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Ping is known for making great game improvement irons, but the company’s G25 irons for 2013 will be special. Over the years, many PGA Tour players have used Ping “G” series irons because of their forgiveness. The difference between the 2013 G25 irons and previous G-series irons is that this year’s model is the total package — it has all the benefits of a game-improvement iron without the usual bulky soles that are inherent in the GI class.

Marty Jertson, a senior design engineer for Ping, said the company wanted to re-align the size of the new iron to be more in the sweet spot of the game-improvement category.

“We felt like we were going past that with the sole widths on models like the G20,” Jertson said.

The G25 irons feature thinner, more progressive sole widths, thinner top lines and moderate offset, which will appeal to golfers of all skill levels. The progressive sole widths provide higher-launching, more-forgiving long irons, and short irons with added playability and control.

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion in the forums

Performance

A staple of Ping’s irons, the Custom Tuning Port (CTP), was repositioned lower on the face on the G25s — so low that it required engineers to halve the size of the CTP from previous models, as it now rests against the sole of the club.

g-25 iron
This increases the efficiency of the irons, better aligning the impact line, a line perpendicular to the loft of an iron, with the club’s force line at impact. According to Jertson, this means the face won’t rotate as much at impact, resulting in less energy loss and more ball speed.

Engineers also thinned the faces of the G25 irons. The face deflection (read: springiness) of the face hasn’t changed — it’s actually similar to the deflection of the G20 irons. But the thinner faces do allow for the redistribution of weight in more optimal places. This allowed Ping to increase the forgiveness of the long irons, and design short irons that have a flatter trajectory.

“The easiest way to get inertia is to just widen the sole,” Jertson said. “But we didn’t want to do that. [With the G25 irons] we wanted to give the same forgiveness package as the G20 irons, but with more versatility.”

Support bars in the cavity of the G25 irons stabilize the 17-4 stainless steel face to ensure a solid feel and exceptional distance control throughout the set. Engineers also also tweaked the materials, thicknesses, density, weight and even the process of adhesion of the multi-material cavity badge, proving that that badges are much more than a sticker that’s glued to the back of an iron for aesthetics. They’re factors that can make or break the performance and feel of a cavity back iron.

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Versatility

There is a significant change in the width and the “effective” bounce on the G25 soles on the 7 iron through pitching wedge.The soles are more narrow, and a trailing edge grind means the soles of the G25 are closer the the size of the Ping’s i20 and Anser Forged irons. This will translate into more control for better players, because more sole width and bounce can interfere with a player’s trajectory and ability to make crisp contact out of the rough.

The grinds will reduce the working or “effective” bounce on the sole, meaning the club head will rip through the turf with more ease. That will give lower-handicap players an exciting opportunity to experiment with a more forgiving irons without the typical drawback of wide soles. Bravo to Ping.

Below is a chart where we measured sole width at the center of the face with calipers to compare the G25 to other Ping models, as well as comparison photos:


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Looks

The word that came out of our mouth when we opened the box for the first time was “badass.” Pardon our french, but it is to hard to describe our reaction without just saying it. These irons look sinister — dark and high tech. The non-glare grey finish reminds us of the murdered out carbon fiber panels of the Audi R8 super car. A high-tech, modern oozes from this design.

Ping says the G25’s thinner top lines and moderate offset offer a look that will appeal to a wide variety of golfers that are looking for a high-launching, extremely forgiving game-improvement model with a chassis that resembles a players iron. At address, the toplines look great and the overall shape frames the ball nicely.

In addition, the non-glare matte finish will help reduce reflections in bright conditions. The finish begs to hit the range, and will fade with use in a way that will add character over time.



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Click here to see what people are saying about Ping’s G25 irons in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

Click here to see what people are saying about Ping’s G25 irons in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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  1. Wayne

    Jan 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Been hitting the Ping G25 irons the past year. Probably 20 rounds with range practice. Really like them for their forgiveness and solid, smooth feel at impact. I am a little disappointed in wear to the face and overall fading of the dark grey finish. Not so much the fact that they have gotten lighter but they look splochy. Wondering if anybody has had the same experience.

