MGS Tested: PERSONAL GOLF LAUNCH MONITORS
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MGS Tested: PERSONAL GOLF LAUNCH MONITORS

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MGS Tested: PERSONAL GOLF LAUNCH MONITORS
Rapsodo
FlightScope Mevo Plus
SkyTrak
Best Personal Launch Monitor
Rapsodo

Rapsodo is the best Personal Launch Monitor of 2020. It can be used accurately both indoors and out. It can also record your swing and display your swing with ShotTracker.

  • Best PLM 2020
  • Swing analysis capabilities
  • Visual charts available in app
  • Can be used indoors and out
  • Not many data metrics offered
  • Available for IOS devices only
FlightScope Mevo Plus

An upgrade from the Mevo, The Mevo Plus comes with more data metrics. The Mevo
comes with an app that displays charts with shot-by-shot information. You can record your swing for an objective look at your technique.

  • Can be used indoors and out
  • Multiple data metrics for added knowledge
  • Comes with an app
  • Swing analysis capabilities
  • Not as accurate as a GC Quad
Best Indoor Personal Launch Monitor
SkyTrak

The SkyTrak is the best indoor Personal Launch Monitor. The SkyTrak allows you to upgrade and download golf courses to play virtual rounds. It offers many more data metrics compared with most personal launch monitors. The graphics are clear and easy to read.

  • Best Indoor PLM 2020
  • Robust software package with best-in-class visuals
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Frustrating to capture data outside

PERSONAL LAUNCH MONITOR BUYER’S GUIDE

Golf launch monitors have become ubiquitous with the pros.  At every PGA TOUR event, you see a variety of launch monitors on the range. Foresight, TrackMan, and FlightScope are the leaders. Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, uses launch monitors from two brands to dial in his game.

Given that many of the best players in the world use these devices to drive both equipment and on-course decisions, it’s understandable that average golfers would be hungry to do the same.

Personal golf launch monitors are the Holy Grail for the average golfer looking to improve their golf game. Technology is developing rapidly, and personal launch monitors have improved over recent years. These gizmos might still need a few years to become more accurate and provide more data points, but they’re able to offer enough information to help you reasonably dial in your game, with your expectations managed.

The enterprise stuff is expensive … really expensive. But for $500, there are a number of pocket sized devices that offer plenty of data for a reasonable cost.

If you’re considering purchasing a personal launch monitor or want to see how these devices measure up, read on.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect Personal Launch Monitor to fit your needs.

To do that, we put the leading devices in the category through a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked, and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

To determine the accuracy and reliable of the data offered by the devices tested, we tested them side by side with an enterprise-class Foresight GCQuad launch monitor inside and out. Foresight is trusted by the R&D teams at every major golf equipment company and is renowned for the accuracy of the data it provides.

The metrics we consider when rating Personal Launch Monitors include Accuracy, Ease of Use, Portability, and Features.

Golf Launch Monitor Technologies

Most, if not all, launch monitors available today are powered by one of two technologies: radar or cameras.

Radar

Radar-based systems use Doppler radar to follow the flight of the golf ball. Doppler works by bouncing microwaves off an object; in this case, a golf ball. By continuously sending waves and receiving the reflections, Doppler-powered devices track the movement of the ball through space.

Enterprise radar launch monitors like TrackMan and FlightScope X3 feature larger Doppler radars which are capable of tracking a golf ball over its entire flight. Less expensive consumer-grade units like the Voice Caddie SC200 Plus and the Rapsodo have smaller Doppler units that don’t quite track the full flight of the golf ball.

With the exception of SkyTrak, all of the models we tested are radar-based.

Camera

As the category suggests, camera-based launch monitors use high-definition cameras to measure ball data at, and immediately following, impact. While camera-based systems can’t measure the full flight of the golf ball, they typically provide more accurate axis tilt and spin measurements and are far more reliable in limited-flight scenarios.

Depending on the quality of the cameras, some camera-based launch monitors struggle under certain lighting conditions and in highly reflective environments.

SkyTrak is the only camera-based system included in this test.

Most Accurate Personal Launch Monitor - Rapsodo

Most Accurate Personal Launch Monitor - Rapsodo

The Rapsodo is a small compact unit that packs a punch. Although it provides limited metrics, it's the most accurate unit we tested. The lack of data is partially offset by features like shot tracking, launch, and dispersion charts and the ability to film your swing. Oh and it comes with a shot tracer to see your shot direction.

Golf Launch Monitor Features That Matter

Metrics

All of the devices we tested provide Ball Speed, Club Head Speed and Carry Distance. If you’re looking for club head data, offline and dispersion numbers, you might want to look at the enterprise solutions like ForeSight and Trackman.

