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Equipment Type: Launch Monitor
Vendor: Rapsodo

TESTERS WANTED!
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The great testing opportunities keep coming! Here we are looking for 4 testers for the Rapsodo MLM Launch Monitor, but wait there is more. With this testing not only do you get to test and keep the launch monitor, but you will also receive access to the Coach Connect where you will be paired with an instructor and receive comprehensive swing evaluation through Rapsodo's Coach Connect platform as part of the testing experience.

Rapsodo has had a great product so for winning 2019 and 2020 Mygolfspy Most Wanted awards... how will if fare for you?

This test is open to all entries left or right handed, international and US, but only users of IOS devices. This can be iphone or ipad, however android at this time is not supported. 

Thank you all for applying and we look forward to seeing selected testers put it through its paces and share the experience with Rapsodo!

Please congratulate our testers for the Rapsodo MLM
@GolfSpy_APH
@B.Boston
@GregB135
@IDontGiveAchuck

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Hello everyone and welcome to my Rapsodo MLM Launch Monitor review!

Thank you MGS of course for the testing opportunity and Rapsodo for providing a incredible product for myself and our other 3 lucky testers to put through its paces.

Introduction: August 2, 2021

To start off we will of course begin with a introduction. For those new the the site I am lucky enough to be the newest of the Mods on a fantastic team here at MGS. Before I managed to get my @golfspy tag I went by Apolloshowl and before that Danbrook . In previous reviews I would leave a link to a past one to give you an idea of me and my game, however that seems like a lifetime ago and with our new system it means time for a brand new introduction.

My name is Jamie, I am 33 and I live in a little town about a half hour from Zurich, Switzerland. August 1st not only represents the Swiss national holiday, but also our 1 year here in Switzerland... oh I should probably elaborate on the plural. When I made the decision to move here for work, my then girlfriend now wife (Allyssa) joined me on this great adventure. We were of course joined by our 3 dogs. Apollo, Fender and Oliver (or Ollie or Smalls or Smalliver). We absolutely love it here and are excited to welcome a new member to our family in the new year and are very fortunate to call Switzerland home. 
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As for the work that brought me here, well it is unique. I work as a Ice Technician for curling clubs and events. For me this normally means travelling a few months a year to different parts of the world making ice and maintaining my home club where we have ice 11 months a year and host many Olympic teams and training. It's work that has constant surprises and is always changing. I truly love what I do and can't imagine doing any other work... of course my work here as a mod not included. 
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That sums up life/work in a short way, which means we are now onto the fun part. Golf and MGS!
Before I get into my game here is a link (I'm doing it again) to what sums up my MGS career a little bit: 

Now with that out of the way my golf game. I play to a 11, although sadly I really haven't got a chance to play nearly as much as I would like to this season with work, incoming baby and covid it has meant a lot less golf. However when I have played I still have a good feel for everything and have put up respectable scores. My biggest strength is my putting. That is also what I practice a fair bit at home so it is simply a comfort for me. My weakness is chipping and tee shots. My driver is less then consistent and after SuperSpeed testing last year it didn't hurt, but also didn't help. With a increase of speed and not as much practice it has meant some more big misses with the driver. My irons I love and am just really comfortable with, although arccos would tell me to club up on approach shots as I will very often come up short vs miss left or right. 

If you want to check out a WITB for me it will be linked in the post about my MGS history above. 

Finally now we get to the goods and the product in question for testing. 
For starters I'll be using my ipad on it, as I have an Android phone (old iphone if I have to). Most of testing will be here at home (be ready for the unboxing post of all unboxing posts!) at the range and some on course use where possible (golfing in Switzerland is a little different and very go go go so less time to videoing and so on). I do promise to try and get some good backdrops where I can!

Why am I excited for Rapsodo and what this test means to me?
As eluded to above I don't get out to play nearly as much as I would like and Rapsodo will give me a great tool to practice and work on my game here at home both indoors and out. The coach feature is likely what I'm looking forward to most in I have not had a lesson in years and think this will be very beneficial as I can take the time to work on what is given to me before taking it to the course and get lots of reps in. It will also be great to get numbers and have a better idea of how far I am hitting all of my clubs since Superspeed training. 

What will be tested and examined?
For this test I will again test it both indoors and outside. I will also be going to our local shop and see how some of the numbers compare against GC Quad for those curious in that. 
Last the coach feature. I truthfully am not exactly sure what to expect with this. I will be going in with a open mind and willing to try anything the coach recommends or suggests. I think I forgot to mention this, but I am also a lefty... so outside of suggesting I play right handed I'll be all ears! 
There are lots of good solid reviews out there on the Rapsodo MLM so I will try and bring something fresh and new to the table with that, but I will also put a large focus on the Coach Feature and how it could benefit all of you. 


Unboxing: September 23, 2021
Time for a photo dump. As I said in the post the Rapsodo comes with everything you want and need and nothing that you do not. This to me is great. Less waste and I don't need a bunch of things to open or fiddle around with. A power button, simple setup guide and instructions, usb C cord and thats about it. 
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That being said my ipad case does not work with it so that had to be taken off which is fine, but not a easy case to take off.