  2. Regis

    Sep 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Went to an Outdoor fitting with a trackman today. A rarity on Long Island. $50 refundable fee with the latest offerings from Mizuno Titleist and Ping. I’ve been playing Mizuno irons for years. Spent a fair amount of time with the fitter and different head shaft combos from Mizuno and Titleist. Nice but no game changer for me. Fitter put together a G-25 for me and I took one look at the sole and was about to leave. Then I set up. G-25 had a relatively thin top line so I decided to hit the club. About 150 balls later the credit card came out. No one could have made me believe that I would have ever abandoned Mizuno especially for Ping. The GI features are hidden on address and the consistency and flight of the iron is like nothing I’ve ever hit

  3. RAY GREEN

    Jul 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    HAVING READ MOST OF THE COMMENTS ON THE G25S I WOULD LIKE TO ADD WE ALL LIKE TO PLAY OUR BEST WITH CLUBS WE THINK ARE THE BEST I HAVE JUST CHANGED FROM MIZUNO TO THE G25S AND I THINK I NOW HAVE POSSIBLE THE BEST,

  4. ranmou

    May 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    what is under the CTP cover on the G25 irons? I’ve read that it may be foam? or is it a solid metal insert?

    thanks

  5. Deaus7

    Feb 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    SGI clubs may make the game more fun, But it does not improve scores. Average handicaps have not gone down forever. Hitting your irons farther does not improve your scores. If you take a old 9 iron(45*loft), Say an Eye 2 from pre-1984(v-groove) that still has grooves in very good shape and a modern SGI PW with a loft of 45*, the distance gains will be minimal. Scores have not improved noticeably for the golfing masses. They are called Game Improvement clubs when they should be called Game Enjoyment clubs. Sure its fun to turn to your group and say i hit that par5 in 2 with driver 5-iron, But your not hittin a 5iron, it was 3.5 iron. Just my opinion

    • Jeffrey

      Jul 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I’m going to disagree with you completely. My father who is in his mid sixties, switched from Ping ISI irons to the G25. He’s playing better golf this year than in the past five. New technology like multi material irons has allowed this iron to be smaller than the G20 and yet be more forgiving. I’ve watched him hit shots that are quite a bit off of the sweet spot and still end up on the green, with a reasonable putt. Now, of course he was fit for these clubs. The issue is, if you’re going to drop that kind of money on clubs, you’d be a moron to buy them off of the rack. If the clubs don’t fit, you’re probably not getting the best out of the new technology.

    • Frank Garrett

      Dec 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      If it says 5 on the sole, it’s a 5 iron
      That’s how it works…
      How many of you “purists” out there still
      have hickory shafts

  6. Sunday Golfer

    Feb 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Ordered my G25 irons and expecting them any day now. I hope I don’t have the same issue as you Dennis. I will be sure to inspect them more carefully though now. Compared them side by side to the G20 and the G25 definetly look nicer but it was hard to see a real difference between the amount of offset. I could see the difference in the sole width in the lower irons but the difference was not that significant. The biggest differences between the 2 sets for me was the darker color (which looks great!) and the thinner top line.

  7. Dennis Thompson

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Just received my new G25 irons and the weight was not inserted into the 4 iron.{ no quality control here} I also have a concern with the 5 iron weight but will talk to the Ping rep. I ordered with the graphite shafts and have to say they look sic. I have played pings for many many years so if they do not fix this problem I will be sure and tell all.

    • Dennis Thompson

      Feb 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Ping rep was very disappointed on the missing weight. The club is going back for warranty work and should be back in a week. He did explain the weight is not as flush to the head as a more lofted iron is. We looked at others in a GT store and they all had the same gap. He assured me that if the weight did ever get lost or fell out that warranty would apply. Time will tell I guess.

  8. D Easton

    Feb 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I own a set of ping anser irons . When the irons after One year showed excess wear and the weight started to fall out I made an attempt to have the problem rectified ,. After shipping the clubs back to ping at there request the weights were reset and the clubs cleaned ? They were returned to me. Many further conversation that appeared to be justo frustrate me a further request to send back to ping and I have given up. Given the response and actions it has left me with the attitude that warrantee after one year was not met . I have given up and will neither buy ping in the future or recommend any one else do so . Great for pr or advertising . Don Easton Maple ridge B.C.

