Rapsodo MLM Full Review

Today we’re offering up our honest feedback on the Rapsodo MLM, one of the most popular launch monitors under $500. In this Rapsodo Golf Review, we’ll go over the good, bad, and everything in between!

We will address some questions like is MLM accurate, what are some features and benefits of Rapsodo software, and give our overall verdict on this product. Enjoy!

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Rapsodo MLM Data Review

Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM) - Rain or Shine Golf
How Accurate is MLM?
How Accurate is MLM?

MLM uses a combination of camera and radar technology to analyze the initial launch of the ball and calculate trajectory and distance. In our testing, Rapsodo was very accurate. On shots inside 100 yards the Rapsodo launch monitor is amazing. Almost always spot on or within a couple of yards of the actual shot both indoors and outdoors.

As you go up in distance, we found the data descrepencies to be a bit more apparent - but still very close! Where we saw the most inaccuracy was with the driver and woods. Most drives are within about 5-10 yards of what you'd expect. But every 5th drive or so it can spit out a number that leaves you scratching your head a bit!

However, for a unit that only costs $500, the accuracy is impressive.

MLM Outdoors vs Indoors
MLM Outdoors vs Indoors

We found that the Rapsodo MLM does slightly better in outdoor mode than in indoor net mode - mostly with shots over 100 yards. And this isn't wildly uncommon, especially for a launch monitor that has a radar componment to it. Other radar based launch monitors like FlightScope and even Trackman, typically are more reliable outdoors.

When comparing the Rapsodo MLM side by side next to more expensive systems, the launch angle metric seemed to consistently show the most discrepancy. Sometimes being 3-4 degrees off - or around a 30% difference. We aren't totally sure why that would be. But that was somewhat of a trend.

MLM Shot Direction Accuracy
MLM Shot Direction Accuracy

The MLM does not provide side spin data, but it does provide a shot tracer as well as a overhead view of your shot dispersion. While it would be nice if Rapsodo captured actual side spin, this is a nice comprimise given the price.

We found the shot direction or dispersion map to be very accurate on pushes and pulls, but under exaggerate or totally miss large hooks and slices. This could be directly due to the fact that Rapsodo doesn't capture side spin. But we found that the hooks and slices we hit looked better on the shot dispersion than they were in real life. Which is nice for your ego, but probably not as nice for your game..

Overall, the accuracy of the Rapsodo launch monitor exceeds expectations. It's definitely one of the more accurate launch monitors for under $500. We'll give the MLM a 4.25/5 combined rating for indoor and outdoor accuracy.

The only thing keeping it from a perfect 5/5 is it's less consistent results on the longer clubs as well as it's under estimation of large slices and hooks.

Rapsodo MLM Vs More Expensive Launch Monitors

We've tested a lot of different launch monitors here at Rain or Shine Golf. So we feel that we have a pretty good understanding of how they all stack up.

With any "budget launch monitor", you'll miss out on a few things. Here are the main things you miss out on compared to the more expensive launch monitors:

  • Extensive Ball and Club Data

More expensive units will give you much more data than the MLM. The $2,000 units like SkyTrak and Mevo+ will provide around 10-15 additional data points including side spin, carry and total distance, spin axis, and more.

  • Video Analysis

While the MLM does provide video playback, some systems provide more video analysis features and allow you to draw lines, swing planes, etc.

  • Golf Simulation

One of the biggest upsides to more expensive units like SkyTrak, is that they can also be used for golf simulation. You can play real courses like Augusta or Pebble Beach!

  • More game/challenge modes

Many of the more expensive units will provide different skills competitions, or contests like long drive or closest to the pin.

The overall theme when comparing the Rapsodo to more expensive launch monitors is that you simply get a little less in each category. You get less shot data, less video features, less game modes, etc.

For many, however, the Rapsodo MLM provides more than enough! It's a great beginner launch monitor for the mid to high handicapper looking to improve their game and have some fun while doing it.

Rapsodo MLM Review Summary

Overall, the Rapsodo MLM launch monitor is a really awesome launch monitor for under $500. It's got a ton of great reviews in the industry and we can see why!

It's easy to use, accurate, and provides a ton of cool features. The biggest downside is that you lose some of it's great features when using in Net Mode. And it can be slightly less accurate with longer clubs. But for the money, it's one of the best systems you can buy!

Here is our quick breakdown on the MLM:

Rapsodo MLM is for you if you're looking for some basic feedback on your swing - especially when practicing at home. You'll be able to see your distances and shot direction even indoors when you can't make it out to the range.

If you're looking for more in depth shot analysis, as well as golf simulation capabilities, then check out either the FlightScope Mevo+ or SkyTrak.

Did you know...

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