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It is pretty small and compact which is also fantastic!

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It also feels sturdy as a device, which I won't say is surprising but i feel the durability will be great for the long term with this device as well. 

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Then we have the home setup which is a big reason why I wanted to get in on this. With life changes and being in a new country I haven't got a chance to play nearly as much as I would have liked and with baby on the way this is going to get a lot of use and the Rapsodo will help me dial in numbers over the course the review a future.

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First impressions are great so far and very happy with the quick setup and install and looking forward to the Coaching Feature and how I can improve my swing. 

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For now I am going to wrap this up and for future updates, unboxing, photos and reviews check back both on this post and the comments! 

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 ⛳🛄 as of Sept 24, 2020

SuperSpeed 2020 from 100-112 and climbing!

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic Sub Zero - Set at 10* with Aldila Rogue Max 65 gram 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ weight back

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 2 and 4 iron

Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:      :srixon-small: Z Star

Other:     :Arccos: 

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Rhapsodo MLM Review: Introduction

Hello again fellow Golf Spies! 

I'm excited to get started on another product review with MyGolfSpy, it is always an honor to be selected. 

My name is Greg, and I live in Tampa Florida, and play the majority of my golf in and around the central Florida region. I first started playing golf in high school after a friend invited me to go play. We borrowed his dad's clubs and off we went. I shot about 120 that day, but on the 17th tee I hit a soaring long draw with the driver and I was hooked, I mean destined, to be a golfer for life. I played as often as I could through the rest of high school and college with a 'set' of clubs I was able to piece together one or two clubs at a time off the sale rack at Sports Authority on a minimum wage pay check.

After completing the four year ROTC program at UCF (Go Knights) I spent just over 20 years flying KC-135 air  refueling tankers in the Air Force.

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During my first year in the AF, I bought my first real set of clubs and began playing golf in earnest. I was mostly self taught and relied on whatever natural athleticism would manage and could usually make it around the course scoring in the low 90's. In my late 30's I finally decided to seek out a coach and take lessons, but the military lifestyle and transient nature of golf instructors made it difficult to stay with any particular coach for very long, but I managed to work my handicap down to about 10 for a while and played pretty consistently in the low 80's.

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After retiring from the Air Force I got to move back home to Tampa where I now work teaching current KC-135 pilots in the flight simulator. I'm able to play or practice golf 2-3 times per week. My current handicap index is around 13, and I'm about to finish my fourth season playing in a local competitive league. See the League Play From the Middle of the Pack 2021 Season thread for my story there.

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I've done several other tests for MyGolfSpy, including Odyssey EXO putter, Ping G410 irons, and Sqairz golf shoes. This is going to be my first 'soft goods' test though so it will be interesting to interact with you all as we put the Rapsodo MLM through it's paces.

How am I going to approach this testing process?

 Like the other testers, I'm most curious about the Remote Coaching option they have generously added into the test process for us. I have been working with my current coach for about 6 months now, and I feel like my swing is in a pretty good place. I've played pretty consistently the last couple of months. It will be an interesting comparison to see what the remote coach can see and recommend versus the in-person coaching. 

One cool aspect for this test is my current coach uses an indoor studio with a ForeSight system for full swing lessons. I think I can convince him pretty easily to let me set up the Rhapsodo during a session and get some direct comparison data. 

I also purchased the ShotScope V3 GPS watch (thanks in large part to the MGS review) for shot and performance tracking. I've also been using the 18 Birdies app for scoring history and track handicap trends along with MyScorecard through the league managing my USGA official handicap. Especially Shot Scope will give me a way to do some side-by-side data comparisons with what the Rapsodo says on the range and the on-course performance data I've gathered through Shot Scope.

As always, the fun part of these reviews is the interaction with the other testers and all of the readers as we put the product through its paces. Thanks again to MyGolfSpy for this newest opportunity. Really looking forward to getting started, and as always, feel free to ask whatever questions you like along the way, and I will give the best answers that I can.

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Driver:  PXG 211 Project X Evenflow CB, 50g 5.5

Fariway:  PXG 211, 3-Wood Project X Evenflow CB, 60g 5.5

Hybrid:   PXG 211, 3H Project X Evenflow H, 80g, 5.5

Irons:  :titelist-small: T300 4-5, T200 6-PW Nippon 880 Pro R

Wedges:  :cleveland-small:  CBX2 50*, 54*, 58*, TT Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex

Putter: :EVNROLL: ER2 Murdered Out

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How we doing y’all?!  Welcome to B.Boston’s official Rapsodo MLM review!  I am super excited about this one as I had literally commented to another member on instagram that if I had $1,000 to spend on golf equipment I would buy a personal launch monitor and get some lessons, then I saw that MGS was looking for testers for exactly that!  

