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The GolfWRX Guide to Purchasing a Push Cart



This story is part of our new “GolfWRX Guides,” a how-to series created by our Featured Writers and Contributors — passionate golfers and golf professionals in search of answers to golf’s most-asked questions.

At one time or another, every golfer who considers himself a foot warrior has an epiphany.

“Why am I carrying this heavy bag when push carts were invented years ago?”

Mine came in the summer of 2014. I had inquired among a number of top junior golfers at an AJGA event about the push carts they used. It was simple, they explained: a golf bag puts so much strain on the shoulders, and so much wear on the back lifting and lowering it. How obvious!

I gazed across the fleet of myriad cart styles and knew that my next big purchase would not be a driver or wedge, but something that would allow me to continue to hit those clubs for years to come. With that in mind, I set out to explore the offerings from the major producers of golf push carts. I expected to find a variety of options, but was not quite prepared for all the accoutrements and perquisites that accentuate today’s carts.

In this guide to purchasing a push cart, I will examine available features and their value. Some of them might seem nuanced, even esoteric, but trust me, they all matter. I had the opportunity to play rounds with seven different carts from four companies. If you want to know more about each push cart I tested, you can see Pros and Cons at the bottom of this story.

Let’s dig in.

Wheels and Parking Brake

The TriSwivel II push cart from BagBoy ($269.95).

The flexibilitator! If you’re in a tight corner, BagBoy’s TriSwivel II will get you out.

What’s your pleasure, three or four wheels? From my perspective, it’s about aesthetics and not practicality. There is no loss of stability, since you’re most likely not playing speed golf and jogging around the course.

Most three-wheeled carts come with a fairly stable front wheel. There is a benefit to having a front-rotational wheel on three-wheeled carts. It is nice for negotiating tight turns or backing up (you just turn around!). Since you have no reverse lights nor video camera to navigate what’s behind you on the cart path, this feature might be desirable. In my situation, I found that leaning any cart back on its rear wheels will allow you to spin in place 180 degrees and reverse direction.

Check the side of your push panel. You have your own parking brake, designed to lock up one or both wheels on those occasions when the terrain is sloped. During my testing, I found that some brake levers are hair-trigger sensitive, and that you might be walking along and suddenly encounter the stab of a stalled cart in your torso. You didn’t intend to stop the cart, but a brush of your hand against the mechanism brought about engagement. Take a close look at the lever and how easily it engages.

Remember what was written earlier about jogging? Some golfers do indeed get out early and play speed golf. Today’s golf carts make that piece viable. It’s not sprint golf, so you don’t need to worry about performance above 10 mph. Take a tour of your course while jogging with both three- and four-wheeled carts to determine which has a better feel for your golfing and jogging gait.

From my perspective, the three-wheeled cart is noticeably better for maneuverability. Each of this type of cart from Sun Mountain and BagBoy, the industry names with greatest recognition, shine forth in the tightest of areas.

The top model for uber maneuverability is the TriSwivel II from BagBoy. The free-spinning front wheel does what no anchored wheel can: move sideways with no forward motion. Three-wheel carts also excel when pace accelerates.

Pouch, Post and Pocket

The Mighty Mite! At first blush, there’s not much to BagBoy’s C3, but it’s all you need.

Standard operating procedure these days is the 3 P’s: a mesh pouch for quick storage and access of items, a post for your umbrella and a pocket for valuables.

You might place a bottle of water, rangefinder, cell phone or money clip in that mesh pocket. Be sure it’s durable, with small gaps in the mesh. It’s intended for easy access and removal, but it still needs to be secure!

Every cart has a post hole for umbrella positioning, should the rains come or a fierce sun beat down too forcefully. You screw the holder into the post hole and insert your umbrella handle into the cone. The only problem that arises is that you have to remove the holder when you break down the cart. If you forget, you’ll hear the crack of stressed plastic.

Each push cart also offers a plastic storage pocket on the top of the cart, just below the handle. Scorecard and valuables might be better off there on windy and rainy days (most pockets have a clip on top for easy scorecard access during calmer weather). If you’re on the progressive side of the cell-phones-on-the-golf-course debate, that plastic storage pocket serves to muffle your ring tone. You’ll hear it and decide whether to answer it, but it won’t blast out across the fairway, causing your partners to muff their shots and throw side-eye your way.

The margin for error in this section is razor-thin, but the left-side location of the umbrella post by the BagBoy genius team gets top marks for Pouch, Post and Pocket.

Pack, Strap and Go


The very durable Model 3.5+ from ClicGear, a new player in the game. This one is worth a look when shopping.

This is the area in which push carts have made the greatest strides. Carts collapse to the size of a dancer in a child’s crouch. Arms and legs reduce like a praying mantis, wheels move inward and the entire assembly lifts lightly and fits snug in a minor section of your car trunk. Here’s the rub: they don’t all collapse in the same fashion and the key is to find the button or handle that puts the dynamo into action, then determine if you have the mental acuity to remember how to do it each time. It’s not always as easy as the marketing materials make it seem. Break down and build up any candidates for purchase to ensure that you’re comfortable with the sequence of steps.

