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FlightScope Mevo+ 2024 Review

Advanced Tech With a User-Friendly Design, but Is It the Right Golf Launch Monitor for You?

No need to tease anyone or build suspense. I’m just going to say it: If you want an incredibly accurate golf launch monitor that’s a significant step above some of the more affordable options but that’s not as expensive or quite as thorough as the devices the pros are using, you want the FlightScope Mevo+ 2023 Edition.

It’s just that simple.

Well, almost that simple…

See, there are a few things you need to know. The FlightScope Mevo+ is undeniably awesome, but it’s not quite perfect. Then again, I’ve yet to find a golf launch monitor that’s right for every single type of user.

So, if you’re looking for the nitty-gritty details on what sets this launch monitor apart from the others, if you want the down and dirty on where the Mevo+ excels and where it comes up short, if you’ve got a few grand burning a hole in your pocket and are trying to figure out the best golf tech to spend it on, I’ve got you covered. Keep reading for my no-holds-barred, unbiased review of the FlightScope Mevo+.

When PlayBetter.com hired me to review this product, they told me to tell it like it is. Sure, they want to sell these things. But they’re aiming for the long-play approach of building consumer trust. By sharing honest, non-salesy reviews, they give the power to their customers to make the best decisions for themselves.

If you’re into that kind of approach, you’ve found the right place. Let’s reveal the truth about the FlightScope Mevo+. Is it for you? Read on to find out.

What’s in the Box? First Impressions Upon Opening the FlightScope Mevo+

 A FlightScope mevo+ in an open box on a desk

You know, I gave a pretty glowing first impression account of my experience with the SkyTrak+. And while I stand by my opinion that it makes a strong first impression, I think that in hindsight and now with some comparative experience, I got a little too excited. That’s because the Mevo+ announces itself in a much more powerful way than the SkyTrak+.

I’ve said it before: You’re not buying a golf launch monitor because of the feeling you get upon unboxing. But it is a thing. If you’re going to drop thousands of dollars on a golf device, you want to feel inspired and confident in knowing you’ve purchased a quality product. FlightScope absolutely nails it with their design, packaging, and presentation. It’s all very clean, modern, and sturdy.

One thing that immediately jumps out is the included carrying case. That’s something that’s missing in the SkyTrak+ box, and it’s a very welcome sight when opening the FlightScope Mevo+. It makes this launch monitor so much more portable and right away suggests that this is going to be a legitimate product for outdoor use at the driving range. If you’re familiar with the Rapsodo MLM2PRO case, the Mevo+ case is very similar. Which is to say that it’s one of the most functional launch monitor carrying cases on the market. Packed in its carrying case, the FlightScope Mevo+ will easily fit into just about any golf bag. You definitely can’t say that about the SkyTrak+, the Bushnell Launch Pro, the Foresight Sports GC3, or some of the other competing products.

Inside the Mevo+ box you’ll find:

Contents of the FlightScope Mevo+ product box, including carrying case, Mevo+ unit, startup guide, and more.

  • The launch monitor
  • A carrying case
  • A quickstart guide
  • An E6 Connect code for simulator setup
  • Aluminum stickers that you can add to your golf balls for more accurate indoor tracking
  • A setup diagram that shows you optimal indoor and outdoor positioning
  • A USB-mini charging cord and power supply
  • A carabiner to attach the carrying case to your golf bag

Like with most modern tech products, instructions are fairly minimal but in a good way. The short quickstart guide breaks down the setup process in a few simple steps. You’re left with the impression that getting started is going to be intuitive and easy. And that’s exactly what I experienced.

Once you download the FS Golf app and create an account, you’re pretty much ready to go. Pairing the launch monitor with your phone, tablet, or PC is extremely easy. I didn’t hit any snags with any of the multiple devices that I tried. And there are more thorough instructions inside the app if you need them.

Positioning and Aligning the FlightScope Mevo+ for Indoor and Outdoor Use

Here’s my biggest issue with the FlightScope Mevo+: Setup has to be very precise for it to record accurately. It’s not a huge deal. But whereas with other products you can be hitting shots and collecting data literally within a minute or two of arriving at the range, with the Mevo+, you’re going to need to take the time to get everything positioned just right.

The payoff, of course, is that going through that precise setup process is going to yield extremely accurate results. We’ll get to that in a minute.

The things to be aware of are that your distance from the Mevo+ to the ball, the distance from the ball to your impact screen or net (for indoor use), the leveling of the launch monitor, and the angle at which it’s pointing all need to be spot on. Otherwise, your numbers are going to be off.

View from behind a Mevo+ launch monitor on a golf course with alignment stick and pyramid of golf balls in front of it

The Mevo Plus includes a built-in camera. And while the main benefit of that feature is the swing video you can review, the camera also comes in handy when it comes to setup. Once you’ve got the unit powered up and paired with the app, you’ll be able to see on your phone, tablet, or computer a line that shows you exactly where you need to place the ball, which should be 8 feet in front of the Mevo+ and directly in line with the sensor lens. For indoor use, you’ll then need to measure another 13 feet from the ball to your screen or net. FlightScope says that you can get away with a minimum of 8 feet from the ball to your screen or net, but I found the results to be more precise and consistent when I used the recommended 13 feet of space.

