Best Golf Push Carts Reviewed & Rated for Quality

Your back is the most important part of your golf swing, so it’s advised that golfers of all shapes, and experience do what they can to preserve their health, and keep unnecessary strain off of their back. While it’s helpful to have a local course that allows golfers to use motorized golf carts, that’s not always an option. What is always an option — and one that you should avoid — is the back harness, or backpack straps. Save all of that muscle power for the swing.

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CaddyCruiser ONE-S
  • CaddyCruiser ONE-S
  • 5 out of 5
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  • One Click to Fold Cart
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Clicgear 3.5+
  • Clicgear 3.5+
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Hand Brake
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JEF World of Golf JR803 Deluxe
  • JEF World of Golf JR803 Deluxe
  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • Lightweight & Sturdy
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The best purchase you can make if you’re a weekend links warrior is the push or pull golf cart. Most of them are of simple construction. At least three wheels on a shopping cart or dolly like system that you can mount your club bag on and remove any need to carry around your clubs.

Over the years these designs have gotten more complicated, then back to a more simplified design. Now, there are two major types of push carts, ones with motors, and ones without. Both options carry your bag, offer places for extra gear, and have scorecard spots. The only major difference being that the motorized ones usually have a remote-control-car type interface, that will allow you to drive your clubs around — though some have proximity sensors and will do their best to follow you — that and roughly a thousand dollars difference for the cost of entry.

Scrapping the idea that everyone should own a motorized cart, we put together the definitive list of golf push carts out there.

 

10 Best Golf Carts

 

1. CaddyCruiser ONE-S

1. CaddyCruiser ONE-S
Referred to as the “Rolls Royce of Golf Push Carts” by no one ever, except for me just now, the CaddyCruiser ONE-S brings some tiny things to the table that no other cart has on the market right now. At least not in its entirety. This four-wheeled premium golf cart is atop our list because of its application of a handful of modern golf cart inventions that culminate in the best
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Swivel Front
Almost all push or pull golf carts are designed the exact same way, without the ability to steer. The average golf cart will feature a three-wheeled design, with a rigid frame, meaning that those using the push cart would have to lift the front wheel off of the ground in order to turn the cart. This four-wheeled beaut has a swivel at the front two-wheels and steers with ease. The steering mechanism even locks in a forward position for your anti-swivel needs.

One-Click Fold
Like the evolution of baby strollers, and modern motor vehicles, everything has taken the road towards ease of use and compact design, the CaddyCruiser ONE-S has a one-touch, quick collapse. The insanely fast and simple collapse button is so fluid and simple that you won’t even have to put your cold beverage down.

Cost and Value
The CaddyCruiser ONE-S from CaddyTek is a premium cart with all sorts of customizable lengths on handles, and angles for comfort and convenience. Added onto that the swivel front end, the one-button collapse, and the small compact size, and you can’t get much better in the golf cart market. So, while the CaddyCruiser is a bit on the expensive side (around three hundred dollars) it is worth every dime. The CaddyCruiser is inarguably the king of push carts.
Pros
  • Compact folded size
  • One-button collapse
  • Front-wheel swivel
  • Premium construction
  • Adjustable ergonomics
Cons
  • Premium price tag
  • Smaller amount of storage than other carts

2. Clicgear 3.5+

2. Clicgear 3.5+
Clicgear is known or one thing, and one thing only, high quality builds with minimalistic designs. Without going to the budget side of the marketplace, Clicgear offers an amazingly constructed paired down cart, and with the 3.5 model, you’ve got literally everything you might ever need in a golf cart, minus the four-wheels and swivel steering mechanism we mentioned in the previous list item.
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Lightweight
Again, in the best interest of your upper and lower back, it is crucial to equip yourself to compensate for the surprising weight that comes with a whole set of golf clubs. In that same vein, you’d be smart to pick up the lightest golf cart you can find. The Clicgear 3.5 Push Cart weighs in at a total of just 18 pounds.

