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The Mevo Plus (or Mevo+) was announced at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show as the newest addition to FlightScope’s launch monitor lineup.
It was designed to be an upgrade to the original Mevo, measuring more parameters and allowing golf simulation. It also ended up competing with the SkyTrak Launch Monitor which sits at the same price point.
Now, the Mevo Plus is being offered in a new 2023 Edition which improves on the original model in a number of ways.
In this FlightScope Mevo Plus review, I’ll take an in-depth look at the launch monitor. I’ll look not only at how well it measures ball and swing data, but also at its usability and simulation capabilities.
How does the Mevo+ perform? How does it compare to the SkyTrak+ and other launch monitors that are on the market today? Is it worth getting if you’re looking for a quality golf simulation experience?
Here’s what I’m going to be covering in the review:
- What is the Mevo Plus?
- Setting Up The Mevo Plus
- Parameters, Features & Accuracy
- Simulation Options
- Pricing & Plans
- Where To Buy The Mevo Plus Online
- Final Thoughts
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Note: In the majority of cases, launch monitors tested on Golfstead are acquired temporarily and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on personal experience and research. Although the author makes every effort to ensure proper setup of the device and do direct comparisons with other launch monitors when possible, there are many variables that can affect data readings and performance. Therefore, exact results with a particular launch monitor may differ from person to person.
What is the Mevo Plus?
The Mevo Plus is a radar-based launch monitor that tracks an array of club and ball data parameters. It was specifically created for serious golfers who seek efficient, informative practice sessions and the ability to enjoy golf simulation at an affordable cost.
The Mevo+ describes itself as “a one-of-a-kind launch monitor and simulator giving golfers the ultimate practice and play experience”. It fills a void in the Doppler radar launch monitor space between pocket-sized units under $1000, like the Mevo, and highly advanced units over $10,000 like the X3.
“MEVO” stands for measure, evaluate, visualize and optimize. In addition to measuring club and ball data, the Mevo+ is one of the only sub-$2500 launch monitors that is compatible with at least four different golf simulation software solutions.
The Mevo+ uses a 3D Doppler radar-based system. This system takes advantage of the Doppler effect; it emits a microwave signal that is reflected back by the club and ball, allowing the unit to calculate various data points. One of the prime advantages of this is that unlike photometric (camera-based) systems, it’s not affected by lighting conditions.
The Mevo+ is usable both indoors and outdoors, but it requires a certain amount of space behind the golfer to work properly and this can be more difficult to achieve indoors.
Mevo Plus 2023 Edition
Flightscope unveiled the new 2023 Edition of the Mevo+ launch monitor at the 2023 PGA Show.
Compared to the original Mevo+, the Mevo+ 2023 Edition features the following improvements:
- an improved battery life of three hours (versus two hours)
- an upgraded kickstand that tilts 12 degrees
- new FS Golf PC software included
- four additional golf courses in the bundled E6 CONNECT software
- an included PC option for the bundled E6 CONNECT (previously iOS only)
The Mevo+ 2023 Edition really focuses on adding PC compatibility for people who don’t have an iOS device, which I think is very much welcome.
Setting Up The Mevo Plus
The Mevo+ 2023 Edition unit comes with a carrying case, power adapter, USB charging cable, and reflective metallic stickers.
Before using the Mevo+, charge the battery (can take up to four hours) and open the kickstand fully.
Connecting Apps Or Software
If you’re using the FS Golf app with the Mevo+, you can scan the QR code on the bottom of the box with your phone to quickly start the download.
Within the app and with your phone’s Wi-Fi turned on, scan the QR code at the back of the Mevo+ to quickly pair it. Manual Wi-Fi connection without QR codes is also possible. Once the unit is connected to the app, the connection status indicator will turn green.
Software such as E6 CONNECT, The Golf Club 2019, and Creative Golf may be connected to the Mevo+ unit through your PC’s Wi-Fi.
Whether you plan on hitting indoors or outdoors, take out your longest club (driver) and ensure that you have enough clearance to make a full swing.
The Mevo+ unit must be placed directly behind the ball position, 7-9 feet away outdoors and 8 feet away indoors. The camera of the Mevo+ should be lined up with your target line.
You can properly align the Mevo+ through the FS Golf app — using the camera view, adjust the position and aim so that the line passes through the ball and is aligned with the target.
