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Instant numerical feedback on golf shots is becoming essential for club fitting, practice sessions and game improvement. The problem is that many launch monitors in this space have price tags that are unrealistic for most golfers; they sell for tens of thousands of dollars. FlightScope’s new “Mevo” is golf’s latest affordable launch monitor, selling for $499 starting March 1.

MevoGolf500The Mevo has multi-sport capabilities, most notably working for golf, baseball and soccer. Specifically for golf-ball feedback, the mevo will offer:

  • Ball Speed
  • Club Speed
  • Smash Factor
  • Vertical Launch Angle
  • Carry Distance
  • Spin Rate (when metallic dot is used on golf ball)

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Connecting wirelessly through bluetooth, the Mevo will also offer “equipment selection for more effective performance analysis,” according to FlightScope, as pictured above. Other features include video, uploading and sharing capabilities, and automatic video clipping, as per FlightScope’s website.

Related: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the $500 launch monitor

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  1. good wood

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I’m with Mr. Robson. I’m gonna wait for the K-sig version. It will be cheaper an offer more data. Damn i miss his voice at the British Open.

    • Dave R

      Feb 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      The ‘British Open’ is a misnomer as it is rightly named ‘The Open Championship’. That is, it is singular and global.

      • good wood

        Feb 5, 2017 at 1:40 am

        Yes I know that Dave, however this wasn’t the case until recently. Most of our american relatives (parents and grandparents) were not familiar with that vernacular. It was the British Open to them and still is. There are many Americans that call our national championship ” The Open”. Right or wrong it’s all a matter of perspective and how its used in the context of a discussion. I know one thing, our world has gotten so much smaller now that we have become slaves to the internet. My guess is that the name change or correction happened when our cultures and traditions were merged by the internet in the early 90’s. Yes the younger generation and discerning golf fans know the difference, however it does not bother me if the two are used interchangeably. For some its necessary. I could be 80 years old and this could be my first time on golfwrx. I may not watch a lot of golf or even have Golf Channel.

  2. miuralovechild

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I would love to have one on the range before my round to specifically get my wedges dialed in like DJ often does. all my hardcore analysis would be done with a fitter who has countless shafts all the latest club offerings.

  3. TR1PTIK

    Feb 1, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    All I would want this for is to dial in carry distance on my own. That said, not sure where I would be able to do that properly (i.e. an outdoor space where I can hit all clubs with my gamer balls and then collect them).

    I don’t think this could ever be a good fitting or teaching tool because it lacks of lot critical information and you can’t use it for simulator practice which also sucks.

    For the little extra $ required, just purchase a SkyTrack and take the time to set it up properly or save even more and get a used GC2 – there should be plenty available with the release of GCQ.

  4. C

    Feb 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

    its been said, but no face, path, spin axis, aoa makes this much less useful than it could be. i like the price point but will wait for v2 to be released in a year or so

  5. Brian

    Jan 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Just a thought, I hear people complaining about putting metal dots on range balls to track spin. Well, not sure where you guys go to the range, but where I go, they use limited flight balls so silver dot or not, you’re not gonna get good spin readings vs your gamer ball. That goes for any monitor, if the balls are junk your readings are junk.

    • S Hitter

      Feb 1, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Yeah, and why would you waste your precious dots on range balls at a local cheap range? And you’re going to spend the extra minute or two putting dots on every ball you hit every time? You’d be there for 5 hours just trying to hit a bucket of 120 balls from all the time you spend standing there putting dots on the balls lol

  6. Ron

    Jan 31, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    About the only thing this is good for would be dialing in your distances. And if it’s accurate for that $500 is not a terrible price point. But Ernest Sports already has a personal LM that does that at a better price. Personally, I’d rather spend $1k more and go with a Skytrack that reads side spin so you can see how far left or right your ball is going. And also serves as a simulator.

  7. dlgravett

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    This will sell out for sure if it is any good at all. I will wait to see how accurate before I invest. So much more practical for easy fittings and simple base numbers. Instant feedback should help all the lost golfers out there understand A more accurate way of playing with today’s technology. Flight scope has the right idea lets see how good the execute.

  8. Brian

    Jan 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    It’s like all the roadbike Freds with power meters on their Pinarellos.

    Why do people need to spend endless amounts of money to be told they suck.

  9. Ramrod

    Jan 31, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    No face or path data? So they missed out the two most important things a launch monitor needs for someone trying to improve their game.

    Genius.

  10. moses

    Jan 31, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I’ll chip in $10 so that WRX can buy one and review 🙂
    49 more members please step forward.

  11. BooBunkie

    Jan 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Just pull the ball, stand it on the piece ‘o wood, aim, and hit it for crying out loud!!! A personal monitor. That’s as wacky as a wrist watch to count your strokes on a par 3! A $500 personal
    launch monitor? Gotta be kiddin’ me. Not one hack on this site will EVER stand a ball on a tee
    in a PGA Tour event! And what does a 15 hdcp. need a launch monitor for? To get his/her own
    numbers and walk directly into a golf shop and demand this or that club? Oy Vay!! Where
    are the early 1990’s? We pulled butter knives from the bag and learned how to get it around
    with actual woods and liquid filled balls. I’m guessing a back pack version of the ME’vo will be
    available to use during play? “Hey Bill, my drive just ripped down the fairway with 2100 spin!!”
    Shut up!!

