If there’s one thing in golf that’s changed more than any other over the last ten years, it’s the way people practice and the technology they use. And in this we’re not just talking about touring pros. At Golftec Australia here in Melbourne, we have TrackMan units in our practice and teaching bays. The TrackMan units, along with video analysis cameras and software are used within lessons and when Golftec Members come in to practice.
This sort of commercial set-up is obviously fairly expensive to set up and not within the reach of everyone to replicate in their home. So, what’s a less expensive solution that allows people to continue their practice at home, or at the driving range, or course and still get highly accurate, real-time data.
Well, we think one of the best options currently on the market is the mevo+ from FlightScope. At around $4000 AUD it can bridge the gap for many people between their lessons and practice in an indoor centre and being able to continue to monitor their game away from that environment.
The Mevo+ is small, compact, lightweight and fully portable. It comes in its own protective carry case and once you get used to setting it up, getting it in place and capturing data for a practice session doesn’t take long at all.
Ok so what does the Mevo+ have on top of what the original Mevo unit offers?
- 8 Additional accurate data parameters
- 5 Simulated golf courses (iOS only)
- 17 practice ranges
- Internal camera for easy target alignment
- Wi-Fi hotspot provides a reliable connection
And what actually does the Mevo+ measure and how accurate are those measurements?
- Carry distance
- Clubhead speed
- Smash Factor
- Apex height
- Flight time
- Ball speed
- Vertical launch angle
- Horizontal launch angle
- Lateral landing
- Angle of attack
- Total distance
- Roll distance
- Spin axis
- Spin loft
- Shot shape
That’s a pretty extensive list of parameters and certainly enough to give average and even advanced golfers more than sufficient data regarding their swings and ball flight.
Then because it utilizes a doppler radar system the Mevo+ offer cutting edge accuracy in all its measurements.
In a way the process of improvement at golf has always been the same. First you have to be able to accurately analyze and measure your current performance. Traditionally this role was fulfilled by an experienced golf coach, who understood what set-up and swing factors would produce the ball flight a golfer might be experiencing. This process was aided markedly in the last 40 years with the introduction of video into the coaching process.
Now with technology such as the Mevo+ golfers and coaches can at a glance see all the key factors that are influencing the contact and ball flight a golfer experiences. With the ability to use the new Mevo app to capture and display video on your mobile device complete with synched overlayed data this initial step to improvement has become even more stream lined.
The next step is to know what corrections to make and for that you still need the trained eye of a coach or to become swing savvy as a student. But either way, once you know what corrections you need to make, you then need accurate feedback to know whether you’re doing what you think you are?
Again, this is where Mevo+ comes in, and the duality of seeing your numbers plus video feedback is key.
Then you want to be able to make your improvements permanent and make sure you don’t regress back into your previous faults. So, practice sessions with feedback become crucial. Of course, you need some variety and to stay motivated through this process. With 17 different driving ranges, 5 simulated courses and access to the FlightScope Golf app, FlightScope Skills app, and E6 Connect simulation software, you’re going to be continuously motivated and never get bored.
Mevo+, simply one of the best units in its price range worldwide and a welcome addition to any golfer’s improvement arsenal.