Garmin Approach R10: Portable Launch Monitor Set-up Tips

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When the Garmin Approach R10 launched in 2021 it was a game-changer for golf simulation. It was the first sub-GBP 500 launch monitor to have golf simulation capabilities and provided detailed club path parameters that previously were only available in much more expensive units. 

What can I do with my Garmin Approach R10? 

The Garmin Approach R10 is small (about the size of a deck of cards), portable, works both indoors and outdoors and provides 14 different data metrics, with a high degree of accuracy. It also allows you to play over 42,000 virtual courses, capture video of every swing, correlate each swing with your shot data and save the data so you can refer back to it anytime.

One of the key features of the Garmin Approach R10 is its ability to provide accurate and detailed swing data. It tracks crucial parameters such as:

  • Clubhead speed
  • Ball speed
  • Launch angle; and 
  • Spin rate

This data can be immensely valuable in analysing your swing, identifying areas for improvement and refining your technique.

In addition to swing analysis, the R10 also offers game modes and training exercises to keep your skills sharp. You can challenge yourself with virtual courses, skill-building exercises and even compete with other golfers in online tournaments. The device provides real-time feedback and performance metrics to help you gauge your progress and set new goals.

The Garmin Approach R10 integrates seamlessly with your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to view your data, track your performance over time, and even share your achievements with fellow golfers.

The bang-for-buck is amazing - this is an advanced golf launch monitor and whether you're a beginner looking to improve your swing or a seasoned golfer aiming for precision, the R10 has something for everyone.

Setting up your Garmin Approach R10

Setting up is a pretty straightforward process that ensures you get the most out of this advanced golf launch monitor right from the start. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set up your device:

  1. Unboxing: When your Garmin Approach R10 arrives, carefully unbox it and ensure that all the components are included. These typically include the R10 device, charging cable and user manual.

  2. Charging: Before using your R10, it's important to charge it until the battery is full. This initial charging may take a few hours.

  3. Powering on: Once the R10 is fully charged, press and hold the power button to turn it on. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the device, including selecting your language, time zone and other preferences.

  4. Pairing: The R10 can be paired with your smartphone or tablet to access additional features and sync data. Install the Garmin Golf app on your mobile device and follow the instructions to pair it with your R10 via Bluetooth.

Enjoy your practice sessions and make the most of the advanced technology at your fingertips!

Hot Tip! Install the Latest Software Update

One tip we strongly recommend is to make sure you install the latest software to your new Garmin R10 - as David Maxfield says:

Make sure you check for the latest Garmin R10 software updates once you get it out of the box. Some people miss that step and end up using old software, which can throw up inaccuracies. You can also download Garmin Express which checks and offers software updates automatically each time you connect your Approach R10 to your computer.

Here's how:

*Garmin: Installing the Latest Updates for Your Approach R10

Additional Resources

See below for some handy additional resources to help you get the most our of your Garmin Approach R10:

The official *Garmin R10 Approach page includes a useful product overview and links to the manuals, software updates and support resources. Garmin also offers a handy *Getting Started guide and a training video on Setting Up Your New Approach R10.

Customer Reviews

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Excellent golf net and mat

Very good quality product. Was kept informed during the shipping process and overall happy with buying from Spornia

Tri Turf Mat
Tri Mat

Good quality and excellent addition to my set up. Fast delivery

Side net


High handicap golfer

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Great net & mat, extra shank nets not so

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Side Net Extensions - 2 Sizes. (XL)

Purchased together with my Spornia SPG - 8 net. Even though the SPG -8 net is large enough to catch all my golf shots, I wanted that extra peace of mind in case I hit a stray shot, which is always possible, especially when training to make changes or helping my boys with their golf development. I believe it’s a must purchase and am pleased I bought it. The side nets are the same quality as the main net and attach via Velcro at key positions. It works very well, in my opinion.

As my hitting mat currently sits in stone slabs, I’m unable to tent peg the tips of the side net securely into the ground. However, a sand filled bag sitting on top of the side net tips is enough to secure them and keep them taught.

As a design development idea, Spornia could add an integrated “longer tie up” solution for an alternate securing solution.

Finally, It would be nice to have an internal storage pocket in the main SPG-8 carry bag for these side nets and other accessories. Just a thought.

Not a good experience

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Not a good experience

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The set-up looks great Stefan! Thanks for such a positive review of the products, it's fantastic that you've had a positive experience with our customer service as well. We love hearing that your net has become a daily essential for you!
Regards, The Spornia Team

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Highly recommended 5 stars

Thanks Andrew! We're very happy to hear that your purchase has exceeded your expectations and thank you for your recommendation. Good to see the side extension nets are coming in handy as well!
Regards, The Spornia Team

5 star

Good quality product accompanied by top quality communication. Essential in gaining the well deserved 5 star rating.

