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Top tips – which electric golf trolley is for me?

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Which Electric Golf Trolley - Powerkaddy - The Social GolferWhich Electric Golf Trolley?

So, despite saying I would continue to carry my golf bag until I can’t, the recent improvements in design, fold-up size and battery life have forced me to rethink this stance of late.

Now in my early fifties, is this the time to make the change?

However, with so many different options available to choose from, which electric trolley suits my needs and budget? In an attempt, to find out, I did some research…

 


I need an electric golf trolley – The Considerations…

Firstly, as already stated above, there are numbers of factors I found I needed to take into account when selecting an electric golf trolley…

 

1. Budget – While a ‘Push’ trolley can be bought for as little as £50, a good electric golf trolley will start upwards of £400 and can cost as much as £1000

 

2. Design – Unless you have an American RV pick-up truck or state of the art Range Rover, like many, the size your new electric golf trolley packs down to, will be big determining factors when it comes to purchasing.

However, best to measure the space in your boot before committing to your purchase as some items are not as small as you think.

In addition, pay close attention to the carrying handles, as I found one of the more expensive models very difficult to carry and even took the skin off my knuckles on firs test!

 

3. Battery – With some batteries only catering to the 18 holes golfer, it’s worth considering if you want to charge the lithium battery in your cart every time you play.

Or if you sometimes play more than one round in a day, should you upgrade to a Long-Life battery at the time of purchase may only add an additional £50 to your costs

 

4. The Brands – There are so many brands available on the market but right now (July 2019) the market leader are without doubt PowerKaddy and MotoCaddy.

Both PowerKaddy and MotoCaddy are UK based business.

In fact, MotoCaddy was started by ex-PowerKaddy employees.

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Between them, they hold 95% of the UK market with PowerKaddy being the market leader with a 60% share compared to MotoCaddy’s 35%.

 

5. Warranty – Having spoken with a number of retailers and it would seem some electric carts are more prone to faults that other.

One retailer said, “We do occasionally see PowerKaddy’s trolleys returned but rarely do we see a return from MotoCaddy purchasers”.

However, given this quote came from just one of many hundreds of retailers, I don’t think it would be a fair representation of the brand as a whole.

In addition, having looked at online reviews, MotoCaddy is certainly winning on the testimonial stakes! Google Reviews: PowerKaddy (1 Review) – 1.0 star, MotoCaddy (29 reviews) – 2.9 stars

 

6. Function – Many carts now come with GPS included but I would ask do I need it, given that I have a handheld GPS already?!

 

7. Accessories – As with most golf products there is always an additional gadget or to add to the pot and with an electric golf trolley, this still applies.

Whether you want a dedicated ‘Trolley Bag’, a Waterproof Rain cover or umbrella holder the additional spend can soon mount up.

 

8. Repairs & Servicing – Obviously like all manufacturers, they are procedures to follow depending on whether it’s faulty goods or a warranty issue.

But in my limited research, I found that PowerKaddy were easy to contact, whereas I was told and 2.40pm that the marketing team were out to lunch.

#JustSaying

 

So, while I don’t think I am in a position to tell you, which is the right Electric Golf Trolley for you or if it will improve your golf swing, but hopefully, I’ve given you some additional things to consider before you make your purchase.

 


By Ian Mullins

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Improve Your Golf Swing: The Impact Position…

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Improve Your Golf Swing - The Impact Position - Why Impact Is All That Matters in the Golf Swing - Golf Club Guru - The Social GolferAll golfers want to improve your golf swing but every golfing enthusiast should understand that at the moment when he takes a swing and makes an impact on the ball – that’s when the most important part of the game takes place.

Thus, it seems like nothing you do before or after the swing matters that much.

Here are a few tips from our friends at www.GolfClubGuru.net on how to improve your golf swing …


Of course, impacting the ball like a Pro can be rather challenging.

It takes lots of practice and patience to learn the art of a perfect swing.

However, with clear guidelines and handy tips on how to develop an ideal golf swing impact position, you will reach the goal faster and with less effort.

In this article, we are going to give you these tips!

Improve Your Golf Swing – Perfect Stance: Basic Rules And Characteristics

Before we can go to our tips, it would be wise to define what we call a perfect stance and what are its main characteristics. Let’s take a closer look at this matter!

First of all, a perfect impact position requires distributing your body weight correctly.

Ideally, if you are right-handed, from 60% to 70% of your body weight should be distributed to your left foot.

Same way, for left-handed players, the same percentage of the weight should be distributed to the right foot.

This is the first and one of the most important points for building up a correct stance.

Thus, whenever you get out on the course, be sure to pay attention to the weight distribution!

The next important characteristic of a perfect stance is the position of your wrists.

For a right-handed golfer, a right wrist should be bent backwards, while a left wrist should remain flat or slightly bowed.

Respectively, left-handed players need to do this the other way around.

Now, let’s move to the last but not less vital characteristic – the position of the club.

First of all, it is important to pay attention to the clubface.

It should be square and de-lofted.

Also, your club shaft should be leaning forward.

If you can adhere to these rules, you will be able to build up a correct impact position.

Our last tip is to pay special attention to the role and motions of your hands, as this is one of those things that have the biggest influence on your stance.

How To Improve Your Impact Position?

Probably the most important tips for improving your stance is to twist the clubface and then move the handle – this will “open up” the clubface right at the top of a backswing.

These tips will help you add enough power to your swing.

Improve Your Golf Swing - The Impact Position - Why Impact Is All That Matters in the Golf Swing - Golf Club Guru - The Social Golfer v2

However, these aren’t the only hacks that can come in handy!

Here are a few additional recommendations to help you swing like a pro:

  1. Make a stable turn

For higher consistency, you need to eliminate the unnecessary sideways motion during the backswing.

