The launch monitor: they are the sexiest part of a home golf simulator, your best friend at the driving range, and the holy grail of golf technology today. The accuracy and technology behind the top launch monitors on the market today are nothing short of jaw dropping and pack all the data you’d ever need to knock strokes off your handicap. The catch is, this is far from a “one size fits all golfers” situation with units coming at drastically different levels of features and price points.
As the top golf launch monitor reseller on the market, we have gotten our hands on over 20 different units for our own in-house testing and have gotten unbiased feedback from hundreds of customers. We are almost embarrassed to admit how many combined hours our team has spent trying these products out in our office showroom and out on the range. We are confident that you won’t find better launch monitor advice than in this Best Golf Launch Monitor guide.
We've split this list between launch monitors that offer golf simulation and the ones that do not. This also naturally helps you zero in on the launch monitors that will best fit your particular budget and need. Use the links below to help you quickly jump to what you are looking for.
SkyTrak is the best value indoor launch monitor & golf simulator at $2,000
SkyTrak wins this one in a close one over it’s closest competitor, Mevo+. SkyTrak has been voted the Best Value Golf Simulator by Golf Digest four years running and at this price point, we cannot argue. SkyTrak’s indoor performance is proven, is very portable, and integrates with the top golf simulator softwares.
We gave SkyTrak the nod indoors over Mevo+ due to its smaller space requirement (Mevo+ requires at least 16’ of depth), it’s overall slightly better reliability with reading chips and putts (something FlightScope is still working to improve with the Mevo+), and Mevo+ requires a metallic dot to be placed on top of the ball indoors for accurate tracking while SkyTrak does not.
With that being said, we cannot say that SkyTrak wins in all situations over Mevo+. If you have at least 16’ of depth in your space, and have both righties and lefties in your house, you will likely want to go with Mevo+. With Mevo+, you don’t have to move the unit or change settings when switching between righties and lefties. You will also benefit from a shorter shot delay (only ~0.5 second versus SkyTrak’s 2 to 4 seconds) providing an overall more realistic experience.
Regardless, both SkyTrak and Mevo+ are the top two selling launch monitors on the market and provide incredible value for the money. Luckily both have distinct benefits that should help you decide the best one for your particular situation.
✓ Requires very little space indoors
✓ Proven and trusted indoor performance
✓ Tons of features for the price
✓ Excellent integration with top course softwares such as The Golf Club 2019
✕ Outdoor Accuracy - less accurate in direct sunlight or on real grass
✕ Less club data than premium units
✕ Need to move unit and change settings to switch from right and left-handed golfers
The FlightScope Mevo+ Launch Monitor is truly a game-changer at this price point.
Until Mevo+, you could not find a launch monitor that works as well as it does outdoors with golf simulation for under $2,000. Outdoors, Mevo+ blows SkyTrak out of the water as its radar technology has proven to outperform SkyTrak’s photometric technology in sunlight. The Mevo+ features a sleek thin design allowing you to easily pack it in your golf bag and take it to the driving range. Also, while you do need to put a metallic sticker on your golf balls indoors with the Mevo+, this is not the case outdoors.
Along with its superior performance outdoors, if you have a room with 16’ of depth, you still get all the benefits of its indoor performance too. This includes the ability to switch seamlessly between right and left handed golfers, shorter (~0.5 second) shot delay than competing SkyTrak, and integration with top golf course software such as The Golf Club 2019.
✓ Superior outdoor accuracy for units at this price
If you are looking for strictly indoor use, the Uneekor QED is a no-brainer at this price point over its competitors.
The QED was the first product brought to North America by Uneekor back in 2019. Ever since, Uneekor has been the talk of golf simulator groups and forums for its precision ball data accuracy and performance at an incredible value for the price point. The QED measures both ball and club data, has zero shot delay providing a realistic experience, and provides real video footage of club path, club face at impact, and ball spin (probably our favorite feature of QED).
The QED also integrates with our favorite golf simulator course software, The Golf Club 2019 for an additional $995. This lethal combo brings together the precision accuracy of the QED with the endless world-class course list, 4K graphics, and incredible golf simulator experience of The Golf Club 2019. Our team at Rain or Shine Golf has spent more hours than we’d like to admit playing around on The Golf Club 2019 with our Uneekor QED.
One important consideration before purchasing the QED is that it is an overhead unit that must be mounted to your ceiling. We personally love that it is ceiling mounted as it helps to declutter your simulator room and it also helps protect your investment from the inevitable shank. This also means that the QED cannot be used outside and cannot be taken out to the range. One other small drawback is that your golf balls must be marked. The QED comes with a box of 24 premarked balls and are available for re-order if you ever need more.
✓ Extensive Ball and Club Data
✓ Real video footage of club path
✓ Great simulation software options
✓ Extremely accurate
✕ Indoor Only
✕ Golf balls must be marked (24 premarked balls included with purchase)
The GC2 is our go-to launch monitor when we want to head out for a serious range session outside
While the Uneekor QED gets the nod indoors at this price point, the Foresight GC2 Launch Monitor is our go-to when we want to head out for a serious range session outside. The GC2 has been around for years and you’ve likely used one before at your local golf shop for club fitting.