Also ensure that the hitting surface (mat) is no more than three inches higher than the bottom of the Mevo+ unit. Ideally, the unit should be resting on the ground with a level surface between the unit and the hitting mat. When putting, the ball should be on the same level as the unit.
- avoid exposing the Mevo+ unit to moisture, direct heat, or excessive weight
- there must be a minimum of 8 feet of space between the ball and net indoors
- the area between the ball and Mevo+ should be clear of objects and people
- extremely low and wide shots may not register
- in order for the Mevo+ to properly measure spin indoors, a reflective sticker (included) must be placed on the ball and this sticker should face towards the target at address
- noisy electronic devices such as fans and air conditioning units can interfere with tracking and should be kept behind the unit when in use
Be aware that the Mevo+ has no Bluetooth connectivity, so if your device has no cellular data, you won’t be able to connect to the Mevo+ and the Internet at the same time. You must connect to the device directly via Wi-Fi.
For more detailed setup instructions, information, and tips, see the Mevo+ 2023 Edition user manual.
Parameters, Features & Accuracy
The Mevo+ launch monitor measures 16 data parameters. They are:
- ball speed
- club head speed
- carry distance
- total distance
- roll distance
- smash factor
- spin rate
- spin axis
- spin loft
- vertical launch angle
- horizontal launch angle
- apex height
- flight time
- lateral landing
- angle of attack
- shot shape
With the Mevo+ Pro Package (discussed more later in the review), you unlock 11 additional parameters powered by Fusion Tracking technology:
- club path
- speed profile
- acceleration profile
- dynamic loft
- vertical descent angle
- low point
- face to path
- face to target
- vertical swing plane
- horizontal swing plane
With the Face Impact Location add-on for the Pro Package, you also get the lateral impact and vertical impact parameters.
Fusion Tracking is a technology that has previously been found in highly advanced FlightScope launch monitors like the X3. Now, they have rolled it out in the Mevo+ as a free upgrade.
This patented technology combines 3D Doppler radar with synchronized image processing for enhanced data accuracy and consistency. Because camera and radar tracking each have their own strengths, FlightScope has combined them to achieve the best of both worlds.
FS Golf App
- the ability to view your shot trajectories (top, side or 3D)
- smartphone video recording with customizable data overlay
- video clip drawing and sharing
- the ability to group and review shots by club
- the ability to set margins for data points (results are highlighted green when within the range and red when outside the range)
- the ability to view club averages
This app allows you to have informative practice sessions without paying extra for a simulation software plan.
FS Skills App
Each shot is given a score based on the distance to the center of the target, and after all targets are presented, an overall session score is given.
Users have flexible customization control over various aspects of the targets, and a time limit can be added as well.
FS Golf PC Software
The FS Golf software for PC, compatible with the Mevo+, is included with the Pro Package and Mevo+ 2023 Edition or can be purchased separately.
This highly customizable, flexible software allows you to perform a complete analysis of your sessions with trajectory views, radar data, 3D D-Plane animations and acceleration profiles. The presentation of this data can be conveniently customized and viewed in one screen at a glance.
You can also:
- view your data for every shot in tabular form with standard deviations and averages
- arrange two of your favourite views in side-by-side split format
Minimum PC specs to run the FS Golf software include 8 GB of RAM, an i5 processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 video card or equivalent.
Face Impact Location
Available for Pro Package users only, this optional add-on allows you to view the precise impact location on the clubface through the FS Golf app, in addition to all the other data.
Face Impact Location also provides:
- Face Impact Heatmaps: a visual coloured distribution of the impact location for a each club over an entire session
- Shot Grouping: shows the face impact location for every shot in a session, enabling you to evaluate consistency and accuracy
Other features of the Mevo+ include:
- an internal camera for target alignment
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- a complete D-Plane dataset (Pro Package only)
The overall accuracy of the Mevo+ is very good. Of course, it’s generally not as accurate as a top-end launch monitor like the X3 or GCQuad, but the difference for most people will be inconsequential.
I was able to do a direct shot-for-shot comparison between the Mevo+ and the SkyTrak+ launch monitor, and the readings are very close to each other — within a couple percentage points. I have noticed that the Mevo+ tends to produce slightly higher spin readings by 100-200 RPMs.