When it comes to securing your bag to the cart, alternatives vary among companies. Some bags come with arms that extend farther around your bag, but no straps to secure your clubs in place. The supposition here is that you don’t intend to move at a rapid pace, so a complete lock-down isn’t necessary. The majority of bags do come with straps at the top and bottom of the cart. They wrap around the bag and connect with velcro, ensuring a secure connection with the push cart.

Among the new breed of carts, there is little measurable difference when it comes to securing the bag to the cart. What discrepancy exists, is related to a crossing strap.

The ClicGear and BagBoy carts come equipped with a strap or flexible plastic band that latches the golf bag to the cart.

The Sun Mountain models utilize a plastic claw that cradles, but does not strap. Both are viable options for keeping the bag on the cart but in the case of that curvy, downhill trek we often encounter between holes, the strap/band wins the day. If you have not a minute to waste, however, the Sun Mountain plastic claw eliminates any foozling with a strap and garners the top prize for Pack, (don’t) Strap and Go!

The All-Inclusive

Alphard's Duo-Evolution sells for $399.99.

Alphard’s Duo-Evolution. The BOGO: Buy One and Get One! A bag of endless pockets and a cart, all in one.

And then there’s Alphard, an industry name you may not know. It seems that their angle is: why worry about attaching your bag at all? Alphard’s Duo Cart Evolution offers a cart-bag combo and it’s attractive. The unit comes with three top-side pockets for balls, tees, gloves and other items; three right-side pockets; two left-side pockets and one external umbrella barrel for storage of your favorite parasol. The entire unit fits comfortably in the trunk of your car, or stores easily in your club bag room. For sure, you’ll never hear “We can’t find your push cart, Mr. Haverkamp,” or “Rats, I left my cart in the garage.”

If you have your clubs, then you have your bag and cart. When it comes to packing for a trip, though, you’ll have some trouble unless you’ve purchased an extra-wide travel bag.

There are negatives to the Alphard cart. One is in the design of the front wheels. They are much smaller than other carts and don’t rotate from side to side. As a result, maneuverability is restricted. The main shaft of the handle is also not as strong as it might be. There was a noticeable give to it during long, uphill slogs.
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Here are the Pros/Cons of the models I tested below. Listed prices are MAP. 

BagBoy C3 ($219.95)

BagBoy's C3 ($219.95).

  • Pros: Secure straps. Handle adjusts to variety of heights/angles. Plenty of storage for tees, scorecard, phone. Light overall weight.
  • Cons: Bottle/cup holder somewhat tough to reach.

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BagBoy TriSwivel II ($269.95)

The TriSwivel II push cart from BagBoy ($269.95).

Head for the S-Curves. TriSwivel will take them like a pro.

  • Pros: Reliable straps. Pivoting front wheel is great for maneuverability. Handle adjusts to variety of heights/angles. Deep storage for tees, scorecard, and phone. Easy to lift and push.
  • Cons: Inaccessible bottle/cup holder when pushing.

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BagBoy Quad Plus ($239.95)


Four on the floor! This one folds up so small, you might lose it in your trunk.

  • Pros: Efficient upper/lower straps. Easy-release handle tiny when stored. Healthy amount of storage for tees, scorecard, phone. Lighter than air.
  • Cons: Four wheels mean less maneuverability. Storage space for drinks is not easy to reach.

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Sun Mountain Speed Cart V1 Sport ($209.99)


If you absolutely need to play speed golf, this the answer to your prayers.

  • Pros: Cup/bottle holder well-placed below steering handle. Handle moves up and down with ease. Light overall weight. Adjustable angles for umbrella holder. The sealed bearings gave the smoothest and quickest wheel rotation of all tested trolleys.
  • Cons: No upper/lower straps. Umbrella holder places barrel in front of face.

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Sun Mountain MC3 Micro-Cart ($199.99)


Another tiny tower of power. Folds up small but rolls big, all day long.

  • Pros: Cup/bottle holder offers easy access beneath handle bars. Tiny when stored. Handle adjusts to variety of heights/angles. Light overall weight. Adjustable angles for umbrella holder.
  • Cons: No upper/lower straps. Four wheels mean less maneuverability. Umbrella holder places barrel in front of face. Small amount of storage for tees, balls, phone.

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ClicGear Model 3.5+ ($220)


  • Pros: Upper/lower straps. Light overall weight.
  • Cons: A bit difficult to break down. Umbrella holder places barrel in front of face. Bag straps a bit difficult to adjust and secure.

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Alphard Duo Cart Evolution ($399.99)

Alphard's Duo-Evolution sells for $399.99.

  • Pros: One unit instead of two. Changeable external skin. Massive amounts of storage in bag.
  • Cons: Tiny wheels mean limited maneuverability. Heavy and not as durable a product other products (snapped handle barrel in first round). Weight-forward technology is balanced less than other configurations.

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Ronald Montesano writes for from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.