SkyTrak and Mevo Plus provide the most data metrics to help you with your game.

Accuracy

While you’re going to get the most accurate information from enterprise solutions like Trackman and Foresight, personal launch monitors have improved to offer reasonably accurate measurements to help you improve your game.

The most accurate personal launch monitors are Rapsodo and the Mevo Plus.

Ease of Use

Even the best golf launch monitors on the market must be easy to use. For most of us, practice time is limited and it shouldn’t be wasted trying to configure, connect and use a device meant to help us improve faster. Some units require more precise placement at setup.

For the easiest of setups, both Voice Caddie SC300 and SC200 Plus are a breeze and get you practicing in no time.

Features

While measuring the flight of the golf ball is the primary purpose for all of the units we tested, most offer some additional features. Some units allow for simulator play while others include features to record your swing or leverage GPS functionality on the golf course. Others add elements of gamification like long-drive contests and closest-to-the-pin challenges.

Rapsodo is a perfect launch monitor to record your swing while getting some data. SkyTrak and Mevo Plus provide games, range sessions and courses to play, no matter the weather. Garmin G80 is not only a launch monitor but also a GPS device so you can get some numbers to your target and some data points.

Smartphone/Tablet Apps

While the Voice Caddie and Garmin offerings are entirely self-contained, the other devices we tested require an app to communicate with the launch monitor and relay data to the user. We found the applications to be generally easy to navigate and hassle-free.

The Rapsodo MLM and Skytrak stand out for their simple interface and layout, though Rapsodo proved to be a battery killer when taking swing videos.

The Best PLM 2020 - Features

ProductMobile AppWeightOutdoor/Indoor
Ernest ES B1

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Yes3 lbIn + Out
FlightScope Mevo Plus

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Yes1 lbIn + Out
FlightsScope Mevo

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Yes7 ozIn + Out
Garmin G80

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Yes4 ozIn + Out
Rapsodo

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Yes9 ozIn + Out
SkyTrak

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Yes1 lbIn + Out
Voice Caddie SC200 Plus

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No7 ozIn + Out
Voice Caddie SC300

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Yes1lbIn + Out

EXPERT TIP - Practice with the Ball You Play

If your plan is to use a personal launch monitor to gain performance insights while banging limited flight, beat to hell, or generally inconsistent range balls, you're wasting both your time and money. Practice with the ball you play (or at least one that's similar) so the data you collect is consistent and meaningful.

Personal Launch Monitors – Top Five Takeaways

What’s Your Budget?

The price range for the units we tested is just under $400 to just under $2,000. If you want enterprise-level accuracy and features (head data, for example), you’re looking at $7,000-plus for a used Foresight GC2. If you go all out, you’re upwards of $25k for a brand-new, fully featured unit.

Indoors, Outdoors or Both?

If you’re going to use your launch monitor almost exclusively indoors, our first piece of advice would be to save your money for a SkyTrak. Consider buying used if you’re on a budget.

Those leaning towards a more affordable launch monitor indoors need at least eight feet of flight distance before the ball hits the impact net.

The best launch monitors for outdoor use are the SC300 Plus and the Rapsodo for under $500.

If you’re splitting time between indoor and outdoor use, consider FlightScope’s Mevo or Mevo Plus. They can handle either environment, the option to use metal dots can improve tracking a bit and the video features are well executed.

Business, Practice or Fun?

If you’re a fitter or teaching professional looking to leverage data, more than likely, you’ll need to look at the enterprise solutions. SkyTrak does offer some fitting capabilities and the bag-mapping feature (also available in the Rapsodo MLM) is impressive.

For recreational golfers looking to measure their distances, some of the $500 radar units do a reasonably good job. At the $500 price point, the most accurate unit we tested provides enough data points to help you improve and understand your game.

For those just looking to have a good time with their friends, units that offer games like closest to the pin or long drive may offer the most bang for the buck. Mevo, Rapsodo, SkyTrak, and Voice Caddie all include a selection of games that extend the capabilities of the device beyond just capturing data.

Depending On Your Needs

If you’re a golfer who wants the most metrics and most accurate readings on the market, you’re likely not going to be satisfied with a personal launch monitor. If you’re looking to improve your understanding of the data associated with your game like ball speed, clubhead speed and carry, and not break the bank then there are models like the SC200 Plus, Rapsodo, and Mevo Plus that are reasonably accurate.