Based on my experience and knowing my numbers across many different launch monitors, I do think the SkyTrak+ has a slight edge in accuracy and precision over the Mevo+. This is consistent with the fact that the Mevo+ is almost $1000 less expensive than the ST+ without any add-ons.
I do, however, think the Mevo+ is more versatile than the ST+ and is more reliable for outdoor use.
Currently, the Mevo Plus launch monitor officially supports golf simulation with E6 CONNECT, The Golf Club 2019, Creative Golf (with Golfisimo), Awesome Golf, and GSPro.
E6 CONNECT is top-tier golf simulation software known for its quality and diverse range of features.
It comes bundled with the Mevo+ in the form of a trimmed version for iOS and PC that includes ten golf courses, seventeen practice ranges, and a darts minigame.
Beyond this, you can purchase the full version of E6 CONNECT for PC. This will give you access to the full gamut of features including:
- a full driving range and practice area
- full course play
- tournament play and online events
- an array of multiplayer formats
- flexible gameplay settings (mulligans, wind, weather, etc.)
- minigames including Long Drive and Closest To The Pin
With an Expanded Subscription to E6 CONNECT, you get over 68 additional courses to play (90+ total).
E6 CONNECT is one of the best and most powerful golf simulator software solutions on the market right now, so the fact that it’s integrated with the Mevo+ is a big plus. However, the software is relatively expensive.
The Golf Club 2019
The Golf Club 2019 (PC only) is an excellent option for the Mevo+ because it has a massive course selection, plenty of features, and great graphics and lighting. It’s also relatively affordable.
TGC 2019 offers a selection of over 170,000 courses, many of which are user-designed. With the software, you can:
- play online (with strangers, friends or family) and compete in live worldwide tournaments
- play rounds solo or play multiplayer locally
- access the TGC library of over 170,000 courses
- do range, chipping or putting practice
Play formats include stroke play, match play, stableford, four ball, skins, and alternate shot. TGC has a cool feature that allows up to four players in a multiplayer setting to hit their shots at the same time.
You can also design your own course with a few clicks. A special editor allows you to customize everything in detail from the theme to the terrain and layout. If this is something you think you could have fun with, you could end up playing your own custom-created course with your Mevo+.
Creative Golf (with Golfisimo)
Creative Golf is a software that is focused not so much on realism (although the graphics are good), but more on family-friendly entertainment.
The base version of Creative Golf contains 15 reproduced golf courses from around the world. For an extra $500, you can get over 130 additional courses to play.
This software is even more affordable than TGC 2019, and if you want, you can “supercharge” it with the Golfisimo software which adds a host of cute, entertaining games for children and non-golfers.
The modes of Creative Golf are:
- Practice: Practice on a driving range or chip and putt on a course of your choice.
- Course Play: Choose the course, game type (stroke, match play, etc.), number of players, and play a full round of golf.
- Challenges: Participate in competitions locally (with friends or family) including closest-to-the-pin and long drive.
- Mini Games: Play fairy tale golf (altered environment, larger holes, etc.), mini golf (putting), and demolition golf (hit windows of old buildings).
- Tournaments: Join tournaments listed on the tournament server and compete with players around the world.
If you have purchased Golfisimo along with Creative Golf, there will be a dedicated Golfisimo section on the main menu. From there, you can access fun games like darts, barrels, bridges, demolition golf, battlefield, and grand slam.
For people that don’t need the premium experience that E6 CONNECT offers, Creative Golf and Golfisimo can be excellent money-saving alternatives.
Awesome Golf is a software that has a distinct cartoon art style and is heavily focused on fun and entertainment with friends, family and children. It’s also more affordable than any of the other simulation software solutions for the Mevo Plus.
Awesome Golf has four main modes:
- Range: informative practice sessions and an in-depth analysis of every shot.
- Challenges: closest to the pin, long drive, target golf, and skills challenge.
- Shootouts: kid-friendly minigames including Super Splash and Boat Blast.
- Virtual Golf: full course play at fictional courses including Spring Park Hills and Island Beach.
The software also comes with a community app that allows you to register yourself as a user, get access to in-depth stats from your sessions, and participate in leaderboards for challenges & shootouts.
Awesome Golf doesn’t recreate real-life courses but it’s packed with fun simulation features that will keep you busy for hours on end. The software is currently available for iOS and PC, and licenses are multi-platform.
The GSPro software is designed to be ultra-realistic with advanced ball physics and 4K graphics.