    • Hrocks

      Mar 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      D. Easton…I’m really surprised to hear of your displeasure with PING’s customer service. I have had the exact opposite experience with them over the years. I have sent various sets of irons back to have the loft/lie adjusted or set back to the original color code on a number of occasions. One of my I15’s had a badge come loose and they said to ship the whole set back to check and replace any that might become loose. NO CHARGE. (just paid the postage) We visited PING while on vacation, and we brought in my young son’s PING putter to be cut down and the L/L adjusted, along with an old set of G2 irons I had trashed while playing in the desert. The fixed them ALL WHILE I WAITED…NO CHAEGE (except $3.13 for a new putter grip that they installed!!!) There’s no other club manufacturer that will deal directly with the consumer like PING. I’m sorry, but they get my vote for best customer service bar none!

  9. Goreje

    Feb 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    One thing to consider and remember, some of us play for the “FUN” of the game and if these help high, or “super” high handicappers ENJOY the game more then great. If you don’t like the offset, then go buy a different model. Just because it is made/produced doesn’t mean you “HAVE” to buy it or like it. “Moderate” offset or substantial offset, those that are buying the G series could really care less due to the fact that most are looking for a “Game Improving” club set. Those that don’t need it, go buy and play “blades”. We that need the extra help and confidence in our clubs, swing and game appreciate the innovation that Ping brings to the table.

    Drive for Show, Putt for Dough

  10. Biebs

    Feb 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I was fit for and ordered a set of these Wednesday, was very surprised by how good they look at every shot I hit was easy and straight. Started with the CFS stiff and wasn’t all that impressed, had the fitter put in a DG S300 and the difference was amazing, I knew in one swing that was what I was getting. Am pretty sure I saw Bubba Watson playing one of these at the Waste Management yesterday? Only downfall was the DG shaft was a $10 upcharge, but should be worth it. Cheers.

  11. Spinit

    Jan 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I am a huge Ping fan and the asthetics of these new G25’s look great. Ping’s quality control and customer service are the best in the business and their product is exemplary. I am too handsy for the G series, too much offset even in these, so I await the i25’s. I currently play the i15’s and absolutely love them.

  12. Sunday golfer

    Jan 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I’m thinking of getting new irons and am currently in-between the g20 and g25. Why does this article show images comparing the g25 to g15? It’s the same as when comparing the sole widths. I’m actually wondering if it is worth the extra $$ to but the g25 set or spend ~$150 less for a g20 set. Any replys would be appreciated.

    • Halofan24

      Feb 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I was in the market for a new set of Pings. Tried both the G20, G25 and Taylormade rocketbladez. Not much difference in the Ping’s. Im a mid handicapper and have had trouble with consistancy in my irons. The rocketbladez actually played a club down. Exp the 7 iron G20 went as far as the RB 6 iron. Best bet is to go to your local shop and try them out. My final purchase was the G20’s. Found on ebay in excellent condition 4-SW for 388 shipped. Couldnt of been happier. I have some extra dough for green fees in 2013

  13. Mike

    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Ordered the set yesterday after spending time being fitted. Giving up my Raptors. They look as good or better then the I20’s.

  14. naths

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    i’m getting a set, just sold my i20s, if these make the game easier then great!!!, my plan is to use these for this season then move up to the i25s next season, loved the i20s but i’m just not consistant enough for them, mind you looking at the 25s even if i was scratch, these look lovely….

  15. John K

    Jan 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I just ordered mine this past Monday! Have to wait until February 11th to get them…boooh! Just not good enough anymore for a players iron.

  16. Ray M

    Jan 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    @Joe Golfer. You’re right. I didn’t mean to come off as attacking you. All the companies make their new clubs sound like they are for everyone. I get what you are saying. It all comes down to what makes the player comfortable. Play well Joe Golfer.

    • Frank Garrett

      Oct 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Its all about $$$$… they are jacking the lofts to make people buy the gap wedge and make people with 3 yr old or more irons set thinkin “update for improvement and distance” ……it’s always about $$$$

  17. cody

    Jan 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    ill be getting a set when do they come out

  18. pack7483

    Jan 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

    There will be tour pros playing these just as there are some playing the G15’s and G20’s. They seem to do just fine with the offset. These look much sleeker than the G15-G20s. I bet these sell really well.

  19. Austin

    Jan 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Nice looking SGI clubs. This just makes me want to wait for the update to the S56 before I decide what direction I am going to go!!!!

