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How do you walk 18?


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Poll: Push, Pull or Carry? (3002 member(s) have cast votes)

Push, Pull or Carry? (if you do both, pick the one you do more often)

  1. Push/Pull Cart (1273 votes [42.36%])

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#811 North Butte

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 10:04 AM

For years I have most enjoyed carrying my bag on my shoulder but play most of my rounds using a push cart. I recently went through a phase of shouldering the bag quite a few times and as usual noticed on most days it resulted in really getting tense/sore/tired in the shoulders by the end of the round. Especially the right arm I use for lifting the bag onto my shoulder, which of course I do something like 40-50 times over the course of 3-1/2 hours.

So about 25 rounds ago I took my very comfortable to carry Titleist Lightweight stand bag, which fits perfectly on my Motocaddy S1 electric trolley, and stuck it not only in the closet but inside a big SKG travel case. Almost impossible to drag it out on impulse because it's buried being the usual metric boatload of closet detritus.

I've got a 14-way Motocaddy matching bag that is a) far too heavy to carry, b) has no stand and c) I've removed the strap just in case. It snaps right onto the base of the trolley and is super-convenient and roomy. But mostly it removes any spur-of-the-moment temptation to just shoulder the bag instead of using the trolley.

As I probably should have known, it has paid dividends physically. These past couple months I've been less tired at the end of rounds (than when I was carrying) and further I am less tired and sore in the upper body overall than I used to be even on the days I did not carry. I've played 27 holes instead of 18 a few times lately and honestly 27 holes with the trolley is no more tiring than 18 with the bag on my shoulder.

So I'm over it. There's a great feeling of freedom from not being tied to that trolley and not having to take the long way 'round greens or soft areas of turf. But it's also a great feeling to walk off the 18th green and think, "A quick snack and I've back off to the 1st tee for another nine".

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 05:06 AM

Off topic slightly but people who pull trollies in winter are usually the first to moan about the state of the fairways in Spring.

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 06:13 AM

View Postshotmark, on 04 November 2017 - 05:06 AM, said:

Off topic slightly but people who pull trollies in winter are usually the first to moan about the state of the fairways in Spring.

Come on over to the land of cart-golf if you want to see some wheel damage. A Motocaddie isn't in the same league as a gas powered buggy with a couple of 24-stone Lard Lads riding in it.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:41 AM

Recently i started carrying because it is more exercise and the weather is great. I like it better than pushing.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 09:47 AM

Bad arthritis in shoulder.
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 09:54 AM

typically i push my cart - been known to walk and carry if i'm playing 9 holes tho. just faster/easier than getting the cart in/out of the car.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 09:12 PM

I love to carry. Walking 18 holes helps burn off beer calories after the round :)

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 09:58 AM

I know my total activity calories for 18 holes isn't huge but I'm with Mr. Cunningham. If I just got through walking a round of golf I drink a beer or eat fried chicken or whatever and figure I'm probably covered!
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 01:11 AM

No way I would carry a bag for 18 holes. I use a  Bagboy  push cart.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 11:18 PM

Started off carrying the bag...mid 50s and I now own a sun mountain and a bag boy pull cart.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 09:47 AM

Have a lumbar spinal stenosis.  I try to walk w/ push cart for half my rounds.  Carry is out of the question.
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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:53 AM

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:42 AM

Ogio carry bag. A bit heavy, but an excuse to get some exercise unless a boondoggle / company deal where the golf is less important than the social aspect with a cart.

I also find that I play much better when I walk. Think it is the extra time walking up to the ball and thinking about the shot instead of the blast up, hit then take off again of cart golf.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:00 AM

I play a lot. I used to carry, but kept ruining my shirts and sweaters from the friction of the strap.  That and it required constant vigilance to keep junk out of the bag.  The push cart is easier on the back and I can carry more stuff.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:08 AM

At the moment, I am using a push cart, but hope to be able to start carrying for 18 again. I have had 4 knee injuries on my left knee and pushing has helped me keep my energy up for the whole round. But, hopefully with some weight loss, which should also easy pressure on my knee, I can carry again. There is something about carrying a golf bag that I really enjoy.


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 06:39 PM

Throw a lot of balls, not many strikes.  
Oops, watching a baseball game on TV, sorry...
Used to walk and carry all the time, now if walking I’ll rent a pull cart.



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:19 AM

My course does not allow pull / push carts. Either ride (with a lot of restrictions on where you can take carts) or walk.

Just started to play with 8-10 clubs only, to let me walk with a light bag. Fewer choices to think through and have all my clubs with me when I get to the ball. Resulted in greater focus on strategy and where I want to leave my next shot, etc. Like another poster said above, those last few steps walking to the ball really help clear the mind and allow you too think and visualize what you want to do.

