PRGR Launch Monitor Review

Simple but Effective to Dial in Distance


Ryan Heiman
Founder and head author at Independent Golf Reviews

I used the PRGR Launch Monitor for multiple range sessions in conjunction with my FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor for product testing and dialing in club distances.

This is the definitive PRGR Launch Monitor Review for 2022.


Everyone wants a Trackman Launch Monitor for the price of a dozen ProV1s.  While that may be a bit of an exaggeration; the rise in interest in personal launch monitors is real and the price point is one of the biggest factors.  How much are you willing to pay to have technical details about your clubs?  How many details do you feel are necessary to know about each club or ball you play?  I can’t decide for you the value those numbers have to your game; I can tell you that a TrackMan Launch Monitor costs around $20K while the PRGR costs around $200.  So how do they compare?  Clearly they aren’t in the same category, but you might be able to get what you really need at a fraction of the cost.

The PRGR Pocket Launch Monitor is exactly that; a celphone sized launch monitor that displays information about each shot you hit.  Set-up is very quick, with just the push of the on/off button.  You can select your club and start hitting shots.  Placing the launch monitor a few feet behind the ball on the target line will allow you to hit shot after shot and get immediate numbers on the range.  The LCD screen is big enough to see while standing over it and in bright sunlight has sufficient contrast to make it easy to read.  Shots are stored and you can scroll through each club and shot to see all the information.  (It also can be used sports when placed on a tripod.)

The PRGR Launch Monitor uses 4 AAA batteries.  I’ve been able to use a single set of batteries over the course of multiple range sessions.  In a world that everything is rechargeable, I actually like the ability to throw in batteries rather than waiting for the unit to recharge.  It is easy to keep a spare pack of batteries with the launch monitor.  It has an automatic sleep function so that you don’t have to worry about killing the batteries if you leave it on when your done at the range.

How does the PRGR Launch Monitor compare with full featured Launch Monitors?  As I mentioned above, I had this set up alongside a FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor at the range.  In terms of features and information, obviously the FlightScope offers way more.  However the PRGR did a solid job with speeds and distances.  The sensor is way smaller, and the information is much less, but if you want to dial in distances or make some general comparisons, this will get the job done.  I found the total distance to be very similar to a full featured launch monitor and the smash factor to be identical.  If you think you know your club distances, you might find out you aren’t as informed as you might think.  This thing doesn’t lie, and will give you a more accurate picture of what distances your clubs actually hit.  Sure you have to do some averaging on your own, but again at this price point, you can use the calculator on your phone to get the averages.


A Launch Monitor is considered an investment in your game.  What kind of investment do you NEED to make depends on numerous factors.  If you get to the range once and while, compare clubs from time to time or have limited resources, the PRGR Launch Monitor might be the perfect solution.  It is low cost, simple to use and is rather accurate at speeds and distances.  It certainly can’t compete with the full featured Launch Monitors on the market, but at the price point and features it isn’t trying, it is offering something simple that most golfers can benefit from: accurate club distances. 

For more information:

PRGR Launch Monitor – KEY POINTS
  • ℹ️  About: PRGR offers a low cost, pocket sized, simple launch monitor which collects, ball speed, club speed, smash factor, carry distance and total distance.

  • ✅  Pros: Compact, Simple, AAA Battery powered, Accurate, Multi-Sport

  • ⛔  Cons: Limited features: no spin, manual input, no averages, no directional information.

  • ⛳  Verdict: If you just want to know your club distances, you won't find a simpler or more accurate device for the price.


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