Starting at $8,400 for Certified Pre-Owned units, we love the GC2 because it’s extremely reliable in the elements outdoors. Other systems can have trouble in sunlight or have misreads due to grass or dirt caused by your divot. Based on our testing, the GC2 has excellent accuracy, has no shot delay displaying your ball data instantly, and almost never misreads. The GC2 is also less than 4 pounds and is less than 10 inches long, making it easy to pack in your golf bag.
Aside from all the benefits of its outdoor performance, the GC2 also happens to be an excellent indoor launch monitor as well. The biggest drawback of the GC2 for indoor golf simulation, is that you are locked into Foresight’s FSX software. SkyTrak, Mevo+, and Uneekor all have easy integrations with top golf simulator course softwares such as our favorite, The Golf Club 2019 while GC2 does not offer that integration.
A launch monitor comparable to premium systems but at a more reasonable price.
For professionals and low handicap golfers with a budget of $10,000 or more, we recommend the Uneekor EYEXO without hesitation. It's the launch monitor we choose to use most often in our office showroom for serious practice sessions and it's the unit we most recommend to professional indoor training facilities and high-end indoor golf simulator rooms.
The EYE XO has all of the key features of the QED including both ball and club data, real video footage of club path, clubface at impact, and ball spin, as well as an impressive data suite for club fitting. The major additions to the EYE XO over QED include higher resolution club path video, actual ball impact spot on the clubface, and further club data such as attack angle, club loft and lie angles, as well as vertical and horizontal impact points. Another key differentiator of Uneekor’s EYE XO over the QED is that the balls do not need to be marked.
For years many would have considered Foresight Sports Launch Monitors to be the best of the best for indoor launch monitor technology. A key reason why we are crowning Uneekor over Foresight Sports is their ability to integrate with major course softwares such as our favorite, The Golf Club 2019. With Foresight GC2 and GCQuad, you are stuck with their FSX software for simulator course play which has proven to not provide the level of experience you come to expect from The Golf Club 2019. Uneekor’s integration with The Golf Club 2019 is an essential combination to get the ultimate indoor golf simulation experience.
Like the Uneekor QED, the EYE XO is also an overhead unit that needs to be mounted to the ceiling. While the EYE XO technically does work in sunlight, it is rather difficult to impossible to conveniently take it to the range. That is irrelevant to the discussion of which is the best indoor unit at this price point, but felt like we should at least briefly mention its outdoor functionality.
If you are a serious golfer looking for the best of the best technology on the market for indoors combined with the ability to integrate with the best golf simulator course play, look no further than the Uneekor EYE XO.
If you just want to shave a few strokes off your handicap, you can still get a quality golf launch monitor without breaking the bank. For this guide, we tested some of the top “budget” launch monitors on the market including the ES12, ES14, ESB1 from Ernest Sports, the FlightScope Mevo, Rapsodo MLM, the SC200 Plus and SC300 from Voice Caddie both indoors and outdoors and compared data points versus the Foresight GC2.
While you won’t get a launch monitor with golf simulation for under $2,000, we’ve found you can get some excellent value for the money around the $500 price point with units providing accurate data points for both indoor and outdoor practice.
The FlightScope Mevo is our choice for the best launch monitor under $500.
After our testing of the budget launch monitors from Ernest Sports, Rapsodo, Voice Caddie, and FlightScope, the FlightScope Mevo came out as our best budget golf launch monitor. Out of the products in this tier, the Mevo was the most reliable for both indoors and outdoor use and provided the most consistently accurate readings with all clubs in your bag from wedges to driver.
At roughly the half the size of a smartphone, the Mevo fits perfectly in your bag or pocket for easy mobility. The Mevo also has a voice feature that will read out your results so you don’t have to keep looking at the display to know your stats. It also features automated video capture allowing you to overlay swing data with video recordings for ultimate analysis.
The Mevo is an excellent bang for your buck at the $499 price point.
As of 2020, you are now able to use the Rapsodo MLM indoors! We put it to the test and were very impressed with the results. In fact, we found the MLM to be slightly more accurate with irons and wedges than the Mevo. The biggest performance issue we had with the MLM was with drivers and woods and this was ultimately the reason why we chose the FlightScope Mevo over the MLM as the all-around winner. The Mevo also provides backspin data while the Rapsodo MLM does not.
The third launch monitor we want to mention is the SC300 from Voice Caddie. While it lagged behind the FlightScope Mevo and Rapsodo slightly in terms of accuracy, we found it to be the most easy to use. If you don’t want to deal with mobile apps, the SC300 allows you to simply turn the unit on, pick your club, and hit away. If you are a double digit handicapper looking for ease of use, the SC300 would actually be our recommendation for you especially if you are indoors and are limited on space.
Choosing your launch monitor is likely the most important decision you can make for your golf game over the next few years. We don’t take that decision lightly and neither should you. That’s why we have put together this guide to help you zero in on the key decision points when deciding on your golf launch monitor such as:
Indoor & Outdoor Performance
Data Points & Features Provided
Accuracy of the Units
After hours and hours of testing in our office showroom in Charlotte, collecting hundreds of customer reviews, and meeting with all of these companies in-person at the PGA Merchandise Show on an annual basis, we feel confident that you will not find better, unbiased launch monitor advice anywhere else.
If you still find yourself needing help after reading this guide, our friendly support staff at Rain or Shine Golf is available to answer any of your questions. We will be there to ensure you find the right launch monitor for your needs, get the best deal you can, and will be there for you after purchase to ensure you are completely satisfied.