Garmin unveils Approach Z30 smart laser range finder

Garmin has unveiled the Approach Z30 laser range finder – the latest addition to its golf ecosystem to help golfers see the course in a new way.

The device (RRP £389.99) offers ranging performance and introduces Range Relay, which sends distances to a compatible Garmin smartwatch or the Garmin Golf smartphone app. Once the target has been locked in by the Approach Z30, the ranged distance and a laser range arc will display on the paired device to give players a visual indication of the pin position and everything in play around it.

“Golfers will love using the Approach Z30, which seamlessly integrates with many other products in Garmin’s ecosystem,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “You’ll never have to guess your distance to the pin as the Z30 provides quick and accurate measurements and displays them on your compatible smartwatch or smartphone. It’s also an excellent standalone device with its speed and accuracy, making it an exceptional addition for any golfer.”

As well as the new features, the Approach Z30 allows players to view distances from the pin and to the front and back of the green, and see how far each shot should actually play with yardage adjusted for elevation changes (this function can be turned off for tournament play). The Z30 also features pin lock vibration and a magnet to attach it to a buggy.

Designed with all types of golf weather in mind, the Approach Z30 is built with an IPX7 water rating, allowing it to withstand light to steady rain, wind and sunlight. The range also finder features a replaceable battery, providing players with up to a full year of use.