Flightscope Mevo Vs Mevo Plus vs GC2 – What’s The Best Buy?
Flightscope has long been a name that amateur golfers trust when they want a good launch monitor and golf simulator. They have become known for affordable golf launch monitor systems that give players the data they need to improve their game.
But Flightscope has not rested on their laurels. While the original Flightscope Mevo was introduced in 2016, this year saw the unveiling of the new Flightscope Mevo Plus. Needless to say, we were very excited to get our hands on the Mevo Plus and test it out for ourselves. So today we thought we would share our experience with the new Mevo Plus, show you how it compares to the original Flightscope Mevo and see if it can hold a candle to the Foresight GC2.
This review will give you a good idea of where this new device stands when measured up to older, more established launch monitor/golf simulator devices. Let’s get into the details.
Key Features of the Flightscope Mevo
First, we are going to reintroduce you to the original Flightscope Mevo. The Flightscope Mevo is a handheld device that utilizes Doppler Radar to track your shots and provide important data regarding your swing.
The Flightscope Mevo can be connected to your phone so you can easily see the data in real time. The device itself even has a voice function if you just want to hear the estimated distance of your shot without looking at your phone.
The original Flightscope Mevo utilizes your camera’s phone to record your swing. In the Flightscope Mevo app, you can store this video data, overlay it with flight and swing paths and see other important statistics regarding your swing.
One of the best things about the Flightscope Mevo is that it can be used indoors and outdoors which has made it a staple at the driving range and in home practice setups.
- Very compact design
- Accurate shot metrics
- Performs very well outdoors
- The Flightscope Mevo app is easy to navigate
- Good battery life
- Loses accuracy indoors
- The simulator features are limited
- Limited shot data
- Needs to be aligned very carefully
What the Flightscope Mevo Plus Adds (A Lot)
As you can imagine, Flightscope set out to make the Mevo Plus better than the original Flightscope Mevo in a few key ways. Where the simulator functions of the original were limited, Flightscope has improved gameplay and expanded the simulated course options in the Mevo Plus.
Flightscope has also upgraded their onboard radar equipment to make the Mevo Plus more accurate overall. And if you always wished that the Flightscope Mevo measured more shot metrics, the developers at Flightscope have answered your prayers.
The Flightscope Mevo Plus measures almost twice as much more data (which we will get into a bit later) than the original Flightscope Mevo.
They have also upgraded the Wi-Fi chip of the Flightscope Mevo Plus. You can now keep your phone connected to it from up to 100 feet away.
It really seems like Flightscope took all the shortcomings of the original Flightscope Mevo into account when designing the Mevo Plus because now the alignment is easier. They added an onboard camera to help users align the device quickly, easily and accurately.
- More simulator options
- Upgraded Wi-Fi chip
- Archives shot data
- Better simulator graphics
- Comes preloaded with E6 simulation software
- Programmable data point parameters
- Not as compact as the original
- Needs lots of clearance space when used indoors
- More expensive than the original
- Still requires metallic stickers for optimal use
Key Features of the Foresight GC2
The Foresight GC2 has become known for its wealth of in-depth shot data. In fact, it was originally developed for professional coaches and club fitters. It’s definitely a larger device than the Flightscope Mevo and Mevo Plus but it has an onboard screen so you can see the basic stats of your shot.
All the more involved data can be sent to your phone, computer or tablet. The Foresight GC2 utilizes FSX2020 which is the software suite that drives the golf simulator features. It comes preloaded with lots of fun and challenging games of skill as well.
- Picks up most of your shots
- Reads data almost immediately
- Very easy to set up
- Doesn’t require complicated alignment
- Can be used with HMT software for more club metrics
- Very accurate indoors
- Can’t be loaded with 3rd party simulation software
- Battery life is not great
- Head Measurement Technology software is an additional purchase
To give you an idea of how the Flightscope Mevo Plus has improved in the simulator arena we’ll compare it to the GC2. The GC2 comes stock with a simulator package that includes Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, St. Andrews Links and driving ranges.
There are also a host of skill-building games but the GC2 cannot be loaded with additional simulator software.
The Flightscope Mevo Plus includes 5 different golf courses, 17 types of driving ranges, golf games, E6 simulation software and the ability to purchase more simulated courses.
What They Measure
|Flightscope Mevo||Flightscope Mevo Plus||GC2|
|Shot Distance||Shot Distance||Shot Distance|
|Smash Factor||Smash Factor||Smash Factor|
|Spin Rate||Spin Rate||Side Spin|
|Ball Speed||Ball Speed||Ball Speed|
|Hang Time||Hang Time||Back Spin|
|Club Speed||Club Speed||Lie|
|Vertical Launch Angle||Vertical Launch Angle||Launch Angle|
|Carry Distance||Carry Distance||Carry Distance|
|Apex Ball Height||Apex Ball Height||Loft|
|Club Head Speed||Club Head Speed|
|Spin Axis||Face to Path|
|Spin Loft||Club Path|
|Angle of Attack||Angle of Attack|
|Horizontal Launch Angle||Push Degree Measurements|
|Lateral Landing||Pull Degree Measurements|
|Roll and Total Distance|
The Flightscope Mevo definitely suffers a bit indoors. As it relies on radar, it needs a lot of indoor clearance space to be accurate. It was not very good with club data or point of impact data like apex height and smash factor.
But the Flightscope Mevo Plus has improved on this a great deal. The upgraded radar sensors now pick up more club data and give accurate readings for carry and even hang time.
The Foresight GC2 seemed to be a little more accurate than the original Flightscope Mevo but a little less accurate than the Mevo Plus. Take a look at the following shot breakdown to see what we mean:
Metallic stickers are always a pain in the neck but the Flightscope Mevo Plus improved on driver accurately anyway. We would still say that the GC2 is more accurate overall with drivers though.
Flightscope Mevo has always been excellent with irons and the Mevo Plus was even more accurate – to within 2 yards of our actual shots. The GC2 is a bit lacking overall with irons – it didn’t even register some shots.
The Mevo Plus gave us stunningly accurate carry distances which were more precise than both the original Flightscope Mevo and the Foresight GC2.
The alignment process for the original Flightscope Mevo is notoriously difficult. But the onboard camera of the Mevo Plus has improved the ease of use tenfold.
The GC2 is also very easy to set up but we actually think the camera of the Mevo Plus is better for precise squaring up and accuracy. It instilled more confidence in our shots overall.
- Flightscope Mevo – Generally $500
- Flightscope Mevo Plus – Generally $2,000
- GC2 – Generally $6,000
Which is Best?
The Flightscope Mevo Plus tracks more data than the GC2 and is significantly cheaper. Overall, it performed better and was easier to use as well; although the driving accuracy could still be improved.
Flightscope has solidified their mastery over the mid-range golf launch monitor/simulator market with the Mevo Plus. After testing all 3 devices, it is the clear cut superior. Give it a try very soon.