Also, on screen in the app, you’ll be able to see the tilt and roll of the device once you’ve set it on the ground or floor. You’ll need to adjust the tilt to 12 degrees and the roll to where the unit is level.

Once I got used to the setup process, it really only took a few minutes longer than it does with other launch monitors for me to get everything positioned correctly. But I will say that it’s just enough of a pain that if you were using this indoors full time, you’d want to mark your floor with tape so that you could easily replicate the correct setup once you got it nailed. I haven’t tried the Mevo+ Alignment Stand that’s sold separately, but for $35, it might be a worthwhile investment that will save you a lot of time over the long run.

I like to bring the launch monitors I’m reviewing out onto the golf course just for the sake of additional testing, but I don’t think that’s a common use case for most people. And with the Mevo+, because the setup is so finicky, it’s really not a viable option to go through that process over and over again during a round.

If you’re going to use the Mevo+ outdoors at the range, one great benefit is that it can record very accurate data whether you’re hitting off natural grass or a mat. That’s awesome, especially when you consider that one of it’s main competitors, the SkyTrak+, can’t reliably read shots hit off of natural turf. However, when you hit off of grass, you’re going to take divots. And when you take divots, you start to change your ball placement. That can become a bit of an issue as you work through a range session and need to continuously adjust your launch monitor positioning. This is why I say the precise setup required is my biggest hangup with this product.

FlightScope Mevo Plus Data and Accuracy

Now the really good stuff. Fully unlocked, the FlightScope Mevo+ is loaded with data metrics. Better still, my testing revealed some very impressive accuracy. The Mevo+ uses what they call Fusion Tracking, which is a combination of 3D Doppler radar and high-speed image processing, to deliver what I think is incredible accuracy for the $3,199 price ($2,199 for Mevo+ plus the $1,000 Pro Package software upgrade).

Right out of the box, you get:

  • Ball speed
  • Club head speed
  • Smash factor
  • Carry distance
  • Total distance
  • Launch angle
  • Spin rate
  • Spin loft
  • Apex height
  • Flight time
  • Angle of attack
  • Launch direction
  • Spin axis
  • Roll distance
  • Lateral landing
  • Shot dispersion
  • Shot type

Then, for a one-time cost of $1,000, you can get the Pro Package, which adds on:

  • Face to path
  • Face to target
  • Dynamic loft
  • Club path
  • Vertical swing plane
  • Horizontal swing plane
  • Low point
  • Vertical descent angle
  • Curve
  • Club speed profile
  • Club acceleration profile

After that, if you really want to go for it, you can spend another $499 and get the Face Impact Package, which shows you exactly where on the clubface you’re making contact. You can store all of that data, just as you can all the other data points, so that you can review your sessions and see if you’re consistently finding the center of the clubface or if adjustments are needed. Impact Location also adds two additional data parameters with lateral impact and vertical impact.

The FlightScope Mevo+ on a floor indoors

The bottom line is that, fully unlocked, you can get an insane amount of information about your golf swing. And while the additional packages aren’t cheap, one great thing about FlightScope is that there are no annual subscription fees. So once you pony up the cash, you’re done. You won’t have to worry about getting nickeled and dimed for the rest of the time you own your golf launch monitor and simulator.

To test accuracy, I pitted the FlightScope Mevo Plus against the Foresight Sports GC3. And I’ve got to say that I was, overall, extremely impressed with the Mevo.

Carry distance was absolutely spot on, identical or within a yard or two between both units on pretty much every single shot. Club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, launch angle, and angle of attack were equally impressive.

Spin rate was also incredibly accurate. That is, of course, once I applied the aluminum dot stickers. I will say that I’m not the biggest fan of having to use stickers. To get accurate results, you’ve got to position the ball so that the sticker is facing towards the target. But if you’re playing simulated golf with your buddies and maybe enjoying some beverages, do you really want to have to bend down to precisely position the ball before every single shot? I promise you the answer is “no.”

Luckily, there is a workaround to the dot sticker. Titleist makes a Radar Capture Technology (RCT) golf ball that gets the job done without the need for stickers. You can buy Pro V1, Pro V1x, Pro V1x Left Dash, and AVX versions. At $70 a dozen, they certainly aren’t inexpensive, but I think this is one investment that’s very much worth making if you’re going to use your Mevo+ regularly indoors.

The biggest accuracy issue I identified came with rollout and total distance. The Mevo Plus severely underreported the rollout distance and resulting total distance on many shots. For example, I hit a 7 iron that was a pull/hook. We know that’s a ball that’s going to roll out severely. The GC3 read the rollout as 13 yards while the Mevo+ reported it as 2.5 yards, which is unrealistic. When I’m using a golf launch monitor to practice, carry distance is the number I care about. But when it comes to playing simulator golf, I want an accurate total distance because, otherwise, I’m not getting a real-life-like representation of how I’m playing that hole.

