REVIEW – FlightScope mevo

Prior to starting this review I just wanted to take the time to thank Kaleigh DeHart and Jaclyn Bertrand of Uproar PR for giving me the opportunity to conduct this testing. Without these ladies and their patience this review would never have happened.

Technology… no matter where you look it’s all around us. When you really think about it… golf and technology have really come to the forefront of the golf industry. It’s not just about golf clubs, golf balls, golf shafts and materials used to manufacture these goods. It goes so much deeper than that. Technology has done a lot when it comes to golf. It’s aided golfers in becoming longer and faster.

One of the trends that I’ve noticed in Orlando, Florida at the last few PGA Merchandise Show’s is that more and more tech gadgets are rising to the surface. From GPS units to wearable technology. However, technology to help golfers become longer and faster is useless unless you can optimize your numbers. This is where launch monitors enter the fray.

Launch monitors have become very instrumental in helping golfers find the right heads, shafts or golf balls for their individual needs. Most of the time this involves going to a fitter with a launch monitor that costs tens of thousands of dollars. After hitting a variety of shots you find out a lot about your game. Important metrics/data like launch angle, backspin, club head speed and smash factor to name a few. But what if you didn’t need to book an appointment to find out this information? What if you could go to the driving range and get this data with a piece of technology so small that it fits into the palm of your hand? Or better yet… if you can’t make it to a driving range you disappear into your backyard and make some strikes into a net achieving the same thing? That’s exactly what the personal launch monitor FlightScope mevo does.

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The FlightScope mevo is a piece of technology that I first learned about prior to the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. While at the golf show in January I made an appointment to learn more about the FlightScope mevo. It was a device that I thought was so impressive and had so much to offer that I awarded it a Teezy Award in the Top Technology category. But what is the FlightScope mevo?

FlightScope has long been an industry leader when it comes to sports technology. FlightScope was founded in 1989 by its Inventor and CEO Henri Johnson. Mr. Johnson fell back on his background in defense and sports markets to create what became FlightScope as we know it. Since then, for the last 16 years golfers worldwide have entrusted products developed by FlightScope to not only perform better but to track and provide important golf ball data. The FlightScope mevo was developed to allow golfers to “practice with a purpose” at the range or at home.

The FlightScope mevo in actuality is a multi-sport device that can be used not only for golf but for baseball and soccer as well. The mevo employs a simplified version of the Doppler found in some of FlightScope’s larger units like their X3 model. Through the use of 3D Doppler Technology, golfers can gather essential data like Clubhead Speed, Ball Speed, Smash Factor, Ball Spin, Carry Distance, Launch Angle, Height and Time (spent in the air). Everything that you’d need to help you improve and shoot lower scores. Not only does the mevo unit capture and track this data the mevo also goes one step further in capturing video as well.

 

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As far as setting up and using the FlightScope mevo the process is pretty simple to do. When you unbox the mevo inside you’ll discover the radar unit, a carry pouch, metallic stickers, a USB cord for charging the unit and the instructions. Even for someone like myself that isn’t the most tech savvy person in the world. Once you’ve purchased your FlightScope mevo you download the free mobile app to your iOS or Android device. Most cell phones now come with the minimum requirements so compatibility issues shouldn’t be much of an issue. The app is a pretty quick download and doesn’t take up a lot of your device’s memory. In my case the app that I downloaded was version 1.3.2 and it’s taking up just over 100 MB on my device. So now that you’ve installed the app you’re nearly ready to go. The FlightScope mevo and its app use Bluetooth technology to track and store the data to/from your device so ensure that your Bluetooth with the paired device is turned “On”.

The FlightScope mevo can be used indoors and/or outdoors. For the purposes of this testing and review the testing was done mostly outdoors but it was used on the range, on the course (make sure it’s quiet with nobody behind you) and in my backyard into a hitting net (I did not use it indoors due to low ceilings). Prior to use go into “Settings”. It is here where you set up your device for use. There are three radar settings.

