Our Top Pick for 2018: CaddyTek EZ-Fold 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart
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The average golf bag weighs approximately 25 pounds. An average 18-hole round of golf takes approximately four hours. After four hours, that 25 pound bag of golf equipment can feel like a 100 pound bag of bricks. A golf push cart eliminates the backbreaking burden of hauling a heavy golf bag around a course. However, there are many factors to consider when selecting the perfect golf push cart, including collapsibility, storage space, weight, wheel size, durability, and, of course, cost. We have studied all these factors and compiled a list of the three best golf push carts available as well as a budget friendly alternative.
Let’s Have a Quick Look of Our Top 4 Picks:
|CaddyTek EZ-Fold 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart, Lime||694 Reviews||$144.95||Buy on Amazon|
|Clicgear Model 3.5+ Golf Cart, Charcoal/Orange||546 Reviews||$219.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Bag Boy C3 Push Golf Cart, Matte Black||56 Reviews||Currently not available||Buy on Amazon|
|CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe Golf Push Cart, Black||1,160 Reviews||$83.70||Buy on Amazon|
#1. CaddyTek EZ-Fold 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart
The CaddyTek EZ-Fold has received praise from both critics and consumers. It includes features and accessories that often require a separate purchase with other comparably priced carts. The EZ-Fold is designed to give the owner many luxury features at an affordable price. Because of its numerous features, durability, and ease of use, the CaddyTek EZ-Fold garners the number one spot on our list.
The CaddyTek EZ-Fold features a 31-inch solid, lightweight, weather-resistant aluminum body, and, yet, weighs only 18.4 pounds. When in the folded position, its dimensions are 14.3 x 16.5 x 28.5 inches, and, unfolded, the dimensions are 53.54 x 31.3 x 44.88 inches. The EZ-Fold is substantial in size, yet compact enough to fit in the trunk of a car or a back seat. The EZ-Fold features a patented one click, two step system folding system, greatly reducing the time required for set up and storage. Because the EZ-Fold does not lock when in collapsed mode, it is best stored flat, although a bungee cord will allow it to be stored in the upright position without unfolding. In addition to rubber straps that hold a stand bag or cart bag firmly in place, the CaddyTek EZ-Fold features an upper bag bracket which firmly secures stand bags, eliminating bag movement or rotation.
The front wheel alignment mechanism ensures that the cart can be pushed easily and effortlessly in a straight line without drifting, despite the terrain of the course. The majority of the weight of the push cart rests on the front wheel frame tube. This weight distribution makes the EZ-Fold easy to push, no matter how heavy the golf bag. This feature eliminates the need to wrangle the cart into position to keep it on the desired path. The 31 inch-wide wheel base ensures dependable stability of the cart, even on uneven terrain. The 11.5 inch wheels are made of solid EVA rubber and have a ball-bearing construction, ensuring that the cart can be easily pushed through high grass or over gravel. The airless wheels insure that there will be no need for wheel maintenance or replacement. The EZ-Fold features an onboard foot-operated braking system guaranteeing that the cart will stay in place during play as well as during the removal and replacement of clubs and other gear. Those who are accustomed to a hand-breaking system may need to spend a few minutes to become acclimated with the foot-breaking element.
The CaddyTek EZ-Fold is equipped with a substantial amount of accessory features. The locking umbrella holder is multi-directional, and has the ability to be move up and down, tilt forward and back, and move side-to-side for optimal positioning. It can be positioned high enough to allow the umbrella to stay open while walking. When not in use, the umbrella holder serves as a storage device, locking the umbrella firmly in place on the side of the cart when not in use. The ergonomic handle of the cart adjusts out, up, and down to accommodate the height of the golfer. In additional to being adjustable, the handle features a console several integrated storage features, including a mesh net pouch, locking storage compartment, pencil holder, and score card holder. The drink holder on the side of the cart is large enough to hold a full-size water bottle. On the bottom of the EZ-Fold is a zippered, thermal insulated cooler that is large enough to accommodate several 12 ounce beverage cans. The bottom of the cart also has a roomy golf club head holder.
