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The Mevo+, Launch Pro, and Mevo+ Limited Edition in their standing in their boxes on a wooden table

Choosing Your Game-Changer: FlightScope Mevo Plus vs Bushnell Launch Pro Comparison

For real-deal game improvement, it comes down to these two top golf launch monitors: the FlightScope Mevo+ or the Bushnell Launch Pro. Our golf reviewer Marc weighs them up in this 10-category comparison, so you can see which one tips the scales for you!

Shoppers searching for golf launch monitors and simulators almost always have a lot of questions.

How much space do I need? That’s, of course, one of the biggies when it comes to indoor golf simulator use.

Which golf launch monitor is the most accurate? That’s another key consideration, especially for serious players looking to use this incredible technology to help them improve.

But by far the most common question from people shopping for a golf launch monitor is: How much money do I need to spend?

And here’s my very blunt-but-I-hope-useful answer: If you want a real-deal golf launch monitor that has the potential to transform your golf game, you’re going to have to spend at least $2,000.

Let me explain.

If you want to have a lot of fun but aren’t concerned with getting absolute pinpoint accuracy and are OK with a great-but-less-than-perfect golf simulator setup, you don’t need to spend more than $1,000. Options like the Rapsodo MLM2PRO, Garmin Approach R10, and Swing Caddie SC4 are incredible choices that allow you to get in the game without breaking the bank.

But if you want the kind of data and the reliable accuracy you need for serious game improvement, and if you want a device that’s capable of delivering a truly realistic, first-class golf simulator experience, you’re going to have to jump to at least $2,000. That is the barrier to entry for accessing what I would call a fully legitimate golf launch monitor/simulator.

The Mevo+, Launch Pro, and Mevo+ Limited Edition launch monitors standing on a table in Marc's house

If you’ve arrived at the fork in the road where you know you want more than the sub-$1,000 basics but you’re not down with dropping like $20K for the absolute top shelf, chances are you’re trying to decide between the FlightScope Mevo+, the Bushnell Launch Pro, and the SkyTrak+.

I’ve done in-depth reviews on each of these products, and I’ll tell you right up front: I love them all.

But I’ll also tell you that there is most definitely a correct choice among the three for you and your individual circumstances.

I’ve already compared the SkyTrak+ head-to-head against the Bushnell Launch Pro and FlightScope Mevo+. And, upcoming, we’re going to do a shootout that pits all three of these amazing products against each other.

But for this post, I want to take a close look at how the FlightScope Mevo+ and Bushnell Launch Pro stack up against each other. While the SkyTrak+ is undoubtedly fantastic, I see it as attractive mostly as an indoor golf simulator option. The Mevo+ and the Launch Pro of course also work beautifully indoors, but I see these two products as the likely contenders for golfers who are serious about using a launch monitor to improve their games.

So if you’re the shopper who wants to have fun with a golf launch monitor and simulator but who is, above all, prioritizing game-improvement in your decision-making process, you’re in the right place. Both the Mevo+ and Launch Pro will more than get the job done. But they each do it in an entirely different way. I’m going to help you figure out which option is best for you.

What About the 2024 FlightScope Mevo Plus Limited Edition?

The FlightScope Mevo+ Limited Edition launch monitor held by Marc, showing his thumb at the bottom

As you may have heard, FlightScope announced at the 2024 PGA Show a Mevo+ Limited Edition model that comes preloaded with their Mevo+ Pro Package and Face Impact Location software and that includes an exclusive 12-pack of E6 Connect simulator courses.

It’s a very sweet upgrade from the standard Mevo+ IF your budget allows for the higher price AND you value the added goodies that it includes.

For this comparison post, we’re going to group the standard Mevo+ and the Limited Edition model together. The reason is that, as golf launch monitors, they function exactly the same. It’s the enhanced data sets, software add-ons, and beefed-up sim course library that separates them, and we’ll call out each of those points throughout our comparison here.

So, let’s get into comparing the FlightScope Mevo Plus with the Bushnell Launch Pro. I’ve rated each on a scale from 0 through 5 in 10 different categories. My advice to you is to pay closest attention to the categories that speak to your individual priorities. If you just want to know whether or not either of these are great golf launch monitors, that’s easy. They both are. The key is to use this comparison to see where each excels and where there are limitations. With that information, you should have an easier time deciding which will work best for you.

Golf Launch Monitor Price

The contents from the boxes of each launch monitor—Mevo+, Launch Pro, and Mevo+ Limited Edition—laid out in front of the respective launch monitors

FlightScope Mevo+ = 4; Bushnell Launch Pro = 4

You can see clearly that these two launch monitors are in direct competition with each other just by looking at their pricing structures. You can get into a Launch Pro for $1,999.99, or get the souped-up version for $3,499.99. And you can get into a Mevo+ for $2,199, or get the fully loaded Limited Edition model for $3,499.

