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Review: The QOD Electric Caddy

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If you want an electric golf caddy that doesn’t require that you wear a sensor or carry a remote — one that will be reliable and allow you to focus on your game, and not your cart — then the Australian-manufactured QOD is worth checking out.

The QOD (an acronym for Quality of Design and a nod to its four wheels) is powered by a 14.4-volt lithium battery, good for 36 holes or more on a single charge. It has nine different speeds (with the fastest settings moving closer to jogging velocity) so the QOD can handle your ideal pace, whether that be a casual stroll or a more rapid clip around the course.

The QOD is also built to last. Its injection-molded, aircraft-grade aluminum frame has no welded joints. Steel bolts and locking teeth take care of the hinging points. The battery and frame are both guaranteed for three full years. If you need a new battery after the three-year window, the folks at QOD will replace it at cost.

Its front-wheel suspension gives the QOD a smooth ride down the fairway, and the trolley is easy to navigate with a gentle nudge here and there. The QOD is always in free-wheel mode, so it is smooth and easy to maneuver manually in tight spaces and around the green.

The caddy also features three timed interval modes for situations where you might wish to send it up ahead on its own: when helping a friend find a lost ball or when you will be exiting on the far side of the green after putting, for example. The clip below includes a look at the caddy in timed mode.

When folded, the QOD measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall.

Another area where the QOD excels is in its small size and portability. When folded, it measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall, making it the smallest electric caddy on the market.

Folks Down Under have been enjoying the QOD for some time, but it wasn’t until a few years ago when Malachi McGlone was looking for a way to continue walking the course without putting undue strain on an injured wrist that the QOD found U.S. fairways. After first becoming a satisfied customer, McGlone convinced CEO Collin Hiss, who developed the product and oversees its production in Australia, to allow him to distribute and service the QOD here in the states.

The QOD has no self-balancing gyroscope, bluetooth sensor or remote control. Bells and whistles just aren’t its thing — though it does have a USB port for cell phone charging that can come in handy. However, if you are looking for a no-fuss workhorse to move your bag down the fairway, the QOD should be on your radar.

The 2018 model has begun shipping and will be on sale at $1,299 for a limited time. It normally retails at $1,499.

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Win Neagle is a novelist, freelance writer, and college instructor. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Raleigh, N.C.

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  1. Rod Hill

    Aug 30, 2019 at 7:06 am

    The QOD is still one of the best electric golf buggies on the market. The innovative features offered by the QOD are still setting the benchmark that other brands are still trying to reach. And the price has not increased for the last 18 months, making it still a front runner in value for money. At TRocket Golf we are honoured to a be a reseller of the QOD, and we are always happy to discuss a deal if you are in the market for an electric buggy in Australia https://trocketgolf.com.au
    Regards
    Rod Hill
    [email protected]

  2. Rod Hill

    Apr 1, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    The QOD Electric Buggy is sold world wide. If any Australians are reading this wonderful review of the QOD Buggy, head over to http://www.qodgolf.com.au for more information.

    Well done Golf WRX, a very good, concise review. Thank you.

  3. Scott

    Mar 29, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Walking the course is truly one of the most enjoyable activities I know of. We need a push in this country to reduce carts and encourage walking. These type of trolleys certainly should help improve pace of play.

  4. Steve Plutte

    Mar 28, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Looks great!!!!

  5. SV

    Mar 28, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    From the pictures it would seem to be too narrow for stability except for the most level course. Also, it it seems expensive since a lot of courses require you to ride and you wouldn’t be able to use it all of the time.

    • sam

      Mar 28, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Real men in Australia still walk the course… while decrepit obese Americans must haul their butts around sitting in a golf cart…. soooo obvious

  6. JasonHolmes

    Mar 28, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Love everything about this cart except that 10-20-30 second advance feature. I dont play anywhere that those sorts of options are practical. Sending it 20 or 30 seconds ahead – who in the world uses that?

    I wish it had been implemented more like Motocaddy did with the 5-10-15 *yard* feature. Much more practical IMO.

  7. James T

    Mar 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    First side hill lie and the thing flops over…

  8. Bob Norfe

    Mar 27, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Indeed the most practical and portable of e-golf trolleys. You can easily store it in the trunk of your car, which is a rare sight in electric trolleys.

    However, would suggest the following improvements for the next model:
    Change the plastic components as they do not last more than a couple years.

    Rear axis has to be broaden in order to favour more stability on non-fairway grounds.