No review would be started correctly without thanking both Rapsodo and MGS for offering up this launch monitor for review.  And thank you to the mods for selecting me.  It is always a humbling experience to be chosen to do a review and I know we have high expectations of our reviewers here.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Who is this B.Boston guy anyway?

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about me!  My name is Bryan, and I am from Bellingham, MA.  Based on my user name you might see that I identify with Boston as my “home” city.  I grew up about 40 minutes outside the city, went to school just outside the city, and have lived within those 40 minutes for my entire life.  If you don’t know me already, or heck even if you do based on my Cobra Connect posts last year you’d probably expect me to be your Dunkin’ and Sam Adams drinking cousin from Boston sports guy with a wicked accent and Tom Brady posters all over the place.  While some of that is true… my accent is apparently disappointing.

Obligatory family photo from our recent vacation:

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I’ve been golfing since as long as I can remember, getting my first set and going to the executive par 3 near me from when I was about 7 years old, but I got much more serious about it (read: tried to eliminate my slice) as I got into college.  Now 34 years old and a happily married father of three I would say I am borderline obsessed with the game and I have an ultimate goal of reaching “scratch” status for my handicap.  I am currently a 5.8 based on my Arccos stats.  Strength of my game is putting and I’m really hopeful that I can dial in my approach and long game with the help of the Rapsodo MLM and Coaching.

State of my game:

Just for reference here is a current view of some Arccos data:

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My gapping is pretty good and I really just need to work on consistency.  My worst stats come from Approach and Short Game shots.  I need to get better in my proximity to the hole on approaches, and get closer for an easy one putt if I don’t hit the green.

Here’s a recent swing clip.  This should be useful representative of a starting point for me before any changes or developments from the coaching aspect of this review:

My signature shows my current WITB, but in case you’re reading this on mobile and can’t see I’m playing here are the details:

  • Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS
  • Fairway:  Cobra Speedzone 5-wood
  • Hybrid:  Titleist TSi3 20*
  • Irons:  Cobra Forged Tec (5-GW)
  • Wedges:  Cobra MIM Black (52, 56, 60)
  • Putter:  Evnroll ER2B
  • Ball:  Titleist Pro V1x
  • Tech:  Precision Pro NX9 Slope, Arccos Caddie

I’m a tech nerd at heart so I’m always interested in ways to utilize technology to enhance my game.  I have been loving Arccos and its strokes gained information as it has been insightful in many cases and damn eye opening in others.  I’ll record my swing at the range and on the course to see if there’s anything I notice off on a particular day, and can not wait to pair it with a powerful tool in the Rapsodo MLM to get an even better understanding of my game.  

What will I be looking at in this test, and what am I hoping to get out of it?

I will primarily be using this device outside at the driving range, and hopefully getting some actual on-course data as well.  I know that from both last year’s forum testing and the most wanted articles that the Rapsodo MLM is top of its class and very comparable to professional grade units for good quality strikes.  I know all of these units can suffer on strikes that are at opposite ends of the bell curve, so I don’t expect perfection, but I will do my best to test out the accuracy claims.  I want to see what the Rapsodo shows as my carry gapping versus my Arccos stats total yardage.  Also to see if I am getting good ball speed gaps, peak heights, etc. to make sure that everything is looking in line.

However, the thing I’m most excited to take part in is the coaching feature as I have only ever had one golf lesson and while I would love to have a coach and consistently see them, it’s difficult for me to know which day I’ll be able to shoot to the range on lunch and scheduling something after work is challenging, and if I’m booking time on the weekend for golf, I’d much rather it be time playing on the course and enjoying the game.  I really feel that the coaching feature will help me maximize my range sessions by getting feedback and things to work on for the next bucket of balls.    

I’m also going to try and have some fun, and highlight some of the cool features for you all.  There will be a long drive contest and hopefully some other videos along the way.

Much more to come with the unboxing and review!  Please sound off in the comment section with anything else you’re hoping to see from my review or any of the other testers.  As much as this review is about my experience, I want to make sure the forums are learning everything they possibly want to about them to aid in future purchase decisions.

Make sure to give this thread a follow so you don’t miss out!

Initial Impressions! (September 10th Update):

I’ve had three range sessions in the books now with the Rapsodo MLM and have had an opportunity to try everything out except the coaching feature, so I’ll be adding more details about that later on.

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Rapsodo claims that the MLM sets up in under 30 seconds and I have to agree.  The iPhone and iPad apps are super responsive to start a practice or game session and just as slick in reviewing rounds once the session has been uploaded.  Every time that I powered the unit on it connected quickly to my phone and I was able to get a session going without any issues.  Even swapping to the iPad to test went smoothly.  I had no issue going through my session after getting home, looking at swing videos, and viewing detailed data.  I had even forgotten to switch clubs at one point and that was easy in the app too.  I can’t stress enough how simple the app made it to get setup and start hitting shots.  This is important to me because I don’t want to be thinking about the set up and capture of swings to get the data to the point that I’m not thinking you know… about my golf swing and hitting the shots I want to hit.  

Here’s my typical range setup:

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The iPad version of the app allows for more data to be shown and I think it looks cooler.

