May 13

Review of the Flightscope Mevo

Equipment Reviews


Flightscope Mevo, the TL;DR review



Ease of Use



  • Small Form Factor
  • Fairly Easy to Use
  • Output inline with other devices
  • Well-priced for what it does


  • No "Sidespin" Output, even with stickers
  • Bluetooth may be tricky to sync

Today, we’re gonna review the Flightscope Mevo!

First, a little history lesson:

Since what seems like forever ago now, launch monitors have been devices exclusive to only the OEMs.  The Callaway’s, TaylorMade’s, etc.

It took a little while, but eventually, TrackMan was introduced to non-OEM clubfitters.  The $10K price tag was (and still is) a killer, though.  Some jumped to have it because it’s an excellent tool- and can allow fitters to charge a little more for their fittings.

Who am I kidding?  A LOT more.  You know, the whole prestige thing…

Flightscope came along, offering slightly more affordable options.  Even at the reduced rate of about $5K (depending on the model), it’s still out of the reach of many fitters, let alone Weekend Warriors.

Next came the portable models.  Stuff you could clamp onto your shaft, pin to the butt end of your grip, etc.  There were good ones, but they always seemed to miss something.  It’s hard to pack the necessary amount of tools, sensors, and scanners inside such a small device, so stuff had to get cut out.

After that came smartphone-sized devices.  Ernest Sports and Voice Caddy to name the more prominent players.

Interested in a review of the Voice Caddy SC200?  Click Here!

Now, we have Flightscope jumping into this market with the Mevo.

So the question begs: how does it hold up?


First off, the Flightscope Mevo is $500.  The SC200 is about $350 on Amazon, though it is trending down, and the Ernest Sports ES14 is about $490 (also on Amazon), so it’s not too far off from that range.

How about some pictures?

flightscope mevo

OK, just one for now.  And yes, that’s actual footage taken from my wonderful smartphone.

The Flightscope Mevo is TINY.

Smaller than the SC200.  Remember that thing I said earlier, about small devices not having enough space?  What about the comment about smartphones?  Well, these “at-home” launch monitors are no exception.  As time and technology advances, these devices are small, but the developers are finding ways to pack more stuff inside them.  The Mevo is one such instance.

It’s not that hard to set up, either: all you gotta do is place it four feet behind and in line with the ball.  Turn the Bluetooth on, hit the button on the side (the only button on the Mevo) to pair it, and away you go.

Simple, really.  Kinda…

Pairing it via Bluetooth seems to be a pain.  I saw this:

Flightscope Mevo
Not gonna lie: kind of annoying.

Quite a bit in the beginning.

To be fair, I don’t do much with the Bluetooth on my smartphone.  Surprisingly, I don’t even have Bluetooth headphones!  I’m gonna rectify that one day… any ideas on a good pair?

What I’m saying is, this might be more of a YMMV thing, especially if you’re more Bluetooth savvy than me with this stuff.

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Now, the nitty gritty: the FlightScope Mevo’s data!

This is what you see when you choose “data” instead of “video” (the spinny ball-looking thing, 3rd button from the left, will also display this if you want to go back and look after you’re done):

flightscope mevo data more flightscope mevo data

still more flightscope mevo data

Flightscope Mevo

What does the Mevo track?

  • Ball Speed
  • Swing Speed
  • Smash Factor (efficiency of contact)
  • Carry Distance
  • Launch Angle

Unlike the SC200, the Mevo also tracks height (apex), airtime, and backspin.  The backspin is tracked with and without the sticker, though for more accuracy it’s recommended you use the silver stickers that come with the unit (which are also sold separately in case you run out).

A word of warning: they don’t track things the same.

Compared to the SC200, the Flightscope Mevo understates all the stated specs as far as well-struck shots with the driver.

When it comes to irons, though, the Mevo overstates said specs compared to the SC200.

On miss-hits, they’re actually very similar.  When we’re talking about Smash Factor, for instance, the SC200 will say that I’m getting ~1.46, while the Mevo will say 1.36.  That’s for well-hit shots.

For miss-hits, though, they’ll only be a hundredth off!

Same for carry distance, though the discrepancy isn’t as bad.  I had one shot that read as almost 276 yards with the SC200, while the Mevo was 275 and some change.

What do we make of this?

