FlightScope Mevo Plus

FlightScope Mevo Plus Review: A Very Worthy Investment

Over the past two years I’ve used and reviewed a number of consumer-level launch monitors such as the Rapsodo MLM, Garmin R10, and the FlightScope Mevo.

All of those hover in the $500 range, and for all of their benefits they each have some drawbacks as well.

I’ve been hoping to get my hands on a FlightScope Mevo+ for a long time to see if it truly is the product that delivers a professional launch monitor experience at a more modest price point.

And after numerous sessions with the Mevo+? I can safely say it’s everything I’d hoped it would be. It outperforms less expensive devices in nearly every way, while still costing a fraction of a new Trackman or Flightscope X3.

So if you’re thinking about investing in one and just want to know if it’s worth the cost of admission?

Yes, I truly believe it is.

But if you’re looking for more insight into why it’s worth it, then keep reading.

First Impressions of the FlightScope Mevo+

When it comes to portable launch monitors, the regular FlightScope Mevo is about as small as it gets. It’s barely bigger than a deck of playing cards.

So I was expecting the FlightScope Mevo Plus to be much bigger.

FlightScope Mevo Plus and Mevo

The FlightScope Mevo next to the Mevo Plus.

But the first thing I noticed upon taking it out of the box and opening up its sturdy canvas case, was just how svelte it was.

The Mevo Plus is about 2.5 times the size of the 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
FlightScope Mevo Plus

What you get in the box of the FlightScope Mevo Plus.

It would have been nice to see the Mevo Plus use a USB-C port rather than the older USB-mini – but this really has zero effect on the device itself. Would just make it feel a little more modern.

One of the first things you notice when you hold it in your hand is just how well built it feels. The built-in stand is metal and feels extremely sturdy. 

FlightScope Mevo Plus Stand

The stand is a very study metal frame.

The Mevo+ frankly just looks pro – more so than any devices I’ve tested out at a lower price point.

Just like it’s little brother, the Mevo Plus is extremely easy to setup. 

I downloaded the FS Golf App, logged in, and paired it to my iPad via the QR code on the back of the device.

From there, I was ready to rock in less than 2 minutes. 

One feature I found really useful was the Target Align mode. It uses the camera on the front of the device and allows you to properly align the Mevo+ to your environment, to ensure that “straight” is actually where you think it is.

I was afraid the Mevo+ was going to be more difficult to use than the budget launch monitors I’d tried, but setup was just as fast, if not faster than other devices. 

This held true whether I was on an outdoor grass range, covered range, or inside in a batting cage. It’s a wonderfully portable setup.

It worked equally as well on my iPad as it did with my iPhone.

But, and this is a big but, in order to get it to track properly you really have to make sure all of your setup variables are inputted properly. 

I’ll cover all of that later on in this review.

The only real issue I had during the setup process was setting up the e6 simulator features – but we’ll cover that a little bit later as well.

Using the FlightScope Mevo+ Indoors

My first time out, I took the Mevo+ to an indoor setup to see how it worked.

Once it was paired I put it about 8 feet behind where I was hitting, and hit my first ball.

Almost instantly, it audibly told me the carry number.

I never had issues with the speed or delay of other units I’ve tested, but this was noticeably faster than all of the others.

After hitting a couple balls, there were a few settings that needed to be adjusted.

It would continually chirp “Ready” every 10 seconds or so in it’s out-of-the-box state. Not a huge deal if you’re by yourself or have headphones, but on a crowded range? You’d get some annoyed looks.

The other has to do with the sleep settings on the unit.

Its stock setting has the Mevo+ going into a lower power sleep state after 30 seconds. Battery life is rated at 1.5 hours on a full charge, so the fact it has power management settings is great.

But with it going to sleep after 30 seconds, I was having to go to my iPad to click “wake” after nearly every shot – and it missed a few because I didn’t realize it wasn’t in ready state.

When I changed it to 90 seconds, and this solved all of those issues.

I was pretty amazed at how well the FlightScope Mevo+ tracked everything indoors.

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, as I know a lot of people who are using this in their home simulator setups (and for good reason).

But without fail it gave me what felt like accurate distances, with a visualized ball trajectory that also seemed very accurate.

The Mevo+ offers 16 different data points compared to the 8 of the Mevo.

Honestly, using the Plus vs the regular Mevo is night and day different.

There are a few reasons for this, but one REALLY big one is lateral data.

The Mevo (frustratingly) doesn’t give you any lateral data, so its usefulness is hampered a bit.

The Mevo+ does, and after watching the shot tracer on my very first shot, and seeing all the data it provided?

All I could think was “ooooh, this feels niiiiice.”

Everything worked very well indoors – both on my long and short-range settings.

I was in a batting cage so had a good amount of distance to work with, which the Mevo+ handled great.

