5 things to look out for when shopping for an electric golf trolley
Looking for the perfect pick me up after spending so much time away from the golf course during lockdown? What about a golf trolley?
Let’s be clear, electric golf trolleys are a significant financial investment and will set you back hundreds of pounds – but they are a brilliant option for golfers who are sick and tired of lugging their clubs on their back/shoulder. They have a small motor and battery that powers them around the course, taking the strain off your body and allowing you to preserve your energy for the game.
However, there are several different options on the market today – including remote control trolleys, trolleys that are compact and fold to a neat size, and fully integrated GPS models. Therefore, knowing which to buy can be easier said than done.
So, to help you make an informed decision, here are just a few key things to look out for when buying a motorised trolley…
You have a number of options when it comes to choosing a golf trolley. Doyou opt for an aluminium trolley that is lightweight and durable or one that’s made from titanium or steel? Titanium has a high strength to weight ratio and is usually tougher than aluminium and rarely dents. Steel, on the other hand, is the heaviest option and, though it’s the most durable, it tends to carry the biggest price tag of all.
The best electric golf trolley can do all the arduous work for you – allowing you to finish your round on a high. However, you still need to be able to lift it in and out of your vehicle with ease. It’s worth noting that lighter models can cover the ground much quicker than heavier models (and will be easier to get in and out of your home or car), but they are more likely to tip over.
All motorised golf trolleys should have a variety of speed options that make it simpler for you to control as you make your way across the links. Whilst lower speeds are ideal for powering the trolley on the fairway or green, higher speeds can be a godsend on hilly courses and will maintain a steady speed when travelling downhill. Motocaddy trolleys, such as the M5 model, come with a Downhill Control (DHC) function for greater control on the steepest of slopes.
Whilst all electric golf trolleys have a battery, there are several types. The most common type is the lithium-ion variety which is small, light and compact, and can last approximately 6-7 hours off one charge. Lead-acid batteries are another option, and although they are cheaper and tend to last a little longer than their lithium counterparts, they are much heavier and take longer to charge up.
Looking for an all-singing all-dancing golf trolley? Most electric trolleys these days come with an impressive full-colour display that is easy to navigate – but it’s worth keeping an eye out for the following accessories as well:
- Drink holder
- GPS and phone cradle
- Rain cover
- Scorecard holder
- Umbrella holder
- USB charging port
Ready to buy an electric golf trolley?
Great! Clarkes’ Golf Centre have a comprehensive range of golf trolleys in stock online from leading brands, such as PowaKaddy and Motocaddy, and accommodate the needs of all golfers. So, whether you’re in the market for the best electric golf trolley or simply want to take the pressure off your core muscles, you should have no issue finding something suitable.