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  2. N. D. Boondocks

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I have a Clicgear 3.5+, after having a Caddytek 3 wheeler. Folding and unfolding the Caddytek was blindingly fast, but the rear wheels couldn’t be adjusted to remain parallel. It never could be adjusted to run dead straight, especially on a sidehill. Hence, the Clicgear.
    It took me a few rounds to get used to the unfold / fold process, but now, it’s pretty darn quick. The rear wheels have never budged from parallel. The front wheel needed a bit of adjustment to make it track straight, but the last adjustment I needed to make for that was years ago.
    I once played in a strong following wind, gave my bag on the cg a bit of a push on a flat trimmed fairway, and the thing rolled almost all the way to my ball. No complaints from this corner

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  4. Joe C

    Mar 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve used my old bagboy express for almost 10 years and it probably has at least 700 rounds on it. It has just now started to make noises from the wheels so I’m in the market for a new one. I play most of the NJSGA and MGA tournaments and the majority of them don’t allow push carts. Most of the private clubs the qualifiers are played at don’t allow them. I can tell you that on a 90 degree humid summer day in New Jersey, there is no comparison between carrying and pushing. Pushing is definitely easier. A few years ago I played in the USGA Publinks qualifier at Neshanic Valley in western NJ. It is quite hilly and it was 90 degrees and it was a 36 hole qualifier. There is NO WAY I could’ve carried 36 there that day. My point is, pushing is easier and better for my game. Lifting a 20-30 pound bag 50+ times a round takes a toll on your body. I highly recommend using a push cart. I keep an ultralight carry bag for the events that don’t allow push carts.

  5. Neige

    Jul 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I find carrying my bag is better for my game and health. It saves tons of time so I almost never feel rushed. I pushed a cart a few times, and found it a bit annoying. If I am mindful of how I am lifting and lowering the bag i.e. need to use legs for this, I don’t think it hurts my shoulders and or back. Maybe someday I will change my mind though.

  6. Lindsay Morrison

    May 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I have a 4 year old Sun Mountain V.1 that is great. I had a friend drive over it by accident. They had all the parts to repair it at a local shop. I like the umbrella holder. The net is nice to. It is well made and folds quickly and easily. It’s a bit big folded, not a problem if I’m driving to the course alone. I would buy another the same.

  7. Bert

    Apr 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Hill Billy – why push?

  8. Double Mocha Man

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Shovability. You know, when you like to shove your push cart over toward the next tee when you’re headed to the current putting green (preferably after extracting your putter). There should be a rating/pro/con for this important feature. Guessing non-rotating front wheels would win here.

  9. Double Mocha Man

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I’ve seen guys in the parking lot constructing their push cart (I won’t name any brands) for what seems like an eternity, thus precluding a pre-round breakfast, range warm-up and putting practice. Same guys, after the round, have to leave the bar early so they have time to deconstruct their carts. My cart shrinks/collapses to gym bag size with the push of one button in less than half a second. Equals more bar time.

  10. Dave

    Apr 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I bought a 2 wheeled Bag Boy pull cart for $45 from Sports Authority about 12 years ago. I tell myself that I’ll replace it with a new 3-wheeler when it breaks, but it never does. 40 rounds a year. It’s fun to window shop though, and I’m leaning towards ClicGear after reading this article.

    • Jim Y

      Apr 24, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      Dave, get the Clicgear. You won’t be disappointed……

    • TMTC

      May 12, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      I got both the ClicGear & the SunMountain.
      Both are great.
      The sun mountain is the Better of the two.
      1. Rolls much easier.
      2. Folds down & up easier & quicker.

  11. Thomas

    Apr 20, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    thanks gang for the insight on push carts .I had a Linksman cart that I purchased on Ebay for a few years (90.00 shipping include ) and it did it’s job but I could not pass up a deal about 6 months ago that was on Amazon for a Bag boy Tri swivel ($200.00 includes shipping ) and I’m totally happy with my purchase . It’s a quality cart and the swivel makes it so easy to use .Only problem I see with it is if you play on a hilly course this cart might not be for you because the swivel can be hard to control but there is the option to turnoff the swivel other than that I am very satisfied. Folds easily and fits in my trunk no problem

  12. Matt

    Apr 20, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I have a BagBoy Quad. I have had it for over a year and used it about 20 times. I like the stability of four wheels. The brake works great! And when I jog to keep up with golf carts it is no issue. The front wheels widen for my staff bag which is key. Set up and break down take seconds. I store my clubs on the cart in my garage now.

  13. David Smith

    Apr 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I have the bag boy C3 and I love it. If I’m playing a couple of holes after work I will carry. But if I’m planning to play a full round I use my push cart. Sometimes it is difficult on the terrain of my home course which is extremely up and down, but it certainly helps my back and shoulders feel better. Besides, it the “smart” guys from Stanford used them for NCAA Nationals, then there must be some benefit.

  14. michael p

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I bought a push cart about 7yrs ago and used it for about a year then sold it started walking & carrying again but over the years I have had knee surgery and fell on my lower back winter of 2013 so as of yesterday I bought a used bag boy sc 500 and it worked great yesterday. The previous one was a bag boy too had no problems with it either. I might look at a cart bag later I use a ping 4 under bag right now and I have to figure out how to adjust where to put it on the cart so I can access my pockets. I am glad I went back to push cart.

  15. Rich

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Nice article. Lots more push cart options in Australia than those that you’ve listed but the Clicgear is the most popular here as well. Mine is great. Just one thing though. Disappointed that you eluded to the fact that anyone would want/need to answer their phone during a round. At my club they are banned during club competitions and I know some clubs that don’t allow them to be used at all anywhere except the car park. Switch the phone off. You never know, you might enjoy yourself without it for a few hours.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I understand both sides of the phone issue. I’m thinking more along the lines of checking texts and emails. Like it or don’t, life intrudes on recreation time, be it time at the gym or on the golf course. HOWEVER, if you anticipate that life’s intrusions will ruin your mojo, by all means, switch off the phone. If you have small children, older parents, or other important concerns, you have to have your phone at the ready.