In simple words, you need to learn how to make a stable turn.

  1. Avoid the scoop

The easiest way to avoid the scoop is to hold the club with a bit flexed wrist instead of keeping it extended.

Holding it with an extended wrist, as a rule, generates poor contact and unnecessary scooping.

  1. Pinch

The better impact position you develop, the more control and distance you can get in your shots.

To reach these goals, experts recommend pinching the golf ball and turf when you are at the lowest point of your swing arc.

  1. Keep attention to your hips

As was already mentioned earlier in our article, the correct distribution of weight matters a lot for a proper impact position.

Keeping most of the bodyweight on the right-side limits the impact you can make and restricts your hips’ movement.

Instead, keep the most of your weight on the left side and make sure that your hips move first.

So no you have the tools to be a Major winner!

#Goodluck


By GolfClubGuru.net

Golfing in South Africa – The Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland)…

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Golf in south Africa - Eswatini Kingdon - The Social GolferWhile searching the countries around the world that play golf, TSG regular columnist Scottish Bob took at another look at Golfing in South Africa and came across a country called The Kingdom of Eswatini!


As TSGers who read my golf articles know, I am always on the hunt for rare and exclusive places to play golf.

Now I have to admit I had not heard of this country under that name, so I decided to look a little bit deeper into its origin…

Golfing in South Africa – The Kingdom of Eswatini…

Up until April the 19th 2018 the country was formally known as Swaziland, however, King Mswati III decided that he would change the name of his country to The Kingdom of Eswatini.

In fact, unlike a lot of other countries around the world that completely changed their name, he named Eswatini in their spoken native name for “Swaziland.”

Of course, I then recognised the country in question.

Eswantini has a population of just under 1.5 million people as of 2019, it is approximately  17,364 sq kilometres and no larger than 200km from North to East & 130 across from East to West.

It is the smallest country in Africa as well as the Southern Hemisphere, I believe that it is also the last monarchy in sub-Saharan Africa.

However, while being a small country it has a very diverse and wide variety of landscapes, from the mountains along the border with Mozambique to the Savannah’s of the North East and the rain forest to the North West.

The Capital of Eswatini is Mbabane.

It is the largest city in the country with a population of just under 95,000 people in 2010.

Golf was first played in Mbabane in about 1923, the golf course had no prepared fairways, the veld grass was kept short and the greens were made of stamped earth as were the golfing tees.

The course still existed into the early thirties until the outbreak of the 2nd world war.

Interest in golf was revived in Mbabane following the 1939/45 war and the re-opening of the main club in 1947, to which the United Kingdom Government donated 3000.00 rand.

A subcommittee was formed to construct a golf course of which Bob Rankin (R.I.P.) and many other members contributed their time and passion for the love of golf.

The golf course took 18 months to finish with many members of the community helping out in many ways.

The 9 hole golf course was opened in 1949 which, I believe, is the oldest golf club in The Kingdom of Eswantini.

Meanwhile, several rivers also run through this beautiful country including the Great Usutu River and there are quite a few wildlife reserves & big game parks.

these have a wide variety of flora, fauna and of course, there are the Lions, Elephants, Hippos and the endangered Black-faced Rhino.

Golfing in south Africa - Eswatini Kingdon - The Social Golfer

It is also known that there are 507 bird species in the country of Eswatini.

Needless to say, I think we might be more interested in the golfing birdies.

And there is always someone wanting to “hog the greens”

Golfing in South Africa – The Kingdom of Eswatini – The Golf Clubs…

I knew a little bit about the varying options of Golfing in South Africa and I had heard of the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel Golf Club, founded in 1965.

This epic 18 hole par 72 sprawls out onto the dramatic slopes of the Lebombo Range.

An 800 kilometre stretch of narrow mountainous highland, before curving gracefully down into the lush valley where the Swazi Sun Hotels are set in the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).

The first 9 holes of this spectacular golf course are comparatively level, however, the back 9 holes take full advantage of the imposing mountainous terrain.

There are many challenging features on this course including glossy lakes, rustic gullies and wickedly sited bunkers dot the landscape.

One of which is so deep that they had to incorporate railway sleeper steps.

Nkonyeni Lodge & Golf Estate is another one of those spectacular golfing experiences you can only dream about, set in 1200 hectares of the African bush and overlooking the Great Usutu river and surrounded by mountains.

The 18 hole championship course, with the spectacular Golden Eagle Links Course and the Bush-veld Course, are in absolutely pristine condition.

Thus making your round of golf an absolute pleasure with their very own game reserve right at your doorstep.

Golfing in south Africa - Eswatini Kingdon - The Social Golfer

There are many more fantastic golf courses in this wonderful & very diverse country including The Big Bend Golf Club, The Simunye Country Club, The Mananga Golf Club, The Manzini Golf Club, The Usutu Forest Golf Club, The Ubombo Country Club… and I could go on.

I never realised when starting this small article just how many beautiful & exciting golf courses there were and this also applies to the wildlife game reserves.

I had always thought of Kenya, South Africa & Tanzania as the haven for those, however, I can now add The Kingdom of Eswatini to that list.

I would like especially to thank Dorrie & Martin Litschka and their many friends from other Golf Clubs in Eswatini for supplying me with information on the area.

In addition, there’s a special mention to the personnel of the Mbabane Golf Club & The Nkonyeni Lodge & Golf Estate.

These clubs were very kind in helping me with a lot of local knowledge, which helped me in many ways to find out more about the country and its surrounds but a lot about this new fledgeling country itself.

Ngiyabonga & Salani Kahle (Thank you & Goodbye!).

Til next time from Scottish Bob

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