Short Pitch Shots and Carry Distance

There are some short comings that personal launch monitors are still working to improve on and develop. While consistent readouts 60 yards and under is an area in need of improvement, you can still derive some short game data from personal launch monitors. Some, like the Rapsodo and Voice Caddie SC200 Plus, are consistently off by five to 10 yards so you have to know your baseline and do the math.

Best Tech - FlightScope Mevo Plus

Best Tech - FlightScope Mevo Plus

At just under $2000, Mevo Plus is on the higher end of the PLM price range. The extra money gets you the most data of any unit in the test. It can be used both in and outdoors. It also comes with a great app that provides rich visuals and can record your swing.

Metrics

All of the devices we tested provide Ball Speed, Club Head Speed and Carry Distance. Other metrics produced by each unit are detailed in the chart below.

The Best PLM 2020 - Metrics Offered

ProductClub SpeedBall SpeedLaunch AngleShot TracerSpinCarryTotal
Ernest ESB1

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YesYesYesNoYesYesNo
FlightScope Mevo

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YesYesYesYesYesYesNo
FlightScope Mevo Plus

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YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Garmin G80

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YesYesNoNoNoYesYes
Rapsodo

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YesYesYesYesNoYesNo
SkyTrak

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YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Voice Caddie SC200 Plus

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YesYesNoNoNoYesNo
Voice Caddie SC300

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YesYesYesYesNoYesYes

EXPERT TIP - On A Budget?

In 2020 we're starting to see a successful personal launch monitor take it's shape and for $500 you can reasonably expect some of these devices to give you information to help you in your game. The Rapsodo was more than 90% accurate on all data sets, with the exception of spin.

Golf Launch Monitors – More Tips

  • Some of the golf launch monitors tested work better indoors while others work better or exclusively outdoors. Before you purchase a launch monitor, make sure you know where you’re going to use it.
  • If you’re only going to hit a few dozen balls at a time, battery life may not be relevant. For longer sessions, especially when using video features, battery drain can be an issue.
  • Golf launch monitors are a part of nearly every fitting experience but don’t expect to fit yourself with a consumer-grade unit. They’re not consistent enough and don’t provide the necessary data.
  • Personal Launch Monitors have improved dramatically, but still have some room to grow. Models tested do a reasonably good job of measuring ball speed and launch angle for the most part. However, real spin measurements, come at a cost.

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Best PLM 2020 - Results

ProductAccuracyUser FriendlyFeaturesPortabilityTotal
Rapsodo

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1st6th1st3rd82.5
Flightscope Mevo Plus

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2nd4th1st5th81.5
SkyTrak

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5th3rd1st7th80
Flightscope Mevo

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4th8th6th1st79.5
Garmin G80

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6th6th4th1st79
Voice Caddie SC200 Plus

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2nd1st7th3rd79
Voice Caddie SC300

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7th1st4th5th78
Ernest

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8th4th8th7th71

Personal Golf Launch Monitors FAQ

Q: What’s the difference between a personal launch monitor and an enterprise solution? 

A: Several thousand dollars and accuracy. Enterprise solutions like Foresight and TrackMan are more accurate and provide more more data points.

Q: What data can I get from a personal golf launch monitor?

A: If you’re in the under $2000 price range you can reasonably expect your launch monitor to give you ball speed, carry, launch angle and spin. If you’re looking for club head data, offline and dispersion numbers, you might want to look at the enterprise solutions like ForeSight and Trackman.

Q: What is Smash Factor?

A: Smash factor is a common club performance metric. Several of the devices we tested provide this with varying degrees of accuracy. The Smash Factor formula is simple. It’s ball speed divided by head speed.

Q: Are all personal golf launch monitors accurate?

A: Not all are as accurate as enterprise solutions like, Foresight and Trackman. But according to the results of our test there are accurate units. The Rapsodo was more than 90% accurate on all data sets, with the exception of spin.

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      Daniel Schroeder

      3 years ago

      I am mostly concerned about dispersion and shot shape/spin axis. How did these models match up against higher swing speeds in the 125mph range?

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      Mike

      3 years ago

      What’s the best one for shot shape in limited space. Basically hitting into net from back porch because yard to small.. I’m not really worried about numbers. But really need shot shape and dispersion.

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      Jeff

      3 years ago

      Will Rapsodo work as a swing speed measure only with SuperSpeed training

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      Steve

      4 years ago

      Dear MGS team, one thing that I’ve not seen reported (maybe I’ve missed it) is that with Rapsodo if you don’t buy the supscription the app keep info of the last 100 shot that seems a lot but it really isn’t.

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      Bryan-49

      4 years ago

      @Art Chou – Does Rapsodo plan to add multiple video angle capabilities like Mevo captures? If yes, can you share timeline?