There are three settings you can choose from when it comes to tracking:

  • Outdoors
  • Indoors
  • Short Indoors

I switched it up to try short indoors, and even with less space, it still appeared to give very accurate results.

According to FlightScope you still need ___ feet behind you and ____ in front of you even in Short mode.

Here are the dimensions for the different modes:

You’ll need a minimum of 16 feet if you want to use the FlightScope Mevo Plus indoors.

So you’ll need a decent amount of space to make it work, but I didn’t have any issues in my testing.

Using the FlightScope Mevo Plus Outside

I’ve used the FlightScope Mevo Plus outside quite a few times now, and I’ve learned a lot in the process.

The first time I used it, it was on a two-story outdoor range, with a metal roof.

After hitting 20 or so balls and checking distances with my rangefinder, I was noticing that the yardages seemed to be off by more than I would have expected them to be. In some cases 10 yards or more.

This brings us back to the setup comment I mentioned earlier.

This is one of my only major complaints about the device, but it can be a big one if you’re not careful.

Because of the more professional level of this device when compared to the regular Mevo or other lower-priced competitors, there are quite a few settings you can change that will affect the results your launch monitor puts out.

There are physical settings like the pitch and roll of the device itself.

There are also other adjustments like turning on real-time weather, or sea-level adjustments. Or selecting standard balls or range balls.

I’ve found that if you don’t pay attention to these, you can end up with results that may not match up with your expectations or actual ball flight.

I also found that hitting from the second story of a metal-roofed driving range, seemed to add enough interference to give less than perfect readings.

So How Do You Make Sure the Mevo Plus is Setup Properly?

I don’t want to go into too much detail here, considering this is a review and not a “getting started” guide, but I wanted to share a few quick things that made a huge difference in the accuracy of my device.

  1. Make sure the Tilt is within 1 degree +/- of 18 degrees. The app does a nice job of helping you visualize in real-time the exact tilt and roll of the device, and it will label it in green or red based on where it’s at. But it will stay green at at least 2 degrees +/-. Make sure you get it as close to 18 as possible.
  2. Roll shouldn’t be more or less than .5 off flat. This is adjusted in the same way as the tilt setting, and you’ll see it when you go through the setup process.
  3. Set weather to real-time. This way it’s not compensating or changing things that are different from your current environment.
  4. Make sure to choose the correct club before you hit. This will throw off the numbers as well.
  5. Be careful if using in a building with a ton of metal or fluorescent lights. 

Once I did these things and made sure it was always properly setup and calibrated before each session, I got results that were more accurate than any of the budget launch monitors. The Approach R10, however got surprisingly close to this for less than half the price.

The FS Golf App

It’s worth noting that the Mevo and Mevo+ each use different apps. While the former uses the “FS Mevo Golf” app, the latter uses the more full-featured “FS Golf” app. 

The good news is they both save all of your data to your FlightScope account, so when you login you can still see all of your sessions from both. This is helpful if you’re upgrading from a Mevo to a Mevo Plus.

I found the FS Golf app to be super intuitive and such a welcome upgrade from the Mevo app.

Just final being able to see things in 3D due to the addition of lateral data makes such a big difference. 

In the FS Golf app you can easily switch between seeing just your most recent shot, to seeing launch details of all your shots during a session, to seeing a scatter chart of all your shots as well.

FlightScope Golf App

Here’s an example of a few different clubs from one session.

Both the Rapsodo and Garmin R10 devices provide these features, but it feels more well-executed in the Mevo+.

The best way I can describe it is that it feels like the difference between a consumer device and a pro device.

All of those other sub-$1,000 systems feel like consumer devices.

This is the first launch monitor I’ve personally tested that feels pro.

You’ve got all the data you realistically need, and it’s displayed in a way that is very easy to use, visualize, and compare to previous sessions to track progress.

Recording Video Using Mevo+

One nice surprise was that I was able to use the built-in camera in the Mevo+ to record swings.

The literature I’d read said this camera was only for target alignment purposes, but there must have been a firmware update.

When I selected the camera in the app it gave me 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 was very pleased with the camera options and functionality. 

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.

The only real issues I’ve had using the Mevo+ were when I was setting up e6.

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. 

The Mevo+ connects to your device via a wifi signal it puts out rather than Bluetooth, so I ran into issues on my iPad when trying to download e6 courses, while also staying connected to the FlightScope.

I eventually got it all sorted, but it was probably 15 minutes of trying to switch between Apple devices, unbinding, rebinding, trying to download courses etc. 

But 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.

The courses you get are:

  • Aviara
  • Stone Canyon
  • The Belfry
  • The Sanctuary 
  • Wade Hampton

Not bad, but I was surprised and quite disappointed to see that Bandon Dunes wasn’t included as one of the free courses, like it was with the Garmin R10.

e6 Simulator on Mevo Plus

One day I’ll play Wade Hampton for real…

The Garmin is less than a 1/3 of the cost, and of all those courses I think most people would be most excited about Bandon Dunes.

