2023 FlightScope Mevo Plus Review: It Just Keeps Getting Better
This review has been completely updated in April 2023 to cover the new “2023 FlightScope Mevo Plus”
There are so many good golf launch monitors on the market right now. With the recent release of the Rapsodo MLM 2 Pro and the upcoming Swing Caddie SC400, and the still fantastic Garmin R10 – there are a lot of great options under $1,000.
So it begs the question, is it worth spending 3, 4, or even 5 times the price of those to get the new 2023 FlightScope Mevo+?
There’s a very good chance the answer is yes.
In this 2023 FlightScope Mevo+ review I’m going to go through all the changes that have been made to the refreshed 2023 model, as well as do detailed reviews of recent app updates along with the Pro Package and Face Impact detection add-ons.
There’s a lot to cover, and if you’ve been in the market for a launch monitor with professional capabilities that won’t break the bank?
You’ll want to keep reading.
What is the 2023 FlightScope Mevo+?
If you’re new to the world of FlightScope, you may be wondering exactly what this is, and why I’m specifically calling out “2023” for this device.
I did my initial review of the product in mid-2021.
In February of 2023, FlightScope released a product refresh. The new 2023 Mevo+ looks almost identical to the old one, but there are a few key upgrades that were made.
- Better battery life. The new 2023 edition has 3 hours of battery life vs. 1.5 hours on the original.
- Ad updated stand design. This makes it easier to get the device to sit at the optimal angle of 12 degrees.
- Included PC Software. This is only for PC (sorry Mac users!), and is a $99 upgrade if you own the previous Mevo+
- 4 additional e6 simulator courses. This brings the total to 10.
There was a period of a few months where FlightScope was selling both devices concurrently, so deciding which one to get was a little tricky.
Now as of April 2023, the 2023 Mevo+ is the only one being sold on the site at a list price of $2199.
First Impressions of the 2023 FightScope Mevo+
Out of the box the new FlightScope Mevo+ looks nearly identical. It comes with the same canvas case, and pretty much all the same materials inside the box.
The face of it looks identical to the outgoing model as well.
The only physical differences are the new model has a red power button which matches the trim of the device, whereas the old model has a silver button.
The stand has also been redesigned to theoretically make it easier to set it at 12 degrees, which is the optimal angle for the most accurate results.
I actually kind of prefer the outgoing style, as it gives you a little bit more flexibility if you’re outside on uneven ground – but both generally work great.
One thing I was also slightly disappointed by with the 2023 upgrade is the lack of USB-C. The Mevo+ still uses an older USB mini connection.
In practice, this really doesn’t matter much. But with USB-C becoming much more prevalent, I typically have far more of those cords available.
That said, I love the fact it’s still a standard USB connection. If you’ve read my other reviews, you know I’m not a fan of proprietary chargers on golf tech devices.
So overall, there are some minor changes, but it’s still very much the Mevo+ I know and love.
Also from here on out in this Mevo+ review, assume I’m talking about the 2023 model, unless stated differently.
What’s in the FlightScope Mevo Plus Box?
The Mevo Plus is about 2.5 times the size of the less expensive Mevo, but the case is still quite thin. So even though the Garmin R10 is a smaller device, the FlightScope Mevo+ actually feels like it’s a little bit more portable due to a carrying case that’s much thinner.
So we’re off to a good start.
Inside the box you’ve got:
- The Mevo+
- A USB-mini charging cord and charging block
- A quick start guide
- A code for your e6 simulator membership
- A carabiner
- Metal stickers for better accuracy indoors
- A diagram to help you set it up properly for simulator use.
It’s a package that is nice and well put together, and largely unchanged from what came with the original Mevo Plus.
Initial Setup of the FlightScope Mevo+
Generally setting up and using the FlightScope Mevo+ is very simple and straightforward.
I’d plan to spend 15-2o minutes with the device at home before taking it out for your first range session to make sure everything is up to date and working properly.
It only took a couple of minutes to tie my Mevo+ to my FlightScope account, as well as download and update the firmware.
The only major frustration I’ve had with setting up the Mevo Plus has to do with the lack of a Bluetooth connection.
The Mevo+ outputs a wifi connection, which you’ll then connect to via your phone or tablet to use the device.
This isn’t that big of a deal on your phone. But if you’re using an iPad that doesn’t have a cellular connection, then you’re not able to be connected to the internet and the Mevo+ at the same time.
