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    Introduction

    The Flightscope Mevo is an entry level personal launch monitor that provides users with 8 unique data points. Those data points are carry distance, spin rate, clubhead speed, ball speed, vertical launch, smash factor, apex height and flight time. The Mevo uses 3D doppler radar technology to capture this data. Priced at $499 USD (currently on sale for $425 for Black Friday Savings), the Mevo is priced lower than some competitors in the same space. In this article, I’ll highlight what the Mevo brings to the table and who it might be best suited for when in the market for a personal launch monitor.

    Small Size, Powerful Data

    The first thing you’ll notice when unboxing the Mevo is its small stature. It is no exaggeration that this unit is tiny. However, its compact size allows it to be an excellent tool to use on the go, as it fits in the valuables pocket in my golf bag and would just as easily fit into my pocket. That is what I find all the more impressive about its performance. 

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    Speaking of performance, one of my initial concerns with the Mevo was how its accuracy would fare in outdoor conditions on the driving range. With the device, you are provided with reflective dots that you can put on the golf ball to improve accuracy. Since I was using range balls, I elected to forgo the dots as I would have no way of recovering them. Early results have been promising, with good to great accuracy across all metrics, especially with driver. I have seen some discrepancies in carry distance and spin with wedges, but that is most likely related to how I deliver the club and not the unit itself. Mid iron accuracy has also been good across all parameters. It will be interesting to compare the outdoor vs. indoor data when winter sets in and I move to my garage set up.

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    Of the eight data points available, I am finding the most benefit to my game and goals in clubhead speed, carry distance, spin rate, and vertical launch. I am a high spin player due to a relatively steep AoA, so at times I lose distance on strikes that feel like they should be longer, particularly with driver. I am now able to utilize the data Mevo provides to analyze this. On shots that feel good but don’t carry, I am often seeing a high spin rate and lower vertical launch, leading to an assumption of a negative AoA. On good strikes with longer carry, I am seeing lower spin and slightly higher launch, which seem to correlate with a neutral AoA. While the Mevo does not provide this metric, one can use their judgement to come to a reasonable conclusion.

    Easy Set Up, Intuitive App

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    Another major bright spot for the Mevo is its simplicity. Once you download the FS Golf app and create a profile, connecting the Mevo to your smartphone or tablet is as simple as turning it on. It pairs and connects within seconds, no navigation to device bluetooth settings required. The app is straightforward, allowing you to choose a full swing session, participate in challenges, and review data from your sessions. All data is stored in the FS Cloud, which you can access online.

    Within the full swing session, you’ll choose whether you are outdoors, indoors or pitching. You can adjust your altitude to sea level or current geographical altitude, and then simply start your session. A feature I love is that your phone’s camera can capture your swing within the app, and you can see the data that correlates to that swing. This gives you the ability to view what a good swing and good strike looks like, and then compare it to a poor swing and strike. Having this feedback is a great tool if you’re working on a swing change. 

    Who is the Mevo for?

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    Knowing your carry distances on the course can be the difference between reaching a green in regulation or coming up short and in a hazard. The Mevo provides that and more, in a pocket sized and accurate package. At a price of $499, and currently $425 for their Black Friday savings promotion as mentioned above, the Mevo is a fantastic option to enter the personal launch monitor market. For someone looking for basic data parameters, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better unit at this price point.

    If, however, you’re looking for a more in depth and advanced unit, the Mevo's big brother, Mevo+, provides 20 data parameters, plus a host of other features including simulation and games. It also just so happens to be on sale for their Black Friday promotion, and can be found here

    Flightscope is one of the leaders in the personal launch monitor industry, and their products prove that through accuracy and ease of use. Whether you’re looking to get into the PLM space or are looking to upgrade your current setup, give the Mevo a look!


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    I looked at the Mevo when I bought mine a few years ago, but I went for the Mevo+ instead. It is generally always with me when practicing now as a fantastic piece of kit. Interesting I tested my Mevo+ against my coaches Trackman4 recently. It was about 98-99% accurate which considering the difference between £1.5k and £25k was good enough for me.  Really like the Flightscope range as has something for everyone. 