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Side Note:  On the first day I did have to improvise as the MLM needs to generally be level with the ground you are hitting on, so I used a flipped over small bucket as the ground behind the mat I was on sloped down and away.  I have since used it slightly below the level of the ball (maybe 4 or 5 inches) and it seemed to work just fine.  But it was still level, which I think is more important.

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Rapsodo highlights several features when talking about the MLM:

  • Shot Tracer

  • GPS Shot Map

  • Video Playback

  • Club Gapping

  • Interactive Games/Sharing

  • Shot Library

  • NET(Indoor/Outdoor)

  • Smart Club Recognition

They also highlight that accuracy matters, and so far the MLM seems to have done really well on good/average strikes.  Poor strikes have been less consistent, but yeah, it’s a poor strike and likely out of the focal range of the unit’s radar.  I’m not going to fuss that the unit was unable to show my topped drive was 30 yards before it hit the ground instead of a 42 yard carry (I mean if I were to have had a shot like that…. Which I NEVER do!).  

So far the clunkiest part of the app experience has been exporting swing videos to the camera roll.  For such a smooth app for everything else it takes way too many clicks, and too much time to do.

So what does this accuracy get you?  Here are the metrics the Rapsodo MLM captures:

  • Distance (Carry for irons, user selectable Carry or Carry + Roll for woods)

  • Ball Speed immediately after impact

  • Club Speed immediately prior to impact

  • Smash Factor for strike efficiency

  • Launch Angle

  • Launch Direction

So far, it seems to be a pretty accurate launch monitor, particularly with well struck balls.  I’ve had a few data issues with pull-hooks, my guess is because the ball gets lost behind my club or body and the reading gets messed up.  I can forgive that miss as I realize these are not perfect commercial sized radar units.  It’s also disappointing that there is no spin, but I read a rumor that they are working on that, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  My club and ball speed numbers are right inline with what I saw earlier this year on a trackman and were well within my expectations.

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(Very cool to have the visual satellite overlay view, but I’m not convinced the scaling is quite right.  More research needed.)

Not too shabby for the asking price right?  But wait, there’s more!

There are two main subscriptions offered with the MLM for golfers.  Basic (AKA Free), and Premium ($99 annually)..  There is also a Coach Connect subscription, but that is teaching professionals and is out of scope on this review.  With the Basic subscription you only get cloud storage for your last 100 shots included.  The premium subscription includes more:

  • Cloud storage for 10,000 shots

  • Slow motion swing replays at 4 speeds

  • Shot Apex data on your swings

  • Access to online golf lesions through the Coach Connect platform

I need some more time to think about it, but I don’t think we’re getting enough as consumers at the Free level.  100 shots isn’t even 10 good shots with each club in my bag, so the club gapping is much less appealing.  Heck, that’s not even two full buckets at the range.  I really think that something like 250 or 300 shots should be included, or I should be able to use my iPhone or iPad’s internal memory.  It is super portable with the included carry case, so it really would be a shame to not be able to see more than 2 range sessions of history since I can see myself always having it there available to use.

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As for the upgraded features you do get with the premium, I DO enjoy the peak height indicator on the shot replays.  It’s not always easy to tell due to the angle of the camera and it is something that I do like to see.  The ability to play your swings in several levels of slow motion is neat, but I think the app needs to use a higher FPS on the camera’s phone to really take advantage of it.  Slow motion videos from the native iPhone app are much better.  I need to do a comparison there on the downswing as well as some more testing to show what I mean.

I should be getting into the online golf lessons soon, and will update here after I get to try that out.  Until then, it’s off to the range for some more hone my skills with the Rapsodo MLM in tow!

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:callaway-small: Epic Max LS 10.5 - Motore X F3 6x | :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-wood - Ventus Blue 8s | :titelist-small: TSi3 20* Hybrid - KBS Proto 85s

:cobra-small: KING Forged Tec 5-GW - Nippon Modus 120x | :cobra-small: KING MIM Black 52.12C, 56.10V, 60.04W - Nippon Modus 125 Wedge

:EVNROLL: ER2B | :titelist-small: Pro V1x | :918457628_PrecisionPro: NX9 Slope

 

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Hello fellow spies.

Welcome to my review of the Rapsodo MLM.

First let me say a big thank you to MGS and Rapsodo for the privelege of being a part of this test.

Who am I?

My name is Chuck and I live in the Seattle area.  No, I'm not a Seahawks/Mariners/Sonics (RIP) fan.  I'm a big hockey fan and have a love/hate relationship with soccer.  I love the Pittsburgh Penguins and now I'm going to be a Kraken fan!  Release the Kraken!

I'm a father of 3 girls and a grandfather to 2 of the most beautiful little girls in the world, one is 5 and the other is 6 months.

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My Game

I'm 49 years old and have been playing golf for the better part of my adult life.  I picked it up early in my 14 year career in the Marine Corps.  I'm a self taught player, never had any lessons other than the free ones you get from your buddies.  The strength of my game is in the short strokes and bunker shots.  I don't get a chance to play as often as I would like, which is the reason (excuse) for my 18 handicap.  The Coach Connect option of this test is going to be the part to which I pay very close attention.

