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Do golfers need a heart rate tracker? Garmin goes for the whole in one

There’s a wrist-borne fitness tracker for every activity these days, even for golfers who generally walk a bit, stand around for a bit and then walk a bit more.

Seriously though, the Garmin Approach X40 combines the tracking tech of Fitbit-like wristband with a GPS golf device that offers yards to the pin and all of that other good stuff.

Designed with the active golfer in mind, the Approach X40 will record steps, calories, distance, sleep and heart rate throughout the day.

A la devices like the Garmin Vivofit, it’ll also send out movement prompts, for when you’ve been sat in the golf buggy for too long.

On the golf side of things, it offers data for 40,000 courses around the world, offering precise distances, hazard positioning and views of the hole and green.

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It’ll also act as a digital scorecard where players are able to track the number of greens they hit and the amount of putts they hit per round. It’ll inform golfers of their longest drive, while showing shots overlaid on a map.

The Approach X40 is also compatible with Garmin’s TruSwing sensor, while all information is synced back to the iOS and Android app.

The company says: “It pairs seamlessly with the Garmin TruSwing golf club sensor to improve swing consistency. When paired, the X40 provides golfers with useful swing metrics in real time and 3-D animations in Garmin Connect so golfers can see how their individual mechanics affect their ball flight and shot results.”

The Garmin Approach X40 will be available soon and will cost $250.

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