Flightscope Mevo and SkyTrak are both popular launch monitors in 2020. But what are the main differences between them, and which out of the Mevo or SkyTrak is best for your needs? We have reviewed and compared these bad boys in terms of data provided, distance, club head and ball speed, launch angle, accuracy, user experience, practice options, software, and price to find out exactly that. Ready to find out the answer? Keep reading.
Both the Flightscope Mevo and SkyTrak are affordable and accurate launch monitors that will assist golfers with their practice. But in terms of Flightscope Mevo vs SkyTrak, they are equally matched and both offer value for money. If you want to practice inside then the SkyTrak is best and has better play options. The Flightscope Mevo, however, is more accurate outdoors and provides data on clubhead as well as the ball.
Difference Between Flightscope Mevo and SkyTrak
Flightscope Mevo vs SkyTrak 2020: Differences Compared
The Flightscope Mevo and SkyTrak use different systems to quantify the data they provide. The Flightscope Mevo uses a radar, which provides information on the ball and the clubhead. This is advantageous, as the clubhead information can be illuminating.
The SkyTrak uses photometric data, which creates the statistics from a camera. The unit can only measure the ball.
The benefit of photometric data is that it requires less space in which to gather data. The Flightscope Mevo recommends that you set-up the unit at least 8 feet behind the unit, and have at least 8 feet in front of the ball for it to get information on the ball.
If you would like to practice indoors, this is quite a lot of space. Even if you have it, it will not be as accurate as it is outdoors.
The photometric data provided by the SkyTrak does not require a large distance in front of the ball, so can be used equally indoors and outdoors. However, as it does not measure the clubhead, it can be confused by short-game shots and putting.
Both systems provide videos that can be edited and clipped. These can be married with the data so you can see which swings produced the best results. Also, they can be stored in cloud storage so you can refer back to your practice and see how you develop over time.
Both of these systems are being reviewed due to their high-quality, and as such both are accurate in the information they provide. In terms of SkyTrak vs Flightscope Mevo, the SkyTrak is slightly more accurate according to our testers.
However, both provide excellent accuracy for the price, and both systems offer a lot to golfers for practice.
The SkyTrak has high levels of accuracy on long shots and is as accurate as some more expensive options. However, it struggles with short shots and putting.
The Flightscope Mevo is also accurate when set-up, but the set-up is not easy to get right. As such, a number of your early shots will report data that is not accurate.
Once set-up it provides good levels of accuracy for both long and short shots. As the Flightscope Mevo offers data on the clubhead too, you can get more from your shots and be sure of the data.
As stated before, the Flightscope is not particularly suited to indoor use, so the data from that may not be as accurate.
The Flightscope Mevo is much cheaper than the SkyTrak, coming in at around a quarter of the price. This is quite a significant difference, and the difference is not really translated in terms of accuracy or usability.
If you are looking for enhanced practice then the Flightscope Mevo offers everything you need for around $500. This includes accurate distances and flight paths, data from the ball and the clubhead, portability, and nice visuals.
The SkyTrak is more expensive, but well priced compared to some of the more professional products on the market. It offers a good range of data, accuracy, and portability too, but it is the gameplay option that sets it apart from the Flightscope Mevo. That, however, comes at an additional cost.
In this regard, the Flightscope Mevo is the best option.
The user experience from the Flightscope Mevo and SkyTrak is somewhat different, with the SkyTrak superior. The Flightscope Mevo is somewhat difficult to set-up, and has limited options for use.
The main problem is that you have to get the launch monitor unit level for the best results, which is difficult outdoors or if you are moving the unit regularly. As the system requires a large space for indoor use, this is likely to be your experience, and it is time-consuming.
The data from the Flightscope is available through an app to your smartphone or through a tablet, whereas the SkyTrak links with a tablet using Bluetooth.
Both link easily, but both have a slight delay compared to more expensive machines. Both also do not overwhelm the user with too much data, offering the basics on the main visuals.
This is helpful for the average recreational golfer as too much detail can be confusing. You do not need high-level golf knowledge to understand the information from either machine.
The main practice options are similar, as you can use both indoors or outdoors, and beat balls with increased feedback and more information.
Both have video too, which can be clipped and edited. The main benefit of the SkyTrak over the Flightscope Mevo is the gameplay options it has.
You can only get courses to play on the Mevo+, which is five times the cost of the standard Flightscope Mevo. The Mevo+ has only 5 courses, whereas the SkyTrak has 12 of the world’s most well-known to play.
It does not offer a multi-player version, which is a big miss in the author’s opinion, but it does add variety and fun to practice. This is the main reason why it is better than the Flightscope Mevo.
As detailed in user experience, both launch monitors offer indoor and outdoor use. However, the SkyTrak is more suitable for indoor practice as the photometric data is more accurate indoors.
Outdoors they offer similar levels of accuracy, with the radar system being more useful as it provides information on the clubhead as well as the ball.
One problem with the Flightscope Mevo is that you need to add metal stickers to your practice balls if you want to get data on spin rates. Applying these stickers is time-consuming and fiddly, especially if you have big fingers like this reviewer.
The practice options for standard practice are similar but the gameplay is much better on the SkyTrak. I don’t think I could ever get bored of hitting real balls and playing the likes of Pebble Beach or eleven other high-class courses. For this reason, the SkyTrak has better practice options than the Flightscope Mevo.
The software for the Flightscope Mevo is an application that links to your smartphone or tablet. This is free, and provides visualization of the data and shot shape from the latest and previous strikes.
The SkyTrak however requires the user to purchase software, but it has far great processing power than the Flightscope Mevo application. As such, you can play the courses stored in it if you purchase the premium package, as well as accessing many more benefits.
As with most things, you get what you pay for with the software for these two products. Memory and processing power costs money for the producer, so therefore the SkyTrak system is better.
However, you should ask yourself what you want the launch monitor for. If you want to practice with better feedback then you do not need more than the Flightscope Mevo application. If you want to set up an indoor golf room as an alternative to the course, the SkyTrak software is much more suitable.
Flightscope Mevo Review
It provides data for both the ball and the clubhead using radar which will allow you to compare your metrics with the best, as well as the videos it takes of your swing.
- Provides Data on Ball and Clubhead
- Can record and edit videos
- Easy to use visuals
- Loses some accuracy indoors
- Requires metal stickers on balls
The SkyTrak system is a photometric golf ball launch monitor that can be used equally well indoors and outdoors.
It provides accurate data on the golf ball speed, distance, spin rates, and launch angles amongst other details in an easy to use format.
It also offers a range of practice options, including gameplay on 12 of the world’s best courses.
- Good value
- Nice visuals
- Easy to record and edit videos
- Excellent accuracy indoors
- Fun practice options
- Loses accuracy with short-game and putting
- Only 12 courses
- No multiplayer option
Flightscope Mevo vs SkyTrak. And the winner is…
The best option for the price is the Flightscope Mevo, although the SkyTrak is also a high-quality and value offering. The Flightscope offers data from the ball and clubhead, which is better than the SkyTrak system, and the price is much lower.
There are problems with the set-up that make it more fiddly, and it is mainly designed for outdoor use on the range rather than indoors too.
However, these problems are reflected in the lower price, and when comparing the value of both, the Flightscope is superior.
This is not to say the SkyTrak should be discounted. If you are looking to set-up an indoor golf room, then the SkyTrak is the better option. It is more accurate indoors, has fewer set-up issues, and has much better gameplay and practice options. It can also be used outdoors and set-up easily.
Assess your needs carefully and choose the launch monitor that best suits your golfing needs.