Flightscope Mevo vs Trackman – A Launch Monitor Comparison

In this piece, we will compare the Flightscope Mevo and the Trackman launch monitors. Both of them present the golfer with many features but are at opposite ends of the pricing spectrum.

The purpose of this comparison is to provide you with an insight into what is available on the market and what you can expect form launch monitors on either side of the pricing spectrum.

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Pros

  • Tracks swing data for swing improvement
  • You can record your swing from multiple angles through the use of up to 6 cameras

Cons

  • Unaffordable for many golfers (see alternative)
  • The target market is aimed at professional players or coaches

Trackman golf launch monitor uses high-resolution Doppler Dual Radar Technology to capture a wide range of data. The first radar captures data related to the impact between the golf ball and clubhead and the second radar captures data related to the ball flight.

The Doppler system use microwaves that are reflected off the club head and the golf ball. Variations in the wave frequency provide feedback to Trackman that then stores the data for analysis within 1 second of the completion of your swing.

The Trackman App

The Trackman app is called “TRACKMAN GO” and enables you to track information and provides access to the data from anywhere. The app sets its target line and will automatically detect your preference of language.

The app will gather data relate to:

  • Putting
  • Swings
  • Visual Data
  • Multi-Language

Dimensions

The size of the Trackman is 7.9 inches X 11.8 inches X 1.8 inches and it weighs in at 6.2 pounds.

Benefits

The launch monitor gathers a multitude of data to benefit you in

  • Improved Putting
  • Exact Yardages
  • College Recruiting
  • The Combine Test
  • Confidence boost
  • Maximize Your Driver
  • Know Your Swing Pattern

Battery

There is a Lithium-ion 10400 mAh battery in your Trackman and it will last for approximately 4 hours

Measurements

The Trackman launch monitor gathers data on your clubhead movement and ball at impact to provide feedback on the following:

  • Smash factor
  • Spin rate
  • Launch angle
  • Carry distance
  • Ball speed
  • Club speed
  • Dynamic loft
  • Attack angle
  • Club path
  • Face angle

Software

Trackman software consists out of 3 performance improvement software packages allowing you to adapt your training program.

  • TrackMan Test-Center
  • Test CenterTrackMan Optimizer
  • The OptimizerTrackMan Compare Feature

You have access to swing information and videos of professional players to compare to your swing.

  • Impact location
  • Reporting
  • Compare shots
  • Live shot analysis
  • Camera recordings
  • Optimizer
  • Multi-language
  • Normalization
  • EST center

Subscription to the software is highly recommended to ensure that you have access to the latest releases and your hardware is covered as well.

There are 3 games available to improve your skills:

  • Bullseye
  • Hit-it
  • Capture-the-flag

Pros

  • Accurate readings both indoors and outdoors
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Adapts to all phone sizes
  • Attaches to all types of golf bags
  • Works on all ground surfaces
  • Can produce a video for analysis

Cons

  • Less accurate than more expensive launch monitors
  • Inconsistent readings when not using the metallic dots

Flightscope Mevo is a pocket-sized 3D Doppler radar launch monitor for indoor and outdoor use to practice with purpose and improve your overall game. Golfers will benefit tremendously and should see rapid improvement on their golf swing.

The compact unit can compete with many of the high-priced devices in functionality. The monitor has a white body protected with red rubber edges. You can use the device indoors and outdoors.

Read our full review of the Flightscope Mevo Launch Monitor

There are 3 modes available on the Mevo

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Chipping/pitching for shots under 50 yards

Software

There are 3 software packages available for skills improvement

  • Flightscope range
  • Flightscope skills
  • Flightscope short game

The Mevo App

The Mevo app integrates with a brainwave sensing system FocusBand that is used to calm your brain down for performance enhancement. It also synchronizes the collected data with myFlightScope.com which is a cloud-based application. All data collected is available to the app and data can be downloaded in a CSV file for analysis on your computer without you being online.

Dimensions

The Flightscope Mevo is compact measuring  3.55 inches X 2.76 inches X 1.18 inches, weighing in at less than ½ pound making it extremely portable and easy to add to your golf bag.

Battery

The battery has a level indicator to warn you when a charge is required. On a full charge, there is sufficient power for approximately 3 practice sessions.

Connectivity

The device connects to your smartphone or mobile device via Bluetooth and the charger can be connected using the USB device to charge the battery.

Measurements

The Mevo provides feedback on the following data:

  • Carry distance
  • Clubhead speed
  • Smash factor
  • Apex height
  • Ball speed
  • Spin rate
  • Vertical launch angle

Indoor Mode

The indoor mode will take accurate measurements on shots that travel at least 12-15 feet before making contact with the net or wall. It is highly recommended that you have 4-7 feet behind the ball and 8 feet in front of the ball for optimal readings.

Photometric launch monitors take accurate measurements when data is gathered upon impact between the golf ball and the clubhead.

