Did you know that for about the cost of a brand-new driver you can play 30,000 courses around the world, track swing data and improve your next practice session?
Introducing the all-new Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor 2 PRO. The successor to the original mobile launch monitor, Rapsodo has enhanced its entry-level personal launch monitor (and added some neat software features).
The MLM2PRO promises generation-to-generation improvement over its original design. Are you ready for the big reveal?
Rapsodo MLM2PRO Release Info
- The Rapsodo MLM2PRO made its debut at the 2023 PGA Show in Orlando.
- Preorders for the device start Feb. 1 with widespread availability beginning March 31.
- Received a MyGolfSpy “Best of Show” Award at the 2023 PGA Show.
- Retail is $699.99 and includes the device plus a one-year premium subscription for additional benefits.
Shiny New Features
While a solid all-around performer, the original mobile golf launch monitor wasn’t without its flaws. With the addition of the MLM2PRO, Rapsodo took a few of its shortcomings into account and iteratively improved upon them.
Notice something new? The new MLM2PRO has its own built-in dedicated cameras to assist the radar in tracking elements of ball flight and to capture your swing. In case you can’t put it together, this means you’ll no longer have to rely on your phone’s camera to capture data.
The original MLM relied on the iOS device camera to capture your swing and hadn’t yet been optimized to work with Android devices. With the addition of built-in camera modules, the MLM2PRO now is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms. The dual-camera setup allows for one module to record swing video of every shot while the second high-speed camera captures a series of photographs at impact to help the golfer visualize their strike.
The MLM2PRO may also be paired with a phone or tablet to capture down-the-line or face-on swing videos.
What About the Data?
Cosmetic changes hardly count for anything if the device can’t perform its primary function. Golfers will be happy to learn that the new MLM2PRO has the ability to measure spin (something the original device could not do). Of course, spin isn’t the only metric it will measure. You’ll still have all of your favorites: distance, ball speed, smash factor, club gapping and shot dispersion.
But the addition of spin isn’t the only win. The MLM2PRO also introduces full golf simulation features to enhance your practice. Between the Rapsodo Range and 30,000 virtual courses, golfers can enjoy a more immersive golf experience from the comfort of their own homes or backyard. Courses are available to play through the MLM2PRO premium membership. The first year is free.
One Ball to Rule Them All
Rapsodo’s new MLM2PRO provides more advanced data than the previous generation. A big part of this new data collection is made possible through a partnership with Callaway Golf.
“The Callaway RPT Chrome Soft X golf balls leverage the world-class performance of the Chrome Soft X golf ball with our optical technology so the MLM2PRO can track the launch conditions of the ball,” according to Jason Finley, Callaway Golf’s Global Director of Brand and Product Management.
Equipped with the new Callaway RPT Chrome Soft X golf ball, golfers can collect new data points like descent angle, spin rate and spin axis. These added data points will also improve the ability to determine carry distance and path.
The Rapsodo Mobile Golf Launch Monitor 2 PRO is available for pre-order starting today. For $699.99, you’ll receive the device, a sleeve of three Callaway RPT Chrome Soft X golf balls and a one-year premium subscription to access additional benefits.
If you don’t want to wait for the general release, Rapsodo’s original MLM just dropped to its lowest price ever. The device has consistently been one of the best performers, especially in the under-$500 category.
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David3 weeks ago
I’d like to know how long the first shot setup is.
The only way I could use this in on the course. So if it’s fast to setup for each shot, I’m in !
I can’t have a bay at home.
I have cheap access to toptracer at the range, more than enough for me.
So the only real use would be on the course. If they manage that, I think this could be a killer function as the device is very light/small compared to GCQUAD/GC3/Trackman and others.
Less important: I hope we get a tool with the dot template fast so that we can draw RPT dots on the balls we play rather than only the callaway offer.
MRH4 weeks ago
Well I ordered it because at $700 + $200 per year compared to a $4500 launch monitor it would cost lest for about 19 years.
I see a lot of people turned off by lack of spin data t the range. It does give you track so by looking at the track you can infer some spin data.
Even with the much smaller MLM I could figure out basic spin data by watching the trace.
