Best Golf Push Trolleys Review – The Lightest and Most User Friendly Options Available!

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Before I did my back in, I was actually a carrier of my bag. I knew it wasn’t the best thing in the world for the old spine and posture, but I always felt that pulling a cart wasn’t much better, and that having your arm twisted around your back as you chug along for five hours was a pretty unnatural movement too.

Hey, I’m no expert on these things, so feel free to question the gospel on that one.

But I don’t think many would argue that the advent of push trolleys has been a good thing for many a person’s back. I kind of bypassed the push trolley phase, having gone straight into the glorious world of electric trolleys, but it’s hard not to appreciate the value this particular niche of golfing equipment has added – not to mention the remarkable advancements that have been made.

It all can add up to something which makes your golfing experiences a whole lot more pleasurable. As we’ve said before, golf can be a sapping, draining game by virtue of the fact that you are out there for rather a long time. The last thing you want when having a great round, and on track for scoring a career best, is to be derailed by fatigue.

Trust me, there are plenty of things in golf which can blow you off course, so the idea is to effectively eliminate tiredness as an excuse if things go wrong down the stretch.

So what fits the bill?

As ever, the keys are to get your hands on something robust, streamlined, light, easy to operate, offers good value, and doesn’t take up too much storage space.

Read through our Best Golf Push Trolleys Review to see which five we decided best fit the bill.

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Our Editor’s Choice for Best Golf Push Trolleys is the Clicgear 3.5+ Push Cart. A streamlined design that is super easy to fold away and store. Low maintenance and superb value for money over the long term.

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Key Considerations

1. Design and Build Quality

I remember the only ‘trolley’ that was ever owned in my family – the good old Gemini with a seat that my mom used to use. It was a revelation when it first came out.

My goodness, it’s a monstrosity now though, and time has marched on. The transition from push to pull has meant that both weight and aerodynamics underpin what is most important in terms of build quality and design.

You need something with minimum resistance and maximum glide. Yet while keeping it light is important, so is stability, and this isn’t always an easy balance to find.

For the rest, you’ll certainly want something durable, with solid wheels, and a decent frame.

You’d have to say these factors are on the second tier of importance compared to the above, but that’s certainly not to say they should be disregarded either. You’re looking for the complete package here, so take a look at the whole picture.

2. Ease of Use

There a lot of things that can stress you out on a golf course. A push trolley should not be one of them. From start to finish, your next set of wheels needs to be a breeze.

How easy is it to assemble? How easy is it to attach your bag, and how snug does it fit? And most important, how easily does it fold up and store away? Of course, it’s also imperative that it sits comfortably as you walk, and that you get the maximum distance for the pressure you exert.

That said, it’s also no good having something which travels at the speed of light, but is hard to control. These are all the fine equilibriums that need to be kept, and it’s what separates the proverbial men from the boys.

3. Value for Money

Think of your next push trolley as an investment. There’s no reason this shouldn’t last you for the next five years. Actually, it should last as long as you want it to – perhaps until you decide it’s time for a change.

With that in mind, go into this with a decent budget in mind.

There’s plenty of boxes that need to be ticked. The best thing to do is to rank them in order of priority in terms of what you’re looking for, and see which models most resoundingly get the job done with respect to each category.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to the remaining strong bunch of contenders, it simply becomes a straight shootout on price.

5 Best Golf Push Trolleys

Clicgear 3.5+ Push Cart

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Clicgear are pioneers in the push-cart game, and although the 3.5+ has been around for a few years, it still stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of them. Obviously the big draw card here is the extraordinarily streamlined design – she pretty much drives herself.

The scratch-proof aluminum frame is cutting edge, and makes it extremely light, as well as tough. Importantly, it assembles and folds away in the most compact manner imaginable. But while the hallmarks of the 3.5+ lie in its design, features and performance, perhaps the most important box of all that it ticks is balance.

You’d expect something so light to topple over on side slopes, but the low center of gravity and high-quality (and large) rubber wheels ensure that this thing can handle pretty much anything.

To put the icing on the cake, it comes in a range of colors, and looks rather snazzy. Well, it grows on you anyway. This is an incredibly popular pushcart, and, quite frankly, it isn’t hard to see why. Definitely one of the best golf push trolleys you will ever find – anywhere.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Easy to set up, even easier to fold away and store
  • Excellent performance all round. Glides like a knife through hot butter
  • Good braking system, and has all the features you’d expect for scorecard, water bottle etc.
  • Airless wheels mean low maintenance, and their large size gives this trolley awesome stability

CONS:
  • Costs a bit, no doubt about it. But you’re getting a lot for your buck

Bag Boy TriSwivel II Push Golf Cart

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Like the Clicgear 3.5+, the TriSwivel came out a couple of years ago, and, in the form of its newer version – the TriSwivel II – it is already well on its way to standing the test of time.

The comparison to the Clicgear 3.5+ is an appropriate one too, because there are notable similarities. Both obviously have three wheels, both set the pace in terms of a streamlined design with excellent performance, and both fold and unfold with consummate ease.

Of course, the cheeky advantage of the TriSwivel II, as the name suggests, is the ability to pivot the front wheel without having to lift the cart each time. In terms of manoeuvrability, that pretty much makes it the boss.