  1. Pitching (20 yards or less)
  2. Indoor (40 yards or less) and
  3. Outdoor (flight that is not interrupted)

*Please note that if using indoors you need 8 feet in addition allow for room to safely swing the club for proper readings. Also you need to set the mevo approximately 4 feet directly behind the ball and on your intended line .

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Also of interest in the settings menu are a couple are information to be input like is “Distance to tee”  (4 feet recommended) and “Altitude”. The latter being important if you live at altitude or plan a trip to a golf course at altitude. This way it gives you proper readings. I live at 528’ above sea level and set it accordingly. Also in the settings screen you’ll find the “Capture Mode” (data or video) and the number of blocks for the data to be displayed in (1 to 6). Generally, I used 5 blocks because it was this data that I was most interested in. I chose Clubhead Speed, Ball Speed, Launch Angle, Carry Distance and Smash Factor predominantly. However, in some cases I did elect to add Spin numbers to my data.

When it came to the testing of the FlightScope mevo I used it for a wide variety of purposes. When it came to greenside practice I used the mevo for a couple of purposes. The first thing that I used it for was to test the spin rates of different golf balls. By affixing one of the “metallic stickers” that come with the mevo I was able to differentiate the spin rates between “Ball A” and “Ball Z”. Important information to know when selecting a golf ball. Also, I used the mevo to show people the difference in spin when it came to greenside chipping and pitching with the focus being on the effects of flipping the club at impact. For the record, I did use the mevo to check my spin rates going into greens on full approaches as well. Also imperative for choosing a golf ball.

 

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But spin numbers aren’t what most people would want a launch monitor for. most golfers want to know how fast and far they hit the golf ball. My understanding at the PGA Show from one of their representatives was that it was within +/- 2 to 3 yards of their larger units at a distance of 250 yards. From my experiences, I would have to say that the irons were pretty darn accurate on the range and course thus translating into effective practice in the backyard. In saying that, it’s my opinion that the carry distance and club head speeds recorded were pretty accurate across the board. If anything it might have been a little shorter/slower by a shade than what I typically see in the “real world”. Bear in mind that the distance recorded with the mevo is strictly carry distance and does not look at total yardage (like units thousands of dollars more).

Smash Factor is the ball speed divided by the club head speed.The average PGA Tour player has a Smash Factor of 1.50 when they swing a driver (LPGA Tour is 1.49). A 15 handicap golfer (male) has a Smash Factor of 1.44 while his female counterpart has a Smash Factor of 1.41. Ultimately, Smash Factor is about the efficiency in which you apply the clubhead to golf ball. Say you have two golfers that swing their driver 100 mph. Player 1 has a Smash Factor of 1.50 and Player 2 has a Smash Factor of 1.40. There is a difference of 20 yards between the two golfers. The FlightScope mevo can help golfers improve on this front as well. Work towards consistency and that will equate to efficiency. You may not have to swing harder to go further. Instead, you just have to be more efficient with your swing to pick up an extra 10-20 yards.

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Launch Angle is relative from one golfer to another. For my purposes when I swing driver I’m looking for something around 11.5 to 13* of launch angle. The FlightScope mevo seems to track launch angle quite effectively with the results being right around what I’ve seen using other launch monitors. Also, it gives you the opportunity to see how much the launch angle changes from a full swing (imagine a 6-iron) to a knockdown shot. Think “stinger” and “flighting” the golf ball.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t touch on the effectiveness of the FlightScope mevo when it comes to solving “gapping” issues. Say you hit your PW 130 yards. A situation that is certainly not out of the question considering the stronger lofts of iron sets nowadays. Unfortunately, your GW only flies 110 yards. That means that you have a discrepancy of 20 yards. Thus you have a “gap” in your set. By utilizing the FlightScope mevo you can learn how far you hit each club and take the necessary steps to fill in gaps. These issues can occur with your longer clubs as well. Or perhaps, you could even eliminate clubs of similar distances and replace them with other clubs that would “bridge a gap” elsewhere. Maybe an extra hybrid or wedge?