I have a bay at a friends house where we can hit the spotted balls and get the spin data. Also if I really want to figure out accurate spin I have three places even in my small down that rent Trackman bays.
The rental for a bay is $30 per half hour. I can hit quite a few balls in 1/2 an hour and get all the spin data I want. I can email the shots to my home as well.
So certainly it is compromise but it is better than anything else in the price range. I think if you are turned off on the lack of spin at the range you really should invest the extra money in a much expensive monitor.
A guy I know shows up at the range with his own personal Trackman. Pretty nice but I can’t justify that price for sure.
GCS4 weeks ago
If only they’d solve the main problem of too low a view point for the cameras. The swing videos aren’t as helpful as they should be since they’re not hand
Larry Finger1 month ago
I have a simulator I’m looking to replace – I have the cage, screen, computer and projector. My question is, can the MLM2Pro connect to a Mac (or Windows) computer so the computer can send the video to my projector
Brian R2 weeks ago
SLange2 weeks ago
Be aware, only single player sim from what customer support tells me. Planning update to multiplayer with software update is what they tell me. I feel a bit misled with the promo footage which is based on E6 or Awesome Golf footage. Suddenly feeling regret for my preorder. Maybe I didn’t read between the lines closely enough.
Sean L1 month ago
Thanks for the Review…. The device uses Camera and Doppler… Club-Ball strike camera is a bit plus. Callaway ball is only needed for SPIN Axis data, you will get all the other data points. My understanding is the new MLM 2PRO will offer TRACE in net mode (prior edition did not)… Virtual golf NOT meant to rival full simulator- just gives you a visual for practice-game improvement
Legend In My Own Mind1 month ago
I was very excited to hear about this launch monitor when it came out. Seemed to have everything I wanted. Then when it was revealed that unless you pay for the subscription the cameras won’t work and you can’t get spin numbers, left me passing on this one. Who are they aiming this for. If you are a budget golfer and add up the cost of the unit, the balls you have to use, and a subscription and to have courses that look no better than golden tee arcade just misses the mark. This is a hard pass. Unlock all the features and let me decide if i want arcade style courses to pay for. Don’t force me.
Bob1 month ago
So for years they have promised an Android app is coming. This is their solution? Callaway balls and $199.00 year subscription? CHECK. No thanks, THEY LIE
David V2 months ago
I’m confused. Is it radar based or camera based? Other camera based systems (like Skytrak and Foresight) don’t need additional dots on the ball to measure spin, but radar based systems wouldn’t “see” a dark spot unless it was metal-infused paint.
Tony Covey2 months ago
The MLM2Pro uses what I guess you could call a hybrid tracking model. Most of the data is still being captured by the Doppler radar in the base unit. The new camera unit works in conjunction with the Callaway RPT balls to capture spin and spin axis data.
Craig2 months ago
Is the only difference with the ball the markings? Are they required because of the additional distance from the ball hitting zone than a normal camera based system?
Springboks2 months ago
Yeah, Nah… I will pass. I am more interested in the Uneekor Eye Mini. Yes, it will be $4500 but that is half the cost of a GCQuad, but will have the same functionality and doesn’t require a lame $200 a year subscription!
Steve2 months ago
Interesting. By spending $3,800 more for that unit, instead of $200/year for the subscription, you will break even…in nineteen years. By then, we’ll all be using jetpacks instead of golf carts. #spacegolf
Josh2 months ago
“With the addition of built-in camera modules, the MLM2PRO now is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms. ”
I’ve seen differing statements this week regarding the MLM2PRO’s Android compatibility – is full support at launch commitment from the manufacturer?
Peejer2 months ago
Couple of things comes to mind. For starters, you get a sleeve of special Callaway balls – I have a simulator and I can tell you that those balls being hit repeatedly and they will wear out fast. I keep 2 dozen on my sim, and end up replacing them about every 2 months or so. Also, if you use a projector with it, you can’t just add marks to a ball with a sharpie. The ink DOES come off on a screen. Maybe if all you’re hitting into is a net. But the allure of 30,000 courses leads me to believe you would want a projector and screen, right? The biggest question is – how much is the annual subscription after the first year? Seems like ink-jet printers, it’s relatively cheap until you have to buy refill cartridges!
