Rapsodo MLM2 Pro Vs Swing Caddie SC4 – Which One Is Better?
The battle for personal launch monitor/ home simulator supremacy is hotter than ever right now and two of the biggest entries of the 2023 season have been the MLM2 Pro and Swing Caddie SC4.
MLM2 Pro First Impressions
The MLM2 Pro was released earlier than the SC4 and undoubtedly garnished a lot of sales as a result. It has two cameras and a radar, sitting proudly 6 – 8 feet behind the ball.
Despite being a little buggy and having some connection issues, it is the most accurate device on the market for under $1,000. It gets the spin metrics correct which is a big one for many golfers.
Swing Caddie SC4 First Impressions
Swing Caddie has put a ton of effort into the SC4 which looks to upgrade every aspect of the SC300 and does a great job.
The device is a Dopplar radar that only needs to sit 5 feet behind the ball. It gets the carry distances correct but the spin numbers are going to be suspect.
It works with or without an external device like a phone or tablet and even calls out your distances in real time.
What The MLM2 Pro Does Better
The MLM2 Pro comes with dual cameras, a radar, and special Callaway Chrom Soft RPT Balls. The balls have various dots on them to allow the MLM2 Pro to pick up spin rates effectively and it works. The spin numbers are not as accurate with the SC4
Records Your Shot
One of the cameras with the MLM2 Pro records your swing and marries it with the stats for that shot. An excellent way to visually see your improvement over time, in both your swing and distances.
What Does The SC4 Do Better
Better Overall Design
The SC4 is a nicer device to use overall. It is smoother, the display is better and not needing to connect to another device to use it is also a handy feature. It’s smaller, more inconspicuous and it picks up shots better than the MLM2 Pro.
The SC4 also comes with a remote for changing clubs and makes other tasks much easier instead of bending down to the machine. It fits in a magnetic holder behind the device for easy storage.
Less Bugs And Connection Issues
The MLM2 Pro has been plagued with connectivity issues and lagging problems since it was released. Some issues have been dealt with through firmware updates but many of the issues still persist.
The SC4 is smooth, it picks up your shots, it comes with E6 for free, unlike the MLM2 Pro and it gets through a full round on the simulator without missing a ton of shots or disconnecting and forcing you to start again.
Overall, the SC4 is better in almost every way besides the spin accuracy of the MLM2 Pro.
The MLM2 Pro’s Annoying Yearly Fee
The Premium Membership with the MLM2 Pro is free for one year. It then costs $199 per year.
The spin rates wont calculate and you won’t have access to the simulator without the yearly fee.
This is one of the most annoying features of the Rapsodo and it’s not very customer friendly in my view.
The Swing Caddie SC4 can certainly be used for free, even coming with E6 and one course for free.
You can pay to get all the courses on the E6 as well.
We also found the MLM2 Pro to get disconnected and become laggy when using the simulator.
The simulators come with cartoony graphics, worth keeping in mind although it is still useful and quite a lot of fun. There is no putting with either simulator.
If you value the spin rate accuracy and carry, the MLM2 Pro is a good choice when you get it up and running smoothly.
In terms of design and usability, the Swing Caddy SC4 is the better device in almost every metric and it is $200 cheaper.
We do expect Rapsodo to iron out these issues next time around and Swing Caddy will probably get the spin rates accurate too. The Personal launch monitor niche is an exciting space right now.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.