Now are there any negatives with the FlightScope mevo? There are and they are quite minor. Personally speaking, if it were me I would trade a metric like time spent in the air for Angle of Attack (AoA). I really wish this was a metric that the FlightScope mevo tracked. I just feel it’s more important in the grand scheme of things. Also, I wouldn’t mind if the mevo had the ability to show side spin. Simply because, you can track clubface path through impact in doing so. I would also love to see ball flight so I wish the app had a “Driving Range” feature. Other than that I can’t really think of anything. I know that this device doesn’t cost thousands of dollars like so many others (maybe I’m asking for too much). Occasionally, you do get “no reads” but I’ve also experienced this on “commercial” launch monitors too. So in my mind it’s no big deal.

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Conclusion

The first thing that I need to say is that the FlightScope mevo offers a lot of bang for your golfer buck.  This launch monitor costs only $499. Quite frankly before I’d consider buying a new driver I’d purchase a FlightScope mevo with the same funds. There’s no doubt in my mind that the FlightScope mevo is THE best launch monitor at this price point. It’s pretty accurate and gives you all of the essential data that you need. Does it have all of the accuracy AND “bells and whistles” that monitors costing thousands more have? Perhaps not but I’m quite happy with that. Almost any discerning golfer with a tight budget could afford to own one. It’s lightweight and uber-portable. The FlightScope mevo makes practice even more fun.  The FlightScope mevo does allow you to “practice with a purpose”. I liked it in January… I love it more now. For more information on the FlightScope mevo please visit their website www.flightscopemevo.com

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

Review – Incrediwear

Incrediwear is on a mission. According to them that mission is a simple one. “To design innovative products to help people live incredibly”.

In case you haven’t heard of Incrediwear… you aren’t alone. It wasn’t until the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show when I first learned of the brand created by its founder Jackson Corley. Mr. Corley had suffered a near fatal cycling accident that threatened  to paralyze him for life. So, Mr. Corley set out to find a way to help himself and others to heal and recapture the life that he was accustomed to. To find a new way to heal from the pain associated from inflammation.

Initially, while at that show in 2017 I met Thomas Wilson who was representing the Incrediwear booth on the floor of the Orange County Convention Center. We started to discuss what Incrediwear and the benefits that individuals can get from wearing their products. As the conversation really began to unfold I mentioned my long history dealing with several health issues including and not limited to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and cardiac issues. As the calendar switched from 2017 to 2018 a new PGA Merchandise Show was fast approaching. Through using the Exhibitor List I noticed that Incrediwear would be attendance once again so I made a point to visit their booth. As fate had it Thomas Wilson was once again manning the booth. He remembered me and we discussed the possibility of setting up a review opportunity. Bear in mind, that since that 2017 show I had developed even more complications but more on that shortly. So I was introduced to Charlie Robinson who is the Content Marketing Associate for Incrediwear.

As discussions moved forward with Mr. Robinson where we discussed my ongoing health issues decisions were made on which products would be sent out for testing. Products from Incrediwear falls into three separate categories with different purposes in mind (Recover, Perform and Move). Below is a summary of the products that I’d receive for testing/review and my observations for each product.

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Incrediwear Circulation Socks (Quarter) – “The Incrediwear Circulation Socks relieve pain and discomfort for those suffering from poor circulatory conditions. The non-binding loose weave design allows for a form-fitting feel without the discomfort of a compression sock.” Through the use of  a fabric blend that’s “embedded with semiconductor elements to provide effortless comfort and exceptional durability”.