When using your iPad to pair your device, or activate add-ons like e6, Pro Package, or Face Impact – it’s a bit of a dance between connecting to the Mevo+, then disconnecting and going over to wifi, then back to the Mev0+.
You can solve all of this by going through these steps on your phone instead, which is what I recommend.
Doing this ahead of time before you get to the range or plan to use it, will make your life a lot easier.
From there all you have to do is turn your Mevo+ on, and then scan the QR code on the back of the unit to connect it to your phone or tablet.
Within seconds you’ll be ready to rock.
It’s worth noting, the new Rapsodo MLM Pro 2 has a nice feature where you can use connect both your device and your tablet to the same wifi network to pair. If no wifi network is available, then you can connect via the wifi network put out by the device. It would be nice to see this implemented for the Mevo Plus.
How Accurate is the FlightScope Mevo+?
When it’s set up properly, the Mevo+ is incredibly accurate.
However, if it’s not set up properly, then it will still give you numbers, but they just won’t be as accurate as you need them to be.
The good news is that FlightScope has made updates to the app since the Mevo+ was first launched which makes this easier than ever.
The first thing you do is select “Outdoor” or “Limited Flight” mode.
The outdoor setting is obvious. In limited flight you need at least 10 feet of ball flight, and up to 44 yards. I do my indoor testing in a batting cage, and this works great.
Second, it will show you in real-time what the tilt angle and roll angle of the device is. Ideally, the roll should be 0 and the tilt should be 12 degrees.
With a relatively recent update, they’ve added a new step for alignment and verification.
It uses the built-in camera to allow you to adjust the alignment of the device and dial in exactly where your hitting area will be. It gives a video overlay, so you can make sure you’re hitting from the correct spot.
Once your set, it’ll have you hit a ball and it will show you exactly where you are within the hitting zone.
It’s not quite as seamless and smooth as the hitting zone detection on the Bushnell Launch Pro, but the rest of the software experience is superior on the FlightScope.
From there you’ll set your weather/environment settings, select the type of ball you’re using, and away you go!
You might be inclined to skip some of these setup steps – DON’T! By spending an extra 3-5 minutes before each session to make sure these are dialed in correctly, you’re going to give yourself a much better, and more accurate experience.
If you’re still having trouble, I’d recommend watching this video:
Using the FlightScope Mevo Plus and the FS Golf App
Over the last two years, FlightScope has continued to improve the FS Golf app, which is the primary app you’ll use with the Mevo Plus.
When you log in there are 6 different modes:
- Full Swing Session
- Swing Training Session
- Chipping Session
- Putting Session
- Review Session
Each of these has its place depending on what you’re trying to work on. Let’s take a brief look at each.
Full Swing Session
This is where you’re likely to spend most of your time within the FS Golf app.
Here you can choose any club in the bag and get a ton of data about your swing.
I personally love using the FS Golf app.
One of the biggest reasons is that it feels professional.
You can customize the view to show literally whatever you want. If you want to see your shot tracer trajectory of every shot within your session? Easy.
Prefer to see a top-down “grouping” view of all your pitching wedges so you can check your dispersion. Done.
Do you want a giant table of all your metrics? Or prefer to see only a handful of the ones most important to you at a time? No problem.
Better yet? Want video of each swing? You can do that too. It even allows for multi-camera views and the ability to use your phone, tablet, or the built-in camera on the device itself.
Long story short, if you buy the Mevo+ you’ll spend hours in this section. It’s easy to navigate once you know where to go, and is extremely customizable.
Swing Training Session
This is where you’re going to go if you are working specifically on swing speed or practicing without a ball.
In my experience, I’ve found this feature to be a little hit-and-miss.
It seemed to be pretty spot on with my driver swing speed, but when I moved into mid-irons I got some fairly variable numbers. I haven’t done a ton of testing here, so will update this as I do more.
If you have the standard Mevo+ you’ll only see clubhead speed in this section. If you opt for the Pro Package you’ll also have “V-Plane” and “H-Plane” numbers as well.
This is a nice feature to have included, but if your primary goal is to work on swing speed or tempo, specifically without a ball, I might look at a dedicated device like the Blast Motion or DeWiz Golf.
In a chipping session, you get a specific view for chips that helps you more easily see shorter distance shots, while still getting all of the same data you get in full swings.
I found the accuracy of chipping on the Mevo+ to be excellent, and this is one of my favorite ways to use the Mevo+.
It’s also one of the best ways I can personally use it at home. I have limited space and ceiling heights that keep me from being able to install a full golf simulator at home. But I’m able to dial in consistency on short chips into a net really well with this.