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      Art Chou

      4 years ago

      Bryan-49. Apologies for the delayed response. Coming soon. Can’t give exact timeline but will be during 2021 season.

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      Bob Mulligan

      3 years ago

      Sure, just like their Android app release.

      ryebread

      4 years ago

      I’ve owned or hit on several of these. The performance gap between them and say a used Trackman or Foresight unit is considerable. Admittedly the price is as well.

      If you can afford it, the better units are worth the difference in price. This isn’t a scenario about the difference between a Mercedes or Kia. There are significant functional differences.

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      Erik

      4 years ago

      I have spent way more time than I would like to admit researching these units. As an IOS user, I have no real issue with the Rapsodo taking the top spot and being IOS only. However, there is one key metric that unit is missing for me personally. If it had spin rate, It would be a done deal.

      Also, I would have found it particularly helpful if the review was separated specifically into the best for indoor use vs best for outdoor use. I realize that all of the data is here, but it’s not spelled out specifically between the two to the point where I can tell what your recommendation is based on the testing. I may be blinded by the fact that I really desire spin rate data. As a result, I have to go to other sources for intel that relates specifically to indoor use relative to each unit.

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      Jon

      4 years ago

      This technology would seemingly be great for winter hitting into net. Question at this price level do any of these accurately predict where the ball in going (height, right, left) based on either spin or direction?

      Also agree on Rapsoda comment above. The indoor hit into net is only supported on a set of I-phones that does not include the new 12’s or new SE and not every I-pad.

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      Anthony

      4 years ago

      I have had a SkyTrak for 2-years and use it exclusively outdoors and it works fine. Nonsense that it can’t be used outdoors. The only thing you need to ensure is that the lens is not in direct sunlight.

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      Harry Nodwell

      3 years ago

      I did test SkyTrak outside and after an hour of trying to capture data I gave up. If the hole or range you’re trying to capture data and just so happens to be in direct sunlight you cannot use it. Furthermore, once you hit a shot on grass you have to pick up the unit and move it for the ball to be picked up. Otherwise you’re hitting out of a divot and the data will not be consistent. Overall it is a unit for inside to ensure consistent, reliable data. Outside not so much.

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      Lee Jacques

      4 years ago

      Hi, I have personally owned several PLM’s (2x Different SkyCaddies) and currently have a Skytrak. My Skytrak is used outside 90% of the time so you review is misleading whe you state: CONS
      Can’t be used outdoors.

      I would will happily send you photos of my setup if you wish. (Net cage and range mat.)

      Regards,
      Lee
      Ps. Keep up the 99% accurate good work.

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      Harry Nodwell

      3 years ago

      I did test SkyTrak outside and after 45 minutes of trying to capture data I gave up. If the hole or range you’re trying to capture data and just so happens to be directly in the sunlight you cannot use it. Furthermore, once you hit a shot on grass you have to pick up the unit and move it for the ball to be picked up. Otherwise you’re hitting out of a divot and the data will not be consistent. Overall it is a unit for inside for consistent, reliable data. Outside not so much.

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      Hung yen Sung

      4 years ago

      For reason, I remember RAPSODO was for outdoor only. Is this a newer version?

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      Steve

      4 years ago

      With recent firmware and app update there is an indoor mode.
      It is a little problematic the fact that is dependent on the iOS device you have, it is not supported on all device. Not sure why but according to some comments on forums seems to be related to the fps of the front camera of the device, different iOS device have different fps rate preventing certain features on certain devices

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      Ian Hayward

      4 years ago

      I use SkyTrak exclusively outside and off a mat. Works great. Not sure why you say you can’t go outdoors. It doesn’t work off grass but the mat is fine!

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      Meeehhhooo

      4 years ago

      I bought the Raspodo based on this review. When it works, it’s really wonderful. Didn’t realize how much I would like the fact that it films your swings. Unfortunately I plan to use it mostly outdoors and the fact that your phone needs to be out in the sun along with the unit is a huge negative. On my first try after 30 minutes of Texas 85 degree “fall” weather, my iPhone XR is already overheating, which shuts the whole thing down (in the summer, it’s going to last a whole 10 min..) The second go round outdoors, it captured the first 50 balls, but by the time I got to my driver, it just wouldn’t track the ball anymore. I fiddled with the alignment, it was level and 6′-8′ behind me. I tried it indoors and it really doesn’t work. I’m not sure it’s because I have an impact screen and not a net, I’ll have to fiddle with it. I’m going to give it a couple more tries, but may end up returning it. The phone overheating is a real issue that I wish was discussed on the review. An iPhone in direct sunlight that is being tasked to film/compute just doesn’t hold up too well … so not blaming the unit completely, but it is part of the design.

