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The FlightScope Mevo is a multi-sport launch monitor that is an excellent value for personal use. Very accurate.
Quality launch monitors are known for being expensive, cumbersome, and difficult to use. That’s ok in the right situation, but the growing popularity of “personal-use” devices has left golfers searching for something that’s accurate, easy to use, and maybe most importantly, affordable. One of the biggest names in the launch monitor game may have found the solution. The FlightScope Mevo is a launch monitor that’s great for personal use and more obtainable for the average golfer.
*We tested the Mevo for its golf functionality. The Mevo can also be used for soccer and baseball.
Ease of Use & Setup
This section is somewhat complex when considering the FlightScope Mevo. Rest assured that once you know what you’re doing, the Mevo is very easy to setup and operate. Right out of the box, the Mevo isn’t super intuitive and reading the supporting documentation is absolutely key. Even after reading the documentation, you may still need to contact FlightScope’s support for clarification. The good news is that FlightScope’s support organization is extremely helpful and makes themselves readily available regardless of your issue.
The first step is to install the Mevo Golf app. This is how you control all of your Mevo’s functionality. Before starting a session, it’s wise to go into the settings section and make sure you select all of the correct settings. Failing to do so will result in inaccurate data. The good news is that the settings are intuitive and easy to dial in. Also make sure you setup your MyFlightScope profile so you can upload and access your data from anywhere.
Once you have a strong understanding of the Mevo and your settings set, it’s easy to get rolling. Just kick out the stand on the unit, set it up on your line four to six feet behind the ball, turn on BlueTooth on your device, and select your Mevo unit through the settings in the Mevo app. A small box in the top right of your screen will indicate when you are connected, then just hit “Start.” It’s important when you start your session that you select the club you are hitting. If you don’t, your data will not be accurate.
*Pro Tip: Save the box the Mevo comes in. This will come in handy for actual use of the unit.
Properly setting up your Mevo to get accurate results is described in the manual. One key point is that you want the Mevo to be on the same level you are hitting the ball. In the event you’re hitting off of a mat, this could create a problem. Whether it was intentional or not, FlightScope provided the perfect solution to elevate the Mevo to mat level. By setting the Mevo on one half of the box, it was the perfect height for our mat.
First and foremost, the key to a launch monitor being remotely effective is being accurate. In the case of the FlightScope Mevo, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t skeptical about this tiny monitor getting the job done. My experience proved that skepticism to be totally invalid. The numbers produced by the Mevo were dead on with all of the testing and fitting I’ve done on all of the top-dollar premium units. If there’s one point I’ll keep stressing it’s that you must make sure you properly setup the Mevo as instructed to achieve the best accuracy. As long as you do everything as directed, you’ll be good to go.
An interesting point to make is how accurate the Mevo is without the use of the included silver dots. While FlightScope instructs you to use said dots for the best accuracy, especially with spin, you will often be in a situation where you won’t be able to re-use the ball with the dot on it. If you’re hitting into a net or bay, I 100% recommend using the dots. In my experiences where dots weren’t an option, the Mevo still did a great job tracking my data.
Another nice feature of the Mevo is the ability to track your shots while also recording video. This feature includes basic drawing features so you can do some swing analysis along with your data collection.
The compact footprint and easy firing up of the FlightScope Mevo make it a frequent go-to device. With larger devices, you have to lug them to the range, set them up, bring a laptop or iPad and spend a bunch of time calibrating. With the Mevo, I just pull it out of the same pocket I keep my rangefinder in, drop it down six feet behind the ball, open the app, and fire away. Given that’s all I have to do, I’ll use it every single time.
Keep in mind, like your phones and other various devices, the use of BlueTooth connectivity is a bit of a battery hog. That said, you should have quite a few hours of use off of one charge. A full re-charge takes about two hours.
It’s important to understand what your desired use of the FlightScope Mevo really is. The Mevo tracks eight different metrics: carry distance, club speed, ball speed, smash factor, spin, launch angle, height, and time in air. Yes, it would be nice if you could track a bunch of other fancy metrics like face angles and dispersion, but it’s important to remember the purpose of the Mevo. The Mevo is for the golfer looking to be able to accurately track the basic elements of performance. For showing up to the range, popping the Mevo six feet behind me, and firing up an app my phone, it’s perfect.
Retail on the Mevo is right around $500. This is an interesting segment of the market where I feel there are a wide range of variables to consider. Are there less expensive options? Sure, but my experience with anything in that range consists of poor interfaces, inaccurate measurements, and clunky setups. Admittedly, the Mevo is not a full-blown simulator, but for $500 I have an easy-to-setup personal launch monitor with extremely accurate/useful data that’s easily saved and tracked with a user-friendly interface.
Matt said in one of his reviews, “owning a launch monitor doesn’t make sense for every golfer.” A major reason is that it typically costs so damn much to get a monitor that is actually any good. FlightScope has totally changed that narrative. With more and more players paying attention to their swing data and understanding its importance, a realistic monitor option like the FlightScope Mevo is a tremendous value. The Mevo gives you great data to better understand the output of your golf swing when you practice. Next time you see me on the range, look six feet behind me. I guarantee you’ll see the tiny white and red FlightScope Mevo working away.