    • steve-o

      Jan 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      for someone who doesnt know how it could help their game, its useless but for me i can dial my wedge numbers which will help my game greatly, this is launch monitor will help me a lot. how many times have I a hit shots with my wedge trying hit 60,70,80 yards judging by the feel and either come up way short or go over the green? this will help me a lot in terms of getting right yardage. and I heard DJ’s success season last year was getting his wedge numbers right

      • Jam

        Jan 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm

        I agree, for me the appeal is getting dialed in from inside 150 yards. I am a low handicapper but struggle from time knowing exactly how far I can hit certain wedge shots. I’m hoping the Mevo proves to do a good job of giving me accurate distances for short shots and it’ll be well worth the money.

        • The dude

          Feb 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

          ..too many variables even for a “low handicapper” when deciding how far to hit your wedges (lie, wind…where the pin is…). Are you saying you swing all your <150 yard clubs at a stock speed?

    • Brian

      Jan 31, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      If you have a net in your backyard that you hit into, you have no idea whether you’re hooking, slicing, hitting too high, too low, or with too much/little spin.

      • Brian

        Jan 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm

        If you can’t tell that then you have some feel issues.

    • Bigleftygolfer

      Feb 1, 2017 at 2:11 am

      I love the reference to the maxfli liquid filled balata balls! And some of us still hit butter knives 🙂 (miura tournament blades) and I could not imagine using this often I get fit twice a year as a tune up to adjust lies lofts etc truly will the average golfer even know what they are looking at on a monitor? The trackman I get fit with has mounds of info that I trust my fitter to interpret and hand me a stick that works! 🙂 but good luck anyway!

  12. Minnesota golfer

    Jan 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I am sorry but it would be useless to me if it does not have side angle information.

    • Steve

      Jan 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Can’t you tell side spin by the ball flight?

      • S Hitter

        Feb 1, 2017 at 1:02 am

        Not if you’re indoors hitting into a net!

        • Eric

          Feb 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

          If you’re trying to use a doppler based launch monitor for balls going into a net, then you’re doing it wrong in the first place.

  13. Jam

    Jan 31, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I’m really only interested in something I can dial in wedge distances with outdoors. Would this be decent or do I need to put a silver dot on everything?

    • Nabors

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:39 am

      It will still do distances, but to get an accurate spin rate, you need the metal dot.

      • Teaj

        Jan 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm

        would you not need to know spin rate to get distance? If I spin the ball at 8500 rpm or 1200 rpm with the same ball speed the ball is not going to go the same distance.

        I am curious how it calculates smash factor, does this unit measure club speed and ball speed? Would the club need dots as well much like the GC2 + HMT?

        will there be software with this unit to be able to play a round of golf?

        and to answer the question of why you would need this, if you don’t know how each of the measurable states relate to your golf swing then you are correct, I think this would be a great product to have if you know what flight, spin and distance you are getting from each of your clubs, mainly your wedges where you will most likely see the most improvement in your game if you know these. Also a great unit for small fitter/club makers

      • Jim

        Jan 31, 2017 at 5:45 pm

        With the price & promised performance, $25 for 1K dots is irrelevant. If you’re shagging your balls, you’ll probably get several hits with each dot. If you’re putting em on range balls trying to ‘knock pins down’ from 150-110 the range balls will be off from your game balls anyway. If LA is <2 degrees off from the pro models with driver, this will be a huge hit! I'll have mine 3/3…

  14. Steve

    Jan 31, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I’ll take this out for my twilight practice rounds when I’m typically the only player on the course I play.

  15. NolanMBA

    Jan 31, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I love the idea that these are coming down in price. But a 1.43 smash factor with a 6 iron? That seems abnormally high doesnt it? Tour average is 1.38 and in the smash factor world– .05 is a significant variance. Red flag to me but I’m gonna keep researching it because I want one.

    • golfrnut

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Are you really forming opinions about accuracy on a screen shot that’s probably a rendered image done by someone on a computer and not real data?!?

      • NolanMBA

        Jan 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        My crux is interpreting data too literally I guess. I hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

  16. M

    Jan 31, 2017 at 10:37 am

    If you don’t use a metallic dot and it doesn’t record spin, how could you possibly get an accurate carry distance total?

    • Nabors

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:43 am

      If it uses the same doppler radar system as it’s big brother, then it’s tracking the ball til it lands. Now if you are hitting into a net, then I can see that being an issue, but then again, if hitting into a net, you can use a marked ball to read spin.

      • golfrnut

        Jan 31, 2017 at 11:46 am

        I would probably bet, as others are suggesting, that it’s probably a very limited range Doppler unit, which is why the price is coming in so low. You’ll probably get accurate tracking to about the same distance as the other units in “indoor” mode, so probably good to about 15-30 ft? That would be a legitimate reason as to why the target spots would be needed regardless of where the unit is used.