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      Art Chou

      4 years ago

      Hey, drop me a line at [email protected]. We can pull your shots and work with you to improve your results. Unfortunately some issues are a function of your phone but we can always share some tips to improve performance like closing all other apps and using your bag to provide some shade.

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      Paul

      4 years ago

      Whoa, I was about to pull the trigger on one of these. I’m in Texas and I didn’t even think about this. Thanks for the comment.

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      Steve V

      3 years ago

      Rapsodo… outdoors in the Australian sun using an iPhone (even in winter) is just not viable or usable. The Rapsodo is completely reliant on an iPhone or IPAD so when the IOS device overheats in as little a 10 minutes, the launch monitor is simply unusable..

      Kellen

      4 years ago

      In future tests, I would like to see the distinction between measured vs calculated for each field. Some calculate clubhead speed, etc and others measure it, etc

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      Tim

      3 years ago

      As an engineer, I was wondering the same thing. Are things like ball spin really measured, or calculated based on measured quantities. My guess is that some of these “calculations” use estimates of ball compression and other factors that may, or may not, be accurate for my setup. This would be good information to include in future reviews–what is actually measured vs. what is calculated based on measured quantities. If you want a gold star, you can include the “assumptions” that have to be added to the measurements to do the calculations, and whether or not the software allows you to adjust theses variables.

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      Mike

      4 years ago

      I was listening to the podcast, and I get the hate for the $500ish units, but at the same time I think you guys are kind of missing the point.. I feel like you came at this from the point of view of someone who tests golf gear for a living, and needs the data to do so appropriately..That’s not what I want one of these for. I’m looking for some level of feedback while beating balls into a net for the months of the year that I can’t play because of weather, or the times when that’s my only golfing outlet because of time.

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      Jared

      4 years ago

      I might have missed it somewhere in the article, but did you use the metallic dots indoors for the Mevo and Mevo+?

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      Derek

      4 years ago

      From what the charts show, Rapsodo has better carry accuracy indoors compared to outdoors.. Is this true? Is this with only 8 ft of flight to the net?

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      P.J.

      4 years ago

      SkyTrak can be used outdoors, not sure where you got your info. Good article on the considerations @ https://mygolfsimulator.com/using-skytrak-outside/
      SkyTrak’s own website states:

      We recommend hitting off a mat designed specifically for golf. Place the ball or the base of the tee on the red dot projected by the laser. If a mat is not available, we suggest hitting off a tee from the grass. Irons and wedges hit directly off the grass create dirt and grass particles from the divots that can make for inconsistent shot capture. Avoid direct sunlight into the system during use. Direct sun into the optic lens of SkyTrak can create problems for consistent shot capture. If available, please hit from a covered area . Use a clean, white ball with a logo or a marked line. Set the ball up with the logo or line facing SkyTrak for better spin readings, whether indoors or outside.
      .
      Yes, I’m a longtime SkyTrak user, so perhaps a little biased. It’s not perfect, but it’s really close.

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      John M

      4 years ago

      I use my Skytrak exclusively outdoors off a mat too (apart from the occasional lounge chipping practice when my wife isn’t around , but I didn’t tell you that).. I just don’t have the space (indoors or out) needed for any of the doppler based units to get a reading

      I have also seen several reviews of it being used effectively outdoors and/or on the range too. I would agree that grass and divots etc could cause issues, but if hitting off a mat there should be no problem.

      I would agree that lighting conditions, such as sunlight directly on the front of the unit, getting dark, or if the unit faces a pale backdrop (so the ball doesn’t stand out as clearly), could affect accuracy or cause misreads, but these are relatively minor problems..

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      Harry Nodwell

      3 years ago

      I did test SkyTrak outside and after 45 minutes of trying to capture data I gave up. If the hole or range you’re trying to capture data and just so happens to be directly in the sunlight you cannot use it. Furthermore, once you hit a shot on grass you have to pick up the unit and move it for the ball to be picked up. Otherwise you’re hitting out of a divot and the data will not be consistent. Overall it is a unit for inside for consistent, reliable data. Outside not so much.

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      Scott Casey

      4 years ago

      What about PRGR? Why wasn’t that one tested? Thanks.

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      Jason W

      3 years ago

      I’m interested in the PRGR as well. That is the one that I am looking into.

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      TR1PTIK

      4 years ago

      I’ve looked at the SC200+ before and couldn’t convince myself to pull the trigger because I wasn’t sure about the accuracy. Based on your observations it looks like an intriguing value – at least for full shots. What in your guys’ opinion would be the best value of the bunch? I don’t care about spin, I just want to be able to map my bag.