Putting on the Mevo+ is fine, but not spectacular. The metrics it tracks are launch speed, total distance, and ball direction. The tricky part about using it for putting is that the surface you use it on, may not match up with the surface settings in the Mevo+.
You’re able to set a “stimp” level within the app. So if you say it’s a 8’6″ for instance, but your floors are really rolling an 11, then what you see is going to be different than the data you get – which I struggle with.
I love that putting is included, specifically because it allows you to do the full simulator mode via e6 or other services. But I’d generally keep it for that, rather than using it for in-depth putting practice.
Another nice recent upgrade to the app comes in the form of Challenges. There’s a dedicated app called FS Skills, which has some fun games and practice challenges you can use to keep things interesting.
Now they have a few of these built into the FS Golf app as well.
Right now there are three:
- PGA/LPGA Challenge – Here you hit a series of shots and compare your average statistics to that of a touring pro
- Range Competition – Pick a club and try and hit a set number of balls at a specific distance. The closer you are to the target distance, the more points you get.
- Long Drive Competition – Exactly what you’d expect it to be.
Of these the ‘Range Competition” is by far my favorite and the one I use most often.
This is where you can go back through any of your practice sessions after the fact. You can look at all of your data, review videos, and analyze specific shots or sessions to dial in what you need to work on moving forward.
I love that FlightScope has continued to put so much effort into updating the app. They continue to add features that make using the Mevo+ not only more accurate but more user-friendly as well.
One Thing I’d Like to See Improved in FS Golf
There’s one major frustration I have with the FS Golf app, and that is transferring data from your phone to tablet.
If you do a session within the FS Golf app on your iPad, then that same session won’t be available on your iPhone.
As someone who switches devices for my practice regularly depending on what I’m doing, not having my data sync up is really frustrating.
There is a feature called “FS Cloud” that you can access from any device, which does have all of your data. But for some reason you’re not able to download this into the app.
If you’re logging in on a computer the data is pretty easily digestible. But navigating via a web browser is a challenge, especially if you’re trying to do it on your phone. So for me, despite having the cloud feature, it doesn’t really solve the problem of wanting all my data within the app across all my devices.
I’d love to see this get updated at some point.
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USING THE FLIGHTSCOPE MEVO+ AS A SIMULATOR
One of the great bonuses of the FlightScope Mevo+ is that it comes with a limited subscription to e6 – one of the leading golf simulator companies.
Setting up your Mevo+ with e6 can be a little cumbersome.
First off, your e6 subscription can only be activated on one device at a time. So if you want to use your iPad one day, and your iPhone the next, you’ll need to unbind it from one and rebind to another.
You may run into the wifi pairing issues I mentioned in the setup section above if you’re setting up e6 on a tablet without cellular. So once again, just plan to do it ahead of time to make sure everything is dialed in for when you actually want to golf.
Once you get through that initial setup, you should be good.
I had the same issues when setting up e6 through my Garmin R10 as well.
With the 2023 Mevo+ update, they’ve gone from including 6 e6 courses to 10, which is great.
The courses you get are:
- Aviara – CA, USA
- Stone Canyon – AZ, USA
- Wade Hampton – NC, USA
- Sanctuary – CO, USA
- Bay Hill – FL, USA
- The Belfry – Sutton Coldfield, England
- Oslo Golf Club – Norway, Europe
- Panther Lake – FL, USA
- Thanksgiving Point – UT, USA
- Par 3 Ocean Course – Fantasy Course
The Garmin is less than a 1/3 of the cost, and of all those courses Bandon Dunes is the most exciting of them all.
Especially since additional packages (like the Pebble Beach course package) are very expensive.
All of that to say, once you get in and use it?
It works wonderfully.
I was never able to get the Garmin R10 working on my iPad (probably user error), but using the Mevo+ and e6 simulator on my iPad worked great.
Playing Wade Hampton everything looks very nice, is just as fast as it is in the FS Golf app, and truly made for an enjoyable sim experience.
Pair it with an actual projector, and you’ve got a hell of a setup for a reasonable amount of money.
RECORDING VIDEO USING MEVO+
Shortly after the Mevo+ came out, they released an upgrade that allows you to use the built-in camera in the Mevo+ to record swings.
This was originally only there to help with alignment purposes. But now it’s become a critical part of the Mevo+ process, as it’s also what allows for the Fusion Tracking technology (more on that in a minute).
