Although golf is being played by an increasing number of younger players, there is still a very high demand for a quality push pull cart.
In this article, I will try to identify the best push pull carts presently available.
Quick comparison: Top Best Golf Push Carts
What makes a good push cart?
In a perfect world we would all be able to walk the golf course and have caddies do the dirty work. Well, this isn’t Bushwood.
The next best thing is a golf push cart that is so unencumbering that you hardly know it’s there.
From the moment you pull it out of your trunk, it has to be an enjoyable experience. In my opinion, the most important thing about a golf push cart is the size it folds up into. I want mine to take up as little space as possible in my trunk.
You also want the cart to be stable, especially when on terrain that is uneven. Something with a wider wheel base is more stable than not. The 4 wheeled carts are typically more stable than their 3 wheeled counterparts.
Storage space in the cart itself varies of course form one manufacturer to the next. If you are someone who likes or needs to take a lot of stuff with you when you play golf, then take note of the storage compartments on whichever cart you choose.
It goes without saying that durability is of paramount importance as well. Something with durable tube metal construction is more durable than something that is plastic for instance. Finally, make sure and do your due diligence when exploring warranty and customer service reputation.
What specific characterics should a great push cart have?
The following features are things to look for when choosing which golf push cart to purchase.
1. Ease of use
- EASY TO OPEN AND CLOSE
- SIZE WHEN FOLDED
- smooth ride
If your cart causes you grief every time you go to use it, chances are the honeymoon will be over before you know it. Included in this issue is the latching mechanism to keep it from opening when you don’t want it to.
Not everyone drives a big SUV or pickup truck. To most of us, space is a premium. With one or two sets of clubs in your trunk, how much more room will you need for your cart? Believe it or not, there are carts available that will suit your needs.
My first push cart (I won’t name names) was so smooth that I hardly even knew I was pushing it. An area to pay attention to is the width of the front wheelbase and whether or not your bag rubs on the tires. Some carts have an adjustable wheelbase to address this issue.
2. Essential features
No need to get too technical here. You are going to spend over $200 on this cart and you want it to last a long time.
The brake is a feature that is now prevalent on all golf push carts in this price range. The ability of this brake to keep your cart from getting away from you should be of importance, as I have actually had one get away from me due to a brake slipping.
Old two wheel carts were forever tipping over, dumping your clubs on the ground. With the advent of three wheel and now four wheel golf push carts, this is becoming less of a problem. When cart manufacturers now talk about stability, it is a side to side issue. Some of course have a wider wheel base making them extremely stable.
3. Peace of mind
My wife likes to take way too many things along with her when we play golf, so many in fact that she sometimes commandeers some of my own storage from me for the stuff that won’t fit in her bag or cart. It has become a feature that I pay more attention to when choosing which cart to buy.
There are too many moving parts on a golf push cart that can, and sometimes do, break. I have had to order parts for two different carts. Luckily I had no issues either time I had to do this.
These are the five golf push carts I have chosen to review and recommend. This is not to say that there are no other options out there, but I believe these are the ones to look at first.
Top 5 Best Golf Push Carts
1. Bag Boy Tri Swivel II
The Tri Swivel II obviously counters the trend toward 4-wheeled carts, and the swivelling front wheel is certainly an attention getter. However, once you take this unit out for a test run, you will discover just how easy it is to maneuver around the golf course.
The swivel definitely takes some getting used to. When you get the hang of it, you will find that it is almost like having power steering on your golf cart. It does have the ability to lock the front wheel if you so desire, but I don’t think that will be the case.
The TriSwivel is very easy to unfold and provides ample storage space. It’s a bit awkward when it is folded up and takes up more room than the Sun Mountain Micro Cart.
In addition, it is priced on the high side when it comes to golf push carts.
When all is said and done, the Tri Swivel II is a 3 wheeled cart that has performance characteristics of a 4 wheeler. If you don’t mind paying the extra 50 or 60 dollars, then this cart might be exactly what you are looking for.
- Easy access brake
- Comfortable grip
- Handle is adjustable to accommodate golfers of varying heights
- Oversized storage bag included
- Weight: 17 lbs.
- Very expensive
- Folded up size larger than others
- Confusing instruction manual
2. Bag Boy Quad Plus
This is Bag Boys’ first foray into the four wheeled cart realm. This cart is, as is the case with all Bag Boy carts, easy to fold/unfold. The Quad Plus has a large “supplemental storage pouch” which is becoming a must for players nowadays.
As mentioned in the features section, the Quad Plus is not as compact as its’ nearest rival (the Sun Mountain Micro Cart).
Another area where it scored poorly was in stability. The short wheelbase and high center of gravity contribute to this. However, the wheels on the Quad Plus are somewhat larger than the Micro, which compensate the stability issue to some degree. This cart seems to roll smoothly through longer grass than others.
- Not as stable as it should be
- Size when folded is somewhat large
3. Sun Mountain Micro Cart
The Sun Mountain Micro golf push cart is so simple in its’ design that some golfers pass on it just because of the lack of a “WOW” factor. In my opinion, that is ludicrous. This cart should not be discounted for that reason.
The fact that it is the lightest in its’ class, folds to the smallest size of its’ competitors and is priced at or near the rest of them, makes this an excellent choice.
This is another cart that I have owned previously. The warranty and customer service are first rate, which is more important once you have a need for them. This four wheeled cart will not disappoint you if it is your choice.
- At 13.5 lbs, the lightest cart by far
- Folds smaller than any other cart
- Can fold/unfold with one hand if need be
- Not very stylish (but who cares?)
- Some people complain about the lack of storage, but I don't have a problem with that here
4. Clicgear 8.0
The Clicgear 8.0 has a lot of things to like about it. It is easier to fold/unfold than previous Clicgear products. The brake system is one of the best of any golf push cart on the market.
The handle is adjustable within a wide range, allowing the cart to be custom fit in a way. There are tons of storage options, both in the console and in netting on the underside.
Many Velcro straps have been provided to attach and store either a GPS device or your cell phone. There is an umbrella storage device on the cart if you are tired of attaching it to your golf bag.
It is; stylish, solid, extremely functional and has accessories galore that you can add on. This is one of the best golf push carts out there…and the price reflects that.
- Design is sound and construction is solid
- Any accessory imaginable available
- Very expensive
- Stand bags do not fit well on the cart
- Heavy and bulky
- Folded size is larger than others
5. Clicgear 3.5+
The 3.5 has gone through a redesign recently and is now the 3.5+. Some of the improvements are: a newer brake system, a larger storage net, a new cup holder, an umbrella holder bracket and a new strap system.
Almost sounds like it should have been called the Clicgear 4.0 instead of the 3.5+ with all the changes? Surprisingly, the price has come down as well, which is nice. Also on the plus side is the plethora of accessories that Clicgear has for their golf push carts.
The folding/unfolding procedure is still confusing at best. I guess it just takes some getting used to. In addition it is an awkward cubed shape when folded up.
- Stylish design
- More stable than other three wheeled carts
- Lots of accessories available
- Unfolding/Folding process is not as easy as some
- Heavier than other three wheelers
I hope it is not too obvious which golf push cart I prefer and recommend. After exhaustive comparisons, I am recommending the Sun Mountain Micro Cart.
There are just too many things right about it to not have it at the top of my list. I really like the fact that Sun Mountain resisted the temptation to dress it up to try to appeal in areas that are just not that important.
I enjoy owning this cart and am in the market to buy another as we speak.