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…
Firstly, as already stated above, there are numbers of factors I found I needed to take into account when selecting an electric golf trolley…
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
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 a big determining factor 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 first test!
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
There are so many brands available on the market but right now (July 2019) the market leader is without a doubt PowerKaddy and MotoCaddy.
Both PowerKaddy and MotoCaddy are UK-based businesses.
In fact, MotoCaddy was started by ex-PowerKaddy employees.
Between them, they hold 95% of the UK market with PowerKaddy being the market leader with a 60% share compared to MotoCaddy’s 35%.
Having spoken with a number of retailers and it would seem some electric carts are more prone to faults than others.
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
Many carts now come with GPS included but I would ask do I need it, given that I have a handheld GPS already?!
As with most golf products, there is always an additional gadget 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.
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.
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