Updated: May 29, 2015
Best Golf Pushcarts - Clicgear Golf Carts:When it comes to golf, there are 3 kinds of players: those who ride in carts, those who walk and carry their bag, and those who walk and use a push cart for their bag. Using a golf pushcart makes it a lot easier to get around the course -- you're already walking several miles, it's probably hot, why keep lugging that bag around when you need to concentrate on your game? When it comes to golf push carts, the two main varieties are either 2-wheel models or 3-wheel models. It seems like most of the newer designs use 3 wheels. I've used both: the 2 wheel carts won't roll away on their own since they stand on their base when you aren't using them, but the 3 wheel carts are easier to push (though you need to use the handbrake when leaving them on a slope) and are a little more stable. In this guide, we will take a look at a popular golf cart model, the Clicgear 2.0 Push Golf Cart. There is a newer Clicgear model out since we did our original article. The Clicgear 3.5+ golf cart gets excellent feedback and sells for roughly $220. It's certainly worth a look if you want some of the newer features. We will be doing a head to head comparison between the 2.0 and the 3.5+.
Clic Gear Golf Push Carts:How much should you expect to spend on a golf cart? You can buy a real cheap golf cart for around $30-$40. Most decent carts, though, cost closer to $100, and the good ones cost around $200. Popular models include the Bag Boy, Sun Mountain, and E-Z-GO (you can check out the current list of best-selling golf carts here). So onto the Clicgear 2.0 -- we've really started seeing these around the golf courses over the last 2-3 years and figured it was time to put it to the test. I've been using an $80 Bag Boy 2-wheeler for the last few years - decent but no drink holder, a latch that comes undone, etc.
Let's start with what you get when you open the box (see photo above) -- the first thing you notice is how it folds up into a little square - it is 13" x 15" and 24" when folded. I think most of their design and engineering money went on how to fold this thing up as small as possible. The photo to the left shows it's folded up size compared to a standard push cart -- you can see it is shorter. It's about the same size around the base, so you could almost fit 2 of these into the trunk space required for a single normal sized cart. I won't go into a bunch of details on how exactly it folds and unfolds -- it is kind of complicated with several levers and locks, but it comes with a detailed diagram showing how to do it, a DVD with a video of how to do it, and you can view a video on their website showing the unfolding and folding (http://www.clicgear.com/videos.html).
Clicgear 2.0 Golf Cart Review:So how does it perform out on the golf course? Like most carts, there is an upper and lower bracket to rest your golf bag against, with elastic cords to hold it in place. The brackets fold and bend in when in the closed position. The elastic cords work better than the old velcro bands my old cart used -- just stretch them and connect the hook. Once your bag is in place, you're off and rolling. Three wheels really do roll better than two. The new tires are solid rubber, good traction, no flats or worrying about air (the original version were air-filled). The wheels themselves have plastic rims, and the tires are like a slightly squishy-yet-firm foam rubber material. Built with an aluminum frame, the Clicgear is sturdy. It weighs a little more than my old cart, but since I'm rolling it and not carrying it, I'd rather have it be a little heavier and tougher.
The top handle and area around it is called the console. The handle is foam gripped and comfortable to use. Not sure how it will hold up over time to rough weather and wear and tear, but we'll let you know. There is also a screw-in here for the umbrella holder if you need it (the umbrella holder is a black plastic tube with a screw on the bottom and a hollow opening to insert the handle of your golf umbrella). There is a swing-down cup holder here as well as a hand brake -- be sure to use it when on slopes (I've seen a cart roll down into the water..). You pull the handbrake up and then twist it into position to lock it. Personally, if I was designing it, I'd think of a way have a brake switch on the front wheel that you kick off and on with your foot -- seems easier. A magnet holds the console cover closed - open it for simple storage.
There is room for snack, sandwich (barely), gloves, score card, etc. inside the console and a stretchy band across the outside will hold score hard and pencil in place, allowing you to write on top of the console to keep score. There are 3 holes for tees at the base of the console. There are towel hooks just below the console. You can adjust the angle on the handle by loosening a red screw and then angling it up or down to the level you prefer. Beyond those features, it works like you would want it to on the golf course. The brake holds well when needed, the cart is sturdy and balanced enough to give it a shove and it rolls itself down hills in front of you, keeping in a straight line. Rubber wheels have good traction, even on wet grass. It can stand up to bumps and bruises that your car trunk or golf bag and clubs can dish out. I definitely like it better than my old Bag Boy (though they make newer 3 wheel models as well that are pretty nice). Overall, the Clicgear 2.0 is a keeper - it's a great all-around golf cart, and it's hard to think how it could be improved. If you are interested in buying online, check out latest prices here.
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