These socks are offered in both a Crew Cand Quarter length while being offered in black or grey. The Incrediwear Circulation socks are a sock that has soft feel. Made from a blend that’s 36% Cotton, 34% Polyester, 26% Nylon and 4% Spandex these socks are loose-fitting which aids in increasing blood flow. This is an important aspect for diabetics in general. Foot care is absolutely vital and loose-fitting socks are nearly vital. If loose-fitting and comfort is what Incrediwear sought out to achieve then mission accomplished. What I found really impressive was the fact that these socks didn’t slide down and bunch up. I’ve worn “Diabetic Socks” and they ALWAYS bunched up causing a blister(s). Incrediwear’s circulation socks never slid down and always stayed where they’re supposed to. The fit was perfect and I feel that it’s important to point out that my feet stay cool in my shoes while wearing them. Just to touch on the durability at this point I have worn them often and they’re as good as the day that they came out of the box. Perfection! MSRP $19.99 USD

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Incrediwear Men’s Performance Pants – The Incrediwear Men’s Performance Pants fall into their Move collection of products. The performance pants are geared towards “athletes looking to push the limits of their performance, the Incrediwear Men’s Performance Pants enhance the ability to perform by accelerating the body’s ability to recover. The Men’s Performance Pants are a base layer can be worn during and after activity to reduce muscle fatigue and enhance performance”.

Fabric blend’s that consist of semi-conductor elements are a recurring theme and they are also present in the Performance Pants. They are intended as a base-layer and they are very much that. While tight and form-fitting in fit the Performance Pants always maintained a high level of comfort. I admit that I erred in never wearing these under my shorts during my workouts but I did wear them under my pants during the never-ending winter that we seemed to have while walking my dog. The moisture-wicking qualities are excellent. Also, I wore the pants frequently after walks (when I wasn’t wearing them to begin with) and my lower body really seemed to enjoy them. Honestly, they’re comfy enough to act as a pair of “watch tv and lounge” pants. The fabric blend is 61% Nylon, 29% Polyester and 10% Spandex. If I were still playing hockey (goalie) these would have been my base-layer underneath my pads. Cold weather golf on the other hand… these are an easy “go to” MSRP $69.95 USD

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Incrediwear Circulation Shorts – Geared towards assisting those with muscle fatigue, issues associated with pinched nerves, hip injuries and groin injuries the Incrediwear Circulation Shorts “enhance the ability to perform by accelerating the body’s ability to recover. The Circulation Shorts are a base layer can be worn during and after activity to reduce muscle fatigue and enhance performance”. Incrediwear employs their signature fabric blend that’s composed of 61% Nylon, 21% Polyester and 10% Spandex.

Form-fitting and never uncomfortable. The Circulation Shorts were a very pleasant surprise and I only suggest that because I’ve worn products that simply were awful. Unlike those other ones I never felt constricted in general let alone right around the genitals. They are moisture-wicking, breathable and seemed to have exhibited anti-microbial qualities. The circulation shorts seemed to really assist my circulation and pain that I had in my hips and groin area. A very good product and the product that I’ve tested the least. Please don’t read into that… as mentioned a very good product. MSRP $44.98 USD

Incrediwear Leg Sleeves – The leg sleeves from Incrediwear stem from their Recover Collection. Recovery is the name of the game here. “Incrediwear Leg Sleeves accelerates recovery and relieves pain for those recovering from injuries or surgeries. The Leg Sleeve provides effortless comfort while reducing inflammation and swelling to accelerate the body’s natural healing process”.

Not intended to take anything away from the other products but these are the proverbial “best for last”!! Out of any of the products that were sent to me for testing it was the Leg Sleeves that turned out to be not only the most-rewarding but quite simply a savior… or saviors. How do I possibly start this section of my write-up other than saying that? The leg sleeves were astounding! As you might recall from earlier my health condition has quickly deteriorated. I have major blockages of the Renal, Femoral, Iliac and Tibial arteries. These blockages not only affect one leg but both. The pain from these blockages is excruciating at times making daily living often difficult and painful.

