PLAY­ING WITH … GARMIN AP­PROACH X10 GPS GOLF BAND

Cost: $249. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Handicap 9.4)

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Is your watch im­ped­ing your swing? This sleek and com­fort­able golf band could be the so­lu­tion you’re look­ing for.

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: The small and sleek Ap­proach X10 ap­pealed to me in­stantly as some­one who doesn’t wear a watch when play­ing golf and has been un­com­fort­able with larger de­vices in the past. Once on, the band was com­fort­able and never both­ered me when swing­ing the club. In fact, dur­ing my first round wear­ing it I for­got it was there on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions.

The screen of the X10, de­spite be­ing on the small side, is ex­tremely clear and the dis­tances were easy to read in a va­ri­ety of light con­di­tions dur­ing my test­ing, and the touch screen per­formed as ex­pected through­out. HOW IT PER­FORMED: Al­though not full of as many fea­tures as some of the other mod­els in the Garmin GPS range, the X10 per­fectly does as it prom­ises, de­liv­er­ing ac­cu­rate and easy-toread dis­tances to the front, mid­dle and back of greens as well as se­lected other dis­tances.

The unit found the GPS satellites quickly at all the cour­ses I vis­ited through­out my time with it and never skipped a beat pick­ing up the cor­rect hole or mov­ing onto the next au­to­mat­i­cally.

Beyond the stan­dard dis­play dis­tances, the touch of a button brings up op­tions to check haz­ards and layup dis­tances that are ex­tremely handy when play­ing a new course. Again the sim­plic­ity of the Ap­proach X10 is per­fect in this re­gard, with mul­ti­ple layup op­tions and reach and carry haz­ard dis­tances dis­played in quick time.

Of the other ad­di­tional fea­tures, the green view stood out most for me. The func­tion al­lows you to move the flag on the green across a num­ber of dif­fer­ent pre-set points that not only help dial in your ap­proach shot but help to show just how far off you can be when judg­ing dis­tances purely from sprin­kler mea­sure­ments.

The scor­ing fea­ture is also a handy ad­di­tion, with the prompt at each green use­ful for the for­get­ful player, and the sta­tis­tics keep­ing mode is also a nice touch for play­ers look­ing to track game im­prove­ment.

The abil­ity to mea­sure shots is nice for any­one en­gaged in a long driv­ing con­test but given the num­bers aren’t recorded any­where the fea­ture doesn’t of­fer much in the way of track­ing dis­tances from round to round. Over­all, the Ap­proach X10 does ev­ery­thing needed of a ba­sic GPS unit. The pri­mary func­tion of green dis­tances are ac­cu­rate and easy to read, and the unit is com­fort­able to wear dur­ing your round and even away from the course as a watch. The lack of fea­tures on of­fer in some of the com­pany’s other mod­els are no­tice­able to any­one who has tried both but sim­ply make the X10 bet­ter suited to those who don’t need all the bells and whis­tles and pre­fer some­thing a lit­tle smaller and less cum­ber­some.

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