      Thanks for the comments, Rich. Stop back often!

      Ron M.

      • Brian

        Apr 21, 2015 at 8:34 am

        Hard to grow the game when you expect everyone to hide from the world for 4 hours at a stretch. My wife almost killed me one time when I didn’t see her text for an hour. She was 6 months pregnant. 😉

      • TR1PTIK

        Apr 23, 2015 at 7:44 am

        I always have my phone on me when I play – I usually keep it in my front right or back right pocket – but I keep it on SILENT and I only text when I have a moment to do so. Usually, while I’m walking or riding to my ball. I never take calls unless I’m playing by myself and it’s not going to affect someone else. My dad on the other hand, always has his volume cranked up, and he rarely ignores calls so I usually have to block out his phone conversation during my swing or something. He tries to keep it short most of the time, but I really wish he’d turn the dumb thing off or put it on silent like I do! Please guys, if you have to have a phone with you keep it on silent and be respectful of other people on the course – including your playing partners.

  16. tony

    Apr 19, 2015 at 2:13 am

    It’s funny. I feel like I’m suppose to carry my bag of clubs but don’t feel that way at all about my toddlers. And if you know anything about buying strollers, these push carts are CHEAP!

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Probably because your clubs don’t scream at you, drool on you or twist around when you carry them! If you want to keep carrying those kids, start pushing your clubs. You will save much wear and tear on the bod.

      Thanks, Tony. Frequent our site with your comments.

      Ron M.

    • Nick Smart

      Feb 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Yeah a Bob is $600 the dual is even more. Same with shotgun carts they are stupid expensive.

  17. Billy Handsomeface

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I used to use a carry bag, but I got tired of switching back and forth between cart and carry bag so I bought my friend’s old clic gear. It is awesome.

  18. Brandon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Did a lot of research before deciding on a push cart, read a ton of reviews, looked at different models in stores, etc., etc. Ended up ordering a Caddytek 15.5 about a year ago from TGW for under $100 bucks. Very, very pleased in the quality of these, just as solid as a ClicGear, but for way less money. Build quality of the Caddytek is just as good as the ClicGear I was able to check out hands on. Well worth the price to buy a Caddytek.

    • Brandon

      Apr 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Sorry, the model I chose was the 15.3, still can be found on Amazon

    • John

      Mar 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm


      Had my Caddytek for just over two years (NOTE “HAD”). Last week the bar connecting the left rear wheel to the frame popped out of the frame socket. Attempts to repair/return the connecting bar were completely futile. Left rear wheel flops around like a just caught perch.

      I’m now buying the ClicGear. I figure for the extra $ 100.00 I should expect 5 – 6 years of service instead of just over 2 years.

      Everybody will hear if the ClicGear fails before 2020.

      John P

    • N. D. Boondocks

      Jun 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

      I had that model, but sold it in favour of a Clicgear 3.5+. I didn’t like the foot brake, although it did work properly. The rear wheels could never be made parallel, so no matter how I adjusted the front wheel, when coasting it would always pull to the uphill side of any sort of terrain. Didn’t like the ribbed foam on the handle, that was an irritant. Unfold & fold was blistermitten fast, though, and folding flat like it did took up surprisingly little space. A bit better engineering on the basic design and I would say this cart could easily be the standard to beat.

  19. Chris C.

    Apr 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I am 61 years old and have been golfing for 55 years. I view push carts as a necessary evil to assist those with a disability. When my back gave out during the same round that I blew out my MCL, it was extremely difficult to finish the round. I acquired a Clicgear and was able to continue golfing without interruption during the months it took to get my back in shape. I found the Clicgear to be extremely stable and served as a great assistive devise. If one does not have a medical reason for using a push cart, I see no reason for their use. I play on a course that has a creek meandering through it. Often the shortest route to my ball is to simply jump the creek or walk over boulders. I often play in rain which necessitates jumping over standing water. If I duck into the woods for an errent shot I do so with my clubs. If I march into a field of fescue, I do so with my clubs. If I wish to walk between a bunker and green to get to my over cooked approach, I do so with my bag of clubs. None of these things can be conveniently accomplished with a push cart. I use a single strap Jones bag and, God willing, I can avoid health issues which might necessistate putting my Clicgear back in the trunk of my car.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm


      If I may ask, why such an extremist view? Do you feel that push carts alter the game or the playing ground in some fashion? I’m baffled by your take and want to better understand it. Here’s hoping you see my reply and feel fit to answer it. Thanks very much for your thoughts.

      Ron M.

      • Joe Duffer

        Apr 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

        Nothing extreme at all… he simply prefers to carry.
        What’s so hard to understand?

        • Mac

          Apr 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

          I’d say it was this comment: “If one does not have a medical reason for using a push cart, I see no reason for their use. ”

          This is a macho point of view. Next, you’ll hear someone question your manhood for using a pull cart. It’s silly and pointless, IMO.