What I like about both of these products is that you have the option to only pay for the data that you’re going to use. I’m talking specifically about club data. While it is incredibly useful information for the right kind of golfer, for others it’s overkill. And unlike with devices like the SkyTrak+, where you have no choice but to pay for all of the data the monitor is capable of recording, with both the Bushnell Launch Pro and FlightScope Mevo Plus, you’ve got options.

If you want just ball data, you can get a Launch Pro for just $1,999.99. To include club data, the total price jumps to $3,499.99. And to play simulator golf, there is an annual subscription. But to be able to get ball data that’s accurate enough for tour pros for just $1,999.99 and to then have the option to go deeper down the data rabbit hole if you choose is pretty phenomenal.

And the same goes for the FlightScope Mevo Plus. You can access 20 data points right out of the box, and with no subscription fee, for $2,199. Then you’ve got the option to add the Mevo+ Pro Package, which adds all the club data you could ever want, and Face Impact Location software, which shows you where on the clubface you’re making contact, for an additional $1,499.00. Or, with the FlightScope Mevo Plus Limited Edition model, you get the Pro Package and Face Impact Location software included for a nice discount at a purchase price of $3,499.

For what you’re getting and for how these two golf launch monitors compare to any other competitors, I think both are very fairly priced.

First Impressions Upon Unboxing

FlightScope Mevo+ = 5; Bushnell Launch Pro = 5

The FlightScope Mevo+ and Bushnell Launch Pro next to each other in their open boxes on a wooden floor

Both FlightScope and Bushnell nailed the packaging and presentation with these golf launch monitors. Each gives off the kind of “serious golf tech” vibes you want if you’re buying a device you’re going to use to improve your game. But they look nothing like one another.

The FlightScope Mevo Plus catches your eye with its sleek sophistication. Its packaging is a masterclass in striking the right balance between elegance and simplicity. The launch monitor itself is very small and comes packaged in its included carrying case. Right away you realize how portable this golf launch monitor is.

The Bushnell Launch Pro, on the other hand, doesn’t just sit there; it makes a statement. It’s like it’s telling you, “I mean business,” with its no-nonsense look and feel. Picking up the Launch Pro you can’t help but admire its solid build quality. And while it’s huge compared to the Mevo+, the built-in handle also makes it really easy to envision carrying this thing back and forth between the range and your indoor sim studio.

Setup Process

FlightScope Mevo+ = 3; Bushnell Launch Pro = 5

Our scale only goes to 5, but the Bushnell Launch Pro would get the max score in this category no matter the limit. It’s built-in display means that, if you want to, you can use it without even interfacing with your phone, tablet, or computer. It doesn’t get any easier than hitting the power button, setting the launch monitor next to your ball, and hitting golf shots.

For an enhanced experience, and to store all of your data, you can use the Launch Pro app, which is also simple to operate. But if you just want to get quick numbers, there is no launch monitor at any price that makes it easier than the Bushnell Launch Pro.

I found it very easy to install and operate the FlightScope app using both my phone and laptop. But positioning the launch monitor so that it accurately tracks your golf shots does require a bit of attention. It’s not a huge deal, but of all the radar-based golf launch monitors that sit behind the golf ball, the Mevo Plus is the most finicky. It takes a few minutes of precise attention to make sure that you have the device perfectly in line with your golf ball at the correct distance and that the tilt is set correctly. The more you use this product, the easier this process becomes. And I’d recommend buying the $35 Mevo+ alignment stand add-on, as it removes any of the guesswork from the setup.

Launch Monitor Portability

FlightScope Mevo+ = 5; Bushnell Launch Pro = 4

The Mevo+ shines in ease of transport, thanks to its compact size and the inclusion of a highly functional carrying case. It’s a tad snug, but I can easily fit the case and launch monitor in the side pocket of my golf bag. The simplicity of bringing the Mevo+ wherever I want, whether to a sim session indoors, out to the range, or even out on the course, is one of my favorite things about it.

Given its size, you’d think the Bushnell Launch Pro would be less portable. And, make no mistake, you’re not going to be carrying this thing in your golf bag. But the way the handle is just seamlessly built into the top of the launch monitor, it’s actually really easy to grab and carry with one hand.

But let’s say you wanted to bring your golf launch monitor out to the range before you played a round. With the Mevo+, you could throw it in your golf bag after you hit balls and head for the course. With the Launch Pro, you’d have to return to your car or locker before you went to the first tee box, as there’s no way you’d want to haul this thing around the course.