Honestly, don’t sweat it.  I don’t own a Trackman (shocking, I know… but I don’t feel like bankrupting my club fitting business by spending $10K on a device- not yet, anyway), so I can’t compare it to that.  I can compare it to another popular launch monitor software- the About Golf simulator.

The About Golf simulator is kinda like the Mevo in that regard: it understates driving numbers but overstates iron numbers.

A couple of things you should know:

  1. The About Golf simulator is just as top-notch as Trackman.  It’s used by many, including the Golf Channel.
  2. Don’t freak out about the discrepancy.  They all have this.  No two will give the exact numbers.  They may be close, but they’re rarely exact.

There are nuances in all of them that will prevent that from happening.  Buy or use one and stick with that.  It’ll save you a LOT of frustration.

Another pic (notice I’ve clicked on the arc-ballflight button in the middle?):

Flightscope Mevo

See how there are two totally different ball flights?  Yeah…

Hindsight being what it is, I wish I would’ve separated my driver swings from my 7 iron swings.

That’s the beauty of the Mevo, though: you can do shaft tests, head tests, or go through all the clubs in your bag and either list them all in one go, or separate them individually.

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You can find out how far each club carries on average, as well as spot any issues in your yardage gaps!

I found it easiest to hit the ball then take a screenshot afterward.

Also, I’d disregard the “spin” number, as I didn’t bother using the stickers.  Especially since the shot I hit in the above picture was a thinned bullet.  Yikes!  Ah, well… I guess one good thing is when you read my stuff you get everything- warts and all.

But honestly, is worrying about backspin worth it?  I’ve been at this for quite some time, and I still don’t see people’s fascinations with it.

For you techies, though, I’m sure that’s gonna be an emphatic “YES!!!”, so let me show you this:

Ballflight Apex and Carry Distance, PGA Tour
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Really look at this picture for a minute.  We talked about ball height, but does it tell you something else?

It should tell you that every golfer has a different set of launch angle and backspin numbers.

That should tell you there’s no universal right or wrong answer when it comes to ball height, launch angle, and backspin numbers.

All golfers (the three named, and all those that comprise the blue line representing the “Average” PGA Golfer) in the pic are in the top 1% of all golfers in the world.

Let me say that again: these are the TOP 1% of ALL GOLFERS IN THE WORLD. (No, I’m not yelling… I’m emphatically emphasizing).

They all have different launch characteristics, and yet, they can all get the job done.  That’s part of why worrying about backspin numbers is a waste of time.

So the bottom line is, if you obsess over minutia, I think you’ll search and search until you have a stroke, but that’s just me…  If that’s what makes you happy, though, hunt away; the Flightscope Mevo will definitely help you.  For peace of mind’s sake, I’d probably go with the silver stickers, to remove any doubt.

Just to help me feel better about myself:

flightscope mevo 275y carry

Crushed it!!!

If you’re wanting to edit your shots, you simply click on the fourth button (looks like a grid) to bring up this screen:

flightscope mevo data

Click on the boxes you want, then either “edit” or “delete” them.  If you did what I did and didn’t specify clubs, that’s what the “edit” button’s for.  You can change the club used for each shot, but that’s all you can edit!

“Delete” is pretty straightforward.

The last button (“settings”) looks like this:

Review of the Flightscope Mevo 1 flightscope mevo settings

Review of the Flightscope Mevo 2 flightscope mevo settings

Some things you can alter:


Remember the four blocks you saw earlier, that had things like carry distance and smash factor?  You can change the template for that (under “data display”).  One to six “blocks”, and you can drag-n-drop what specs you want in each block.  The only downside is that there are more specs than blocks, so you have to prioritize which ones are more important to you.  The available blocks:

  • Carry distance
  • Smash factor
  • Spin
  • Launch angle
  • Clubhead speed
  • Ball speed
  • Height (apex)
  • Time (air time)
Measurement Units

Yards or meters

Where you’re hitting

Indoors or outdoors- the Mevo does both!  For the record, I was hitting outdoors.

Distance of the Mevo to the Ball

I’m not too sure about this one, as the instructions say to have it at 4 feet.  I’m not sure how, or even if, that’d skew the data at all.  Personally, I’d rather just use it per the instructions, but someone with limited space might be able to find a use for this.

Switch between “Data” and “Video” views

In hindsight, I wish I’d have tried harder with the “video” function.  In my defense, I was struggling to pair it with my phone, and I started having success with it set to “data”, so I dropped it.