          • Double Mocha Man

            Apr 24, 2015 at 11:14 am

            Real men carry. Real men with back and knee problems from carrying, roll.

  20. Golfraven

    Apr 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Clearly missing the BIG MAX trolleys here. Those are big sellers in Europe and good quality. I have the SMART and this one is very good and durable although on the heavier side. You may consider the IQ or the BLADE if you have Porsch (non SUV). I am a fan of 3 wheeler. Don’t think the cruiser 4 wheel are good to manoeuvre. What about the Titan versions like TiCAD or JuCAD? Very sleek and lightweight but rather pricey $$$

  21. headymonster

    Apr 18, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I’ve found that if a course is relatively flat a cart is great. But if it is hilly a push cart makes life more difficult.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 18, 2015 at 9:17 am

      It’s all about your shoulders and back, isn’t it? If it is hilly, serpentine! Thanks for your comment. Keep on offering opinions hereabouts.

      Ron M.

  22. JDMonly

    Apr 18, 2015 at 12:04 am

    I had a Bagboy Quadra prior to my Clicgear 3.5. The Bagboy has a retarded brake line location that actually got caught on my size 13 foot and line snapped. Poor design! Overall the unit just seemed poor quality compared to the Clicgear…from tubing to wheels. Clicgear has my business on my next cart should it fall apart in about 25 years!!

  23. Henrik

    Apr 18, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I have a Sun Mountain MicroCart and like the folded size of it, and the included accessories. It is a lot harder to push though than my old Speedcart. Perhaps is the smaller wheels, perhaps the 4 wheel but very noticable to the point where I would look elsewhere

  24. Mike J

    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I bought last years Bagboy Quad on sale for $170 at the local Dicks Sporting Goods. My son used it for his entire high school season and I have used it several times and we both love it. Maneuverability is not really all that big of an issue if you just lift the front wheels and turn ,as others have said. The only con, As Ron pointed out is the umbrella holder, not well thought out, but that doesn’t take away from the ease of use at all, overall a great piece.

  25. Martin

    Apr 17, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    My wife and I have used the sun Mountain speedcart for several years and it works great, see alot of clicgear’s at our course.

  26. Ken

    Apr 17, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve got an older Clic Gear, and it’s great, but I also bought an UPRIGHT CADDIE, and love the thing. My bag sits straight up as if it was standing on the ground. It just seems a little easier to get the clubs out. I’m not even sure they are still being made.

  27. RH

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Just use the Riksha at my local course. Its a no frills cart that works for me.

  28. Brian DeBlis

    Apr 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I started using a push cart last year after years of carrying my bag. I found out that you burn roughly the same amount of calories pushing your bag than you do carrying your bag, so to me it was a no-brainer.

    • birly-shirly

      Apr 17, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      I carry, but I was surprised to see those figures – I thought that a trolley would save you energy. If it doesn’t, and in the absence of back or shoulder pain, is there really any benefit over carrying your bag?

      • ChristopherKee

        Apr 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        Yes, you can bring more stuff with you. I pack my lunch, two bottles water, extra shoes, 12 balls, GPS, Rangefinder, and Orange Whip training aid. If I was carrying the bag would be way to heavy, plus since I’m pushing I can use a larger cart bag that manages my clubs better.

        • Golfraven

          Apr 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm

          Agree. I struggle to carry my cart bag couple of yards from the locker to driving range – same setup. I would rather not play at all on the course if I had to take this bag without trolley

      • Ronald Montesano

        Apr 18, 2015 at 9:20 am

        You’re wearing down the back and shoulder by carrying, birly-shirly. By using the push cart, you’ll limit those back and shoulder injuries down the road. If we were to tell athletes to only drink water when they are thirsty, they would all dehydrate. So, from my vantage point, use the cart now and you’ll live a better middle and/or older age.

        • birly-shirly

          Apr 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm

          I’m open to persuasion, but I’d like to see independent evidence that carrying a sub 20lbs bag, rather than technique, overuse, fitness or lifestyle issues is what leads to injuries.

    • TR1PTIK

      Apr 20, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Very interesting. I currently have a Titleist Ultra-lightweight stand bag and carry after my $20 pull cart broke last season. I was in desperate need of a new bag after Christmas and figured I’d be better off to go this route until I can afford a decent push cart. With both straps, the bag doesn’t seem too burdensome, but I definitely try to keep it minimal. Hopefully, in another month or so I’ll be able to find a decent cart I can afford.

  29. Brian

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I came in expecting a bunch of hate on people who use pushcarts. Probably why there are so many shank votes. But as a 33 year old disabled Marine with a bad back I just can’t carry a bag for 9-18 holes without paying the price.

    Having said that, my country club membership doesn’t include carts so instead of paying $12 a round I bought a ClicGear 3.5+ on Amazon and couldn’t be happier. It’s easy to push, has plenty of storage and looks like a solid piece of gear. Used it all last season and been very happy. Worth the price. I think I got it on sale for around $200. Paid for itself in cart fees.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 18, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Thank you for your service and sacrifice, first and foremost. As someone who has not served, I cannot imagine the dedication it took to keep this country safe. This article was conceived, researched and written for golfers like you, Brian. People need to anticipate future injuries and staying out of motorized carts enhances the benefits of walking. Keeping the bag off the shoulders helps the shoulders and back today and into the future. Keep your thoughts and experiences coming and nice buy on the ClicGear!