You can lock the front wheel if you wish too, meaning you have the ultimate control. Probably the only possible bones we could pick with this is that it isn’t the cheapest, while the size to which it folds up is ‘only’ about a 7.5/10.

But even just writing that induces a shake of the head, because it is nit-picking in the extreme, and we could wax lyrical about the TriSwivel II for days, as it really is one of our favorites.

What you have here is a solid, reliable trolley which just glides as though it’s skating gracefully on ice. Minimum input, maximum output, as they say. It has all the features, your bag will sit perfectly on it, and you’ll be able to walk effortlessly around the course without even noticing your bag is there – until you need it, that is.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • You won’t find anything which pushes easier than this. Setup and fold-up are so simple too
  • The swivel wheel at the front makes a notable difference to manoeuvrability
  • Such a smooth ride, no issues with stability whatsoever, and bag sits nice and tight
  • Brake works well, and a solid set of features all round

CONS:
  • Not the cheapest. Also, the front wheel occasionally locks up when you may not want it to

CaddyTek EZ-Fold 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart

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If I’m being honest, when I first looked at the EZ-Fold 3, my eyes felt a bit sore. Each to their own, don’t judge a book by its cover and all that; but the low-sunk design isn’t necessarily my bag, and I wouldn’t enter it for any beauty contests.

But all that kind of paled into significance once I stuck a golf bag on it, and ventured out for a few holes. Everything about this trolley is so easy and smooth. The way it sets up, all the accessories, the adjustable handle, the one-button control, manoeuvrability, and, of course, the fact that it folds up like a Houdini trick.

But the signature feature for me has to be its durability in performance. Despite being incredibly light, and relatively streamlined, this trolley raises the bar when it comes to balance, and the ability to conquer rough terrain.

You couldn’t even tip this thing over if you tried, and, given that you still get a decent amount of yardage for each push, that makes this a strong contender for your next golfing possession.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • A really strong, stable, but streamlined unit. Can handle anything
  • Excellent value at $150
  • Assemble in minutes, and fold away into your pocket. Light too
  • Simple to use on every count, particularly in terms of maneuverability

CONS:
  • Front wheel seemed to rub against the base of my bag
  • Personal opinion alert – it isn’t the prettiest!

Clicgear 8.0 Golf Push Cart

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Do you sometimes find that the original is the best?

Okay, so the 3.5+ isn’t the first piece of merchandise the brains trust over at Clicgear ever concocted. But as one of the early pacesetters, it totally won me over, and pretty much every trolley in the world – Clicgear or otherwise – has to lift itself over and above that particular bar as a result.

Does the 8.0 do that? In our opinion, not quite. But it makes a very good fist of it nonetheless. It’s the first four wheeler that Clicgear rolled out, and, as you’d expect, it’s an absolute gun when it comes to categories like stability and performance. But what will really strike you is how much easier it is to push than you might initially think.

It actually glides pretty well. Perhaps the pick of this trolley’s features though is its variety of accessories. It even has a shoebrush for goodness sake! The attachable seat is nifty too.

But of course, it isn’t perfect, and coming in at north of $250, there’s no doubt it costs a few greenbacks. We used a staff bag, which sat just fine, but we are aware of some grumblings about carry bags twisting and turning while being pushed. Something to consider I suppose.

All in all, there is no doubting the quality of this bag. The question to ask yourself, really, is whether you can find something equally (or even better) suited to your needs for a lower price.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Stability, stability, stability. A hurricane couldn’t knock the 8.0 over
  • Folds away as well as any of them out there
  • Deceptively easy to manouevre for a big old unit
  • Outstanding accessories – they’ve thought of everything

CONS:
  • At 22 pounds, it isn’t the lightest in the business
  • A little bit pricey

Stewart Golf R1-S Push Trolley

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No list of trolley-related goods would be complete without a Stewart in there, and push carts are no exception. The one to dazzle us was the R1-S – a new and enhanced version of the original R1. As with anything that comes off the Stewart conveyor belt, the R1-S is just beautiful to look at, and with a variety of different colors, you’ll definitely find one that pleases your eye.

Of course, there is much more to a push trolley than aesthetics, and the R1-S doesn’t disappoint. The fold-up mechanism is as good as we’ve seen in this particular niche. Aside from being quick and easy, it also fills you with confidence that this trolley will outlive the apocalypse. It doesn’t feel like much could go wrong.

It’s durable in its performance too, and ever so stable. Yet the striking thing is its ability to glide so gracefully through fairway, rough, or any other type of terrain. It doesn’t necessarily grab you as being overly streamlined at first glance, but she really can travel when you give her a nudge.

The footbrake isn’t our first choice, although some manufacturers argue that handbrakes don’t last as long. Dealer’s choice on that one, I guess. Also, it’s a Stewart, so it costs a decent chunk of cash. But if this cart suits your needs, and you’re in it for the long haul, it could definitely be money well spent.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Just gorgeous to look at. Pure style
  • One of the smallest out there when folded up
  • Solid design, with simple fold-up mechanism. Will last you a long time
  • It just goes and goes and goes. So smooth and slick

CONS:
  • Phew – it doesn’t come cheap! Quality costs, my friend
  • A footbrake – as opposed to a handbrake – isn’t everyone’s cup of tea

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