As a fitter, one of the best features (IMO) of the Flightscope Mevo is the backup and restore functions.

Think about it: you’ve fit a few golfers using this little device, and it crashes!  What do you do if your customer needs a new club, but you don’t have the specs?

Well, hopefully, you’ve written this down somewhere… but being human, shit happens sometimes.  It’s nice to have the club/swing info saved in a backup that you can restore, to get it back with no worries!

What’re the chances it gets written down after that, though?

Not able to afford a Mevo or similar device, or just not into using one?  You can still find your driver’s launch angle!  Click HERE to find out how!

 The Flightscope Mevo is, in my opinion, worth it.

If you’re on the fence about getting your own personal launch monitor, the Mevo is an awesome little product.  People can (and will, undoubtedly) compare it to the TrackMan, but they shouldn’t.

Every launch monitor has its flaws, and while the Mevo’s no exception, the data it provides is more than enough to let you see what’s going on- especially if you use it outdoors.  The $500 price tag might still price it out for some golfers, but if you can swing it (haha- golf pun!), go for it.  You can use it for fitting, but it’s also a nice practice tool- pair it with the instruction from the golfers at Birdies Crazy Golf for good results!

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UPDATE: After talking with Flightscope’s Customer Service, there are no plans in the works for adding sidespin numbers.

I know, for some this will be a deal-breaker.  There are other options.  Instead of dropping $500 on the Mevo, you can save up for the SkyTrack (it’s a shade under $2K with the “Game Improvement Plan” at Amazon).

Your turn!

What say you, audience?  Have you tried it?  Want to try it?  Whatcha think?

About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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  • Trajectory is based on spin. If you don’t use the stickers, spin will often be estimated by the mevo. So the visual you’re seeing in the trajectory view becomes more accurate with the reflective stickers.

    • Thanks for the feedback!

      That’s definitely on the agenda, testing with the stickers. First impressions are good though! If you’d like, Flightscope has some excellent CS, if there’s anything you’d like to ask them, as well.

  • Thanks for the review!

    How accurate are the swing speeds? Those appeared to be a bit high for the measured ball speeds that were presented. Or perhaps the ballspeeds were measuring lower than actual.

    However, given the distances of the carry, I would tend to believe the ballspeed were more accurate.


    • From my experience, you’d be correct in your belief.

      The Mevo tends to overstate swing speed, which in turn understates Smash Factor.

      If we compare the Mevo to the SC200 and About Golf simulator, the ball speeds are very similar, yet the SC200 gives slightly lower swing speed numbers. From my experience and ability, the SC200’s more inline with reality (106mph average on SC200 v. 115mph average on Mevo). For reference, the About Golf sim is in the middle.

      Thanks for commenting, Glen!

  • I’m torn between this mevo and a skytrak. On one hand the mevo is so portable but its lacking the spin axis and can’t tell if you hit a draw or not. Thing I like about skytrak is the simulation software and the extra options for winter golf. Is it worth 4 times the price of the mevo? For me I will say yes as i feel the mevo will end up in a drawer like the my game golf.

    • Thanks for the insight, Sean!

      Yeah, that’s definitely the trade-off: $500 with no spin axis and simulation, or $2000 with sidespin and a basic simulator. The Mevo can still be used indoors during the winter, but I can see a segment of golfers being more engaged by the simulator on the SkyTrack.

  • Do Not Buy a Mevo if you need useful information to improve your game!! The Mevo is not at all accurate! Carry distances are off by way more than a club. Launch angles are way off – sometimes almost 100% off! The only thing that Mevo measures very accurately is ball speed. If you are trying to work on your game the Mevo’s inconsistent data is worthless. You never know if the numbers Mevo gives you is close, way too high, way too low! If you are trying to use this for club fitting or driver tuning, it won’t work! Spin rates can be off by over 2000 rpm with a driver. Launch angles can be off by 8 degrees for a driver! Flightsope Mevo is NOT there yet. Plus you can only return one during the first 7 DAYS!!! I have a $500 paperweight. Maybe in a year or two they will have a good product – this is not it!! Save your money!

    • Thanks for the comment, Mark!

      I gotta ask, though: what makes you feel the way you do about it?

      Personally, I’ve never had any issues with accuracy, especially compared to the About Golf sim, so I’m curious why things are so off for you.

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