Here is my swing...

MGS Tests

I have had the honor of being a part of one other MGS test, linked below.

Nippon N.S. Pro Zelos 8 – Official MGS Forum Review by IDontGiveAchuck

My Expectations

As I said before, I'm really looking forward to testing the Coach Connect.  I hope to give a very amateur point of view on this as someone who's never taken formal lessons before.

In summary, I am excited about this test.  I look forward to seeing the data and comparing it to data I get from the launch monitors at the local range.  I hope to do everyone here a service and give a worthwhile review of the Rapsodo.

I'll post the unboxing as soon as it arrives.

 

The Grand Unveiling...

Here are the photos of my unboxing:

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Initial Thoughts

Packaging - Despite it being a demo unit that does look like its been put through its paces, the packaging is well put together.  I like the look of it and the information provided on the box is well done.

Contents - I like the soft case that is supplied.  Keeps everything nice and tidy.  Also comes with "carabiner" clip to hang it from my bag and allow everyone to know I have a Rapsodo MLM! 😆

Unit - Again, even though its a demo unit, it's in fairly decent condition.  I can tell its been used by the scuffs and scratches, and hopefully this doesn't affect testing. 

I like the size of it, not even the size of my hand.  So huge plus there.  Very much a MOBILE launch monitor.  

Controls are easy enough to understand, it has 1 power button on the side, and 1 multi-color status light on the front.

I'll be testing this with an iPad and it fits on the unit fairly well, although I think that an iPhone will probably be more stable.

 

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Intro is live! With the new testing format the main post will be updated with unboxing, important updates and of course the final review! Check it out and stay tuned!

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I am intrigued to see y'alls thoughts on the coaching feature. I didn't have a chance to test that out during my review.

I have really enjoyed my Rapsodo and have not had many issues at all Here's a couple things I'll be following to see if Rapsodo has made strides to update during y'alls testing:

- My phone overheats sometimes on the range even on a cloudy day while using the Rapsodo. That's happened with 2 different phones, and 1 being brand new. 

- The shot tracer is consistently lower than my flight path. It is usually consistent with whether the ball is a fade/draw, but it always seems like I'm hitting low bullets.

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3 minutes ago, Mtbryant01 said:

I am intrigued to see y'alls thoughts on the coaching feature. I didn't have a chance to test that out during my review.

I have really enjoyed my Rapsodo and have not had many issues at all Here's a couple things I'll be following to see if Rapsodo has made strides to update during y'alls testing:

- My phone overheats sometimes on the range even on a cloudy day while using the Rapsodo. That's happened with 2 different phones, and 1 being brand new. 

- The shot tracer is consistently lower than my flight path. It is usually consistent with whether the ball is a fade/draw, but it always seems like I'm hitting low bullets.

Certainly things I'll keep an eye out for. Although I will be using an ipad rather then a phone.
I wonder if the shot tracer being low has something to do with the camera angle/lower positioning of the device?

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Although not entirely sure when the Rapsodo will be coming I will have another surprise coming that will have a large part to do with my review. Unfortunately due to family things going on and working flat out I haven't had the chance to get to the range or anything recently, BUT I did get to go by the local shop where they offered full use of their bay and GC Quad to compare and work with for the test which I am really excited about! 

We should also start seeing the other intros rolling in soon so be sure to keep an eye on the thread and give it a follow to be sure you don't miss any of the action!

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On 8/2/2021 at 3:32 PM, GolfSpy_APH said:

Intro is live! With the new testing format the main post will be updated with unboxing, important updates and of course the final review! Check it out and stay tuned!

I really enjoyed the intro and that photo of you, Allyssa, and the pups is fantastic! It'll be interesting to see the comparisons against the GC Quad and that was nice of them to offer you the chance to do that. I'll be looking forward to reading the other testers intros and following along as you all put the Rapsodo to the test. 

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Intro is up. Waiting now for words on delivery. Can't wait to get started for real on this one.

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Intro is up as well! 

I highlighted it there, but I'll be trying to do some fun tests including a Long Drive Competition against the one and only @Lacassem but what would you guys like to see?

I've seen some mention of the tracer not being super accurate so I'll try to put that to the test too.  I really want to take a good look at the gapping and range mapping views on there and while my focus will be mostly outside use I'm going to see if I can compare it indoors to a simulator of some sort, and of course to my swing speed radar that I use with SuperSpeed training.

So what do you guys and gals want to see? If someone asks me nicely to shank a few wedges and see how well it reads them I guess I'll be forced to, for the good of the forum community, but I'm not going to unless someone asks! 

 

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5 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

Intro is up as well! 

I highlighted it there, but I'll be trying to do some fun tests including a Long Drive Competition against the one and only @Lacassem but what would you guys like to see?

