The Best Golf Launch Monitor

The Best Golf Launch Monitor for Every Budget

2021 saw the personal launch monitor category explode.  Launch monitors went from being something that you could only use at high end fittings to something most golfers can afford.  Plugged In Golf spent the year testing almost every major offering, so we’re wrapping things up by letting you know which ones we recommend at each price point, as well as naming the overall best value.

For those of you looking for a professional-grade unit, check out our review of the Foresight GCQUAD HERE

Best Launch Monitor – $2,000+

In the top price tier, our recommendation is the Full Swing KIT.  This unit delivers professional grade accuracy in almost every metric at a price that’s roughly 20% of its competitors.  It also has the ability to be used as a simulator.  Another trait that sets it apart is that it can be used standalone, without an app or smart device.

Full review of the Full Swing KIT HERE

Buy the Full Swing KIT HERE

Best Launch Monitor – $500-$2,000

The Garmin R10 broke down the walls of what an affordable launch monitor can be.  At under $600, it does virtually everything that the $2,000 Mevo Plus does: ball data, club data, simulation, and video-syncing.  Garmin has built a wonderfully user-friendly app, and the set up of the R10 takes only seconds.

Full review of the Garmin Approach R10 HERE

Buy the Garmin Approach R10 for $599 HERE

Best Launch Monitor – Under $500

The Swing Caddie SC300i is easily the best launch monitor under $500 (retail is $500, but Plugged In Golf readers can get it for $449 at the link below).  What I like best about the SC300i is that you can use it with or without your phone.  For those that want to get to work as quickly as possible, just turn on the SC300i and drop it behind the ball.  Syncing the device with the app gives you spin data, stores your shots, and allows for video analysis.

**UPDATE: The new Swing Caddie SC4 is our new favorite at $500.  Review HERE

Full review of the Swing Caddie SC300i HERE

Buy the Swing Caddie SC300i for $449 HERE

Best Launch Monitor – Under $300

The Swing Caddie SC200 Plus delivers the best value for those who just need the basics.  The SC200 Plus doesn’t have as many data points as the SC300i, nor does it sync with the Swing Caddie app, but it does measure swings without a ball which is great for speed training.  The large, clear display makes it superior to other offerings in this price range.

Full review of the Swing Caddie SC200 Plus HERE

Buy the Swing Caddie SC200 Plus for $289 HERE

The Overall Champ

The Garmin R10 is the clear value champion.  You have to spend over three times as much to get a handful of additional features, and even some of the $2,000 launch monitors lose to the R10 head-to-head.  There are reasons to choose other launch monitors, but the R10 is our top recommendation for most golfers.

Full review of the Garmin Approach R10 HERE

Buy the Garmin Approach R10 for $599 HERE

Matt Saternus
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  1. Matt – thanks for the great summary, based off your recommendations I will order the R10 through your link. Question: I live in San Antonio so golf is year round and have access to a practice area where I can hit my own balls outdoors. I am thinking of buying a quality turf mat to use outdoors in my practice sessions. In your experience as a fitter, are numbers more “accurate” hitting off a mat vs turf or does it matter? Thanks for the great work on PIG.

    • Matt Saternus


      Thank you.
      I think spin can sometimes be a bit lower on mats, but I’ve never found the differences to be night and day. Some people complain about mats because they “forgive” fat shots, but I’ve never found that compelling. If you don’t know that you’ve hit it fat, the hitting surface isn’t the issue.



  2. Jeff Hemphill

    Hi Matt,
    Why was the Rapsodo nit ncluded? I have been using one for 1 1/2-2 years and it works very well. Initially it was inconsistent with the longer clubs but after several software updates it works with almost no issues. I picked the Rapsodo because it showed the ball flight switching from the original Mevo.

    Just curious.

    Jeff Hemphill

    • Matt Saternus


      We picked the best device at each price point. The Rapsodo MLM is a fine device, but the SC300i is better.


  3. I recently purchased the R10 along with the Mega Mat from Wittek Golf (which I believe was also reviewed here). I definitely know when I hit the ball well and when I don’t with that combo. Also enjoying the E6 software (with six free courses) that comes with the R10. Running it on an iPad Pro and it performs well on that platform.

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