Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor Review

We test this affordable launch monitor to see if it provides value for money

Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

Given how easy it is to use and the overall accuracy and data points available, we have to say the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor is an excellent option for golfers seeking an affordable way to gain insights into shot or club performance, providing you own a relatively new iPhone or iPad.

Reasons to buy
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    Very easy to set up

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    Reliable shot detection and playback options

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    Easily portable

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    Compared well with more premium launch monitors

Reasons to avoid
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    Doesn't display spin numbers

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    Currently not compatible with Android devices

Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor Review

We recently got our hands on the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor, which retails at £549 - a snip compared to many other launch monitors out there like the Foresight Sports GCQuad and SkyTrak. So how did it perform in practice and does it represent good value for golfers looking to get the perfect home golf set up? We took it to the range to put it through its paces.

Watch Joel Tadman test the Rapsodo MLM up against the Foresight Sports GC2

The Rapsodo MLM works in conjunction with the free Rapsodo app on your iOS smartphone indoors or outdoors. After setting up an account and logging in, rest your phone in the front slot and position it approx. six feet behind the ball. The lines on the screen and the GPS overhead view help you align it correctly and select your hitting direction for enhanced accuracy.

The Rapsodo MLM has a clever feature where you hold the club in front of your phone's camera and it will automatically record the club you're hitting, which worked most of the time but you can input it manually very easily. Once you’ve selected the club and start hitting shots, the Rapsodo MLM captures video of you hitting and displays shot tracer-style graphics on the screen, which we found to be accurate most of the time, as well as certain data points like ball speed, launch angle and carry distance.

Testing the Rapsodo MLM at the driving range

Although navigating through the app on a small screen is a touch fiddly, the graphics are really impressive and the data stacked up very well with what we were accustomed to, with subtle differences in strike creating small changes in launch and carry distance.

The shot library displays your completed session in an easy-to-digest grid format, including an overhead dispersion graph. There were a few anomalies that were easily discounted, and would be nice to able to see our spin numbers, but the information on offer is more than enough to form valid opinions about your club performance.

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It is only compatible with iPhone 7 and up and iPad 2017 and up in outdoor mode and iPhone 8 and up and iPad pro in net mode, which will leave Android users left wanting, but it hopes to be compatible with Android devices very soon. It’s compact size and lightweight design make it easily portable in the carry case and the LED system lets you know when you’re ready to hit.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.8.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x