TBX: Push carts gain in popularity

TBX: Push carts gain in popularity

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TBX: Push carts gain in popularity

Twenty years ago or more, pull carts were frequently awful. Players had to drag the thing behind them, wobbling on two wheels. Bags would tip over on even small slopes. There was no storage. And any grownup seen using such a cart could expect more than a few sideways glances from other golfers.

Things have changed.

These days, most of those rickety, pull-behind two-wheelers have been replaced by sleeker, stable push carts that sport three or four wheels and a full range of features that make walking the course a pleasure.

And count on push carts garnering plenty of attention in the coming weeks, as television coverage of college golf shows plenty of players at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club opting to push instead of carry at the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships. The carts also are prevalent at American Junior Golf Association events, and many of those young players will keep pushing as they move on to college.

There have been critics of college players using push carts, especially on social media and even among PGA Tour players, with commenters typically saying that players using a push cart don’t look as cool as players carrying their bags. But several studies have shown health benefits to using a push cart, and many players say they have more energy with a push cart, so count on seeing more of them in years to come.

“I would say that within five years, you won’t see anyone carrying their clubs,” said Kelly Walker, CEO of cart-maker Big Max Golf. “We’re just tapping the market in the U.S.”

The trend to push carts is prevalent especially in the northern parts of the United States, Walker said. Many courses and resorts in the South and Southwest require players to ride carts, but those restrictions are likely to ease over time as many golfers look for more exercise during their rounds.

With summer fast approaching, this is a perfect time to ditch a riding cart while giving the shoulders a break. Here are several push carts worth a look:

Big Max Autofold FF

$269.99
Already available in Europe, this three-wheeler will be available in the U.S. on July 1. It features a simple folding process comprised of three easy steps with no complicated buttons or levers. The durable frame holds any size golf bag and comes with a foot brake. Folded dimensions: 30.7x9x23.6 inches. Weight: 17 pounds.

Bag Boy Quad XL

$199.95
This four-wheeler uses oversized aluminum tubing and a handle-mounted parking brake. Oversized rear tires help push through rough or wet grass. Folded dimensions: 24x17x16 inches. Weight: 16 pounds.

Clicgear Model 3.5+

$219.99
This three-wheeler is made of aircraft aluminum tubing with a powder-coated finish and has a handle-mounted brake. The cargo net storage area is 80 percent larger than on previous models. Folded dimensions: 13x15x23 inches. Weight: 18 pounds.

Clicgear Model 3.5+

$219.99
This three-wheeler is made of aircraft aluminum tubing with a powder-coated finish and has a handle-mounted brake. The cargo net storage area is 80 percent larger than on previous models. Folded dimensions: 13x15x23 inches. Weight: 18 pounds.

Caddytek CaddyLite EZ

$169
This cart features a one-click button mechanism that folds the cart in two simple steps. It is built with an aluminum frame and has a foot brake. The basket has a built-in cooler. Folded dimensions: 28.4×16.5×14.4 inches. Weight: 18 pounds.

Sun Mountain Speed Cart V1 Sport

$209
This cart uses the company’s E-Z Latch System to fold simply, and the cart uses a handle-mounted brake. The new pin-brake system replaces the previous model’s caliper brake. Folded dimensions: 37x16x13 inches. Weight: 17 pounds.

Bag Boy Quad XL

$199.95
This four-wheeler uses oversized aluminum tubing and a handle-mounted parking brake. Oversized rear tires help push through rough or wet grass. Folded dimensions: 24x17x16 inches. Weight: 16 pounds.

Clicgear Model 3.5+

$219.99
This three-wheeler is made of aircraft aluminum tubing with a powder-coated finish and has a handle-mounted brake. The cargo net storage area is 80 percent larger than on previous models. Folded dimensions: 13x15x23 inches. Weight: 18 pounds.

Caddytek CaddyLite EZ

$169
This cart features a one-click button mechanism that folds the cart in two simple steps. It is built with an aluminum frame and has a foot brake. The basket has a built-in cooler. Folded dimensions: 28.4×16.5×14.4 inches. Weight: 18 pounds.

Sun Mountain Speed Cart V1 Sport

$209
This cart uses the company’s E-Z Latch System to fold simply, and the cart uses a handle-mounted brake. The new pin-brake system replaces the previous model’s caliper brake. Folded dimensions: 37x16x13 inches. Weight: 17 pounds.

Alphard Duo Deluxe

$349.95
This four-wheeler has a built-in golf bag with a 9.5-inch top. The cart has a two-step folding mechanism with hydraulic-assisted unfolding. It has a handle-mounted brake, and the wheels detach so the unit can fit on a riding cart. Folded dimensions (with built-in bag): 13x46x18.5 inches. Weight: 19 pounds.

Alphard Duo Deluxe

$349.95
This four-wheeler has a built-in golf bag with a 9.5-inch top. The cart has a two-step folding mechanism with hydraulic-assisted unfolding. It has a handle-mounted brake, and the wheels detach so the unit can fit on a riding cart. Folded dimensions (with built-in bag): 13x46x18.5 inches. Weight: 19 pounds.

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