I've seen some mention of the tracer not being super accurate so I'll try to put that to the test too.  I really want to take a good look at the gapping and range mapping views on there and while my focus will be mostly outside use I'm going to see if I can compare it indoors to a simulator of some sort, and of course to my swing speed radar that I use with SuperSpeed training.

So what do you guys and gals want to see? If someone asks me nicely to shank a few wedges and see how well it reads them I guess I'll be forced to, for the good of the forum community, but I'm not going to unless someone asks! 

 

I can see my back being thrown out now

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4 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

I can see my back being thrown out now

Well you are 33 now, so you are probably not wrong. You’re back will hurt after, but not as much as your pride after I win! 

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34 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

Intro is up as well! 

I highlighted it there, but I'll be trying to do some fun tests including a Long Drive Competition against the one and only @Lacassem but what would you guys like to see?

I've seen some mention of the tracer not being super accurate so I'll try to put that to the test too.  I really want to take a good look at the gapping and range mapping views on there and while my focus will be mostly outside use I'm going to see if I can compare it indoors to a simulator of some sort, and of course to my swing speed radar that I use with SuperSpeed training.

So what do you guys and gals want to see? If someone asks me nicely to shank a few wedges and see how well it reads them I guess I'll be forced to, for the good of the forum community, but I'm not going to unless someone asks! 

 

I'm going to ask, just for the good of the community, that you shank some wedges. I think it'll provide valuable information on how well the Rapsodo picks up the ball and the shot tracer should be highly entertaining. I would also kindly ask of you not to get into a habit of it, as that can be nasty.

It'll be interesting to see how the numbers compare to what you're seeing on Arccos, I also think a few shots on the course combating the two would be good as well.

Enjoyed the intros guys, you all did a great job!

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Really interested in this test! I have been saving up for the Rapsodo for awhile now...I took on lunch duty this semester to earn some extra $$ (pray for me). I am so very excited to see how it performs. A couple things I would love to hear from you guys about: 

1. How well does it perform indoors and into a net, I have access to a 2500 sqft hitting cage every single day so if I purchase one I really would like it to accurately plot and record shots. 

2. Some have already posted in their intros about the coach feature, LOVE this idea and I hope this feature is good. 

3. Are any of you trying it with a device other than a phone? Like and ipad? 

4. Yes @B.Boston I am requesting a few shanks 😆 as revenge for CC last year. 

5. This whole test has really made my research for this product easier as I trust anyone on MGS over any other review that is out there already! Have fun y'all 

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7 minutes ago, HeathS16 said:

Really interested in this test! I have been saving up for the Rapsodo for awhile now...I took on lunch duty this semester to earn some extra $$ (pray for me). I am so very excited to see how it performs. A couple things I would love to hear from you guys about: 

1. How well does it perform indoors and into a net, I have access to a 2500 sqft hitting cage every single day so if I purchase one I really would like it to accurately plot and record shots. 

2. Some have already posted in their intros about the coach feature, LOVE this idea and I hope this feature is good. 

3. Are any of you trying it with a device other than a phone? Like and ipad? 

4. Yes @B.Boston I am requesting a few shanks 😆 as revenge for CC last year. 

5. This whole test has really made my research for this product easier as I trust anyone on MGS over any other review that is out there already! Have fun y'all 

I'll be using my iPhone 11 Pro, but will try my iPad as long as it's new enough.  I need to check which versions will work.  I know that @GolfSpy_APH will be using an iPad as well.

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1 minute ago, B.Boston said:

I'll be using my iPhone 11 Pro, but will try my iPad as long as it's new enough.  I need to check which versions will work.  I know that @GolfSpy_APH will be using an iPad as well.

Awesome! 

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If using a phone, make sure you put your bag next to it to keep it in the shade. I have had overheating problems as well. I have a nice iPad that I'm going to try it with at some point when the weather cools down.

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18 hours ago, PeterHenric said:

If using a phone, make sure you put your bag next to it to keep it in the shade. I have had overheating problems as well. I have a nice iPad that I'm going to try it with at some point when the weather cools down.

Been there, done that... I use a Mevo+ and had the phone set in front of me near where the ball is placed.  Eventually shut itself down due to the heat.  Learned to move it and put my ear buds in or connect it to my apple watch so I can see my numbers while keeping the phone in the shade somewhere. 

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On 8/9/2021 at 11:00 PM, HeathS16 said:

Really interested in this test! I have been saving up for the Rapsodo for awhile now...I took on lunch duty this semester to earn some extra $$ (pray for me). I am so very excited to see how it performs. A couple things I would love to hear from you guys about: 

1. How well does it perform indoors and into a net, I have access to a 2500 sqft hitting cage every single day so if I purchase one I really would like it to accurately plot and record shots. 

