Garmin R10 Golf Launch Monitor Review
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Garmin R10 Golf Launch Monitor Review

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Garmin R10 Golf Launch Monitor Review

Garmin R10 

I would wager that less than 10 percent of golfers know precisely how far they hit each club. That shouldn’t be the case.

The golf industry has been flooded by launch monitors and golf simulators, all claiming to be the best. But if you want the most accurate data, it comes at a price.

We have just completed an in-depth golf launch monitor test at MyGolfSpy which outlines everything you need to know about launch monitors. The Garmin Approach R10 was included in the test but you might be surprised about where it finished compared to the best golf launch monitors on the market.

Garmin R10

Garmin Approach R10 Product Details

The Garmin R10 is a golf launch monitor which provides 14 different data metrics even with its small Doppler radar. The R10 also produces ball data and shows club data, allowing you to see what you’re doing at impact.

Once I dove into the Garmin R10, I was pleased with the abundance of options. You have the ability to virtually play 42,000 courses while on the range or have E6 compatibility to play courses at home. You can also play in virtual tournaments online with the Garmin R10 and compete for cash and other prizes.

Those golfers who want to correlate their shot data with a video of their swing can do so with the Garmin Approach R10. Once you complete your sessions, you can save the data and refer to it, with videos, whenever you want.

Throw in 10 hours of battery life and you have an impressive golf launch monitor.

Pros

  • 42,000 virtual golf courses
  • 14 different data metrics
  • Captures head data
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • Compatible with E6 software
  • Can be used indoors and out
  • Videos every swing

Cons

  • The R10 can misread your shot direction from time to time
  • Struggles with backspin
  • Performs better outside

How We Test 

The Garmin R10 was part of our 2022 Most Wanted Personal Launch Monitor Test. We spent 50 hours testing 13 launch monitor products. The metrics used to complete this testing of the simulation software include accuracy, ease of use, portability and features, resulting in an overall rating.

Garmin R10 Review

Looking at the overall results, the Garmin R10 scored 87.5 a good score for the $599 unit.

For me, one of the best features is the ability to save and view past data and practice sessions. This allows you to view each swing via video while correlated with the data. You can also send the footage of your swing, along with the data attached, to a PGA professional. This is a great feature if you can’t get to them in person.

Garmin R10 review

Accuracy

While you’re going to get the most accurate information from enterprise solutions like you would from Trackman and Foresight, personal launch monitors offer reasonably accurate measurements.

The Garmin R10 scored 85 out of 100 for accuracy which is slightly better than average. Where it struggles is calculating spin. But all golf launch monitors at the $599 price point struggle to calculate spin. The R10 is more accurate when used outdoors.

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Ease of Use

For most of us, practice time is limited to pounding golf balls on the driving range and it shouldn’t be wasted trying to configure, connect and use a device meant to help us improve faster. Some units require more precise placement at setup.

The Garmin R10 is certainly easy to use and set up. Just attach the stand to the Doppler radar and link the unit to the app and you’re ready to rock and roll. It’s as simple as that. Connecting the device to the Garmin Golf App provides deeper analysis of your numbers and is relatively easy to set up.

The lightweight and compact design makes it perfect for a productive range session, too.

Garmin R10

Features

While measuring ball flight is the primary purpose of all of the units we tested, most offer additional features. Some allow for simulator play while others include features to record your swing or leverage GPS functionality on the golf course. Others add elements of gamification like long-drive contests and closest-to-the-pin challenges.

While some golf launch monitors have only a couple of features, the Garmin R10 has an abundance. For example, it has thousands of courses to play, games and the ability to compete against anyone around the world. The Garmin R10 also provides total distance and carry distance. It tracks launch angle, angle of attack, and other awesome metrics that the discerning golfer is concerned with.

Bottom Line 

If you’re looking for the most accurate golf launch monitor, this isn’t it. Even so, for the price and software updates, you get a good idea about how far each club goes (within three or four percent of Foresight GC Quad carry distances).

But where the Garmin R10 shines is with its features and ease of use. Those who are looking for entertainment, with data attached, should definitely consider this golf launch monitor. Moreover, the R10 can be used inside and out with minimal set up.

Those who are looking to map their golf clubs/bag or wants the most accurate golf launch monitor on the market will need to up their budget considerably.