Outdoor Mode

The outdoor mode is preferable when the ball flight is unlikely to be interrupted by a wall or net. The outdoor mode will provide more accurate data since the launch monitor will track the ball for a long distance after impact.

Driving range balls are less likely to provide accurate feedback than your regular golf balls due to the difference in its construction. Although the data will be consistent and relatively accurate you can expect some difference in your results when playing with your normal selection of premium golf balls.

Chipping / Pitching Mode

The chipping mode is aimed at shots that will travel 20 yards or less through the air

Now that we understand the qualities of the individual launch monitors, let us compare some of the qualities.

Flightscope Mevo vs Trackman – Benefits

Flightscope Mevo and Trackman do not compete in the same market segment and the prices are vastly different.  This will indicate that the benefits derived from the two launch monitors will differ considerably.

Taken that there is such a price differential, it can be expected that the benefits available on the two launch monitors will also differ considerably but will meet the requirements of their specific target markets.

Trackman offers the most benefits, both launch monitors can be used indoors, outdoors, and provide data on the ball and club movements. Trackman provides more video analysis benefits.

Verdict

The launch monitors provide sufficient benefits in the club data and ball data categories. Our benefits winner Flightscope Mevo for the number of features provided at the price.

Flightscope Mevo vs Trackman – Data, and Accuracy

When comparing the information provided by the two launch monitors the differences are highlighted quite clearly.

In the category of Ball Data, both launch monitors provide information on the ball speed, smash factor, launch angle, angle of descent, carry distance, roll, and total distance.

The differences are more remarkable in the club data category where the Flightscope Mevo only provides information regarding the clubhead speed and the Trackman provides additional information on the attack angle, the dynamic loft, club path, face angle, and impact location.

Data in the following categories have been compared:

Ball Speed

The ball speed measured on both of the launch monitors are similar and within a 5% range.

Club Speed

This is a calculation done by the Flightscope software and the results are remarkably similar to those reported by Trackman.

Vertical Launch

The results of the vertical launch are almost identical on the Flightscope Mevo and the Tackman

Peak Height

This is another calculation done by the Flightscope Mevo software and again the results are remarkably similar

Smash Factor

This is another calculation done by the Flightscope Mevo software and again the results are remarkably similar

Carry Distance

This is another calculation done by the Flightscope Mevo software and again the results are remarkably similar

Total Distance

This is another calculation done by the Flightscope Mevo software and again the results are remarkably similar.

Total Spin

Flightscope Mevo measures the spin rate with amazing accuracy and there are sizeable variations between the two launch monitors as Trackman does not return total spin.

Verdict

Although Trackman provides more data that Flightscope Mevo the accuracy of the data compares extremely well. Trackman provides a lot more information that the Flightscope Mevo they are clear winners of this category.

Flightscope Mevo vs Trackman – Features

Both launch monitors offer loads of features aimed at improving your swing and overall golf game while the simulator software will entertain our friends and family for may hours.

There are apps linked to both of the devices to convert the data collected and present detail in a visual format that is clear and easy to understand.

The advanced features available on Trackman that is not available on the Flightscope Mevo are listed below:

  • Trackman Open is a global competition that offers a purse of $80,000
  • Putting analysis – analyze your putting tempo, launch direction, speed
  • Video analysis – up to 6 external cameras can provide a 360-degree view to analyze your swing.
  • A video library of several professional golfers’ swings to compare with your swing
  • Custom branding of your videos with your name or company logo

Verdict

Trackman offers exciting and helpful features that are not available on the Flightscope Mevo and therefore we declare the Trackman the winner in this category.

Flightscope Mevo vs Trackman – Price

Flightscope Mevo and Trackman launch monitors compete in the opposite ends of the pricing spectrum and are therefore not direct competitors.

Flightscope Mevo is priced at the lower end of the spectrum while providing some of the best features making it excellent value for money for the ordinary golfer wanting to improve their game and swing.

Trackman is priced at the upper end of the spectrum and there is a substantial increase in the cost when you add the outdoor module. Although the price is extremely high it is offset by the features that it adds, and the target market of professionals and coaches are prepared to make the extra investment.

Verdict

On a pure feature per cost basis, we rate the Flightscope Mevo as the winner in this category. It is more affordable for the ordinary golfer and presents enough features to improve your swing considerably.

Flightscope Mevo vs Trackman – Final Thoughts

Flightscope Mevo is aimed at the general golfing public while Trackman is aimed at the professional golfers and coaches and they are not competing for the same audience.

The cost acquires the Trackman puts it out of reach for the majority of golfers, but it is aimed at the professional golfer and coaching market where it is well accepted and extremely popular.

The software available on Trackman is excellent and far ahead of the Flightscope Mevo.

Both launch monitors provide excellent data to guide you in your quest for a perfect swing and will guide you to aspects of your game that you can improve to reach utopia.

In a future review, we will compare the Trackman to its direct competitor in the Flightscope product range, the Flightscope X3.

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