  20. Joe Golfer

    Jan 5, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Regarding FCM’s comment: my complaint about Ping’s offset is that they state, twice, that these new models have “Moderate” offset.
    Yes, the G series are Game Improvement clubs.
    But don’t say they have “moderate” offset if they still have a massive amount of offset compared to most other brands.
    Yes, loads of offset works for players who can’t square the face or get the ball up into the air, so it fits a certain category of player.
    Ping shouldn’t try to tell us that this new G series club is now moderate offset, with a thin sole, so it fits the better player also. It doesn’t. It’s still “perfect for high handicappers”, exactly as you mentioned. The beef is with the advertising. If they listed the offset in millimeters, as some companies do, knowledgeable golfers would know that they still have a tremendous amount of offset.
    Some golfers order a new set of irons without ever seeing them, as they just have to have the latest model or club du jour, or need to own the latest model every year, like having both the i20 and the G20.
    Describing this particular G25 as having moderate offset is inaccurate and midleading. The clubs are still high quality and “perfect for high handicappers”, but they’re certainly not perfect for the better player, and the description given by Ping is midleading.

    • Jerry

      Mar 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Your complaint is with marketing???? Dude, do you pay attention to marketing with ANY company??? That is what the marketing hacks are paid to do…make it sound like their product is the next best thing. If you hit these or any clubs, do some research on your own and get some professional advice on what you should buy who cares what marketing angle they use? Thats a ridiculous arguement because clearly you are well versed enough on golf and the equipment that you saw through the “marketing” right away so whats the issue?

    • Ken

      May 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      I have a 2 handicap and I play the G25’s, the best iron I have ever hit and got that club back I lost between 50 and 56 years of age. Slight misses go on the green and the shorter irons are as or more accurate than the S56’s I replaced. I hit the i20’s and the G25’s and it was no comparison. People talk about working the ball. I’ve been playing golf for 41 years and have played at the national amateur level and seldom do golfers “work” the ball not unless they are in trouble. I can cut my 4 iron 190 if I need to but why. I play golf with my buddies from 0-6 and we have a blast and I was the last diehard. The 0 has been playing GI’s for 2 years and recently qualified for the Senior Amateur in Jersey. You shoot 78 with your mizuno blades and I’ll shoot 72 with my G25’s, makes no difference.

      • schengi

        Aug 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

        WELL TOLD!

      • Rick

        Nov 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Agreed. I am 54 with a 6 HC. Have played pings all my life except for the last two years. For some reason I bought a set of taylormade 2.0 burners. They are long but sometimes in a bad way. Got the G25s yesterday. Had them fitted. Played today with them today. These irons are so much more consistent, better feel and ooooz with confidence. Will never ever play anything but pings again.

    • Tom

      Feb 12, 2014 at 11:18 am

      My handicap is +1.6 and I went and got fitted at ASU Karsten golf course two weeks ago. I hit every iron with different shafts and came to the conclusion that the g25 with the Cfs shaft was the correct fit for me. I am 51 years old and like the so called game improvement irons

  21. collingsom1asb

    Jan 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Its funny that when Pings does something well, allot of people thrive on finding something negative to say. I say, bully!!!!! Ping lovers are gonna just love the new irons!!!!! These may be the best, well thought out and carefully engineered irons they have made to date. People who play Ping have come to realize that Ping just continues to make good stuff —– from an engineering standpoint and quality control, NOBODY does it better!!!! I say, well done Ping. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!! Carry on, ole chap!!!!!!

  22. FCM

    Jan 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    …and don’t even compare Ping to TM on jacking up the lofts. TM is so overrated. They are backed adidas , so they have unlimited marketing funds. That’s why Nike will be one of the big boys in the next few years. Marketing $$$ is king. Ping does it with quality products year after year.

  23. FCM

    Jan 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I hate how people complain about the offset on the G series. They are GI irons, so they are supposed to have offset. Ask anyone and they will tell how easy G series irons are to get in the air. They are perfect for high handicappers. I have the i20, but still use my G20 on occasion.

  24. Joe Golfer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Looking at the specs on Ping’s website, one can compare the offset between these G25 irons and the previous model, the G20. Barely any difference, despite this article twice stating that these new irons have “moderate” offset. Bah, humbug 🙂
    Compared to most brands, these still have a huge amount of offset, with only a few other irons categorized as super or max game improvement comparing as similar, such as Callaway’s Diablo Edge irons.
    Converting to millimeters to give folks a better idea, the new irons have only about a half millimeter less offset than the prior model, the G20.
    The five iron is still close to 7 mm’s in offset, which is a huge amount, so these would hardly be considered to have a moderate amount of offset.
    The term may be used as a selling point to those who order online without seeing the clubs in person, but these really do have a lot of offset.
    If you slice or push the ball, they may suit you well. Otherwise, get ready to start hooking the ball and hitting it higher than normal due to the offset.
    The Ping i20 will still give you forgiveness without the tremendous amount of offset of the G series.

