If you play golf, then you know improving your game is a constant goal. Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to get specific information on where you need to improve and track your progress. That’s what Rapsodo’s Mobile Launch Monitor intends to do for you.

Since my golf game could always be better, I thought I’d try the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor over the course of a few weeks. Here’s what I discovered about this golf performance tool.

About the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor

This golf performance device provides a wealth of analytics information about your golf game. Data includes information about carrying distance, ball and club speed, launch angle, and direction, and smash factor. The GPS-enabled device allows me to see where my shots land on a driving range. It can also pinpoint where the ball landed if I’m having a pin contest with my golf buddies.

The Mobile Launch Monitor also features bag mapping. This allows me to see my shot averages by the club I use. The feature helps me know which club to use on which hole to further improve my performance.

Rapsodo Golf Monitor
Rapsodo Golf Monitor

Other features include video playback. It was especially effective to see the trajectory of my shot with the shot tracer on these videos. Allowing me to export the videos helped so I could instantly understand what I was doing right and wrong. Seeing my golf performance is a real game-changer.

When I have a particularly good shot I am proud of, I can link my Rapsodo account and then post these videos to a wide range of social network channels. The shot library will store all data and the last 100 videos you took. I could pay a small subscription fee and get additional video storage.

How it Works

It’s a fairly simple process for how it works. I place my smartphone on the Rapsodo unit, which uses my smartphone’s camera to track each shot and gather video footage. There is a downloadable app that is used to pair the device to the smartphone . The app also serves as the main digital interface.

Once everything is paired, I simply open the app on my smartphone, calibrate my location on the driving range through the satellite range mapping feature, and then position the device about eight feet behind my target line. Then, I take my best shot.

Rapsodo Mobile Golf Monitor
Rapsodo Mobile Golf Monitor

What I Like and What Could Be Better

Compared to other golf ball monitor tools out there, the Rapsodo offers the most comprehensive set of analytics available. The setup was easy and only took minutes to understand how to use the device effectively. It’s compact so it fits easily in a golf bag and has a protective cover. Another plus is its strong battery life.

Since purchasing the device, I’ve used it more than ten times. Each time, the Mobile Launch Monitor worked flawlessly and gave me a wealth of data that helped me understand what I was doing and where I should tweak my swing or approach.

Sometimes, I use indoor driving ranges, but the device is only intended for outdoor use. It would be good to have the option of using it in either location.

In the Box

The Mobile Launch Monitor comes with a carry case, USB-C cable, and quick start guide.

Where to Buy

Priced at just under $500, the golf performance device is available on Rapsodo’s website as well as Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Budget Golf, and other sporting goods and golf retailers. Rapsodo offers free two-day shipping as well as a 30-day no-hassle return or exchange policy.

Overall Thoughts

The Rapsodo MLM Mobile Launch Monitor combines video capture with a wealth of launch monitor functions and delivers a well-rounded set of performance analytics.  It’s on par with more expensive units in terms of ease of use and accuracy. It’s price competitive and worth it for a golfer who regularly plays and wants to improve their game.

Brad Anderson

Editor In Chief at ReadWrite

Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com.