What should I look for in a golf push cart?
- Look for a cart that has a wide base, is stable, and light
- Carts come in both 2, 3 and 4 wheel options
- Hand or foot brakes standard
- An aluminum frame that is light weighing under 20 pounds
- Clip straps to keep the golf bag securing locked in place
- Breaks down into a compact size to fit in the back of your vehicle
- A console that hold cell phone, tees, score card, Range finder, cup holder, towel hooks, and possibly a seat.
- Three year warranty or more from the manufacturer
Push carts vary widely across the market. With a simple Google search, you can find carts in the under $100 range up to the motorized carts that cost over $1000. While the price is a limiting factor for some or most people, there are some other important aspects of the cart to be considered.
First, you need to decide if you are going to push or pull your wheel push cart. If you are going to pull it, you need to find one with either two or three wheels, and if you are going to push it, make sure to get a three-wheeled cart.
However, the most important thing about their wheels is their size to make sure they will be able to handle rough terrain.
Another important thing to consider is the braking capabilities. There is nothing worse than being distracted from your next swing because you have to chase after wheel golf push cart that is rolling down the hill. Brakes vary widely between the different carts and can be either foot brakes, hand brakes, or a mixture of both.
A third, but not the final thing to consider is how much space there is to hold your extra needs, such as a cooler to keep that cold one ready for you, a place to put your phone so it doesn’t fall out on the green, a place to hold your scorecard, tees, and extra balls, a place for an umbrella, and anything else you may need out on the course.
Should You Buy a Golf push cart?
There are two main reasons to use a Golf push cart. The first reason is that a Push cart reduces fatigue, letting you play a better Golf game for longer, and the second reason is that it reduces chances for injury.
Many golfers, especially men, find themselves wondering why they should use a cart anyway. They are plenty of golfers that have prided themselves in carrying their bags throughout the entire course as a form of exercise. While this is honorable, carrying your bags could be hurting your golf game due to fatigue, plus, you will likely be shooting higher scores.
One of golf’s most notable Sports Chiropractor, Dr. Josh Nelson, wrote an article on the Titleist website where he warned about the dangers that carrying a bag can have on spine, shoulder, knee, and ankle health.
It is important to note that carrying a bag only burns three more calories than using a pushcart, which begs the question: are three calories worth the potential injuries that could sideline you from future play?
Golf pushcart vs Golf pull cart
Now that you are even considering using a push cart for Golf, you might find articles that talk about pushing or pulling a cart, but you aren’t sure about the difference, or what is better. This brings us to the two-wheel versus three or four-wheel controversy.
Golf push carts with two wheels are meant to be pulled behind the golfer, while those with three or four wheels are intended to be pushed in front. When golfers Pull a cart, they have to contort their back and shoulder unnaturally.
This can lead to strain and fatigue, thus raising your chances of the same injuries we are trying to prevent by not carrying your bag. Pushing a cart, however, requires the same motion as walking that golfers already do, which means it can lead to less fatigue than carrying their clubs or pushing a cart.
So, we would argue that Pushing is the best way to go.
Why some Golfers dislike Push carts
There is a lot of controversy over using a Golf pushcart while golfing. Many people who are part of the “old guard” of golfers feel that it looks ridiculous and isn’t real golfing if you are pushing around your clubs.
This was especially prevalent after the 2018 NCAA championships where professional Golfers ridiculed the young, college men for pushing around their clubs.
When golfers at Iowa State were interviewed, they had mixed feelings towards using the Push carts as well. The golfers from the United States tour were against it because they didn’t feel they needed it, and those from other countries said they would gladly use the pushcart to gain any possible advantage.
One Spanish teammate, Scott Fernandez, said, “I figure the more relieved you are, the more rested you are, the better.”
As you can see if the collegiate athletes who are in prime shape see the benefits of using golf push carts to get any advantage they can in their golf game, it is acceptable for you to do the same!
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What Are The Best Golf Push Carts?
We have done the research and looked at the remote-controlled wheel golf cart, and we used the 3 wheel golf push cart, the navigator push cart and tested using our cart bag, staff bags, and our carry bags. We reviewed the big brands like Bag Boys Express, Caddyteck Caddylite, Sun Mountain, Pinemeadow golf courier, Spin It Golf and Superlite Deluxe. We want to help you find the best cart on the market. We aren’t digging into the electric cart in this review, we are sticking to the push pull cart variety that will carry your fairway woods, irons, golf cooler and drinks. We only stick to the important stuff here.