        • Eric

          Feb 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

          Why would you think that? If you looked on their site, the most logical thing would be taking their lowest price launch monitor and look at the features. Mevo won’t have “3D radar” so yea I don’t expect it to track lateral movements and as a result wont have a lot of other features. But to think that a launch monitor from a reputable company who makes pro grade launch monitors would come out with a $500 Swingcaddie is the most illogical conclusion ever.

  17. Brian

    Jan 31, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I’d really like to see a review or comparison between the Mevo, ES14, ES16, VoiceCaddie SC200 and the SkyTrak.

  18. J.R.

    Jan 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

    We need a video review please.

    • Jack Nash

      Jan 31, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Agree. That’s the best way to look at this device before blowin bucks. If they don’t produce one, then I’d be skeptical. Still, it would be a nice gots to have item.

      • Bert

        Jan 31, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        +1 very limited information – doubt it preforms well.

  19. golfraven

    Jan 31, 2017 at 9:14 am

    It is time that those devices drop in price especially when not for commercial use. Give is a “Home” edition for private training a capitalise on the extra units you will make up in sales. 500 $ sounds reasonable for real golf enthusiasts.

  20. Jay

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:53 am

    What is the best entry level monitor that measures swing path and face??

  21. Chris

    Jan 31, 2017 at 8:40 am

    May be a dumb question, but what are the possibilities of this for indoor/home usage? I have a hitting bay in my garage, anyone know if that would affect the numbers?

    • Justin

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

      I think it was made for indoor use with the option of outdoor use. I never considered using this in my garage because I wanted to know spin numbers and most monitors were too expensive. Now because of the size and price I’m heavily considering it.

    • S Hitter

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:36 am

      By putting a dot on each ball you use, it can track spin in the first few rotations and that is how it can see the ball. So you can use it indoors, as long as you have about 30 feet to the wall you’re hitting. The problem with this small unit is it doesn’t tell you what direction you hit the ball. So the only way to tell whether you hit a slice or a hook is by feeling your own hit, and seeing the spin numbers go up or down along with the launch angles. This unit can’t see if you hit a toe or heel hit

      • Dave

        Feb 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        30′ is a long distance. I use an entire bay of my garage for my range. I have about 12′ from the tee to the net. I could probably get 15 or 17 if I needed to.

        Also, will this work with a program to show ball flight on a monitor/screen. I would love to end up with a simulator where I could play golf courses virtually during the winter.

  22. S Hitter

    Jan 31, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Yeah you all say you’re gonna buy it tout de suite, but the fact is, you have to put a SILVER DOT on the ball – how you gonna do that at a public driving range with crappy range balls when you just to want to show up and pound a bucket or two with this thing behind you? You gonna put dots on every ball? Yeah, thought so

    • Cameron Taylor

      Jan 31, 2017 at 8:02 am

      I actually have my own 150 yard range with a tee box and 4 different greens. I have two shag bags that i use to pick the balls up after i hit them……so basically this would be absolutely perfect for me……silver dot, green dot blue dot red dot i dont care! This thing will work perfect for my needs!

      • AMGolf

        Jan 31, 2017 at 9:17 am

        Sound like a typical use case.

      • S Hitter

        Jan 31, 2017 at 11:29 am

        Ok, rich Cameron, if that is the case, why don’t you just buy the Xi+? It’s $5000 and does a lot more. Because you sound like you can afford that, not this new $500 piddly little thing with which you will bored in about 10 minutes because it doesn’t do enough.

    • 3 from the tee

      Jan 31, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Why are you so mad about this?

    • Justin

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Yes…kind. The word is that a roll of 1000 dots (arbitrary number) was $25 (another arbitrary number). So yeah, if you want to put dots on 100 balls you can. However, if you want to hit some balls and maybe test a few drivers then putting dots on 5-10 balls isn’t out of the question. I don’t need to know the spin of every single shot I hit, but it would be nice to know on maybe 5-10 swings in a bucket.

      Most of the people that buy this are going to put the dots on their gamer ball(s) and then use a hitting bay in the garage.

  23. Mat

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Day 1 purchase. Stay out of my way.

  24. Dr Troy

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    GAMECHANGER. Period….They are going to make a killing on a $500 toy !!

  25. Dat

    Jan 30, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    SIGN ME UP!

  26. Dj

    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Radar based? How accurate is this compared to their top model?

  27. Cameron Taylor

    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    #SHUTUPANDTAKEMYMONEY

  28. Double Mocha Man

    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    New driver or new Mevo… new driver or new Mevo…

    • Qwagmire

      Jan 31, 2017 at 10:27 am

      I have enough drivers in the closet to sort through, MEVO first!

    • Justin

      Jan 31, 2017 at 11:27 am

      I can always buy a used driver…now if I can just find a used mevo

      • Double Mocha Man

        Jan 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm

        The used Mevos hit eBay on March 2nd.

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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

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The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TMag’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TMag’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

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