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      Philip

      4 years ago

      I wouldn’t waste your money, the Sc200+ is so inaccurate I have given up using it.

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      Kevin McCarthy

      4 years ago

      I have used the SC 200 for years now and have found it to be very reliable and accurate. Sure there is an outlier from time to time but it has been a valuable tool for my practice sessions. It’s also nice in how readily easy it is to get set up and in use.

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      Mike

      4 years ago

      I have the sc200. It works great on the range, if that is all you want it for, it is easy to use, terrific. Unfortunately, it will not work for me in my yard hitting into a net. It just doesn’t see the shot. I have tried everything, including the suggestions on their website, so it must be an issue for others as well. I move it forward, back, elevate it on a book. Nothing. Maybe it responds to one of ten shots.

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      Devin

      3 years ago

      I pulled the trigger on getting the SC200+ based on this article. I have a high launch amd the readings were very off for anything less then a 5i. I got readings of 160 on shots clearly only 130 and and 115 for shots that didnt make it past the 100 yard markers on the range.

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      Art Chou

      3 years ago

      Devin- please send me an email at [email protected] and we can look up your shots. Definitely sounds like something is up with your results.
      Thx
      Art

      Art Chou

      4 years ago

      Hi Guys – Art from Rapsodo here. Just wanted to give some insight on the IOS comments. Our technology utilizes the camera on the mobile device; with IOS being Apple-only this makes it much easier to introduce a high-accuracy product on IOS first. Android is definitely coming – we have no intention of ignoring 40-60% of the market depending on your country/location. You will see this roll out gradually based on device as Android is used by a variety of manufacturers with different camera specs. Starting in 2020.

      To clarify, MLM works very accurately with pretty much any IOS device younger than an iPhone 7. As new phones/iPads are introduced it takes relatively little time to train our tech on the new model’s camera; the early version of the app required calibration but our machine learning process now eliminates this need.

      Net/Indoor capability is a new feature that we have been working very hard to achieve. We started with a few iPhone models and will continue to add IOS devices over the next few weeks. As you might imagine, projecting ball flight accurately from the first eight feet of launch is a lot trickier than when you get to see more of the actual ball flight.

      In general, we will not introduce access to any new devices unless the accuracy meets our standards.

      Hope this helps. Really appreciate your interest in our products; we’ll do our best to answer any questions you have as transparently as possible.

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      il

      4 years ago

      Do you have plans to add indoor simulation games like Skytrak? If so, when do you expect it to be available?

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      Jim

      4 years ago

      Can’t wait for this! Simulator at $500. Without 10 week wait time. I imagine Rapsodo is going to have an edge on the future since you are aligned with smartphone camera tech.

      Art Chou

      4 years ago

      We are working hard on expanding our indoor capabilities; increased devices, metrics, etc. We’ll be rolling them out on a running basis as they become ready for prime time.

      Wayne Lee

      4 years ago

      Art, I have enjoyed your videos on YouTube introducing the Rapsodo MLM – unfortunately our household is primarily Android. Keep up the good work and I am waiting anxiously for the Android rollout.

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      Art Chou

      4 years ago

      Thanks, Wayne. Android is coming soon! Really appreciate your patience – we are paddling as fast as we can on this one!

      Steve

      4 years ago

      Hi Art, I’ve from nearly the beginning of availability, clearly relaying on the camera of the device has some advantage and some disadvantage (many different camera instead of having an integrated one with always the same spec. Another point is that normally front face camera on Apple dice is not as good as back cameras… it would be nice to see an option to use the back camera with only the audio feedback this will give much better images, fps compared to the front camera.
      The only really missing feature is spin, really don’t understand why considering usage of radar like other competitor the possibility to detect sping should be possible…

      A feature clearly missing expecially when using the Pro subscription is to manage the space used on the device, once session are replicated on the cloud the local copy of the video should be possible to have it removed. Data can be kept and should be kept also locally but the video not… I’ve 1070 shot recorded and fully sync with cloud, but the app is still using 2.5gb on the phone…. for sure 2.5gb are not needed to be used only to keep the data of the shot and the reference to the copy of the video on the cloud storage ;-)