Thank you, David! We're thrilled that you appreciate both the quality of our product and our top-notch communication. We appreciate the 5 star review!
Regards, The Spornia Team

Side extension nets

Bought these for my garage set up 'just in case'. Found that I don't actually need them. I did put them on to how they fitted and it was fine.

Thanks for the positive review Nicholas! Can never be too safe in case of those errant shanks. It sounds like you are striking them well which is great to hear. Happy practicing!
Regards, The Spornia Team

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I had a cheaper net that I bought on ebay during the pandemic but only lasted 6months.This net from Spornia is built to last...As you take it out the box you can tell the quality... You get what you pay for at the end of the day...

Thank you, Gary! We're pleased to hear that our net and mat's quality has made a positive impact and we appreciate your recognition of their durability. We hope you continue to enjoy your home practising with your purchases.
Regards, The Spornia Team

Awsome net, Awsome customer service service

Title says it all really. I originally bought the 7 and wanted bigger. I had a hassle free swap with no postage or restocking fee. What a great company. The net itself goes up and down so quick,it's part pop up, part poles but you don't need to wrestle it to get it back in the bag. Thanks very much.

Thanks for such a positive review! It's fantastic to know you find our net awesome and we're pleased that our customer service met your expectations during the swap from SPG-7 to SPG-8 net. The home set-up looks great!

Does the job with spg 8 net

Makes the spornia net a viable simulator. Easy to fit. I have hit about 50 balls so far. Doing the job.

Hi Pete, your set up looks great! Hope you continue to enjoy your purchase. Happy practicing!

Very solid net - has caught all my shanks so far!

Had a decent pop-up style net before but the Spornia has a much neater form factor, making the best use of space.
The return function is useful for collecting up balls quickly, allowing yoou to use less balls which is important if you are using the expensive RCT balls.
The side net has caught all my shanks so far, and as this type of net is most useful when trying to make swing changes, there will be a few of these !

Thank you, Andrew! We're pleased to hear your Spornia net and the return function are making a positive difference in your practice, and we appreciate your feedback on the effectiveness of the side net for catching shanks. Happy practicing and we hope you are seeing improvement in the swing changes each net session.
Regards, The Spornia Team

Well finally got to open the box and check out the
S P.G.7 golf net.
As proper men do we don't bother with instructions just get on with it took me a tad over 5 min to put it up.

I had some RCT balls hit about twenty shots all good to me same yardages as I was getting down the range earlier on that day.
Stu a very happy bunny.
Her indoors said don't forget we are going out soon .
So started to try and reassembly the net after 20 min still no joy looked at the instructions after another 20 minutes checked out a video followed it reassembled it a tad under 2 minutes.
Her indoors piped up I see you not a proper man then!!

Brilliant bit of kit now I have now ordered the mat cannot tell you how much this will save me by not going to the range ..
Excellent cheers stu.

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Glad to hear you are loving your net and have even purchased the mat as well! It sounds like the video and instructions were helpful in the end which is great. I'm sure you've got the hang of it now and will be setting up and taking down your net in short time in the future.
Hope you are striking them well, happy hitting!
Regards, The Spornia Team

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Filippo Mazzarella
New golf net

Love this net. Had a few in my time and this is by far the best. Only criticism is the ball went through the net(corner)on a few occasions. Not a shank but a slight miss hit so keeping eye on it Bought the 2 side nets so may use spare one to cover the right corner

Thank you, Filippo. We're thrilled to hear that our net stands out as the best for you. We appreciate your feedback about the corner issue and using the spare side net for added coverage is a smart solution. We hope you continue to love your net and if you ever have more insights to share, we'd love to hear them!
Many Thanks, The Spornia Team

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I got this last week. It's quick and easy to put up and have it in my garage. Love the net and already starting to see an improvement in my game due to practicing more often. Very happy indeed.

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The Spornia Team

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Thank you, Charlotte! We're delighted to hear that your husband is overjoyed with the net and we appreciate your kind words about our customer service. It was our pleasure to assist you!

Regards, The Spornia Team

Tri Turf Mat
Adam Gadd
Tri Turf Mat

Great quality mat with three different surfaces.
Easy to fold up aswell.

Thanks for the positive review Adam, we hope you are getting great enjoyment out of it and improving your game over the different types of surfaces!

The Spornia Team

Spornia 7

Have to say this net works extremely well, easy to put up once you've done it a couple of times, packs away just as easily and takes roughly 5 minutes with two of us now. Bought sides nets which work well and the actual net takes a driver easily, ball return also works well.
Haven't got any negatives to say currently having owned since Christmas and i think it is really good value for money.

Hi Lee,
We're thrilled to hear about your positive experience with our net and it's fantastic to know that the setup, functionality and value for money have met your expectations. We appreciate your support and positive feedback!

The Spornia Team