The CaddyTek EZ-Fold requires some easy initial assembly that takes from 10-15 minutes to complete. A removable seat for the CaddyTek EZ-Fold is available as a separate purchase. Also available for separate purchase is a duel handled carrying bag that provides additional convenience when transporting the push cart while traveling. The cart is available with four accent colors: Lime Green, Red, Silver, and Dark Grey.
#2. Clicgear 3.5+ Golf Push Cart
Coming in as our second pick is the Clicgear 3.5+ Golf Push Cart. One of the most respected names in the industry, Clicgear has added many improvements added since the release of the Clicgear 3.0. These innovations, along with the reduction of price earns this golf push cart second place in our top three picks.
When folded, the Clicgear 3.5+ measures a diminutive 13 x 15 x 24 inches. Yet, it unfolds to accommodate most standard size stand bags, staff bags or carry bags. Weighing in at just 18 pounds, the Clickgear 3.5+ is easy to remove, store and transport. The frame of the push cart is crafted from aircraft grade aluminum tubing that is strong enough to hold the heaviest of gear, yet light enough to be lifted and carried without extreme effort. The Clickgear 3.5+ features a front wheel alignment system that allows for manual adjustment, resulting in consistent and straight tracking. Brightly colored, clearly labeled markers at the folding points of Clicker 3.5+ take the guesswork out of breaking down the cart for transportation and storage.
The Clickgear 3.5+ push cart features an improved lever handbrake system preferred by many golfers that ensures the cart will stay where it is parked. A streamlined brake engagement mechanism reduces the risk of brake cable damage and stretching. The Clickgear 3.5+ features oversized, maintenance-free 11.5 inch airless tires. Made of durable foam rubber, airless tires eliminate running the risk of experiencing a flat while out on the course, and allow for easy navigation through gravel or high grass. The onboard, adjustable bag strap system utilizes locking elastic straps to secure the golf bag firmly in place, eliminating moving and turning during club removal and play. The ergonomic, padded handle can be adjusted within a 45 degree angle to allow for ease of use for golfers of different heights.
Not only is the Clickgear 3.5+ more compact that its predecessor (the Clicgear 3.0), it offers several upgrades including an 80% larger storage net, larger cup holder, new bag strap system, improved umbrella holder system, and aforementioned improved brake system. The storage net is located on the handle of the cart and has ample room for tees, golf balls, gloves, and other accessories. The console features a magnetic locking lid with integrated duel score card holders, pencil holders, and a Velcro patch to hold a golf glove. The umbrella holder adjusts to allow the umbrella to be used placed and locked in a variety of positions. When the umbrella is not in use, the umbrella holder secures the umbrella firmly in place and out of the way on the side of the cart. The cup holder adjusts to accommodate a variety of bottles, cups, or cans.
In addition to the accessories that come standard with the unit, the Clickgear 3.5+ features 3 accessory mounts that can be used with the over 20 unique accessories available for separate purchase. These accessories include an adjustable seat, GPS holder, golf ball clip, cooler, storage bag, double canopy umbrella, and protective rain cover. The Clicgear 3.5+ is available in 9 colors and color combinations: Charcoal/Orange, Charcoal/Black, Grey/Black, Charcoal Lime, White, Blue, Lime, Orange, and Silver.
#3. Bag Boy C3 Golf Push Cart
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Rounding out our list for top golf push carts is the C3 Push Cart, made by Bag Boy, one of the leading names in golf equipment manufacturing. Weighing in at a diminutive 14 pounds, The Bag Boy C3 weighs less than the previous two picks, making it an ideal purchase for those who are unable, or unwilling, to hoist a heavier bag in and out of car trunks. The C3 Push Cart requires initial assembly prior to use that utilizes very little time and no tools.
The Bag Boy C3 incorporates a three-step folding system, making it easy to fold down to the size of a large, triangular backpack and it has the ability to stand on its own without needing to be propped against a wall. When in the folded position, the C3 measures just 21.5”x13”x18”, a size small enough to be stored in the trunk of a car with room for a full golf bag. Made from lightweight aluminum, the frame is durable and weather resistant. The maintenance free solid foam tires measure 9.5” and 11.5” (front and back tires, respectively). The higher back tires ensure that the cart will travel smoothly and effortlessly over gravel or through tall grass while the smaller front tire allows for more precise steering. The alignment of the front wheel can be manually adjusted for optimal steering on all terrains.
