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Today, we’re gonna review the Flightscope Mevo!
First, a little history lesson:
Since what seems like forever ago now, launch monitors have been devices exclusive to only the OEMs. The Callaway’s, TaylorMade’s, etc.
It took a little while, but eventually, TrackMan was introduced to non-OEM clubfitters. The $10K price tag was (and still is) a killer, though. Some jumped to have it because it’s an excellent tool- and can allow fitters to charge a little more for their fittings.
Who am I kidding? A LOT more.
Flightscope came along, offering slightly more affordable options. Even at the reduced rate of about $5K (depending on the model), it’s still out of the reach of many fitters, let alone Weekend Warriors.
Next came the portable models. Stuff you could clamp onto your shaft, pin to the butt end of your grip, etc. There were good ones, but they always seemed to miss something.
After that came smartphone-sized devices. Ernest Sports and Voice Caddy to name the more prominent players.
Now, we have Flightscope jumping into this market with the Mevo.
So the question begs: how does it hold up?
How about some pictures?
OK, just one for now.
The Flightscope Mevo is TINY.
Smaller than the SC200.
It’s not that hard to set up, either: all you gotta do is place it four feet behind and inline with the ball. Turn the Bluetooth on, hit the button on the side (the only button on the Mevo) to pair it, and away you go.
Simple, really. Kinda…
Pairing it via Bluetooth seems to be a pain. I saw this:
Quite a bit in the beginning.
To be fair, I don’t do much with the Bluetooth on my smartphone. Surprisingly, I don’t even have Bluetooth headphones! I’m gonna rectify that one day…
What I’m saying is, this might be more of a YMMV thing, especially if you’re savvier than me with this stuff.
Now, the nitty gritty!
This is what you see when you choose “data” instead of “video” (the spinny ball-looking thing, 3rd button from the left, will also display this if you want to go back and look after you’re done):
What does the Mevo track?
- Ball Speed
- Swing Speed
- Smash Factor (efficiency of contact)
- Carry Distance
- Launch Angle
Unlike the SC200, the Mevo also tracks height (apex), air time, and backspin. The backspin is tracked with and without the sticker, though for more accuracy it’s recommended you use the silver stickers that come with the unit (which are also sold separately).
A word of warning: they don’t track things the same.
Compared to the SC200, the Flightscope Mevo understates all the stated specs as far as well-struck shots with the driver.
When it comes to irons, though, the Mevo overstates said specs compared to the SC200.
On miss-hits, they’re actually very similar. When we’re talking about Smash Factor, for instance, the SC200 will say that I’m getting ~1.46, while the Mevo will say 1.36. That’s for well-hit shots.
For miss-hits, though, they’ll only be a hundredth off!
Same for carry distance, though the discrepancy isn’t as bad. I had one shot that read as almost 276 yards with the SC200, while the Mevo was 275 and some change.
What do we make of this?
Honestly, don’t sweat it. I don’t own a Trackman (shocking, I know… but I don’t feel like bankrupting myself by spending $10K on a device- not yet, anyway), so I can’t compare it to that. I can compare it to another popular launch monitor software- the About Golf simulator.
The About Golf simulator is kinda like the Mevo in that regard: it understates driving numbers but overstates iron numbers.
A couple of things you should know:
- The About Golf simulator is just as top-notch as Trackman. It’s used by many, including the Golf Channel.
- Don’t freak out about the discrepancy. They all have this. No two will give the exact numbers. They may be close, but they’re rarely exact.
There are nuances in all of them that will prevent that from happening. Buy or use one and stick with that. It’ll save you a LOT of frustration.
Another pic (notice I’ve clicked on the arc-ballflight button in the middle?):
See how there’s two totally different ball flights? Yeah…
Hindsight being what it is, I wish I would’ve separated my driver swings from my 7 iron swings.
I found it easiest to hit the ball then take a screenshot afterwards.
Also, I’d disregard the “spin” number, as I didn’t bother using the stickers.
But honestly, if you can see the ball’s flight, like you can if you’re testing indoors, do you really need to know your spin number?
For you techies, I’m sure that’s gonna be an emphatic “YES!!!”, so you do you. If you’re not that worried, here’s an image I found:
The Flightscope Mevo lists theirs in yards, as opposed to this infographic listing in feet. Well, there’s three feet in a yard, so:
17.8 x 3= 53.4 feet
The last shot with a 7 iron was a thinned bullet (the red line). It only got about 53 feet in the air!
Just to help me feel better about myself:
If you’re wanting to edit your shots, you simply click on the fourth button (looks like a grid) to bring up this screen:
Click on the boxes you want, then either “edit” or “delete” them. If you did what I did and didn’t specify clubs, that’s what the “edit” button’s for. You can change the club used for each shot, but that’s all you can edit!
“Delete” is pretty straight-forward.
The last button (“settings”) looks like this:
Some things you can alter:
Remember the four blocks you saw earlier, that had things like carry distance and smash factor? You can change the template for that (under “data display”). One to six “blocks”, and you can drag-n-drop what specs you want in each block. The only downside is that there are more specs than blocks, so you have to prioritize which ones are more important to you. The available blocks:
- Carry distance
- Smash factor
- Launch angle
- Clubhead speed
- Ball speed
- Height (apex)
- Time (air time)
Yards or meters
Where you’re hitting
Indoors or outdoors- the Mevo does both! For the record, I was hitting outdoors.
Distance of the Mevo to the Ball
I’m not too sure about this one, as the instructions say to have it at 4 feet. I’m not sure how, or even if, that’d skew the data at all.
Switch between “Data” and “Video” views
In hindsight, I wish I’d have tried harder with the “video” function. In my defense, I was struggling to pair it with my phone, and I started having success with it set to “data”, so I dropped it.
As a fitter, one of the best features (IMO) of the Flightscope Mevo is the backup and restore functions.
Think about it: you’ve fit a few golfers using this little device, and it crashes! What do you do if your customer needs a new club, but you don’t have the specs?
Well, hopefully, you’ve written this down somewhere… but being human, shit happens sometimes. It’s nice to have the club/swing info saved in a backup that you can restore, to get it back with no worries!
What’s the chances it gets written down after that, though?
Big, Witty Conclusion Title
If you’re on the fence about getting your own personal launch monitor, the Mevo is an awesome little product. People can (and will, no doubtedly) compare it to the TrackMan, but they shouldn’t.
Every launch monitor has its flaws, and while the Mevo’s no exception, the data it provides is more than enough to let you see what’s going on. The $500 price tag might still price it out for some golfers, but if you can swing it, go for it.
UPDATE: After talking with Flightscope’s Customer Service, there are no plans in the works for adding sidespin numbers.
I know, for some this will be a deal-breaker. There are other options. Instead of dropping $500 on the Mevo, you can save up for the SkyTrack (it’s a shade under $2K with the “Game Improvement Plan” at Amazon).
What say you, audience? Have you tried it? Want to try it? Whatcha think?