I also did note a bit of discrepancy when it came to shots that were far offline. In the case of poor shots, the Mevo+ seemed to be under-reporting the lateral distance. And the further offline the shot, the bigger the difference. So really bad shots (which I’m more than capable of producing with some unfortunate regularity) were often several yards less offline with the Mevo+ than with the Foresight Sports GC3.

Mevo+ Simulator Software Compatibility

The FlightScope Mevo+ in an indoor golf simulator with impact screen and GC3 unit in the foreground

With the purchase of your FlightScope Mevo Plus, you get 10 golf courses via E6 Connect, one of the leading simulator software companies. Those courses are:

  • Aviara
  • Stone Canyon
  • Wade Hampton
  • Sanctuary
  • Bay Hill
  • The Belfry
  • Oslo Golf Club
  • Panther Lake
  • Thanksgiving Point
  • Par 3 Ocean Course

You also get 17 practice ranges from which to choose.

The Mevo+ is also compatible with The Golf Club 2019, GS Pro, Creative 3D, and Awesome Golf, though each of those will require an additional subscription.

Overall, the FlightScope Mevo+ is one of the most compatible golf launch monitors on the market. That means a lot of potential for a lot of fun!

Also, because this device does a really solid job of tracking both putts and chips, you can actually play full rounds of golf.

That said, there is a little bit of funkiness involved in getting the Mevo Plus to accurately read your putts. Whereas with normal full swings you’ll have the Mevo+ set 8 feet behind the golf ball, for putts, you’ll have to change that ball position so that it is 7 feet from the launch monitor. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it does mean that your mat will need to be large enough to accommodate different ball placements.

Other Cool Mevo Plus Features

Golf reviewer Marc on the golf course swinging in front of a FlightScope Mevo+ golf launch monitor

One of the best things about the Mevo+ when it comes to game improvement is the built-in camera. That means that you can review video footage of every shot you hit. And you can even draw lines, angles, and circles on the screen to analyze what you’re doing right or wrong. If you’re using this product as a teaching pro, this can be a very useful tool.

You can also connect up to three additional cameras so that you can get multiple video angles. And you can overlay selected data parameters on top of the video replay so that you can see how the numbers match with what you’re seeing.

There’s a series of challenges available in the app so that you can see how your skills stack up against PGA and LPGA pros, play various driving range games, and swing away in a long drive competition.

As far as practice goes, you can use the app for a full-swing driving range session, or narrow it down to a specific chipping or putting session. You can even work on speed training in a swing session that doesn’t require a golf ball.

Probably most impressive is how flexible the FlightScope app is in letting you organize and view your data. There are so many layout options. So whether you want visual representations, or averages, or tables, or certain data points but not others, you can fully customize your experience. It’s actually a bit overwhelming until you get the hang of it and figure out what works best for you. After that, it’s incredible to see how many ways there are to arrange your data so that it’s most useful and easiest to review. I love this part of using the Mevo+.

Improvements to the FlightScope Mevo+ Updated Edition

View from side of golf reviewer Marc getting ready to swing in front of the Mevo+ with his golf bag standing behind him

The Mevo+ has been around for a few years, but it got some significant upgrades in 2023. Here are a few of the notable improvements:

  • The kickstand now automatically sets at the perfect 12 degree angle
  • Battery life is now three hours, up from two hours
  • The PC app is now included
  • There's now a speed training swing session 

Basically, FlightScope took what was already very good and made it undeniably great.

Is the FlightScope Mevo+ Right for You?

So, should you buy the FlightScope Mevo Plus? Gee, I don’t know. Do you love golf and having fun and getting better? Because if you do, you’d be crazy not to want to own this thing.

But as noted, it’s not perfect. The setup can be a bit cumbersome. For indoor use, it requires a lot of space. To get all of the data, it’s not cheap. You’ve got to use special golf balls or stickers. And, at least in my experience, total distance is often underreported.

All that said, on the whole, the FlightScope Mevo+ is an absolute winner. Accuracy is incredible. It’s very portable. You can use it outdoors while hitting off of real grass. The simulator compatibility is impressive, and you get 10 golf courses right out of the box. It’s packed with features. There are no annual subscriptions. And on and on and on. This thing is killer!

So, yes, if I were you and it was in my budget and I wanted a very legitimate launch monitor that was going to give me reliable data to help me improve and enjoy simulated golf, I would give very, very serious consideration to purchasing the FlightScope Mevo+. I honestly can’t see how you’d go wrong.

Another thing to remember is that if you pick this up from PlayBetter.com and you realize it’s not right for you, you’ve got 30 days to return it hassle-free. I think that fact upgrades the decision to a no-brainer.

About PlayBetter Golf Reviewer Marc Sheforgen

Marc Sheforgen is a golf writer whose passion for the game far exceeds his ability to play it well. Marc covers all things golf, from product reviews and equipment recommendations to event coverage and tournament analysis. When he’s not playing, watching, or writing about golf, he enjoys traveling (often golf-related), youth sports coaching, volunteering, and record collecting.

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