    Overall weight has to be reduced, my wife is in her early 30’s and can’t lift it alone.

    • Malachi McGlone

      Mar 28, 2018 at 2:01 am

      Thank you for the kind words and feedback Bob, we are always looking for ways to improve. With the 2018 model we have increased the diameter and width of the rear wheels which has shown a significant improvement in stability with very little impact to the compact size. The frame is constructed with heavier metal to improve durability so the 26lbs. is as light as we could get it this year but we will continue to try to make it lighter each year. We have also upgraded many of our components as well, if you are having any issues with older plastic parts please let us know and we’ll be happy to get them replaced for you. Thank you again for the feedback Bob.

      • James T

        Mar 28, 2018 at 11:23 am

        My apologies, mine weren’t the kindest of words. I understand you need to strike a balance between stability on the fairways and portability in the car trunk.

        • Malachi McGlone

          Mar 30, 2018 at 3:32 am

          Thank you for writing back James, that is very admirable of you. I understand that was just your initial reaction and we took no offense to it, but thank you for the apology. The QOD is surprisingly stable for its compact size and it would take a significant degree of side slope before gravity would win the battle with the front suspension system in the QOD’s front wheels. Thanks again for writing back, all the best and keep hitting ’em straight!

  9. Malachi McGlone

    Mar 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you for the review of our electric golf caddy Golf WRX. We have been followers and fans of your site for a long time and are very excited that you found the QOD Golf Caddy and decided to do a review on it. We are fellow golfers who love keeping up with the latest in golf equipment and news so we appreciate what you produce on a daily basis. If anyone has any questions about the electric caddy we are always happy to help 7 days a week. Thanks again Golf WRX. Enjoy the walk everyone.

    • Robert

      Mar 28, 2018 at 12:18 am

      Why are the rear traction wheels so close together? I would have thought a slightly wider track would provide better stability on uneven and sloped ground. Thanks.

  10. BarnRat

    Mar 27, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I prefer to dump my butt in a golf cart and ride around the course like a hot shot.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app

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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 crossrope.com

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WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of

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One of the coolest parts of being in this part of the golfing world is being able to shed light on smaller companies that typically get overshadowed by their bigger corporate brothers.

So, this post is about one of those products that is definitely competitive against top golf shoe companies, and it’s made by a company called Athalonz, which is based out west in Arizona. Typically known for its innovative baseball cleats and insole packages, Athlonz newest addition takes the patented design to the world of golf with the EnVe golf shoe.

These have started appearing on the world long drive circuit due to the amount of traction they get, allowing players to swing harder. So for the last few months, I have gotten to wear them and see if they are as good as the company claims.

Athalonz EnVe: Living up to claims

The main selling points of these shoes are focused on two things

  1. Design that delivers more power and stability
  2. Custom comfort that lasts all day

These are somewhat difficult to combine into one shoe, and though they are on the heavier side, Athlonz are completely worth it for the benefits. It is obvious that they made strides to hit each box on the list for a great shoe. The patented design has been adapted from their baseball cleat and introduces a spikeless golf shoe with a circular design that allows the player to gain traction through the golf swing. This gives a player the chance to swing harder and faster without losing their footing. They also offer insole packages that help with correct bodyweight placement to help add an extra layer of consistency.

Secondly, it’s very noticeable that there was plenty of thought given to comfort with a roomy toe and custom insoles to fit your style. Additionally, ankle padding helps to provide more stability and comfort.

On another note, they have a good sense of style with a more classic, casual take. In addition to the pictured white/brown color, there’s a black/grey colorway as well.

After multiple months of wear in all types of conditions, these shoes have performed great for me with all the traction I need and while feeling great throughout the round.

Verdict

I am a person who tends to support smaller companies when I can if they make good products. Any support for them goes a long way—especially in the golf business. Since these shoes will set you back about $150, I wanted to be sure they are worth it for the money and they absolutely are. Seriously, for anyone looking to boost their shoe game and help alleviate aching feet and ankles, give these a shot.

 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII

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Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.

Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII ( slope adjusted version ), you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.

Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII

First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.

In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.

Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.

Slope-Adjusting ID Technology: With the 20i GII you have the option to get the slope-adjusted distance for any shot thanks to Nikon’s ID Technology. The mode can be turned on and off by the user to comply with USGA rules to make it legal for tournament rounds. Having tested it out on hilly terrain it’s easy to see why so many golfers mis-club going into greens when elevation changes become a lot more dramatic.

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The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.

The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.

Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.

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