The arms of the adjustable bag holder bracket accommodate both stand and cart bags with ease and efficiency. Adjustable elastic and Velcro straps secure the bag in place and eliminate twisting or turning of the bag while in play. The Bag Boy C3 features a handle mounted, single tire breaking system that ensures the cart will stay in place when not in use. The placement of the hand brake also ensures that the user will be able to decelerate the cart when walking downhill. The ergonomic handle of the Bag Boy C3 is padded for comfort and adjusts to accommodate golfers of all heights with one easy step.
Although the Bag Boy C3 is more streamlined that the first and second place winners, it is not without some of the luxury features of the heavier carts. The convenient, integrated cup holder in the front console of the cart ensures that drinks are easily accessible. An onboard umbrella holder near the console adjusts and locks to multidirectional positions. The Bag Boy C3 push cart also features a smart phone holder that can also serve to accommodate a GPS. Additionally, there is score card holder, pencil holder in the console, tee and ball marker holder. Under the front console is a solid fabric storage that is large enough to hold golf balls, tees, pencils, and golf gloves with ease.
Although a separate seat is not available for purchase with the Bag Boy C3, there are other accessory offerings, such as a telescoping wind vent umbrella and a protective carrying bag. The Bag Boy C3 is available in Matte Black, Silver, and White.
#4. CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe Golf Push Cart
Having a limited budget does not mean that one has to settle for limited quality. Our budget pick can be purchased with less than $100, however, it does not offer skimpy features for its skimpy price. For those reasons, our Best Budget pick is another offering from CaddyTek: The SuperLite Deluxe Golf Push Cart.
At 11.5 pounds, the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe is the lightest of all our top 3 selections. It is a simple solid steel frame, 3-wheel push cart, yet it is loaded with features. The folded dimensions of the cart are 17.5”x15.75”x33.6”, yet the SuperLite Deluxe expands to 53.5”x27.2”x45.67”, providing a wide wheel base for cart stability. Yet, unlike the other carts on our list, the SuperLite Deluxe can be folded while still attached to the golf bag. However, depending on the size the transport vehicle’s storage space, the bag may need to be detached for a proper fit. Some light assembly is required before the SuperLite Deluxe is ready to use. But, once assembled, the cart folds and unfolds with a few simple steps. The comfortably padded, ergonomic handle has 4 height adjustments, spaced at 3 inch increments. The solid, airless rubber wheels are maintenance free. They measure 11” and 8” (back wheels, and front wheel, respectively). Additionally, the SuperLite Deluxe features a front wheel alignment system which allows the cart to run smooth and straight over a variety of surfaces as well as high grass.
Adjustable elastic tether cord straps on the bag bracket of the cart firmly hold stand bags, staff bags, or cart bags in place without shifting or twisting. Golfers using a junior-sized bag will need a spacer to ensure that the bag fits in the 32” storage area. The one step foot brake results in a cart that stays in place during play, regardless of the terrain.
The console of the SuperLite Deluxe has an attached, adjustable umbrella holder. The console also contains a small, mesh bag that is perfectly sized for holding extra golf balls, tees, and gloves. The integrated drink holder is located on the side of the cart. It is large enough to accommodate most drink containers. However, because it is affixed on the cart at an angle, it is best used with containers that close or seal. The CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe is available in two color combinations: Black/Red, and Black/Green.
Size of equipment
It is important to consider how the push golf cart will be transported. A push cart that will be stowed in the back of an SUV might not fit in the trunk of a two-door sports car. Determine the measurements of all the places in which the cart will be transported and stored and compare those measurements to the specs of the cart when it is in the folded position. In addition to the size of the cart, itself, one must also consider the size and dimensions of golf bag. Ideally, the bag and the golf push cart will fit into the transport vehicle while leaving ample space for easy storage and removal.
Those who take their golf equipment with them when traveling on airlines or trains will need to ensure that the size of the cart will be in compliance with the regulations of the airline or railway system. Additionally, it is important that the cart will remain folded while being handled or stored in transport. If the push cart does not have a locking mechanism that keeps the cart in the folded position, the purchase of an additional strap or bungee cord may be required prior to travel. Many golf push carts have a travel bag available for separate purchase. These travel bags have zippers and straps, making the folded cart easier to carry.