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      Art Chou

      4 years ago

      Hi Steve-
      Our tech uses a combo of a radar in the MLM unit plus the camera on your phone. We do measure spin but the accuracy level is just not good enough yet for us to show the data. We are working hard on it and will share it only when the accuracy is good enough. The challenge is to deliver accurate numbers while also using components that are inexpensive enough for us to keep the retail price down.
      We get excellent spin.numbers optically in our Skytrak units (we make them for SkyGolf) but the components require the higher retail price.
      Appreciate your comment on the back camera; we felt that the swing/tracer video was critical to the user experience so we needed to use the front camera.
      Finally, we will soon introduce the ability to customize your display screen for the three data points you want to see with each swing. A very popular request that we are getting and we will make it happen.
      Thx
      Art

      Christopher

      4 years ago

      I am really trying to decide on all of these models. I am reading a lot of mixed reviews about your product regarding its ability to track hooks and slices while hitting indoors. I really am trying to find an affordable option for indoor hitting, but need to fix my swing so that I am more consistently hitting straight and not chasing my ball from one side of the fairway to the other. I do have an iPhone 11 and an iPad Pro (2nd gen). What can you share with me about whether your product will deliver what I need?

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      Art Chou

      4 years ago

      Christopher-
      Thanks for reaching out. Quite frankly you will get a better shot shaping experience outdoor than indoors. Six to eight feet of ball flight is just not enough for us to optically provide an accurate shot trace.
      Indoors, however, you will get good numbers for initial launch direction (left/right); combining this with ball speed will give you an idea of whether you have cut across the ball and whether the club face is open or closed.. Best would be to see your outdoor shot shapes and know your ball speeds and launch directions for your typical good and bad shots to use as a comparison to the indoor data..
      If you really need better side spin / shot shape data indoors I’d suggest the SkyTrak product that we make for SkyGolf.
      Thx
      Art

      ChrisF

      3 years ago

      Hi Art, thanks for all the info. Is it possible to do a screen mirror to a tv or use a lightning to HDMI cable to see results on a screen instead of just the phone/iPad on the ground?

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      Art Chou

      3 years ago

      Hi ChrisF-
      Yes, you can use screen mirroring through an Apple TV unit to beam everything up to a larger monitor. We do this often at events and trade shows. Works great in a covered range setting (or indoors)!
      Hope this helps.
      Thx
      Art

      ChrisK

      4 years ago

      I recently purchased the Ernest Sports ESB1 during a Labor Day sale (for $450), and i’m very pleased with it. I hate that it ranks so low compared to the other guys in this test-heavy environment, but at the same time it apparently provided 5 different metrics in the outdoor testing, and only 3 of the 8 managed to do that. And on top of that, it was going against the Skytrak and Mevo+, which both cost FOUR times as much.

      I know Tony C. doesn’t like any of these “cheap” models, but not all of us have 100% access to the nice $10K stuff. I’m happy i made the roughly $500 jump, and the only regret i have is wishing i’d done it sooner :)

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      Harry Nodwell

      4 years ago

      I understand that it offers more data for you to go off which is advantageous. My only comeback is if its not relatively accurate then what is your use for it? If its bag mapping then your game could be 1-3 clubs off with regards to distance.

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      CHRISK

      4 years ago

      My practice sessions aren’t too in-depth; they consist of me going to the local outdoor driving range during my lunch hour about twice per week, bashing about 50-60 balls at a time. And they’ve got a grass area, i’ll hit off tees and the deck periodically.. I’ll pick out clubs to hit exclusively if i’ve noticed an issue during a previous match, but otherwise it’s usually a healthy dose of SW, 9 iron, 5 iron, and driver. I’ve got Arccos, and i’ve had it tracking me for about 90 rounds, so i’ve already got a good idea about my distances. What I like about ESB1 launch monitor I purchased is being able to tweak my driver (changing lofts and shafts, etc.), trying to find optimum launch angles, taking note of clubhead speed and ball speed for a certain kind of swing, and then seeing how changes i make affect the outcomes of shots. I’m not really using it to track distances all that much. The biggest thing I’m working on right now is trying to increase my launch angle for my swing speed. If i could get 2 or 3 more degrees of launch with the same spin i’ve got i’d be set! So i’m guessing it’s relatively accurate, since it’s over 90% in your testing categories on 4 of the 5 (and over 80% on the spin rate). Accurate enough for 4 handicap hobbyist like myself, anyway

      Mike

      4 years ago

      I have used the sc200 for several years. Good on the range, refuses to read my shots (for the most part) hitting into a net at home. It has become worthless to me. I’ll be moving on.

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      Andrew Han

      4 years ago

      I listened to your podcast on this today and read your article, so disregarding the PW metrics. Why is the mevo+ less accurate than the mevo on 7i and Driver?

      Reply

      Clay N

      4 years ago

      Excellent reviews, as always! I’m slowly reaching my purchase decision!

