Every month, I receive dozens of phone calls and e-mails about new golf products. These products are amazingly diverse. Many are conceived by ordinary golfers without experience in the golf industry.
I will summarize some of the requests.
Can you review my invention?
Can you write about my device?
Can you recommend my creation to your readers?
Would you buy this?
Would you please give this to Tiger Woods?
Would you marry me?
There is no way I could make this up. Golf inventors and promoters often have a cryptic sense of humor. I could write a book about new golf products – the good, the bad, the bodacious and the ugly – and how they are introduced to the world.
Today, though, I will focus on just one product. It is called the Go-Go Caddy, and it is something I will never own or use. Why? Because it is designed to carry golf clubs on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
I am a self-proclaimed motorcycle moron. Call me Uneasy Rider. If I ride on a motorcycle, I am worried about just one thing: That would be falling down.
I am fascinated by the Go-Go Caddy (www.gogocaddy.com) simply because I like the man behind it, 38-year-old Cameron James of Matthews, N.C.
James called me, oh, about 47 times in an attempt to capture my interest. Did he realize I have a history of being intimidated by Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin and all those other two-wheel movie studs?
As far as I knew, the San Francisco Giants could have a pitcher with the first name of Harley and the last name of Davidson. James, though, was persistent in promoting his sturdy metal carrier that allows a golfer to haul a golf bag and clubs on the back of a Harley, right where a passenger might ordinarily be.
The key in this equation is Harley-Davidson. H-D is the iconic American motorcycle maker, and the Go-Go Caddy is made entirely in the United States and won’t fit on a BMW, Honda or any other motorcycle without some serious alteration.
It’s Harley or bust.
“It’s combining two great passions,” said James. “You get to ride your bike to the course, and you get to play golf. Fantastic!”
James calls himself a “terrible golfer,” but still he loves the game. His initial concept of the Go-Go Caddy took shape in 1999 in Colorado, where he was vacationing. His bike seemed to have a mind of its own as it cruised directly to a beautiful golf course. James longed to play, but didn’t have his clubs and didn’t want to rent a one-size-fits-all set.
The carrier went on sale in 2001, and James is still at it 10 years later. It is his only job, and he is consumed by the Go-Go Caddy and its ramifications. “I still wake up in the middle of the night and write down ideas,” he said.
His latest idea: A retreat in North Carolina for kids and young adults who have overcome colorectal cancer, as he did.
The Go-Go Caddy is centered over the bike, so it does not alter the balance. There is no need to move the lights or license plate holder. No attachment to the axle is required. The golf bag, which is held in place by Velcro leather straps, isn’t even visible in the rearview mirrors of many Harley models.
James is constantly receiving letters of praise and communication from his customers, and he has learned the rig can be used for other items besides golf clubs.
“They told me in Texas,” James said, “that golfers don’t matter much, but Texans sure like to carry assault rifles. I said that was great, for sure, that will work.”
Two requests he turned down were modified Go-Go Caddys for downhill skis and for surfboards. “They were both too big,” James said. “It would be too difficult to ride safely.”
The cost of the Go-Go Caddy, which comes in a black powder coat finish, is about the same as a very expensive driver, $499.
And, please, don’t embarrass yourself by asking if any of these Harley riders try to navigate their motorcycles across the golf course. It’s a gentlemen’s game, after all.