  25. Joe Golfer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Beautiful looking finish, and the rest of the description sounds great.
    Photos still show an awful lot of offset, regardless of what the description says.
    Ping has always been king of massive offset in their G series of irons.
    I think the i series looks better while still offering forgiveness.

  26. kj

    Jan 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    26 deg 5 iron… starting to crank the lofts like Taylor Made i know its only 1 deg but this is how it starts

    • rob

      Jan 3, 2013 at 3:43 am

      The lofts on the G25 are the same as the G20 and the G15….so I don’t understand your point.

    • Joe Golfer

      Jan 6, 2013 at 2:39 am

      Nowadays a 26* 5 iron isn’t too bad, considering that everybody is strengthening the lofts. Titleists are much stronger now too. Callaway’s latest model is much stronger than previous ones. Even Mizuno is strengthening the lofts, more so on the JPX models.
      TaylorMade RocketBallz has the five iron at 23*, I think. Now that’s ridiculous, but then again, it’s TaylorMade. I still recall Nick Faldo shilling for them in a video, saying how he hits the new (at that time) Burner 2.0 five iron way further than his own five iron. He doesn’t mention that his own five iron had been a Mizuno MP model forged iron, so the loft was at a minimum a full club less. So even Faldo will play the huckster if the money is there.
      Eventually folks will need two gap wedges just to fill the void between PW and SW on many sets.
      These Ping lofts actually aren’t that bad compared to most companies, and you can probably factor in another degree of loft considering that the Ping G series are very high ball hitters due to lots of offset, so that by the time the face catches up to the shaft, you’ve got a bit more loft than the stated amount built in already.
      Check the Golf WRX homepage, as Tom Wishon has a great article about how many golf companies are ruining things by beefing up all the lofts so much, leaving little room between long irons and too much loft gap between the short irons.

      • Chris

        Jan 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Dude, what a whiner you are. Who cares what the loft is or wht number is on the sole? Bottom line, does the club perform well and help folks play better? TM is doing this and I think Ping is too.

        • t

          Jan 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

          its ruining the the game. the numbers and lofts due matter. people are hitting these clubs thinking “OMG, i just added 15 yards to my five iron”, when in reality the new 5 iron is the same loft as your old 4 iron. same goes for the TM rocket ballz 3 wood. it goes further, but its an inch longer than the old 3 wood. its deceitful.

          • Mork

            Jan 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

            Yes, they due.

          • Chris

            Feb 16, 2013 at 4:59 am

            So what? At the end of the day it is all about what did you shoot and how much do you owe me!

          • tim

            Mar 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

            So, we should all go back to Hickory shafted blades too?

            I have the RBZ irons, not that I love them, but they are helping while I get my swing more consistent. 145 yard par 3, who cares what you pull out of the bag! I hit a 9 or pw based on hole location and wind. I’ve played with guys you hit 5 wood to 145 and they get closer.

            Your game is YOURS.

            Forget about jacked up lofts and what they stamp on the bottom, go play Golf. Once I get my swing right again, I’ll upgrade to AP2’s and have to remember how far my 5 should go.

      • Frank Garrett

        Oct 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

        Titleist has a 44* pw and two gap wedges
        48* and 52* then a 56* sw……

  27. collingsom1asb

    Jan 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Just ordered a set!!!!! Can’t wait to get ’em!!!!!! These really look slick!!!

    • Mark Tingey

      Feb 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Me Too !! Going the entire line, driver, fairways, hybrids, and irons!
      After reading the reviews, this is much more of a players club than what one might think.

  28. luke keefner

    Jan 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    waaayyy too much offset.

  29. Kadin Mahmet

    Jan 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    They look great! I have always liked Ping.

    • Mike

      Jun 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      I cannot believe how far I hit my 4 iron. I would mention it, but not many would believe me. Coming from MP-60s, I do not like the looks or not being able to dig the ball out (wide soles), but I did just shoot my best league round ever (was putting well too). I’ll give them this season to see if they grow on me or whether I go get a set of MP52s or 53s.