Erik2 months ago
Can this be used for speed training with the Stack system? Can it track the clubhead speed without a ball being hit?
Scott2 months ago
The initial research I’ve heard is that the MLM2 will not read dry swings (without a ball). And it won’t have the spin metrics without the RPT. Titleist also has an RPT ProV model (but no black dots… are those necessary for the Rapsodo vs other launch monitors?). Hopefully some other manufacturers will produce them as well.
JB1 month ago
I reached out to them and received the following message this morning:
Thanks for reaching out! A ball will need to be struck in order to get data, it will not currently work with speed training.
Handicap Police2 months ago
So if I’m at a public range and want to get spin numbers, I can’t???? Because I need them silly balls with the weird dot patterns??? Lame
Steve2 months ago
Same consideration, at driving range you can’t get spin info… considering most of the other radar based device give it (mevo,mevo+,r10,etc.) this seems a big drawback for me. Only advantage I see compared to for example r10 that is in same price range is the double integrated camera…
Jack2 months ago
You can use the Callaway RPT balls if you want spin data on the range, just know that you’re not going to get those balls back.
Jason Detwiler2 months ago
You aren’t going to get good spin with range balls anyway
LuCkYmE2 days ago
Is it really necessary to have your spin numbers while hitting range balls?
Ranny2 months ago
Everything I read about it sounds great. Two things keep me from pre-ordering.
1) when I went into their pre-order app they wanted the full amount paid now for a product that is “supposed” to be ready in two months. I remember the 5-12 month delay that Garmin had in 2021.
2) Speaking of Garmin; I was surprised they did not come out with an upgrade to the R10 after 18+ months in the marketplace.
For these two reasons I plan to wait two months until it is actually available, unless Garmin comes up with a major announcement.
Ben smith2 months ago
A bit odd they don’t mention what the subscription actually costs. Feels like buy it now and get one year free. Don’t worry we’ll start hitting your credit card for 799 a year there after until the end of time as we know it.
Also where do the 30k courses come from? Who made them, what are they (does it include the top 100 in the world?), usually a company making monitors doesn’t also make the courses and graphics and software because you can’t do it all well. You can pick one thing and do it very well or pick many things and do then all half ass.
I’d order now but holding back to get more info. Subscription cost. Whose software is doing the course mapping, graphics, physics of flight and bounce and roll, etc. if it’s all done in-house wait for something else to use for a simulator.
Tw2 months ago
First year is included in the price of the unit. $199 each additional year. The 30,000 courses are just rendered from GPS data I assume. Similar to what Garmin does with the G10 home town hero app. But looks like it also works with other options like Awesome Golf and E6. But then that adds even more subscription cost.
Leon2 months ago
So … what if Chrome Soft X is not your regular gamer ball, can you substitute your gamer with Sharpie dots in the pattern of these new Callaways that are included, so as to get more valid data ? Is there a certain minimum required flight distance, so as to require a real range instead of just hitting into a net (again, impacting choice of and retrievability of ball)?
Jack2 months ago
Nope, you can’t use a sharpie to get data, won’t work. The requirement is 8 feet of flight to get ample data.
George2 months ago
It looks very interesting. How good is the data if you don’t use that particular radar-reflective / easy motion-tracking ball? Say, if you were planning on using your own balls in a sim, or range balls outside?
Connor Lindeman2 months ago
You won’t be able to track spin rate without the included Callaway ball!
Matt A2 months ago
Mike2 months ago
So, no spin data without the RPT balls. Will the accuracy of the other data points be affected in any way? I’m especially concerned about the accuracy of the simulator indoors with my regular balls.
Jack2 months ago
Mike, you will need to use the RPT balls to get spin data using the simulator indoors. Also Matt A, it’s not useless, you would still get other data metrics just not spin or spin axis, if that’s important for you, I would look for another brand.
Mark2 months ago
This will work at a regular outdoor range right? Doesn’t need to be in a simulator?
Connor Lindeman2 months ago
Yes, it will work both indoors and outdoors!
John2 months ago
But how accurate will it be if hit outdoors without the dotted balls? It’s not like you can hit the dotted balls on the range & then run out there & try to find & retrieve them…