distance to the green, the distance of your shot as well as preloaded course maps, handy for planning the way you’re going to approach a hole if you’re new to the course.
The details of the maps are better when connected with a smartphone device, because you get a great grasp of the course and better specifics than what is on offer with just the strap. The strap does offer some really good mapping of green shots and details of distance at the green, but this piece really comes to life in this respect once you’ve paired it to your smartphone app.
As well as the traditional golfing features you’ve come to expect from a Garmin GPS device, you’ve also got some nice specs when it comes to health and fitness.
The increased availability of fitness apps and devices means that a golf band will always be a product in demand, but now with the inclusion of fitness features (steps per day, heart rate and sleep monitoring) Garmin have produced an all-inclusive piece of kit that, although not exclusive, offers a great alternative to other brands that don’t offer a golfing feature. The multi-purpose front of the X40 generalises their golf USP
There are mixed messages on the accuracy of the Garmin X40. Users have found the piece to be a little slow on catching up to where you’re positioned on the course, which obviously isn’t ideal. However the sheer amount of courses that this GPS is compatible with could be a reason for this.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
How long does the X40 take to charge?
A full battery will need a 12 hour charge.
Is this model waterproof?
The model is waterproof up to 50m, so it will easily withstand a rainy day at the golf.
What are the visuals like on the screen?
The screen has a light sensitive screen that adjusts to the sunlight and brightness of the course.
I think with all things considered, this is a really neat piece of kit. The features you would want from the band - course information, shot distance, ease of use - are all here. If you don’t operate from a smartphone you will have a problem making the most of the kit but in all honesty it’s unlikely anyone would buy the wrist device without one. You can check our golf gps comparison charts if you need more information about other golf GPS products
I would use this on the golf course, and I suppose that says it all really. It’s sleek and designed perfectly so all-in-all I would advise this to anyone. Hope this buying guide about Garmin Approach X4o GPS GOLF BAND is helpful.
Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 03:53 am