2. Some have already posted in their intros about the coach feature, LOVE this idea and I hope this feature is good. 

3. Are any of you trying it with a device other than a phone? Like and ipad? 

4. Yes @B.Boston I am requesting a few shanks 😆 as revenge for CC last year. 

5. This whole test has really made my research for this product easier as I trust anyone on MGS over any other review that is out there already! Have fun y'all 

To answer a few of your questions: indoors and into a net is where the majority of my review will take place. As much as I would love to do a lot of on course testing and even at the range with some family things and work I'll have limited time to do that so definitely need to be doing most of it at home... this is also where a hiccup comes in. As you asked I was planning on using my ipad for this. However after looking at the website the net functionality is limited to certain devices and seems as though my ipad is just barely too old. 

Thankfully I'll have a iphone 8 which will work for this. I will try and use the ipad at the range and so on, but I believe the iphone will end up being the efault because it has the net functionality. (below is the compatible devices)
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As for the coach feature this is what I am most excited for. I have taken all of 2 lessons in the last 5 years and although I am happy with my swings form I know I don't aim correctly and am pretty closed. So I believe this will be very eye opening and lead to a lot more consistency in my game. For reference I have shot as well as 2 over (72), but have never had more then 3 birdies in a round. I use to score 76-78 with regularity at my old course and was disappointed if I was in the 80's. Since I haven't played as much I am happy with anything 85 and below, and even worse scores I know it's more just being from a lack of practice over the last season. Rapsodo is being kind enough to set us all up with premium accounts to get set up with coaches and we should have a great time getting to know our swings a little better and hopefully seeing some of that translate onto the golf course!

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13 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

To answer a few of your questions: indoors and into a net is where the majority of my review will take place. As much as I would love to do a lot of on course testing and even at the range with some family things and work I'll have limited time to do that so definitely need to be doing most of it at home... this is also where a hiccup comes in. As you asked I was planning on using my ipad for this. However after looking at the website the net functionality is limited to certain devices and seems as though my ipad is just barely too old. 

Thankfully I'll have a iphone 8 which will work for this. I will try and use the ipad at the range and so on, but I believe the iphone will end up being the efault because it has the net functionality. (below is the compatible devices)
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As for the coach feature this is what I am most excited for. I have taken all of 2 lessons in the last 5 years and although I am happy with my swings form I know I don't aim correctly and am pretty closed. So I believe this will be very eye opening and lead to a lot more consistency in my game. For reference I have shot as well as 2 over (72), but have never had more then 3 birdies in a round. I use to score 76-78 with regularity at my old course and was disappointed if I was in the 80's. Since I haven't played as much I am happy with anything 85 and below, and even worse scores I know it's more just being from a lack of practice over the last season. Rapsodo is being kind enough to set us all up with premium accounts to get set up with coaches and we should have a great time getting to know our swings a little better and hopefully seeing some of that translate onto the golf course!

Lovely! Can’t wait to hear how it works for you indoors! Been salivating at the prospect of being able to have my own hitting space complete with a LM!   I’ll be following your thoughts closely! 

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The device arrived today! 

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Packaging was pretty straight forward and seemed more than adequate for protecting the device itself.

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It's all a pretty compact setup, and looks more than golf bag friendly as far as getting it to/from the range. 

The carry case has space for the device, charging cord, and quick setup guide. That is the extent of what arrived. The rest of the setup will be done through the App on the phone/tablet device. Not sure whether to be disappointed about not having a full fledged user manual, but I expect everything to be pretty user friendly utilizing the app.

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From here it's pretty simple. Charge the device, download the app, and setup an account. Then... away we go!!

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really into this review, I been waiting to buy a LM, I can't wait to hear the testers thoughts .

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Now that the device has arrived, here is the initial plan of attack. 

Getting the initial account set up was very easy. We are still working with Rapsodo to get the Coach Connect premium accounts established. With the test group being coordinated through our moderator, it requires a couple of extra steps. It looks pretty simple to get that set up as an individual through the app. There is some cloud functionality too that isn't quite clear yet, so withholding any input on those functions.

Using the device itself seems pretty straight forward. First licks are going to be at the outdoor range to put it through its paces there.

I talked with my coach today about using his indoor facilities to work on the test, and got a thumbs up for both options. I'll get to use the small bay with the indoor net, as well as the Foresight LM studio. That will give some side-by-side comparison of data capture between the two systems. 

After a few sessions, I'll probably have enough data collected to compare club data between the RMLM on the practice tees, and ShotScope data from on course.

Looking forward to getting started!

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It's impressive that they have been able to make their tech work both indoors and out especially since it was outdoors exclusive since the inception.

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Mine also arrived today!  Shockingly in the same brown box and brown paper as the other testers! 😉

I’ve got mine getting a full charge tonight and will post some more first impressions tomorrow! 

Shedding a small tear for @GolfSpy_APH as international shipping is a bit slower.  I know he’s chomping at the bit to get going too! 

 

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2 hours ago, B.Boston said:

Mine also arrived today!  Shockingly in the same brown box and brown paper as the other testers! 😉

I’ve got mine getting a full charge tonight and will post some more first impressions tomorrow! 

Shedding a small tear for @GolfSpy_APH as international shipping is a bit slower.  I know he’s chomping at the bit to get going too! 