When you select the camera in the app it gives you 4 options: iPad Front, iPad Rear, iPad Slo-Mo, Mevo+.
The camera on the Mevo+ isn’t incredibly high quality, and depending on how close it is to you, your framing might not be perfect, but it was a very welcome feature.
It automatically transferred to the app in real-time, and I could review the swing within seconds. So I’m very pleased with the camera options and functionality.
Recent FlightScope Mevo+ Updates
One of the reasons I continue to recommend investing in the FlightScope Mevo+ is because they’re continuing to invest in the Mevo+.
I did my original review about 2 years ago, and in that time they’ve made so many updates.
One of the biggest and most effective is Fusion Tracking. This is technology that trickled down from the much (much) more expensive X3 platform, which combines both Doppler radar and camera tracking to provide more accurate measurements on your device.
This is a free firmware upgrade to all Mevo+ users and in my testing, I’ve noticed it to legitimately have a big impact on accuracy and consistency.
This is especially true indoors. The numbers I’m getting now on my 2023 Mevo+ feel dead on. When I first did my indoor testing on the outgoing Mevo+ 2 years ago, they felt good, but slightly inconsistent at times. Now they’re much more reliable.
I think this is likely due to a combination of the Fusion Tracking update and a better process for ensuring the device is set up properly, as I detailed above.
There had been reports of some problems with the 2023 Mevo+ Fusion Tracking working in some indoor settings. I believe this has been fixed with the latest April 2023 app and firmware update. I haven’t experienced any of these issues during my testing.
Two New Add ons for the Mevo+
They’ve also rolled out two new adds ons with the Pro Package and more recently Face Impact Detection.
The only catch is, these aren’t cheap upgrades.
The Pro Package retails for $1,000 and the Face Impact Detection package is $500, and is only for Pro Package users.
Together, this is an extra $1500 to unlock all of these features. Not exactly pocket change.
But simply put, there’s no other device on the market in this price range that gives you this level of information.
The retail price all in on a fully loaded Mevo Plus with both Pro Package and Face Impact is $3,649. I’ve seen it as low as $3,327 during sales.
THEN as of right now our FlightScope coupon code “BREAKINGEIGHTY” will take an additional 5% off of that to bring the total price down to $3,160.65. This is the cheapest price I’ve seen for the full package.
Despite the Bushnell Launch Pro having a number of benefits over the Mevo+ it doesn’t have nearly this much information – and it also forces you into a subscription to get most of the features.
So the fact that Mevo+ gives you all of this and there’s no subscription fee? That’s what makes it my most recommended launch monitor.
How Good is Mevo Plus Face Impact Detection?
When FlightScope announced the Face Impact package, I was really excited to see how well it worked.
So I put it to the test.
I started with a 7 iron.
As I mentioned above, navigating the FS Golf app is quite user-friendly once you’re familiar with how it works.
To get to Face Impact detection you simply hit the view button and switch to club analysis.
Here by default, you’ll see every statistic you could ask for regarding your swing path. From there you’ll select Face Impact.
You select your club, and it’ll show the face on the screen.
You hit, and within seconds you’ve got a reading.
In early April the Mevo+ got a firmware update that seemed to really improve the usability of this feature. Specifically, when using it a few weeks ago on my previous generation Mevo+, it had some issues with lighting and wouldn’t always register a shot.
With the update and the new 2023 model I’ve had zero issues with that.
And more importantly, the accuracy of the device surprised even me.
A picture is worth 1,000 words, so here was my first shot:
I’ve found this to work well both indoors and outdoors with the new Mevo+.
With the driver, I’ve found it to be slightly less precise, but still very close. Certainly accurate enough for this to be a very useful tool.
Should You Buy the Pro Package and/or Face Detection?
I’ll be totally honest, for most people? Both of these packages are going to be overkill.
They provide so many numbers and data points, that it can honestly be a little overwhelming to have so much data.
Of course, you can configure what metrics are shown, so if you don’t want everything at any given time, you can easily change that.
But I think the question comes down to what you’re planning to use the Mevo+ for.
So who should buy the add-ons?
If you’re a club fitter or a teaching professional? Then the $3500ish for the Mevo+ with all the add-ons represents one of the best values in golf.
You’ll be spending over $10k more to get anything else close to this.
If you’re someone who geeks out about the mechanics of your swing, and you’re consistently working to improve tiny little elements? Then you’ll likely love the granular details you can get with the Pro Package.