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    48 minutes ago, OldSchoolFlusher said:

    I looked at the Mevo when I bought mine a few years ago, but I went for the Mevo+ instead. It is generally always with me when practicing now as a fantastic piece of kit. Interesting I tested my Mevo+ against my coaches Trackman4 recently. It was about 98-99% accurate which considering the difference between £1.5k and £25k was good enough for me.  Really like the Flightscope range as has something for everyone. 

    The plus is definitely a fantastic unit! I have used it in fittings before and it was always very accurate. Eventually I hope to have one in my personal arsenal. 

    Thanks for taking the time to read the article!

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    I have used Mevo for the past four years with mixed results. The indoor setting (which I use for hitting into the nets) seems to produce in some cases significant differences to hitting at the range. That said what I have done to compensate is to adjust the altitude settings and get more accurate results. Applying the dots is a bit of a pain but once applied you are good to go. The app works great and overall I would give the Mevo a solid 7.5.  

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    37 minutes ago, PJVicary said:

    I have used Mevo for the past four years with mixed results. The indoor setting (which I use for hitting into the nets) seems to produce in some cases significant differences to hitting at the range. That said what I have done to compensate is to adjust the altitude settings and get more accurate results. Applying the dots is a bit of a pain but once applied you are good to go. The app works great and overall I would give the Mevo a solid 7.5.  

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    I haven’t given mine a go yet indoors but will soon. Looking forward to seeing how the data compares to the range, which to this point has been solid. 

    Thanks for checking out the article!

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    I've had a mevo for a few seasons now and it usually accompanies me to the range.  If you're only looking for ball speed, club speed, launch angle and carry distance then the device is ok but not great.  Peak height definitely seems off to me as I've had a lot of very surprising and obviously incorrect results.  I've had stingers that don't get more than 20 ft of the ground read as 80 ft and had back to back wedge shots with nearly identical ball flights and one shows me 70 ft and the other 120.  

    Spin readings are completely worthless, they are all over the board inconsistent and obviously it's something that is really hard to judge for yourself to know when it's close and when it's way off and should be ignored.  

     

    I'm considering getting a mevo plus because of all the extra data it provides and supposedly the dual radar makes it more accurate for spin but my experience with the OG Mevo has definitely made me hesitant to purchase.  Unfortunately they're doesn't seem to be any affordable launch monitors that don't have major compromise in one form or another.  Skytrak+ is iffy outdoors and even then only works off mats, MLM pro won't give spin or some other data without special balls meaning it can't go to the range, Bushnell/GC3 cost $8k and doesn't really give much club data, R10 is not great for accuracy on anything from what I gather, and the list goes on.  It seems like waiting is prudent but I'm not sure that anyone will ever crack the case of providing a device with great accuracy at a reasonable price since there is a cost to including everything that would be required to do so which is why I keep coming back to Mevo+ with pro package....

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    2 hours ago, ChitownM2 said:

    I've had a mevo for a few seasons now and it usually accompanies me to the range.  If you're only looking for ball speed, club speed, launch angle and carry distance then the device is ok but not great.  Peak height definitely seems off to me as I've had a lot of very surprising and obviously incorrect results.  I've had stingers that don't get more than 20 ft of the ground read as 80 ft and had back to back wedge shots with nearly identical ball flights and one shows me 70 ft and the other 120.  

    Spin readings are completely worthless, they are all over the board inconsistent and obviously it's something that is really hard to judge for yourself to know when it's close and when it's way off and should be ignored.  

     

    I'm considering getting a mevo plus because of all the extra data it provides and supposedly the dual radar makes it more accurate for spin but my experience with the OG Mevo has definitely made me hesitant to purchase.  Unfortunately they're doesn't seem to be any affordable launch monitors that don't have major compromise in one form or another.  Skytrak+ is iffy outdoors and even then only works off mats, MLM pro won't give spin or some other data without special balls meaning it can't go to the range, Bushnell/GC3 cost $8k and doesn't really give much club data, R10 is not great for accuracy on anything from what I gather, and the list goes on.  It seems like waiting is prudent but I'm not sure that anyone will ever crack the case of providing a device with great accuracy at a reasonable price since there is a cost to including everything that would be required to do so which is why I keep coming back to Mevo+ with pro package....