      Ron M.

  30. Eric Cockerill

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    As far as quality and stability, clicgear and bagboy can’t be beat, but clicgear does have one weakness…it does not handle stand bags well. The bag rotates within the strap due to the stand leg hinges. Clubs become more difficult to access and whole cart becomes unstable. Huge problem. Most of the competitors have some method of locking in the hinges to prevent the rotation, including many of the lower price point models. Not sure why Clicgear continues to ignore this flaw.

    • Joey5Picks

      Apr 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      My Clicgear 2.0 handles my Sun Mountain stand bag just fine. The foot of the cart rests against the bottom of the bag and the “foot” of the golfbag doesn’t come in contact with anything, so the bag’s legs don’t extend. I’ve never had a problem with my bag rotating while strapped to the cart, either.

      • Eric Cockerill

        Apr 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm

        Mine is the Clicgear 3.0…perhaps a bigger problem with that model or my specific stand bag.

    • Brian

      Apr 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Clicgear actually has something called a Bag Cozy that addresses this. It’s $25 though. Seems like a lot of $$ for what it is but does seem to solve this issue.

      • Eric Cockerill

        Apr 17, 2015 at 8:26 pm

        Thanks for the direction. I probably will buy this…with the exception this problem, I consider the Clicgear an outstanding product. I do feel somewhat vindicated though, clearly this is an issue or they wouldn’t have to sell a separate solution.

        • Brian Z

          Apr 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm

          I pushed the Clicgear Model 8 all last season with a Titleist 14-way stand bag… bought the Bag Cozy before this season and it’s been well worth it. It ought to have been included to begin with or somehow discounted for registered owners, but of all the add on options this has been far and away my best investment.

    • Duane

      Apr 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I recently purchased a Caddytek 3 wheel push cart. I have the model with a small cooler and storage bag integrated underneath between the two wheels. The top bracket is made to fit between a stand bags legs to keep it from rotating and so far it has worked like a charm. I have discovered the great health benefits walking the course as I am down 23 pounds and my golf scores have dropped too. One of the best investments of golf equipment I have ever purchased.

  31. Bianca

    Apr 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    As a golfer who grew up walking and playing golf in Europe, I think it’s a shame more people in the US don’t use push carts. Just a note that I think it would have been great to have BIG MAX push carts included in this guide too.

    • TR1PTIK

      Apr 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Agreed. I also think it’s shameful that more people don’t use bicycles for transportation. It’s a waste of resources and a waste of life when you consider how much healthier Americans would be if they did such things.

  32. AJ

    Apr 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I have an older model clic-gear and it’s lasted 6 years now without a single issue. I use it 4x a week. Not one complaint ever.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      This is turning into a ClicGear love fest! Thanks for the personal story. Those are the ones that matter most.

      Ron M.


    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Just picked up a refurbished 3.5+ through clicgear @ $160. Can’t wait!

  34. Jim

    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Start with the Clicgear model and you’ll be very happy. It’s very simple to set up and break down (at least after watching their video) and is very small which is great for storage. It’s also very easy to push on the course and very stable as well. There is no comparison to ones the other guys in my group use and it seems to be very solidly built for the long haul too. They’re all pretty expensive but I guess because it lasts so long it’s not the worst investment and it sure beats carrying the bag.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

      That is a very comprehensive post and I appreciate your commentary. If I may ask, which are the “other ones” that your brood uses? It’s always nice to get a comparison from the fairways. Thanks for your time and effort. Come back often.

      Ron M.

      • Jim

        Apr 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        Bag Boy is the only other one I can remember. And his fell apart during the first round and needed to be repaired. Just not as solid as the Clicgear.

  35. TF

    Apr 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Actually, the ClicGear 3.5+ handle can be adjusted to different heights/angles. Having said that, I’d still list it as a con since it’s not intuitive – I was using mine for months before I figured it out.

    Great purchase no matter which make and model you go with, though.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Apr 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

      TF, Thank you for that. I’ll take a look at it and figure out where I went wrong. I appreciate your commentary. Come back often with more insight!

      Ron M.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Apr 17, 2015 at 11:31 am

      We have corrected the language, TF.

  36. dr bloor

    Apr 17, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I bought a Tour Trek on discount for about $80.00 five years ago. The strap system isn’t perfect and it’s a little bit ugly, but it’s got wheels and brakes, it holds my bag, and it folds down into a size about as compact as most anything else out there. I await the article that makes a convincing argument to go over $125 when purchasing a push cart.

    • TR1PTIK

      Apr 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

      No joke. Why do pushcarts have to be so expensive? I’d like to see more sub-$150 offerings.

      • Ronald Montesano

        Apr 17, 2015 at 11:25 am

        Fellows, your comments might be the lead in to my next piece, on what aspects of R&D and parts jack the prices up to the point where consumers take notice. Thank you for your questions and opinions.

        Ron M.

        • TR1PTIK

          Apr 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

          That would be great. I understand you get what you pay for, but I sure would like to know how much of that $200+ is just markup because of the brand name and reputation.
          I think a cost analysis of the carts in this article compared to “lesser” brands like Caddytek would be very interesting.