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The benefits of these leg sleeves are too plentiful to list all of them. Increased blood flow and pain relief are just two of the many benefits and the benefits that I noticed in aiding me the most. There were some days that I’ve experienced where I was not only in tears but walking was near impossible. Whether from activities like walking the dog, working out, golf practices or just living these leg sleeves proved to be a “Godsend” on so many occasions that it’s hard to express in words. Our family moved in May and the move kicked my ass so bad that it wasn’t funny. Especially my legs!! On those days that were nearly unbearable the leg sleeves made life bearable. They provided so much pain relief and I assume much of that has to do with their design. The design consists of a 3D weave and provides around the clock comfort. A cool little feature of these leg sleeves from Incrediwear feature little spots of silicon alongside the top of the inner hem. These help to keep the leg sleeves in place which mostly worked. However, I did experience some slippage. Not enough to detract from the benefits that I’ve received while putting the leg sleeves to use.. Measurement of your thighs is important in ensuring a proper fit. Incrediwear utilizes a blend of 66% Polyester 24% Nylon and 10% Spandex. Probably one of the best things products I’ve ever had the privilege to test and review!! MSRP $120 USD per pair.

In closing, Incrediwear offers a plethora of great products to help athletes and non-athletes alike. Benefits of their products easily outweigh the cost and if you suffer from leg pain etc these certainly are worth a look for you. Incrediwear offers products for both men and women and they also several products for issues not discussed in my review. If you’re looking for more information on Incrediwear and their entire product range please visit their website www.incrediwear.com

Until The Next Tee!!

 

 

Review – Cleveland Golf Launcher CBX Irons

Cleveland Golf. The brand that was founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland and owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd has long been known mostly for their innovations in designing game-changing wedges. The 588 was a stalwart in many golfers bags and to this day is one of the top-selling golf clubs in history. But Cleveland Golf has been about much more than just wedges. They’ve also been a leader in innovation as far as metalwoods go. Did you know that Cleveland Golf was the first golf manufacturer to introduce the industry to the world of 460 cc drivers? Or the first to be involved in the craze that was geometrically based design (The Hi-Bore in 2006)?

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The Huntington Beach, California-based company has developed it’s fair share of terrific iron designs too. Models like the CG 16 Tour, an entirely hybrid-based set the Hi-Bore irons, the Tour Action series of irons (TA5, TA7 etc), CG 1 Tour and of course the infamous (for perhaps the wrong reason) VAS 792 irons that incidentally Corey Pavin played to win a Major at Shinnecock Hills in 1995. From the prettiest of blades to the penultimate in game-improvement irons. For some time a few years ago it nearly looked like that Cleveland Golf was all but out of the equipment game except for the wedge market. Then something happened last fall. The company announced the release of new metalwoods (Launcher HB) and irons… the Cleveland Golf CBX. I was amazed to see this news and I was excited to get down to the PGA Show to see these irons in person.

When discussing the Launcher CBX irons the first thing that I need to point out is that these irons are designed to compete in the ultra-competitive game-improvement corridor of the industry. Even though these irons look so unassuming the Launcher CBX irons are loaded with innovation and technology. Highlights of the technology are…

  • Cup Face design. Between a thinner face and a periphery constructed of high strength steel golfers can achieve greater distance by virtue of a face that flexes at impact. Better Energy Transfer = More Distance.
  • Used initially in wedge design the Launcher CBX irons feature Tour Zip Grooves. The laser milling employed allows for more friction between the face and golf ball. The end result is control like you would have with your wedges. I’d be remiss in saying that the grooves also “debris away from the ball so you get consistent spin and control in the fairway, rough, or sand.”
  • The long irons feature confidence inspiring thicker top lines while the shorter irons have a thinner top line and more compact shape for golfers that don’t like a thick top line or a “clunky heavy look” on their scoring irons.
  • The “Dual V Sole” grind allows for more versatility from a variety of lies while also allowing golfers to cut through the rough easier. The reward for their efforts is better distance contact and better distance control.
  • “Feel Balancing Technology” was something that I first encountered during my testing of review of the RTX-3 wedges “microcavity in the hosel moves the center of gravity closer to the middle of the face, enhancing feel and distance control.With a sweet spot closer to your ideal hitting location you get more forgiveness in every iron”.
  • PW loft is 44*.
  • Available in steel (True Temper Dynamic Gold DST 98 gram) and graphite (Miyazaki C. Kua). 
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One of my first stops at the PGA Show Demo Day was in fact the Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO location. The weather was overcast and there was at one point a brief light rain.

