Garmin’s Approach S40 is a Stylish Smartwatch that’s Especially Designed for Golfers

Garmin Approach S40 for golfers

Just a week after announcing five new luxury smartwatches in MARQ Series, Garmin unveiled another stylish smartwatch that’s designed especially for golfers. The Approach S40 is a stylish and lightweight GPS smartwatch, featuring a vibrant 1.2-inch color touchscreen display that’s sunlight-readable for everyday use and a metal bezel to bolster its elegant design.

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Adjustable quick release bands come in different colors. The Approach S40 integrates AutoShot Game Tracking to measure and auto-record a golfer’s detected shot distance for a more focused gaming experience. The highly responsive GPS receiver conveniently locks in on a golfer’s location and displays precise yardages to the front, middle and back of the green, hazards, doglegs and more. It also gives golfers access to over 41,000 preloaded courses from around the world.

“The hallmark of the new Approach S40 is its superb ability to offer high-quality functionality on the course as well as off the course,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin worldwide vice president of consumer sales. “The Approach S40 looks great on your wrist and gives golfers exactly what they need with a mix of high-sensitivity GPS golf accuracy on the course, and top-notch smartwatch capabilities that track everyday activities.”

Golfers also can explore an in-depth golf feature set directly from their wrist. Veterans or novice players can strategically use the Green View feature to help enhance their golf accuracy by manually dragging-and-dropping the day’s pin location on the display to gain precise yardage, the company said in a press release.

Garmin watch for golfers
Image: Garmin

The watch can also be used to see digital scorecards with Stableford scoring. Golfers can automatically upload these scorecards to the free Garmin Golf™ app. Once the app is downloaded, they can take advantage of automatic course updates, and even review stats in real time during play or after a round with a compatible smartphone.

The rechargeable battery in the S40 lasts 15 hours on the course, and up to 10 days in smartwatch mode. A bundled version of the watch adds a three-pack of Approach CT10 club sensors that can be paired for additional automatic game tracking capabilities.

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The Approach S40 also provides resourceful activity tracking features such as steps, sleep and built-in multisport profiles for fitness initiatives.

The Approach S40 is available now with a suggested retail price of $299.99, and the Approach S40 Bundle is $349.99.

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