Launch monitoring technology has been around for a while now, but the number and variety of devices available has increased dramatically over the last couple of years.
Launch monitors use either Doppler radar or high speed camera technology to produce data on clubhead speed and path, ball speed, launch angle, swing plane, carry, total distance and a host of other factors which influence the outcome of a shot.
This kind of instant feedback can be an invaluable game improvement aid, but until recently the benefits have been largely confined to the pros because monitors such as the market leader, Trackman, are priced in the tens of thousands of dollars.
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The FlightScope Mevo Portable Launch Monitor
However, newer models such as the FlightScope Mevo Portable Launch Monitor can now be obtained for around $500, potentially making the technology realistically available for the personal use of the average player.
The Flightscope Mevo is a very small, portable Doppler radar device, no bigger than a typical rangefinder, which you can easily take with you to the range or use when hitting into a net at home.
You should note, though, that at least eight feet is required between the ball and the net, so this may be a consideration if you’re planning to use it indoors.
How to use the Mevo?
Once you have the necessary app installed on your phone, using the monitor is a simple matter of putting it in position anywhere from four to seven feet behind the ball, selecting the required settings on the app, and connecting through Bluetooth.
Most of the settings are simple, such as the club you will be using and whether you’re indoors or outdoors. But it’s important for the accuracy of the data to enter the exact distance between the monitor and the ball; and to make sure that they are at the same height.
With your settings entered you’re ready to start hitting balls as soon as your screen shows that you’re connected.
What the Mevo does
Just press start and the monitor will begin tracking these factors –
- clubhead and ball speed
- smash factor
- launch angle and maximum height
- spin rate
- carry and time airborne
While it’s true that more expensive devices may provide far more detailed and complex information, these metrics are the ones which are of most value to average players looking to improve their game.