      One point, though…under the “Cons” on the Rapsodo, you need to list the major one: “iOS Only.” That’s a deal-breaker if you don’t have an iPhone. More than half of the smartphone market is Android.

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      Gary

      4 years ago

      I’ve had this problem with SO many golf apps. Makes me wonder if the subset of the smartphone market among golfers looks a lot different than the population at large.

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      Adam Burton

      4 years ago

      Well done gents! I have a Mevo+ for my own personal enjoyment. The biggest take-away that people need from this is using their own golf balls. Which, on a range, is difficult. That’s why indoor use is more beneficial.

      As for use outside, you’re basically just using them for shot shape and start direction. Especially when you are hitting anything longer than a 7 iron.

      The Mevo+ video feature also really assist you in possibly identifying swing flaws that may result in a poor flight.

      The Rapsodo has definitely caught my eye as a gadget I’d like to get, mainly due to the shot tracer. I’m going to predict that the next generation Mevo+ or “Mevo Tour” will have that functionality.

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      Brandon

      4 years ago

      Can you provide further detail on how the accuracy is calculated and ranked? Is it only carry distance? I don’t understand how the SC200+ can be accurate for driver (and higher than the SC300) with no spin information and limited flight. It was also called out as one of the poorest units under 60 yards (are they all similarly bad?). I own the original SC200 and am surprised by the high rank.

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      Harry Nodwell

      4 years ago

      There are accuracy chats displayed for each model tested. However, we ranked accuracy off the three metrics that everyone has, Ball Speed, Club Head Speed, and Carry to make it a level playing field. The overall ranking is based off other categories like portability, features, and user friendly to provide an overall test score.

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      Anthony

      4 years ago

      Interesting, on Rapsodo’s website it says the MLM offers launch angle as well as carry+roll yet your test shows neither of those metrics being available…oversight?

      Reply

      Harry Nodwell

      4 years ago

      The Rapsodo has launch angle and is displayed on the features chart. The total distance doesn’t show up on the app once you go into the table format.

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      Bill

      4 years ago

      Lots of great options with these devices and from a consumer POV, awesome that the price point keeps lowering. I have the SC200 and it works well. I’ve used it to develop numbers for my clubs and when trying some swing changes. The only downside is that the AA battery life is kind of limited.

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      Charles W Keller

      4 years ago

      SkyTrak “Can’t be used outdoors”

      And yet I’ve owned one since 2016 and I’ve only used it outside on my driveway because I don’t have 10′ ceilings in the house.
      And I have no issues with the sun or clouds and it continues to work even when the sun sets and I’m only lit with the 100-watt bulb over our front door. I must have got one of the early good models. :)

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      Brock

      4 years ago

      I agree. I’ve used mine outdoors and indoors. All you need is a full charge and an iPad to take to the range.

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      don

      4 years ago

      Exactly the same here. WHY did they even think you can’t use it outdoors. It doesn’t say that on the website. Yes you need the mark on the ball clear and at the camera in the sun but it still works great.

      Reply

      Harry Nodwell

      3 years ago

      I did test SkyTrak outside and after 45 minutes of trying to capture data I gave up. If the hole or range you’re trying to capture data and just so happens to be directly in the sunlight you cannot use it. Furthermore, once you hit a shot on grass you have to pick up the unit and move it for the ball to be picked up. Otherwise you’re hitting out of a divot and the data will not be consistent. Overall it is a unit for inside for consistent, reliable data. Outside not so much.

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      Jerry

      4 years ago

      The biggest con for Rapsodo is that certain models of iphones are required. Otherwise it would be a fantastic choice.

      Reply

      dski93

      4 years ago

      I’m confused by this. On the amazon page, Rapsodo replied anything running iOS 11 . Even my 2016 ipad pro runs iOS 14.

      However another reply from Rapsodo in the amazon questions implies older versions of hardware don’t work with a net?

      Obviously buying a new $600 Apple device makes this less price attractive.

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      Mike

      4 years ago

      I know it doesn’t work for net hitting with an iPhone X. It worked some of the newer versions. I kept waiting and they said it’s coming but I need the ability to get accurate data from a net hitting session. Live in the NE so I’ll be indoors hitting for 4-5 months. I sold mine and got the ESB1 and find it great. It’s bigger but has a carrying bag. I’ve found the data to be accurate. If something is off by 1-3 yards I don’t care. It’s close enough for me to gap. Had a mevo and hated it. Wouldn’t record and give information. Rapsodo was decent but overheated and you need to use your phone. I want to record my swings DTl and face on for my coach. I can’t do that and use the rapsodo.

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