The FlightScope Mevo+ being held by a golf-gloved hand with a blue sky and clouds behind

Golf Launch Monitor Data

FlightScope Mevo+ = 5; Bushnell Launch Pro = 4

This is an interesting category. If we’re just talking accuracy, I think the Bushnell Launch Pro is the best. It’s even more reliable than the FlightScope Mevo Plus. There’s a reason that you see so many tour pros using the big brothers of the Launch Pro, the Foresight Sports GCQuad and QuadMAX out on the range. It’s because the ball and club data is so dependably accurate.

But the Mevo is just so loaded with data points and also accurate enough that it earns the highest mark here. In fact, no golf launch monitor includes more data than a fully-loaded FlightScope Mevo Plus Limited Edition.

The Mevo+ uses a combination of Doppler radar and a built-in camera for what FlightScope calls “Fusion Tracking.” Right out of the box with a standard-edition Mevo+, 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, included with a Mevo+ Limited Edition, or available as an add-on purchase with a standard Mevo+ model, you get the Mevo+ Pro Package, which adds:

  • 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

Phone image of FlightScope fact impact data and image

Also included with the Limited Edition Mevo, or available as an add-on, is the Face Impact Package, which shows you exactly where on the clubface you’re making contact.

With the Bushnell Launch Pro, you’ve got two versions from which to choose: The Ball Data model and the Ball and Club Data model.

With the Ball Data model, for $1,999.99, you get:

  • Carry Distance
  • Ball Speed
  • Total Spin
  • Horizontal Launch Angle
  • Vertical Launch Angle
  • Back Spin
  • Side Spin
  • Spin Tilt Axis
  • Barometer

The Ball and Club Data model, which costs $3,499.99, adds:

  • Clubhead Speed
  • Club Path
  • Angle of Attack
  • Smash Factor

Now that’s definitely a lot of data, but you can see how the FlightScope Mevo+ offers even more. Then again, the Bushnell Launch Pro, using its three cameras and radar technology, is the most accurate.

So, do you want the most data with very good accuracy? Then the Mevo+ wins out.

Or do you want a more limited data set but with the ultimate accuracy? Then it’s the Bushnell Launch Pro.

Outdoor Use

The Bushnell Launch Pro outdoors at the golf range near a pyramid of golf balls

FlightScope Mevo+ = 4; Bushnell Launch Pro = 5

First of all, both of these golf launch monitors will accurately record shots hit off of natural turf. That’s not true of competitors like the SkyTrak+. I think that’s a very big deal, as I think a lot of golfers serious about improving will want to use their golf launch monitors to practice on real grass.

I talked in the Setup Process section about how simple it is to get started with the Launch Pro. And outdoors is where that really shines. I don’t think there’s a better golf launch monitor for using at the driving range. Its portability isn’t perfect, but it’s also not bad. But when you combine its accuracy with its ease of setup and built-in display, I think it’s the perfect outdoor game-improvement tool.

I’ve had great experiences using the FlightScope Mevo+ outdoors. And because of its better portability, I’ve even enjoyed occasionally taking it out onto the golf course. But because it takes just a few extra minutes to set it up each time, I’m holding off on giving it the highest outdoor score. Some golfers just aren’t going to want to go through that alignment process out on a crowded driving range.

Indoor Use

Marc swinging in an indoor golf simulator in front of the impact screen next to the Bushnell Launch Pro and GC3 launch monitors

FlightScope Mevo+ = 4; Bushnell Launch Pro = 5

So here’s a category where, depending on your setup, you may have these scores flopped.

I score the Bushnell Launch Pro highest here because it sets up to the side of the golf ball, rather than from behind. That means that you need considerably less room depth, which is a big deal for a lot of people. With a Mevo Plus, you’re going to need a minimum of 16 feet of room depth. And it's recommended that you have more like 21 feet. With a Launch Pro, you only need enough depth to be able to swing the club comfortably and to be able to hit into an impact screen or net without the ball bouncing back and hitting you.

However, if you’re planning to play indoor simulator golf with both righties and lefties AND you’ve got enough room depth, the Mevo Plus becomes the better option. Because it sits behind the ball, you can hit from either side without having to move the launch monitor. That’s of course going to be a big deal if you’re regularly hosting both righties and lefties.

Because I think room size is the biggest overall obstacle for people who want to build an indoor golf simulator studio, I’m giving the nod here to the space-saving opportunity that the Bushnell Launch Pro provides.

Golf Launch Monitor and Simulator Features

FlightScope Mevo+ = 4; Bushnell Launch Pro = 5

The feature I love most on the Mevo+ is the integrated camera and the auto-capture swing videos. This allows you to watch replays of each shot you take, with the capability to mark up the footage with lines, angles, and circles to dissect your swing and identify areas for improvement. You can even record and exchange lessons. And you have the option to add up to three more cameras so that you can capture a variety of angles for a more comprehensive analysis.

