FlightScope Mevo Plus Launch Monitor Review – High-End Radar Performance

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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.

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:

Ready to try the Mevo+ right now? Click the button below or scroll down to the bottom of my review to see my final verdict!


What is the Mevo Plus?

FlightScope Mevo Plus Launch Monitor

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-$2000 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.


Setting Up The Mevo Plus

FlightScope Mevo Plus Launch Monitor - Front View

The Mevo+ unit comes with a case, simulator angle, power adapter, USB charging cable, reflective stickers, Wi-Fi adapter, and fitted battery.

The first three steps you should take when setting up the Mevo+ are:

  1. Pull to remove the battery isolation tab and ensure the rubber band is in the groove.
  2. Fully charge the battery with the supplied adapter, if necessary.
  3. 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, you can scan the QR code at the back of the Mevo+ to quickly pair it. Manual 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 3D may be connected to the Mevo+ unit through your PC’s Wi-Fi.

Hitting Area

I strongly recommend a solid hitting mat and net for hitting balls with the Mevo+.

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.

Positioning

FlightScope Mevo Plus Positioning Diagram

The Mevo+ unit must be placed directly behind the ball position, 7-8 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 ball is resting 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.

Additional Notes

  • the Mevo+ takes 3-4 hours to charge fully with the included adapter and up to 12 hours when connected to a PC or laptop
  • 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

For more detailed setup instructions, information, and tips, see the Mevo+ user manual.


Parameters & Features

Data Parameters

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
  • curve
  • dynamic loft
  • vertical descent angle
  • low point
  • face to path
  • face to target
  • vertical swing plane
  • horizontal swing plane

Fusion Tracking

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

FS Golf App 1
Source: FlightScope

FS Golf (Android or iOS) is the main app that is compatible with the Mevo+, and we recommend that all users try it. Its features include:

  • 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

FlightScope FS Skills App Sample Look

FS Skills (Android or iOS) is another app compatible with the Mevo+. It allows golfers to test their skills by hitting shots to a series of virtual targets.

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.

Other features of the Mevo+ include:

  • an internal camera for target alignment
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • a complete D-Plane dataset (Pro Package only)

Simulation Options

Currently, the Mevo Plus launch monitor officially supports golf simulation with E6 CONNECT, The Golf Club 2019, Creative Golf 3D (with Golfisimo), Awesome Golf, and GSPro.

E6 CONNECT

E6 CONNECT sample for FlightScope

E6 CONNECT is top-tier golf simulation software known for its quality and diverse range of features.

The purchase of a Mevo+ comes with a trimmed version of E6 CONNECT for iOS. This software package includes five 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 Simulator Software Sample 1

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 3D (with Golfisimo)

Creative Golf 3D FSX Software Integration

Creative Golf 3D 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 3D 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 3D 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 3D, 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 3D and Golfisimo can be excellent money-saving alternatives.

Awesome Golf

Awesome Golf Software - Boat Blast
Source: Awesome Golf

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 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 PC and iOS, and licenses are multi-platform.

GSPro

GSPro Software Sample
Source: GSPro

Mevo Plus compatibility with GSPro is brand new. The 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 Mevo Plus launch monitor costs $1999 USD. This purchase includes a carrying pouch, charging adapter, fifty metallic stickers, Fusion Tracking (as of recently), and a trimmed iOS version of E6 CONNECT with five golf courses.

In late 2021, they released the Mevo+ Pro Package. This 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.

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 3D & 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+ 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 one or two 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. I myself wouldn’t get one used, but to each their own.

You can buy E6 CONNECT for the Mevo+ here and TGC 2019 here. Creative Golf 3D, Awesome Golf, and GSPro can be purchased on their respective websites.

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.


Conclusion

The FlightScope Mevo Plus is an excellent consumer-level launch monitor that allows golfers to get the accuracy and reliability of professional radar launch monitors like the X3 at an affordable price.

And with the Fusion Tracking update and Pro Package release, the Mevo+ has gotten even better, further narrowing the gap in relation to professional units that cost $10,000 or more.

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 golf simulator software.

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, the battery life is quite short — only 1.5 hours when using simulation and 2 hours otherwise.

Having said that, the Mevo+ provides tremendous value for the cost, and the only real advantages the SkyTrak has over it right now are a longer battery life and needing less space. The SkyTrak is also much older, having been released six years before the Mevo+.

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!


Thanks for reading my FlightScope Mevo Plus review. Are you interested in the Mevo+? Have you tried it already? What’s your experience? Tell us about it in the comments below.

FlightScope Mevo+ Launch Monitor

9.5

Accuracy

9.2/10

Usability

9.2/10

Features

9.6/10

Compatibility

9.8/10

Value For Money

9.9/10

Pros

  • Works well both indoors and outdoors
  • Great accuracy with a ton of data parameters
  • Improved even more with Fusion Tracking update
  • Integrates with a nice selection of simulation software
  • Pairs with useful free apps and comes with E6 CONNECT out-of-the-box

Cons

  • Requires a lot of space in front of and behind the golfer
  • Short battery life
  • Reading of putts can be dicey
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