          • LF

            Apr 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

            Agreed. I purchased a CaddyTek 13.5 for a 100 bucks at Costco…it’s stable, durable and has most all the features of a Clicgear, absolutely no complaints. After 3 years of ownership it’s hard to imagine anything over a 150.00 bucks not being beyond the point of diminishing returns.

            • Egor

              May 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

              Hi LF. I have the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe and the Clicgear. The CaddyTek 13.5 was not available when I purchased the SuperLite but I looked at the pics and reviews online and it looks like a solid cart.

              I bought the Clicgear because it folded down and stays in the trunk all the time (The CT13.5 looks small enough too) whereas the CaddyTek SuperLite is not something I can leave in my car.

              The Clicgear also has the sand and water/coke bottle attachments so I have everything I need when I’m on the course.

              I wish the CaddyTek 13.5 was available when I bought my first one, but weather you have a sub $100 cart or $200+ cart, the important part is – you have a push cart and all the benefits that go along with walking the course.

    • Ben

      Apr 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      I have a Tour Trek as well, I think it’s well designed EXCEPT for the joint that connects the two rear wheels to the main frame. It’s not as sturdy as it should be (to allow the cart to fold up smaller) and as a result the rear wheels sometimes become misaligned, causing the cart to want to veer to the left or right. It’s not a major problem but it’s annoying having my cart always tugging to the right a little. For this reason, I wish I had shelled out the extra $100 bucks to get a Clicgear.

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Insider photos from Tiger Woods’ launch event for his new “Sun Day Red” apparel line



On Monday evening, inside the swanky, second-story “Coach House” event center in the Palisades Village, just minutes down the road from the 2024 Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, Tiger Woods and TaylorMade officially announced their new apparel/footwear/accessory line, called “Sun Day Red.”

The Sun Day Red website officially launched on Monday night during the event, and the products are set to go on sale starting May 1.

The “Sun Day Red,” or “SDR” name will be self-explanatory for most golf fans, since he’s been wearing a victory-red shirt on Sunday’s for his entire professional career, but Woods explained the meaning of Sun Day Red at the launch event:

“It started with mom. Mom thought – being a Capricorn – that my power color was red, so I wore red as a junior golfer and I won some tournaments. Lo and behold, I go to a university that is red; Stanford is red. We wore red on the final day of every single tournament, and then every single tournament I’ve played as a professional I’ve worn red. It’s just become synonymous with me.”

The Sunday Red outfit has worked to perfection for his 82 PGA Tour victories, including 15 majors, so why not make an entire apparel line based on the career-long superstition?

As I learned at Monday’s launch event, the new Sun Day Red line includes much more than just clothing. To go along with a slew of different golf shirt designs and colorways, there were also windbreakers, hoodies, shoes, hats, headcovers, ball markers and gloves on display.

The upscale event was hosted by sports media personality Erin Andrews, with special guests David Abeles (CEO of TaylorMade) and Tiger Woods himself.

As explained by Abeles, the Sun Day Red brand is an independently-run business under the TaylorMade umbrella, and is based in San Clemente, California (rather than Carlsbad, where TaylorMade headquarters is located), and it’s run by a newly-formed, independent group. Brad Blackinship, formerly of Quiksilver and RVCA, is the appointed president of the new brand.

As for the logo itself, obviously, it’s made to look like a Tiger (the animal), and is comprised of 15 tiger stripes, which correspond with Woods’ 15 major championships. While the logo may need a 16th stripe if Woods adds a major trophy to his collection, it makes perfect sense for the time being.

The golf/lifestyle line is meant to combine premium precision and athletic comfort, while still having plenty of wearability and style off the course. Like Woods said on stage at the event, he wants to be able to go right from the course to dinner wearing Sun Day Red, and that was exactly the aesthetic on display at the event on Monday.

Following the official announcement from Woods and Abeles, they revealed multiple pieces of clothing, accessories and footwear for the event-goers to ogle (and photograph). Check out a selection of product/event photos below, or head over to our @GolfWRX Instagram page for video coverage…OR, head into our GolfWRX Forums for even more photos and member discussion.

Enjoy this exclusive look at Tiger Woods’ new Sun Day Red apparel lineup below.

See more photos from the Sun Day Red launch event here

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Motocaddy M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC electric cart review



I have been thinking about electric golf push carts, or trollies, ever since I started playing in my league seven years ago.

Motocaddy has been making high-quality electric, and non-electric, carts since 2004 and has a couple of great options for the golfer who loves to walk. Motocaddy was nice enough to get their M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC in my hands to try out on the course for a few weeks.

I have had a lot of people stop me to ask about the carts, and the one thing I keep telling them is that these carts are just flat out fun to use on the course.

Motocaddy M7 Remote

The M7 Remote was very easy to get set up right out of the box. All you have to do is charge the battery, install the wheels, and you are pretty much ready to go. The M7 folds up pretty small, just a little larger than the 3-wheel pushcart that I had been using for years. Getting it to the course should be no problem with just about any trunk space. Now, the one downside to an electric cart is the weight when moving it around, and both carts come in at around 35 pounds each. Even with that extra weight, I didn’t have much trouble lifting them in and out of the back of a pickup.