So far have not noticed any major impact to score, and has done wonders for how I feel at the end of 18 holes as opposed to carrying a full bag.  Strongly recommend it to all that may be considering something like this.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 08:12 PM

Push 18, carry 9.

Neck gets a bit too stiff trying to carry for 18. I like that little break you get every once in a while where you let the cart freewheel by itself down gentle slopes (only when safe, of course).

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:31 PM

I used to Carry all the time, back when I could get out there multiple times a week. The only time I would push would be for tournaments, when the stand bag was loaded up with gear.

Invested in a ClicGear and push cart and have been doing the push cart thing ever since, though I recently picked up a carry bag, and will probably mix it up

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 07:32 PM

For most weekend/planned rounds:

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Trunk set that’s usually in my car for those last minute/twilight/usually after work/summertime weekday rounds:

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Edited by llamont, 01 June 2018 - 07:38 PM.

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 09:53 AM

In South Florida, during the summer, don't even consider it!... :taunt:

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 11:54 PM

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 04:58 PM

Push cart these days.
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 05:11 PM

I'm torn actually. I play mostly in summer and it's awful hot and muggy. A cart is nice for shade and to outrun the gnats. But when it's soggy and cart path only the cart is a slow schlep. Carrying is the easiest over a wet course but the push cart is easier on my back.
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 06:19 PM

34 yrs old and I use a push cart. I don’t care. Play better with it and I can play everyday of the week now and not be sore.


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Posted 05 June 2018 - 07:31 PM

View PostJlender21, on 05 June 2018 - 06:19 PM, said:

34 yrs old and I use a push cart. I don’t care. Play better with it and I can play everyday of the week now and not be sore.
same for me. But I'm a couple years younger.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 05:10 PM

Seven wrist and elbow surgeries and one back surgery limits both carrying or pushing a cart.  That only leaves caddies or carts.  But it’s still better than no golf at all these days.  I had plenty of years rehabbing my body to play again, so riding in a cart is a small price to pay just to be able to play.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 04:21 AM

I don't know how you all carry a bag with cubs, balls, food and water.

It's the water and food that I need to get through 18 that really adds to the weight of the bag.

And I have a full bag of 14 clubs.

I started with a stand bag last year for the afternoon 'twilight' 9 holes but found the lack of water an issue. As soon as I started to take a litre of water with me, for the hot humid conditions, I started to notice my should and upper arm go sore from picking up the bag to put it over my shoulder after each shot.

Santa brought me a push cart, that's light and suits my light stand bag. So I now use that for the 9 holes rounds.

I much prefer and enjoy using a cart for 18 holes. Never as tired and fatigued and the last few holes I do not seem to fade as much. I enjoy the golf much more that way.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 05:26 AM

View Posthack2489, on 09 June 2018 - 04:21 AM, said:

I don't know how you all carry a bag with cubs, balls, food and water.

It's the water and food that I need to get through 18 that really adds to the weight of the bag.

And I have a full bag of 14 clubs.

I started with a stand bag last year for the afternoon 'twilight' 9 holes but found the lack of water an issue. As soon as I started to take a litre of water with me, for the hot humid conditions, I started to notice my should and upper arm go sore from picking up the bag to put it over my shoulder after each shot.

Santa brought me a push cart, that's light and suits my light stand bag. So I now use that for the 9 holes rounds.

I much prefer and enjoy using a cart for 18 holes. Never as tired and fatigued and the last few holes I do not seem to fade as much. I enjoy the golf much more that way.

And if you play in a part of the world where you carry a 5-pound bottle of sand for divots, there’s that added too.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:36 AM

View Posthack2489, on 09 June 2018 - 04:21 AM, said:

I don't know how you all carry a bag with cubs, balls, food and water.

It's the water and food that I need to get through 18 that really adds to the weight of the bag.

And I have a full bag of 14 clubs.

I started with a stand bag last year for the afternoon 'twilight' 9 holes but found the lack of water an issue. As soon as I started to take a litre of water with me, for the hot humid conditions, I started to notice my should and upper arm go sore from picking up the bag to put it over my shoulder after each shot.

Santa brought me a push cart, that's light and suits my light stand bag. So I now use that for the 9 holes rounds.

I much prefer and enjoy using a cart for 18 holes. Never as tired and fatigued and the last few holes I do not seem to fade as much. I enjoy the golf much more that way.

I play at a course with coolers full of ice water every 2-3 holes. So I don't have to carry water, although I do carry some (on my push cart) on the very hottest days.

That's the good news. Bad news is we play on Bermuda grass so I have to carry a 5-6 pound bottle of sand. On the rare occasions I play nine holes shouldering my bag, I just skip the sand and become of those Those Guys who don't sand my divots. It's only a handful of times a year and to compensate I try to always fill twice as many as I make on my normal rounds with the trolley.

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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