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The FlightScope Mevo is a launch monitor powered by 3D Doppler radar. With a retail price of $499, it is obviously aimed to reach the end consumer as opposed to PGA professionals and club fitters.

The Mevo device itself is tiny. Like, really tiny. It measures 3.5-inches wide, 2.8-inches tall and 1.2-inches deep. In terms of everyday products, it’s roughly the size of an Altoids tin. It’s very easy to find room for it in your golf bag, and the vast majority of people at the range you may be practicing at won’t even notice it’s there. Apart from the Mevo itself, in the box you get a quick start guide, a charging cable, a carrying pouch, and some metallic stickers… more on those later. It has a rechargeable internal battery that reaches a full charge in about two hours and lasts for about four hours when fully charged.

As far as software goes, the Mevo pairs with the Mevo Golf app on your iOS or Android device. The app is free to download and does not require any subscription fees (unless you want to store and view videos of your swing online as opposed to using the memory on your device). The app is very easy to use even for those who aren’t tech savvy. Make sure you’re using the most current version of the firmware for the best results, though (I did experience some glitches at first until I did so). The settings menu does have an option to manually force firmware writing, but updates should happen automatically when you start using the device.

Moving through the menus, beginning sessions, editing shots (good for adding notes on things like strike location or wind) are all very easy. Video mode did give me fits the first time I used it, though, as it was impossible to maintain my connection between my phone and the Mevo while having the phone in the right location to capture video properly. The only way I could achieve this was by setting the Mevo as far back from strike location as the device would allow. Just something to keep in mind if you find you’re having troubles with video mode.

Screenshot of video capture mode with the FlightScope Mevo

Using the Mevo

When setting up the Mevo, it needs to be placed between 4-7 feet behind the golf ball, level with the playing surface and pointed down the target line. The distance you place the Mevo behind the ball does need to be entered into the settings menu before starting your session. While we’re on that subject, before hitting balls, you do need to select between indoor, outdoor, and pitching (ball flight less than 20 yards) modes, input your altitude and select video or data mode depending on if you want to pair your data with videos of each swing or just see the data by itself. You can also edit the available clubs to be monitored, as you will have to tell the Mevo which club you’re using at any point in time to get the best results. Once you get that far, you’re pretty much off to the races.

Testing the Mevo

I tested the FlightScope Mevo with Brad Bachand at Man O’ War Golf Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Brad is a member of the PGA and has received numerous awards for golf instruction and club fitting. I wanted to put the Mevo against the best device FlightScope has to offer and, luckily, Brad does use his $15,000 FlightScope X3 daily. We had both the FlightScope Mevo and Brad’s FlightScope X3 set up simultaneously, so the numbers gathered from the two devices were generated from the exact same strikes. Brad also set up the two devices and did all of the ball striking just to maximize our chances for success.

The day of our outdoor session was roughly 22 degrees Fahrenheit. There was some wind on that day (mostly right to left), but it wasn’t a major factor. Our setup is pictured below.

Outdoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our outdoor testing are shown below. The testing was conducted with range balls, and we did use the metallic stickers. The range balls used across all the testing were all consistently the same brand. Man O’ War buys all new range balls once a year and these had been used all throughout 2017.  The 2018 batch had not yet been purchased at the time that testing was conducted.

Raw outdoor data captured with range balls including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

You’ll notice some peculiar data in the sand wedge spin category. To be honest, I don’t fully know what contributed to the X3 measuring such low values. While the Mevo’s sand wedge spin numbers seem more believable, you could visibly see that the X3 was much more accurate on carry distance. Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our outdoor session when separated out for each club. As previously mentioned, though, take sand wedge spin with a grain of salt.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (outdoor testing).

The first thing we noticed was that the Mevo displays its numbers while the golf ball is still in midair, so it was clear that it wasn’t watching the golf ball the entire time like the X3. According to the Mevo website, carry distance, height and flight time are all calculated while club speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rate are measured. As for the accuracy of the measured parameters, the Mevo’s strength is ball speed. The accuracy of the other measured ball parameters (launch angle and spin rate) is questionable depending on certain factors (quality of strike, moisture on the clubface and ball, quality of ball, etc). I would say it ranges between “good” or “very good” and “disappointing” with most strikes being categorized as “just okay.”

As for the calculated parameters of carry distance, height and time, those vary a decent amount. Obviously, when the measurements of the three inputs become less accurate, the three outputs will become less accurate as a result. Furthermore, according to FlightScope, the Mevo’s calculations are not accounting for things like temperature, humidity, and wind. The company has also stated, though, that future updates will likely adjust for these parameters by using location services through the app.

