Purchasing the correct trolley..

Below you will find additional factors that you should consider when purchasing a trolley.

Materials

Aluminium

The great benefit of aluminium is its extremely lightweight construction and the trolley will seem very light and will glide round the course. The only slight drawback is the soft finish of the metal that means it may dent easily.

Titanium

No golf material section is complete without titanium. As concerns trolleys, the lightweight yet strong nature of the material makes it very well suited to golf trolleys. Relatively new to the market, you may have to pay more than you would for steel or aluminium.

Steel

The heaviest option, steel is a strong, durable and will feel lighter if mounted well on stable wheels.

Questions To Consider Before Buying

How much does it weigh?

You must consider that although it saves you carrying a bag, you still have to steer it around the course, up and down hills and lug it in and out of your car or a locker room. If it is an electric trolley, lead acid batteries can also be quite heavy to lift in and out of the car. However more electric trolleys now come with lithium batteries which are lighter, smaller and charge more quickly.

How do I control the speed?

Not a problem with a push trolley. Some electric models just have a basic on/off function with a pre-set level of power. Others have a speed dial that allows for a more progressive level of speed that you can easily control. Some top of the range electric trolleys also have a braking system for slowing the trolley when going down hills, which is a recommended if you play a hilly course or the weight of the trolley and bag on slopes is too much for you. There are also some remote controlled trolleys on the market that will allow you to send the trolley around the green while you walk over it, but at a healthy price!

How easy is it to assemble?

Most trolleys are either fold-up or three-piece detachable designs. Either way you should test out how easy it is to assemble and collapse. Some trolleys allow the wheels to be removed for easy storage and can make them much easier to transport.

Will it fit into my car?

Fairly elementary, but you do not want to choose a trolley that will struggle to fit into your car or locker? Most trolleys are designed with the idea that they will be stored in car boots and there are a variety of options for how the trolley folds and comes apart so try before you buy.

Is the handle the right height?

Make sure the handle of your push or electric it is suitable to your height, so that you wont have to bend to operate it, as that will do your back more harm that good. Some trolleys have adjustable handles for this purpose.

How long will the battery last?

Without the battery, your electric trolley will not go far. You should investigate the battery life of your trolley and how many holes it should run for. It is also important to find out how long it takes to recharge (this can vary from 2 hours to 10 hours) and decide whether you may need to buy a spare battery or a longer life battery if you play 2 rounds in quick succession.

Check the accessories

Most 3-wheel trolleys also come with a range of accessories and the umbrella holder is one we would heartily recommend as it is like have a personal caddy walking round with you to keep you dry. Others include drinks holders, GPS/Phone cradles, distance functions, scorecard holders, rain covers and even USB ports for charging phones.

The cost of these can add up and it is also worth checking how many of these you can have fitted on the trolley at the same time. More modern trolleys have some of these features built into the handle so you don't have to buy them as extras, so plan ahead and work out the total cost for the trolley and the features you want.

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