Which Golf Trolley Should You Choose?

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When you’re out on the fairway, you’ll want to conserve your energy for the game – but carrying your golf clubs on one or both shoulders can be incredibly taxing, leaving your momentum in short supply on those all-important final holes. They aren’t exactly lightweight or comfortable to carry, which explains why many golfers opt to use a trolley to cart their golf gear across the links instead.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of ditching your dated stand bag for something new, be sure to check out the range of golf trolleys on offer at Clarkes’ Golf Centre. They stock a wide selection of manual trolleys and innovative electric models from leading brands – Axglo, Big Max, Motocaddy and PowaKaddy to name just a few.

The hardest part is knowing which to choose. But if you concentrate on the most important elements, you should be able to narrow your options down in no time…

Here we point out the key factors you need to consider when buying a trolley – either for the first time or to upgrade your existing one.

6 things to consider when investing in a golf trolley:

1. Budget

First and foremost, you need to set yourself a realistic budget. 

Exactly as their names imply, push and pull trolleys are manually controlled – with push trolleys being pushed and pull trolleys being hauled behind you. These are generally the cheaper option and are ideal if money is tight.

Alternatively, if you have saved the money that you got refunded from a holiday that was cancelled due to COVID-19, or money is no object and you’re simply in need of a pick-me-up in these uncertain times, an electric trolley is an excellent choice. These boast motorised assistance and can really take the strain off your body as you walk across the links. Well worth the expense if you can afford it!

2. Size and weight

One thing for sure is that – no matter which golf trolley you choose – you’re going to be lifting it in and out of your garage or car boot every time you play. With that said, a trolley that doesn’t weigh a tonne (or put your back out as you lift it!), and fits comfortably into the boot of your car, is favourable.

Whilst the weight of an electric golf cart doesn’t matter too much as you won’t be pushing or pulling it, push trolleys tend to be the lightest, cheapest, and fold up the smallest.

3. Storage

Although frequently overlooked, storage space is an important consideration to make when buying a golf trolley. After all, if there’s no room at home for it and it won’t fit in your boot, you’re going to have a serious problem.

The good news is, most golf trolleys fold down to a compact size – making it easier to travel to and from the golf course with and more convenient for you to store in the garage for days when you’re not playing golf.

Electric models don’t fold down quite as neat as push trolleys because of the battery, but the PowaKaddy CT6 does have a small folding footprint which means you should have no issue fitting it in your vehicle or wherever you intend to store it at home.

4. Handy features

A quick look at the golf trolleys available will reveal that there are oodles of high-tech features and functions to choose from – including a:

  • mobile phone holder
  • umbrella holder
  • USB charging port
  • full-colour screen to display GPS distances
  • handy pocket to stow your scorecard, pens and any other essential items

Before you rush into buying an all-singing, all-dancing trolley that is packed with all the latest mod cons, be sure to ask yourself what features could come in useful and will actually benefit your game – and which sound great but, in reality, won’t get used.

5. GPS and connectivity

Today, there is a number of sophisticated trolleys with fully integrated GPS functionality built-in which makes it a whole lot easier for you when out on the fairway. You’ll have everything you need to measure distances and yardages in front of you – equating to less time faffing and more time playing.

However, a GPS golf trolley is likely to set you back an extra £50-£150 compared to a trolley that doesn’t include built-in GPS. Which begs the question, do you really need it, or is it just something you want?

If you already like what you use, then why change it? Similarly, some trolleys allow you to receive smartphone notifications and alerts via the LCD screen. If you’re keen to stay connected whilst on the course, this is a useful function to look out for. But if you’d rather have a few hours free from distractions, it’s perhaps an unnecessary extra expense.  

6. Golf course

Lastly, and by no means least, the type of course you play on will have a huge impact on which golf trolley you should choose. 

For example, if you mostly play on flat courses, you can’t go wrong with a three or four-wheeled push trolley which is lightweight and glides across the links effortlessly. All you need to do is push it in the right direction.

Whereas, if you regularly play on hilly courses with undulating terrain, an electric golf trolley is perfect. It will enable you to move your golf gear with ease – without putting any pressure on your upper body – saving your energy for the game. These are typically controlled via a remote or speed dial setting and some even come with a Downhill Control (DHC) function which ensures the trolley maintains a steady speed when travelling on steep slopes.

So, what’s it to be? Do you want a manual push or pull trolley, or do you wish to go down the route of an electric golf trolley – saving your back, shoulders and knees from aches, pains and niggles? The choice is entirely yours. And if you can’t decide, or would like to know more about the different types of golf trolleys before you make your mind up, the team at Clarkes’ Golf Centre will be more than happy to help. They can even advise you on a suitable model – taking into consideration all of the above factors!

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