The M7 unfolds quickly with the flick of two levers and extends the front wheels automatically. Once unfolded, you drop in the battery, plug it in, and secure your bag. If you own a Motocaddy bag, they have developed a really nice system called EasiLock that involves two metal studs that fit into the bottom of the cart. This system also includes a molded base that prevents the bag from rotating at all, even on the roughest terrain. You can still use the M7 with almost any other golf bag as it includes elastic straps that wrap around the top and bottom of the bag.

As soon as you plug in the battery the LCD screen comes to life and you are ready to go. You can use the M7 without the remote by using the dial on the handle to control the starting, stopping, and speed. But the M7 has a remote that is activated by a simple press of the power button to get going. The remote is very simple with just five buttons to control where the M7 goes.

Getting a feel for the M7 takes no time at all and by the time you drive it from your car to the 1st tee you will be in complete, and confident, control of the cart. You simply press the “+” button to start moving forward and the cart takes off gently without any rattling of your clubs, and you can press that same button again to increase the speed. The cart will go from a slow crawl, for bumpy or tight areas, too, as fast as I could run with just a few presses of the button. The big red “stop” button in the center stops the cart immediately, and when stopped it is locked in place, even on steep hills. You don’t have to worry about remembering to set the brakes or anything because it is done automatically.

Steering is just as easy: simply press the right or left button to turn the cart. Small, quick presses will just slightly adjust the cart as it moves down the fairway while a long hold of the button can make it turn on a dime to the right or left.

Almost everyone asked me how stable the cart was and if it would tip over. I can proudly say that it has stayed upright even on some unseen bumps at maximum speed. Side hills, ruts, and even curbs are handled with ease with the help of the small rear wheel.

I really enjoy strolling down the fairway with nothing but the M7’s remote in my hand — it just makes golfing more fun!

Motocaddy M5 GPS DHC

After using the M7 and its fancy remote, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t like not having it. But to be honest the M5 was just as fun to use, but for a different reason.

As the name suggests, the M5 has a built-in GPS with 40,000 courses preloaded into it. The screen is a good size, pretty responsive to the touch, and easy to read in direct sunlight. Having the GPS directly on the cart is great, you drive up to your ball and immediately have yardage to the front, back, and center of the green as well as bunkers and hazards. You can easily toggle between screens on the GPS and it offers a couple of different views to help navigate the hole. The M5 can also keep score and let you know shot distances right on the screen. Motocaddy even includes nice little touches like a screen protecter kit to ensure durability.

Driving the M5 is just as easy as the M7 with using the dial on the handle. And speaking of the handle, the grips have a great tacky rubber that grips well even in hot and humid conditions. To start the M5 you just press the dial down and the cart will gently start down the fairway. You can turn the dial to increase or decrease the speed — I found between 5-6 to be the most comfortable for me. But the speed can go up to a very fast pace if you are looking to set a record for fastest round of the day.

As you walk down the fairway, or rough, stopping the cart is as simple as pressing he dial again. When stopped the M5 engages a parking brake automatically so you don’t have to worry about it running down a hill without your approval. The M5 has tons of power to go up just about any hill and the Down Hill Control (DHC) keeps the speed consistent even when going down a steep decent.

Since the M5 has so much power, and it is a little heavy, I thought steering would be a little bit of a challenge. It wasn’t, at all. Guiding the M5 took very little effort and slight adjustments going down the fairway were very easy. Really tight turns took a slight bit more effort as the torque can want to go forward a little more than turn. Again, once you get the M5 from the car to the first tee, you will be a master at driving it.

Overall, Motocaddy has created two great carts that provide additional enjoyment to walking your favorite 9 or 18. Having the ability to walk without carrying or pushing your bag, clubs, and whatever else goes with you. I like them so much that it is going to be hard to get the M7’s remote out of my hands when I go play!

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app



An 18-hole round of golf averages out to just under five miles of walking, which on its own is a good workout. Once you throw in some potential uphill trekking you get some serious cardio too, but if you all looking for a quick workout between rounds of golf look no further than Crossrope.

Crossrope – The details

Crossrope is a system of the weighted jump rope that allows you to quickly switch the weight of the ropes you are using to boost your workout—they range from 1/4 lbs all the way up to 2 lbs depending on the kit you start out with. There is an accompanying app that helps you go through multiple workout routines and is available free, or you can upgrade to the entire library of workout routines along with more workout tracking options.

This is NOT your middle school jump rope

The handles are heavy duty and feature precision bearings to allow the rope to move smoothly around as you go through a routine. They are also ergonomic and fit into your hand naturally, which making gripping easy, something that is really nice when you’re swinging a 2 lbs coated steel cable around. The handles also come with a fast clip system to make changing cables depending on your selected workout easier too.

The ropes themselves are made from braided steel and are almost impossible to tangle, allowing them to be easily transported and stored when not in use. All in you are getting a premium piece of workout equipment that is effective and easy to store—hard to same the same thing about a treadmill.

When it comes to a workout, skipping rope is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do, and with Crossrope, you can get both cardio and low impact weight training when using the heaviest ropes, and follow along with the guided workouts.

As someone that hadn’t used a jump rope in over a decade, starting out lighter was a nice way to ease in before moving up, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and fun some of the workouts in the app were. If you are looking for a fun way to add something to your workouts, or you just want to try something new to get you into golf course walking shape, this could be right up your alley. To learn more check out

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