What makes GSPro unique is its integration with the Open Platform Course Designer (OPCD), which allows anyone, regardless of skillset, to create courses that can be played by members of the GSPro community.
In addition, GSPro integrates with Simulator Golf Tour (SGT), a service that allows players to participate in virtual golf tours with weekly tournaments. You can even compete in the PGA Tour schedule.
Aside from the large community that is constantly building new courses (well over 100 are currently available) and playing in tournaments, GSPro offers:
- lifelike 4K graphics built with the Unity engine
- an OpenAPI interface
- a driving range and on-course practice
- full course play (with flyovers)
In my view, GSPro isn’t as suitable for tech-challenged golfers as other software, although you can keep yourself very busy with the practice and local play modes without getting involved in the community stuff.
Pricing & Plans
The original Mevo Plus launch monitor has been discontinued, though its operation will still be supported by FlightScope.
The Mevo+ 2023 Edition costs $2199 USD. It’s equipped with Fusion Tracking and comes bundled with the FS Golf PC software and a trimmed version of E6 CONNECT (iOS or PC) with ten golf courses.
The Mevo+ Pro Package is an optional $1000 upgrade that unlocks access to 11 additional club and ball data parameters (listed in this section) including a complete D-Plane dataset. The Face Impact Location add-on for the Pro Package is $499.
Here are the current prices (subject to change) associated with the software options that are compatible with the Mevo+:
- E6 CONNECT: $300/year (basic) or $600/year (expanded) or $2500 one time
- The Golf Club 2019: $950
- Creative Golf & Golfisimo: $700 for CG, $500 for Golfisimo, $500 for Course Library
- Awesome Golf: $199.99+$9.99/month or $349.99 one time
- GSPro: $250/year or $550+$250/year for the Lifetime add-on
Software may offer various add-ons such as premium courses for E6 CONNECT, which would come at additional cost.
Generally speaking, I recommend golfers grab TGC 2019 with the Mevo+ (and with most other launch monitors that support it) because of the huge course selection and the fact that you get all features for a one-time payment of less than $1000. You can do so here.
The Pro Package is a very cool upgrade that helps close the gap between the Mevo+ and X3, but if you don’t care about the extra data, there’s not much point in getting it.
Where To Buy The Mevo Plus Online
The best places (aside from the FlightScope store) I would recommend to buy the Mevo+ 2023 Edition are Rain or Shine Golf, The Indoor Golf Shop and Top Shelf Golf. Each of these vendors allows you to upgrade to the Pro Package with a couple of clicks.
You can choose any of these vendors based on your preferences. All have fantastic support teams that go out of their way to make sure you’re set up properly.
If you’re looking for a discount on a used Mevo+, you may be able to find a good deal on eBay. This could be a good option for people who want a discount on the original model.
Another thing that you should consider if you plan to use the Mevo+ indoors is a full golf simulator setup with screen, enclosure and projector. This will really allow you to get the best experience with the launch monitor.
The FlightScope Mevo Plus is an excellent consumer-level launch monitor that allows golfers to get similar accuracy and reliability to professional units like the X3 at an affordable price.
The accuracy is superb, you can use it both indoors and outdoors, it comes with very good simulation and analysis features out-of-the-box, and it’s compatible with a range of third-party simulator softwares.
And with updates such as the Pro Package, Fusion Tracking, Face Impact Location, and the 2023 Edition, the Mevo+ has gotten even better, further narrowing the gap in relation to professional units that cost $10,000 or more.
The Mevo+ does have a few weaknesses, however. The main one is that it requires a lot of space behind and in front of the golfer: minimum 8 feet each for a total of 16 feet. Many golfers want to use a launch monitor and simulator but just don’t have this amount of space.
Another weakness is that the Mevo+ often struggles to read putts accurately. Also, even with the improvements of the 2023 Edition, the battery life is still quite short. The fact that there’s no Bluetooth is a bit disappointing, but then again, it no doubt helps keep the cost down.
Having said that, the Mevo+ provides tremendous value for the price, and despite the recent launch of the similarly priced SkyTrak+, the Mevo+ is still an extremely attractive option given its versatility and rich feature set. This is especially true if you want to use your launch monitor outdoors.
If you’re interested in the Mevo+ but are on the fence, I suggest you get off that fence and give it a try now!
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