 

Honestly something else hasnt' arrive yet so I'm okay and I have a 60 hour week at work so the extra week it will take it just fine haha

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Okay, slight plan alteration.

Thanks to proximity to other morning appointments, it looks like an indoor test will be first up.

Here is what Rapsodo claims on their website:

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For the test I'll compare the Rapsodo data to the capture data of the Foresight studio at my coach's facility, and to my on course data from ShotScope.

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Still in the feeling out process with the MLM, but got in a quick indoor session this morning.

My Coach at One Stop Golf Shop in Valrico FL was generous enough to allow me to use his small bay to do some initial swings, and then put the Rhapsodo side-by-side with the Trackman in the Lesson Bay 😀

 

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Some interesting things so far. The Rapsodo indoors at least seemed to like/be more accurate with solid strikes than mishits. Because of the shorter observed ball flight, it tended to call shots straight, where especially side by side vs. trackman the big machine showed more curve. Could be novice user, but probably short ball flight as well, but no tracer on the indoor replays. Maybe due to the indoor lighting, I was not able to figure out the auto club detect feature utilizing the camera. Not that reaching down to push the little club button is really that much of an issue. We'll see if that resolves with the device outdoors.

More pictures and data (what everyone is here for anyway). These are snapshots of the side-by-side session with Trackman. 

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Haven't learned yet if RMLM's distance is total distance or carry, and a bit fuzzy on comparing the side by side. Ball speed numbers seem pretty close between the two, though the numbers were closer together on good strikes. Launch angle numbers were close, but not consistently. 

Don't draw any conclusions yet, this was literally first hacks right out of the box. I'm sure I'll figure out more of the nuances as we go along.

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Would be a fantastic opportunity to become a tester of the Rapsodo MLM Launch monitor, i live a 5 minute walk from our local driving range and course, this would be of great benefit to test out as i work shifts and can't always get a round in, so spend a fair bit of time at the range practicing trying to get a better idea of club distance although not always easy with range balls 🤞👍doe's this product work on an ipad otherwise it would be worth changing as my contract comes up soon🤞

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What a great opportunity- thank you. I would love to test the monitor… and be able to “play golf” in the winter. 
 

thanks! 

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I would really like to test this monitor! My wife and I are avid golfers and we like to keep up with the latest technologies to improve our game. It's fun challenging myself and playing my best against my golfing buddies.

Thanks for the opportunity,

Rich

 

 

 

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When are they going to make it available for Android devices?   I at least have an Ipad I can use but those are harder to tote around back & fourth to the driving range.  But hey, I'll do it if it gets me the opportunity to test one out.  I'm sure this will help my game

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This might be the best training tool I could use as a high handicapper. Would love to be able to test this out. 

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Lets gooo! What an opportunity, would be really cool to get the lesson as well.

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Would love to try this out for both the outdoor season and the loooong cold indoor season here in Iowa!

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Awesome opportunity to test a launch monitor, especially with the new clubs I bought last fall after getting fitted for them.

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really cool!  Had a friend who had the 1st version and used it a couple times.  It was great!  I've been keeping my eye out for a system (seems like there are a bunch now) but Rapsodo seems to be gaining lots of traction and is becoming more affordable!  Would like to get this to help figure out why everything is off to the right these days!

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This would be great! 

To be able to hit balls at home and get my yardages this would be great! I love to be able to hit balls at home but not getting any feedback is difficult.

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I would love to test this launch monitor which would not only help me but most importantly my daughter who plays on the Howard University Golf Team. This would be a blessing.

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Would love to help out the greater golf community by testing this product. ( How’s that for a noble cause?)

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Wow - this would be a dream come true and get used all the time. I just finished outfitting my Massachusetts garage with a hitting mat and net to help keep the game sharp in the (far too long) off-season and this would put that setup over the top! 

Good luck all!

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Would really like to sign up for this one, I've heard really good things about the Rapsodo MLM, but with no Android support a lot of us have to look elsewhere.  

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I’ve been thinking about pulling the wallet out getting one. This would be awesome.

 

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What a great opportunity. I’m in the process of relocating to a colder weather city and have already been looking at options to practice indoors all winter. The Rapsodo is already on my list!

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WOW!! MGS has hit me with an opportunity right when I was deciding upon buying a MLM Launch Monitor! I really think it would take my game over that little hump that I need to get to a scratch handicap. I just purchased a new set of irons a month ago from Club Champion, and they are awesome! But, I would really love to know exact yardages on throttled shots with each iron. Yeah, I could do it on the course, but it would take forever to do it that way. We have a really good driving range here and that coupled with a Launch Monitor could make quick work of that sort of task. 
thanks MGS!!!! Help a golfer out!🏌️♂️ 

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I too would like to be selected as a tester; thanks from a toasty Las Vegas.

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I am a Korean Apple owner (Samsung note 10) and I am frustrated by the lack of apps available for these devices. You would think these manufacturers would take into consideration the market is not dominated by Apple? Poor PR and Marketing on their part but I guess we can just purchase the product that works for our phones.

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