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      Mike V

      11 months ago

      What kind of lighting does this need? I plan on using it in my backyard into a net at night. I have decent lighting back there but it’s still somewhat dark.

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      Ken

      3 months ago

      Does not need lighting – unless maybe you want to see where the ball goes. The Garmin uses a Doppler radar for tracking and lighting has no effect on the results.

      Reply

      Tim Wills

      11 months ago

      Hi
      I have 5.5 metres between the Garmin and my net.
      Where is the best spot for me to hit from.
      Is it about halfway ,or should I be closer to the monitor, although I know I can’t be closer than 1.8metres

      Reply

      William Ahlers

      7 months ago

      There are very clear instructions setting up the R10 in the manual and a plethora of YouTube videos also.

      Reply

      Glenn

      1 year ago

      Even with Titleist RCT balls this is useless indoors.
      I haven’t tried it outdoors.

      Reply

      Patrick Wilson

      1 year ago

      had for about 4 mos and finding that carry is about 25 to 30 yards short of actual and short of my old voice caddy.

      Reply

      Mike

      1 year ago

      Curious if the support for the new titleist smart balls increases spin rate accuracy?

      Reply

      Jason

      1 year ago

      Once you get the unit lined up, the correct height, and correct distance away, I find it to be very accurate.. It works great to find the gap between my clubs. It is also pretty good for speed training to try to get that club speed up. It doesn’t track big banana hooks or slices accurately, but those are shots that we are trying to eliminate.. Being a person that likes to know how things work, it would be nice to know what stats are true and which are estimated based on algorithms and other data?

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      Sam

      1 year ago

      Does this work with Android? I’ve been eyeing one of these for the past couple years but do not want to have to switch to an iPhone just to get it.

      Reply

      Cory

      1 year ago

      Yes. Only the Rapsoto is iOS only.

      Reply

      Mark

      1 year ago

      Sam,
      Yes it does work with Android. However, as with some people like me that swap the R10 between devices, it can prove awkward to pair with a second device if you do not disconnect from the first one before trying to pair.
      Otherwise it appears quite reliable with both iOS, and Android.

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      Sam

      1 year ago

      Thanks! This is excellent news.

      Mike W

      1 year ago

      I’ve had mine since late last year. I really like it. The recent firmware upgrades are great. The Garmin golf app has also improved since I bought it. The accuracy is close enough that an average golfer isn’t going to notice the difference. Home Tee Hero is entertaining enough that it kept me swinging my clubs in the garage throughout the cold Michigan winter months..

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      Mark

      1 year ago

      I’ve been using the R10 for about four months now, and it is an excellent device. Well built, and well supported as is usual with Garmin.
      Like all devices based on radar, it suffers once it starts to rain, but the rain does need to be quite heavy before it is completely blind. Light drizzle appears to have no impact.
      Getting the set-up position spot-on is important, and as you take divots during your practice (assuming you’re outdoors on grass!) you need to be sure not to drift out of the “sweet spot” for shot detection. On occasion I’ve suddenly had “odd” readings, and then realised that over the course of 40 balls or so I’ve drifted out of the correct detection area. As soon as I’ve moved back it has all been good.
      For the money it is remarkably accurate. More than enough to aid the typical player looking for an enjoyable training aid.
      The practice ranges, and the courses on the device are all excellent.

      Is it as accurate as the really expensive solutions? No. Am I so accurate from 120 yards out, that the R10 being off by a yard is going to destroy my short game…? Not in the slightest!

      Throw in two year warranty, regular software up-dates, and ten hour battery life and nothing touches it at this price point.

      If you’re thinking of jumping into the personal launch monitor space this could be just the right startling device for you… unless spending five times the money is not an issue!

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      Mariano

      3 weeks ago

      Well said. You can’t expect a trackman for $600. Sounds like this is good enough for me.

      Reply

      TJ

      1 year ago

      Did your review include Garmin’s most recent update and how it performs indoors with the RCT balls?

      Doesn’t seem like it – would be much appreciated if you can update the review to include this information as I think it will impact the final review and value to the customer.

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      Cameron

      1 year ago

      Glad to see this as I have been very happy with mine. It may not be perfect in terms of accuracy, but it’s letting me hit balls into a net with more feedback and much more entertainment. Did you do this with standard balls or the new “radar” balls from titelist?

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