Finally, I will say if you’re working on fixing a slice and or significantly altering your swing, then having the d-plane metrics provided is really useful. Being able to see it both as a diagram and overlayed across any video you take feels both high-tech and actually useful.
But for less money than the Pro Package you could get a device like the DeWiz Golf, which I think does a better job of helping fix this particular use case.
So if you’re not one of the above examples, should you upgrade? Not necessarily.
Are you looking to use the Mevo+ as your at-home simulator?
Great, all that extra data is likely unnecessary.
Do you just want to make the range more fun, and be able to dial in your distances? Awesome, just stick with the basic Mevo+ package.
Do you get overwhelmed by too much information? These add-ons give you a lot of it.
There’s no wrong answer, and the tech and usability of these two add-ons are undeniably cool. If I were buying one today, I’d start with just the Mevo+, and see how I use the device.
If you find yourself really missing metrics like swing plane, club path, or impact location – then go for the upgrades.
FlightScope Mevo+ Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the battery life on the Mevo+?
The battery on the latest FlightScope Mevo+ is rated for 3 hours. I’ve found this to be about accurate in my testing. The previous generation Mevo+ was only good for 90 minutes.
Can you use the Mevo+ as a simulator?
Yes, the Mevo+ is compatible with a number of different third-party simulator options. It comes with a mobile e6 license that includes 10 different golf courses.
Other products the Mevo Plus is compatible with include:
- Awesome Golf
- The Golf Club 2019
- Creative Golf 3D
- GS Pro
If space is a concern, and you’re not looking to necessarily use your launch monitor out on the range, then the SkyTrak+ is a competing product worth looking into. The Mevo Plus is a little bit more well-rounded, but if you’re specifically looking for just a dedicated home simulator option, the SkyTrak+ is worth considering.
Check out our full SkyTrak+ review.
Does the Mevo+ use the same technology as a Trackman?
Yes, both the Mevo+ and Trackman use Doppler radar technology to provide accurate results. While the Trackman has a larger radar unit, thus making it even more accurate, the Mevo+ utilizes its built-in camera to incorporate FlightScope’s “Fusion Tracking” technology. This is a combination of Doppler and a camera to give the most accurate results possible.
How much space does the Mevo+ need?
The Mevo+ needs at least 7 feet of space behind the ball, and at least 8 feet of ball flight in front of the device – for a total of 15 feet minimum to get accurate results.
Generally, we’d recommend having a 10 foot ceiling as well in order to ensure there are no accidents. Trust me, I’ve been there 🙂
Does the FlightScope Mevo Plus Work with the Apple Watch
Yes! In fact, this is one of my favorite features of the Mevo+. You can customize which data is displayed on your Apple Watch, and you can also switch the club you’re using directly from the watch as well.
This makes it very easy and convenient to discretely use the Mevo+ at a range if you don’t want to set up a dedicated tablet or iPad.
Does the Mevo+ Work with Both Android and Apple?
Yep, unlike some other launch monitors that only work with Apple iOS, the Mevo Plus works with both Android and Apple devices.
How Does the Mevo Plus Work Compared to the Skytrak+?
Arugably the biggest competitor to the Mevo Plus is the new SkyTrak Plus. Both are very good, and do things quite a bit differently. If you’re debating between these two products, this video will definitely help:
Final Thoughts on the 2023 FlightScope Mevo+
I currently have over a dozen launch monitors at my disposal, but for my personal practice and use? The Mevo+ is the one I use most often.
I think that’s the best recommendation I can give it.
Yes, the Launch Pro is easier to setup for a range session and probably a bit more accurate. But if you want to use it with the app, it becomes far more complicated than it should be.
Sure, the Garmin R10 is very good for a fraction of the price. But you don’t get the “pro level” experience and data you get with the Mevo+.
And the extremely hot Rapsodo MLM Pro 2 has some fantastic features, but similar to the Garmin it doesn’t feel like a “pro” tool. It’s also geared towards consumer use.
There are wonderful launch monitors out there, and each of them can be great for the right person.
But for me? The Mevo+ provides the best combination of accuracy, data, ease of use, fun, and portability to make it my pick as the best overall launch monitor on the market.
If you buy one I have full confidence you’re going to love it as much as I do, and use it for many seasons to come.
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- Very well built and a nice size
- FS Golf app is fantastic and feels like a professional launch monitor experience
- Best in class metrics and data
- Can get inaccurate readings if settings aren't dialed in
- e6 app can be cumbersome to setup
- Session data isn't synced between devices