    I, for the most part, have had good accuracy with the Mevo. The numbers I have seen with it on the range, particularly with driver, reflect what I see on the course. The biggest thing IMO to keep in mind is that these are personal units. If someone wants 99.99% accuracy, you have no choice but to go a pro route. Some data is better than no data for most individuals and I do truly believe that. From everything I have read and viewed online, the Mevo+ when paired with the RCT style ball is extremely accurate. You're not going to send those down range at a course, but can use them into a net at home either indoors or outdoors. While $70 for a dozen Titleist RCT balls is not cheap, it is cheaper than a $20k Trackman unit. 

    With any device at the consumer level price, You're going to have some give and take, there's truly just no way around that. Finding the unit that does the most of what you're looking for is the way I view it, and Flightscope really has done a great job with the Mevo range of products.

    Thanks for your insight and discussion, and taking time to read the article! I appreciate it!

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    17 minutes ago, Jnoble89 said:

    I, for the most part, have had good accuracy with the Mevo. The numbers I have seen with it on the range, particularly with driver, reflect what I see on the course. The biggest thing IMO to keep in mind is that these are personal units. If someone wants 99.99% accuracy, you have no choice but to go a pro route. Some data is better than no data for most individuals and I do truly believe that. From everything I have read and viewed online, the Mevo+ when paired with the RCT style ball is extremely accurate. You're not going to send those down range at a course, but can use them into a net at home either indoors or outdoors. While $70 for a dozen Titleist RCT balls is not cheap, it is cheaper than a $20k Trackman unit. 

    With any device at the consumer level price, You're going to have some give and take, there's truly just no way around that. Finding the unit that does the most of what you're looking for is the way I view it, and Flightscope really has done a great job with the Mevo range of products.

    Thanks for your insight and discussion, and taking time to read the article! I appreciate it!

    Question for ya Jason, how easy is the setup?  I tend to play very early morning with nobody on the course until I’m almost done and was thinking about the possibility of setting it up on every shot for a round or 2. You know if I should happen to end up with one lol

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    3 hours ago, GolfSpy_BNG said:

    Question for ya Jason, how easy is the setup?  I tend to play very early morning with nobody on the course until I’m almost done and was thinking about the possibility of setting it up on every shot for a round or 2. You know if I should happen to end up with one lol

    Set up could not be easier, Mark. You open the FS Golf app, prep your session in the range mode, and press and hold the button on the unit until the blue lights flash. It connects in seconds, and that is not an exaggeration. There is also no initial set up where you need to sync it to your phone's bluetooth, which I think is really nice. Pairs automatically with the app. I used mine on the range today after a baseline session with my deWiz, and it took longer to place it on the ground than it did to sync to the app once I had it on. No need to turn it off shot to shot, either. It'll take a moment to sync once you put it on the ground, and it may turn off if it's idle for too long but shot to shot as far as picking it up, setting it down and waiting for the audible "ready" from the app, I don't see any reason why you couldn't. 

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    3 minutes ago, Jnoble89 said:

    Set up could not be easier, Mark. You open the FS Golf app, prep your session in the range mode, and press and hold the button on the unit until the blue lights flash. It connects in seconds, and that is not an exaggeration. There is also no initial set up where you need to sync it to your phone's bluetooth, which I think is really nice. Pairs automatically with the app. I used mine on the range today after a baseline session with my deWiz, and it took longer to place it on the ground than it did to sync to the app once I had it on. No need to turn it off shot to shot, either. It'll take a moment to sync once you put it on the ground, and it may turn off if it's idle for too long but shot to shot as far as picking it up, setting it down and waiting for the audible "ready" from the app, I don't see any reason why you couldn't. 

    This is really good to hear. Thanks

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    Once again have to give a shout-out to Jason for this article and what it led to in the progression series. With testers being announced today I also want to give this article another boost. We will be selecting two forum members for the mevo based on participation and engagement on the thread. Want to get involved? Head over here to start.

     

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    To say myself, as well as the entire mod staff, is excited for this opportunity for the forum is a massive understatement. Huge thanks needs to go to Flightscope as well for going ALL-IN with us on this test and @GolfSpy_APH closing the deal on a great call with them. I have a feeling it could lead to a great relationship with FS going forward as well!

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