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 looked great, was just as fast as it was in the FS Golf app, and truly made for an enjoyable sim experience.

Pair it with an actual projector? You’ve got a hell of a setup for a reasonable amount of money.

FS Skills App

Another area where the Mevo Plus sets itself apart from the regular Mevo is access to the FS Skills app. This is a separate app that essentially creates targets for you to hit to, and then awards points based on proximity to the targets.

You can customize target size and distances based on what you want to work on.

For someone who doesn’t particularly like practicing on the range? I love the fact this app is included. In fact, it’s probably my favorite way to use the Mevo Plus personally.

One of the things I love about both the Garmin R10 and the Rapsodo MLM is the fact there are built-in games to help add a little entertainment and competition to your practice session.

I do wish the Skills features were just built into the regular FS Golf app. Having 3 separate apps for range practice, skills, and simulation, is a little cumbersome. In a perfect world, I would love to see this all under one umbrella. 

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FlightScope Mevo Plus Pro Just Announced

Just as I was getting set to publish this FlightScope Mevo Plus review, they made a very big announcement about the Mevo+ Pro Package.

Frankly, this is the announcement that is going to all of a sudden make coaches, pros, fitters and anyone else that makes their living looking at golf swings – take the Mevo + seriously as a legitimate option for their craft.

What the Pro package does is unlock a whole new suite of data metrics that previously was only available on their top-of-the-line X3 model.

Here’s what the announcement says:

“With the Mevo+ Pro Package add-on option, golfers will gain access to 11 additional performance data parameters that enables them to take their practice, instruction, and club fitting sessions to the next level. The newly added data points constitute the entire club D-plane dataset, namely: club path, face to path, face to target, vertical swing plane, horizontal swing plane, low point, dynamic loft, and curve, as well as additional bonus data like: club speed profile, club acceleration profile, and ball vertical descent angle.”

Mevo Plus Pro will be a one-time $1,000 upgrade.

Along with the Pro update, FlightScope announced that their “Fusion Technology” adapted directly from the X3 will be available for all Mevo+ users as well.

This essentially combines the 3d doppler technology, with camera tech to provide the most accurate data possible.

I’m still working to understand exactly how this works, and what the implications are, and will update this review as I get clarity on it.

Frequently Asked Questions About the FlightScope Mevo+

Does the Mevo+ Use the Same Technology as Trackman?

Yes, nearly all of the personal launch monitors currently on the market use doppler radar technology. This essentially bounces microwaves off the ball in flight to track its metrics.

The difference between a professional device like a trackman, and a less-expensive consumer option is generally a smaller doppler radar sensor.

How is the Battery Life on the Mevo Plus?

The battery life on the Mevo Plus is about 90 minutes when it’s not plugged in. Honestly, I was a little disappointed in this number. In my real-world experience, I found an hour and a half is about what I was getting as well.

Fortunately, you can plug it in while you’re using it. So if you have an indoor simulator setup, you won’t have to worry too much about battery life. 

But with a 3-4 hour charge time, if you’re out on the range, don’t expect to be using it all day without a power adapter.

Does the FlightScope Mevo Plus Work With the Apple Watch?

Yes, the Mevo Plus does work with the Apple Watch, and it’s excellent.

This is one of the biggest features for me personally that sets either the Mevo or Mevo+ apart from competitors. To get data on my Apple Watch is incredibly convenient. It solves the issue of having a small display when using just your phone, or not wanting to use the audible distances which might annoy other people on the range.

Final Thoughts on the FlightScope Mevo Plus

Simply put, the FlightScope Mevo Plus feels like the most budget-friendly professional launch monitor setup. I suppose I should use the term “professional” loosely, as it’s certainly not a Trackman, X3, or GC Quad (but it’s getting pretty darn close with the new Pro Package update.)

The app looks and feels like a more professional setup, and also has features that will be useful for a pro or club fitter, that you’re not going to get with any of the cheaper models.

Alternatively, are you a golfer who really wants to get serious about your training? Or do you want to have a high-end simulator at home without breaking the bank?

Then, I’m honestly not sure there’s a better option to consider. The FlightScope Mevo Plus will deliver exactly what you’re looking for, and you shouldn’t hesitate to make the investment.

Not sure it’s the right one for you? Check out our list of the best golf launch monitors currently on the market, one of them will likely be a good fit!

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9.2

Good Things

  • Very well built and a nice size
  • Suite of apps work great and provide nice variety
  • Features and performance at a fraction of the cost of some competitors

Bad Things

  • Can get inaccurate readings if settings aren't dialed in
  • e6 app can be cumbersome to setup

The Breakdown


Presentation
9
Performance
10
Price
8
Personal Affinity
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