Physical Build and ability of the golfer
When selecting a push golf cart, it is important to keep the build and the physical ability of the golfer in mind. Someone who is very short or very tall will need to ensure that the handle of the golf cart is adjustable enough to compensate for the height, or lack thereof, of the golfer. A handle that is too low or too high will make pushing the cart along the course more much difficult, thus slowing down the flow and the pace of the game. Also, take into account the width of the wheel base of the push cart. As a general rule, the wider the wheel base, the easier the cart will roll.
A golfer with limited upper body strength may want to select a model that’s lighter in weight to ensure ease of setup and storage. Some carts require more effort to fold and unfold than others. Younger golfers using junior golf bags will want to ensure that their bag will remain fastened securely in the push cart. The bag bracket of most carts are adjustable enough to accommodate all types of golf bags including stand bags, staff bags, and carry bags. However, some carts may require a spacer to ensure a proper fit for junior bags. Golf bag spacers are generally easy to make from a small block of lightweight wood, thick cardboard or EVA foam padding.
Golfers who experience frequent bouts of fatigue will benefit from purchasing a push cart that has an adjustable seat available for separate purchase.
Features and accessories
Not every golfer is the same, or has the same requirements when it comes to golf push carts. Some play frequently, while others are more causal players, only hitting the links every once in a while. Those who play more frequently may want to select a heavier cart that can withstand the constant storage and removal of the cart. Those who frequent courses with rough, hilly terrain will want to ensure that the wheels of the cart are larger, and durable enough to handle the terrain.
Large wheels ensure that the golf push cart can be easily rolled through tall grass. The larger the diameter of the wheels, the better a push cart is able to handle traveling through higher grass. Many golf push carts feature a front wheel that has the ability to swivel. While some golfers feel this swivel wheel feature gives the cart greater maneuverability, other golfers prefer an affixed front wheel because it gives the cart more stability when being pushed or pulled through rough, uneven surfaces such as gravel. Some carts offer a front wheel alignment feature. This feature is ideal for those golfers who often play courses with extremely rough terrain full of rocks and gravel. Golfers who frequent courses that are particularly hilly may want to opt for a hand brake system over a cart that features a hand brake. Having an onboard hand brake will allow the user to make the cart move slower when walking down a steep hill.
Most push golf carts have onboard accessories such as cup holders and storage bags that come standard with the cart. Others offer adjustable umbrella holders, additional storage trays, and even insulated drink coolers. And golf push carts have additional accessories available for separate purchase such as attachable seats, additional storage cases, ball racks, and travel bags. These accessories add convenience to the push cart, but they can also add additional bulk. One needs to weigh the need of having these convenient accessories against the additional bulk that these accessories will add to the golf push cart and decide which is more important. Additional luxury features can also make a cart more costly. Those having a budget that allows for these features will not find this to be an issue, but those working with a stricter budget will need to decide just how many features will be affordable and work comfortably within their budget.
Staying within a budget is very important to most golfers. Golf push carts can cost anywhere from $30 to over $200. But a little research prior to the purchase of a golf push cart will guarantee that, regardless of the budget, the perfect push cart can be purchased. Look for those name brands that are respected in the industry. Those manufacturers will generally offer a better product.
Reviews are available online from both consumers and critics. These reviews are essential in determining if the golf push cart adequately meet the needs and wants of the golfer. Detailed reviews can also reveal undesired elements of the cart that will ward off frustration and disappointment with the purchase. Many manufacturers feature instructional videos on their websites that allow the golfer to see the cart and its features in action. Keeping in mind that multiple accessories often increase the cost of the push cart, it is important to determine which accessories and features are absolutely essential.
Conclusion (Wrapping it up)
Golf push carts offer a convenience and an equipment accessibility to the golfer that allows for greater attention to focused on the game. While the selection and purchase of a golf push cart can be a daunting task, the convenience of owning a push cart makes the time and effort of careful shopping a worthwhile endeavor. A dependable, easy-to-use golf push cart is a piece of equipment that is invaluable to golfers of all ages and abilities.