FlightScope announced at the 2024 PGA Show a series of software enhancements that have yet to debut. There’s some really cool features on the way — things like AI instruction, a shot tracer, and a planning tool that applies your data to the weather conditions of a destination you’re planning to visit. But because we don’t yet know anything about pricing for these features or what might be included out of the box, I haven’t taken them into account for this comparison. Stay tuned for updates.

By this point, it’s probably clear how much I appreciate the built-in display on the Bushnell Launch Pro. In my view, this feature alone makes the Launch Pro perhaps the most versatile golf launch monitor, perfect for both indoor and outdoor settings. While this might be just one feature, its impact is so significant to me that it justifies the top score in this category.

Golf Simulator Use

FlightScope Mevo+ = 5; Bushnell Launch Pro = 4

Both of these golf launch monitors interface with software to create amazing golf simulator experiences. Because these devices are each so accurate, ball flights and distances when you’re playing a sim round are very realistic.

With the FlightScope Mevo Plus, you’ve got simulator software compatibility with:

  • TruGolf E6 Connect
  • The Golf Club 2019
  • Awesome Golf
  • Creative Golf 3D
  • GSPro

The Mevo+ in front of a simulator impact screen with simulated golf course and data on it with a Foresight Sports GC3 in the foreground

One of the best things about the Mevo Plus Limited Edition is that it comes preloaded with a 12-pack of E6 courses, including some really desirable venues like the Old Course at St Andrews, Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black, Harbour Town, and Bay Hill. That means that you can have a lot of simulator fun right out of the box with the Limited Edition without having to pay any additional subscription cost.

One bummer about the Bushnell Launch Pro is that to play simulator golf, you’ll need to purchase their $499-per-year Golf software package. If you do, you’ll have access to all of the Foresight Sports software, including:

  • FSX Pro (Foresight’s mobile app)
  • FSX Play (Foresight’s newest simulator software)
  • 25 simulated golf courses (additional courses available for purchase)
  • Awesome Golf (a more animated, arcade-like version of simulator golf)

The included golf courses are decent but don’t feature any really big-name tracks. To add those, you’ll have to pay an additional $150 per course.

Another bummer is that if you want to use third-party simulator software with the Bushnell Launch Pro, you’re required to buy the Gold subscription. It used to be that you could use a Launch Pro with third-party software like GSPro without having to have a Foresight subscription. Now, you’ve got to pay for the Foresight subscription and the third-party subscription ($250 per year for GSPro).

Subscriptions Cost

FlightScope Mevo+ = 4; Bushnell Launch Pro = 2

The Mevo Plus actually doesn’t have any subscriptions, which is really refreshing in this age of constant added cost. But, of course, to get everything the Mevo can do, you are going to have to pay extra. Unlocking all the club data that the Mevo+ Pro Package includes costs an additional $1,000. And the Face Impact software will cost you another $499. Of course, you can get both included for a bit of a discount if you buy the Mevo Plus Limited Edition.

As noted above, if you want to play simulator golf with the Bushnell Launch Pro, you’ll have to pay $499 per year after a free 14-day trial. But the real buzz kill for me is that you can’t even use third-party simulator software without paying that subscription fee.

This category is a no-brainer. Even if you buy the added data and software with the Mevo+, you’ll only pay one time. With the Launch Pro, you’ll pay year after year for as long as you want to play simulator golf.

Should You Buy the FlightScope Mevo+ or the Bushnell Launch Pro?

Totaling up all of our 10 category scores, we get a final count of:

FlightScope Mevo+ = 43

Bushnell Launch Pro = 43

Our first-ever comparison post tie!

But as I said at the outset, I recommend that you pay more attention to each individual category than you do to the total score. I clearly think highly of both of these products. So if you’re going to use my opinion as a guide, I’d encourage you to look closely at the parts that matter most to you.

Do you have room-depth limitations? The Bushnell Launch Pro is likely your best choice.

Are you planning to regularly play simulator golf with both righties and lefties? The FlightScope Mevo Plus is going to save you the pain of having to move the golf launch monitor back and forth for different users.

Do you hate the idea of keeping track of and paying annual subscriptions but love the idea of playing simulator golf? Then get the FlightScope Mevo Plus.

Do you want a launch monitor that you can bring to the range to get pre-round data super fast? There’s no competition for the built-in display on the Bushnell Launch Pro.

Do you want the most data points available anywhere near this price point? Mevo Plus.

Or do you want the most accurate golf launch monitor anywhere near this price point? Launch Pro.

It all comes down to your priorities. But know this: if you’re in the market for a serious game-improvement golf launch monitor that, while maybe not as inexpensive as the under-$1,000 options, is far more affordable than the top-of-the-line choices, these are the two best products available.

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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