Now, let’s talk about those metallic stickers. According to the quick start guide, the Mevo needs a sticker on every golf ball you hit, and before you hit each ball, the ball needs to be placed such that the sticker is facing the target. It goes without saying that it doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to spend time putting those stickers on every ball, let alone balls that will never come back to you if you’re at a public driving range. Obviously, people are going to want to avoid using the stickers if they can, so do they really matter? Below is a table of data showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls with and without the use of the stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you use the metallic stickers and when you don’t

The FlightScope website says that the metallic stickers “are needed in order for the Mevo to accurately measure ball spin.” We observed pretty much the same as shown in the table above. The website also states they are working on alternative solutions to stickers (possibly a metallic sharpie), which I think is wise.

Another thing we thought would be worth testing is the impact of different golf balls. Below is a table of data showing the percent difference between the Mevo’s data and the X3’s data of what we collected outdoors with a driver and range balls as compared to Pro V1’s. All of this data was collected using the metallic stickers.

Table showing how the percent difference of each parameter changes between Mevo and X3 when you switch from range balls to Pro V1’s

As shown above, the data gets much closer virtually across the board when you use better quality golf balls. Just something else to keep in mind when using the Mevo.

Indoor testing requires 8 feet of ball flight (impact zone to hitting net), which was no problem for us. Our setup is pictured below. All of the indoor testing was conducted with Titleist Pro V1 golf balls using the metallic stickers.

Indoor testing setup with FlightScope X3 (foreground) and Mevo

The results of our indoor session are shown below.

Raw indoor data captured with Pro V1’s including metallic stickers. Mevo data (blue) and X3 data (orange) were both generated from the same exact shots.

Below is a quick summary of the percent differences between each of the parameters as presented by the Mevo and the X3 in our indoor session when separated out for each club.

Table showing the percent difference of each parameter between Mevo and X3 grouped by club (indoor testing)

On the whole, the data got much closer together between the two devices in our indoor session. I would think a lot of that can be attributed to the use of quality golf balls and to removing outdoor factors like wind and temperature (tying into my previous comment above).

As far as overall observations between all sessions, the most striking thing was that the Mevo consistently gets more accurate when you hit really good, straight shots. When you hit bad shots, or if you hit a fade or a draw, it gets less and less accurate.

The last parameter to address is club speed, which came in around 5 percent different on average between the Mevo and X3 based on all of the shots recorded. The Mevo was most accurate with the driver at 2.1 percent different from the X3 over all strikes and it was the least accurate with sand wedge by far. Obviously, smash factor accuracy will follow club speed for the most part since ball speed is quite accurate. Over every shot we observed, the percent difference on ball speed was 1.2 percent on average between the Mevo and the X3. Again, the Mevo was least accurate with sand wedges. If I remove all sand wedge shots from the data, the average percent difference changes from 1.2 percent to 0.7 percent, which is very, very respectable.

When it comes to the different clubs used, the Mevo was by far most accurate with mid irons. I confirmed this with on-course testing on a relatively flat 170-yard par-3 as well. Carry distances in that case were within 1-2 yards on most shots (mostly related to quality of strike). With the driver, the Mevo was reasonably close, but I would also describe it as generous. It almost always missed by telling me that launch angle was higher, spin rate was lower and carry distance was farther than the X3. Generally speaking, the Mevo overestimated our driver carries by about 5 percent. Lastly, the Mevo really did not like sand wedges at all. Especially considering those shots were short enough that you could visibly see how far off the Mevo was with its carry distance. Being 10 yards off on a 90 yard shot was disappointing.

Conclusion

The Mevo is a really good product if you understand what you’re getting when you buy it. Although the data isn’t good enough for a PGA professional, it’s still a useful tool that gives amateurs reasonable feedback while practicing. It’s also a fair amount more accurate than similar products in its price range, and I think it could become even better with firmware updates as Flightscope improves upon its product.

This is a much welcomed and very promising step forward in consumer launch monitors, and the Mevo is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for one.

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Honda Classic (2/20/2018).

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3, 4), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus Tour 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10S, 54-10S, 58-08C)
Shafts: Nippon Modus Tour 130x

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea
Grip: Super Stroke 1.0 SGP

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft

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