Looks – Not to keep going on about the aesthetics but these are an iron that look nearly “Plain Jane” which isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, for my personal taste I’d rather see an iron clean and bare as opposed to any unnecessary graphics. As I pulled out the 4 iron and 8 iron I compared them side by side and while there was a noticeable difference between the profiles of both the “larger” 4 iron never struck me as being obtrusive or shovel-like. If anything it would instill confidence in my “mind’s eye”. As I flipped over the clubs to examine the soles the “V Sole” grind reminded of the RTX-3 that I had the opportunity to review long-term. Ultimately, that wedge became my gamer and to this day because of the V Sole I have the confidence to play the 52* from anywhere… including flops if I open it up setting it right flat. The sole comes in handy as I explain the performance.

Performance/Feel – Okay I’m not going to mince words. The performance of these Launcher CBX irons are fantastic. Have you ever had the feeling that you were playing an iron that was confused with its genetic make-up? This was the case for the Launcher CBX irons. It’s very much a game-improvement iron but it’s like it thinks it’s a players club. From the inspiring looks at address to the feel at impact. This is a golf club that easily launches the golf ball into the air (living up to the moniker) and as you make impact you really have a strong sense of knowing where the golf club is. What’s more? The feedback is great… well struck golf shots allow you to feel those shots. The sensation is crisp yet soft. There is a true sense of “heat” off of the face and the Cup Face is something that I feel truly works. Of course, I’d love to be on a launch monitor at the show but based on my organic vibes and roots I knew the club (8 iron) was landing some 160 yards away… into the wind. Yes the lofts are bumped but much can be said of the technology that’s packed into the Launcher CBX irons. Shots were repeatable with repeatable high(ish) draws being the “norm”. However, shaping shots was easy as pie. The longer irons produced a more aggressive, penetrating ballflight. Again, elevating the ball easy.

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Specialty shots like a punch or “stinger” was a snap but the versatility of the V Sole was very much a winning technology here. Have you ever been in a situation where a 47*-58* lofted club was just too much loft to escape trouble? So instead you need to go to a 6 or 7 iron to escape with a rescue shot (stroke saver”)? The V Sole allows the shot by virtue of its versatility. Huge bonus marks here!!!

Forgiveness – Forgiveness in my opinion is more important than distance. Golf is not about that perfect shot that we pulled off. It’s about how good our misses were. I was really “on” with the CBX Launcher irons in my hands and maybe that was because of the confidence inspiring look. However, I happen to be good enough (at times bad enough) to purposely hit shots off of the toe. Any shots that were struck towards the toe were punished from a distance aspect (as they ought to be). However, misses didn’t flail weakly out to the right. Instead they were straight and never wandered off of their intended line. If you’re going to miss… miss straight.

Conclusion –  The Cleveland Golf Launcher CBX irons are a fantastic golf club that very much deserves to live up to the Cleveland Golf branding that they bare. Not flashy… and that’s alright by me. These are an unassuming that would be dangerous in the hands of a golfer that an easy single digit to something in the 20 range. High performing, forgiveness with tremendous versatility. A lot of golf club with a very reasonable price tag ($700 USD Steel)

***Coupled with the Launcher HB driver, fairway wood, hybrid and CBX wedges Cleveland Golf won the Teezy Award for ‘Most Forgiving Product Range” at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. A point that I made known to Communications Manager Noelle Zavaleta on the show floor Wednesday.

Until The Next Tee!!