Compact
Alongside its aircraft grade aluminum frame, designed to keep a low profile, the Clicgear 3.5 Push Cart folds up into a dramatically small package. With dimensions of just 13 inches by 15 inches by 24 inches, the compacted size of the Clicgear 3.5 is hardly bigger than a juicy university textbook. Getting to and from the course won’t be that difficult with how tiny this push cart can get.

Cost and Value
While we’re still hanging out at the top-end of the push cart charts, it’s important to note that premium builds like this will last you a lot of summer swinging seasons. With the light frame, and compactable design, the Clicgear 3.5 runs near the top of the budget window but you won’t find a lighter, or more travel friendly ride for your clubs than this.
Pros
  • Crazy lightweight
  • Premium build quality
  • Tons of accessories available
  • Compact folded size
  • Airless tires
Cons
  • Premium price tag
  • Fixed three-wheel

3. JEF World of Golf JR803 Deluxe

3. JEF World of Golf JR803 Deluxe
It couldn't be a complete list of golf push carts without an absolute example of something you can get if there are crickets in your wallet (instead of money … Amazon still doesn’t accept insects as payment). The JEF (one f short of your pal’s name) JR803 is the most standard of standards. Sometimes, it brightens one’s day to see something comforting like a trustworthy uncomplicated situation. The JR803 is the type of push cart that one would get at a community pitch-and-putt.
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Paired Down
Without ever even hearing the words bell or whistle, the JEF World of Golf JR803 is the chance to own one of those push carts you can sign-out for free at the local cheap links. There’s truly not much there. A plastic covered scorecard slot, with a couple of ball holders, and almost nothing else. It has two wheels and a front stand to keep your bag upright when you stop for a swing.

Foldable
It’s astonishing to us that this extremely budget -- but still very useful -- push cart would put the time in to become even remotely portable. While the JR803 by JEF World of Golf doesn’t pack down to the size of a thick legal pad of paper, it does fold in have for easy storage in your trunk. This is an edge that the manufacturers didn’t have to add, but did, and it makes it that much better.

Cost and Value
For around 50 dollars, this budget cart serves its entire purchase without costing you the funds you’ve been saving up to replace that pitching wedge that you broke because you still can’t hit it out of the tall grass, Jared. This is a cheap push cart, and it doesn’t miss a beat. You get the sturdy steel frame, that will last a while, for a price that is a fraction of the cost seen above it on this list.
Pros
  • Astoundingly simple
  • Folds in half
  • Fits almost all bags
  • Waterproof scorecard holder
  • Ideal price tag
Cons
  • No bells, no whistles
  • Isn’t very compact when packed away

4. Qwik-Fold 3.0

4. Qwik-Fold 3.0
Sometimes stripping out the bells and whistles are necessary, and there are many people out there that just don’t want any of those things. There are two types of people that partake in hobbies or sports that include a lot of things you can buy for accessories, or gear. One of them needs the newest, and the most, while the other wants to pair-down and get the one thing that they need without any lights to distract you from the task at hand. Much like the Clicgear 3.5, this Qwik-Fold, does its job, extremely well, and doesn’t throw any frivolous extras at you. Except for maybe that “free” umbrella holder that the manufacturer was nice enough to throw in for us.
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Extremely Compatible
This full-size and adjustable push and pull cart can fold down into a transportable package that measures in at only 15.35 inches, by 16.1 inches, by 29.7 inches. Paired with the lightweight frame, and it won’t be difficult in the slightest to pack up this push cart and take it to the links with you. In addition, as the maker’s name suggests, it folds quickly.

Height Adjustable
One thing some manufacturers neglect is that every golfer might not be the exact same height. The Qwik-Fold 3-Wheel cart has a wide range for the height of the handle that is sure to make the maneuvering of the cart ergonomic and comfortable for any golfer, regardless of their height. Note that this might make the quick-folding design take a little bit longer than the manufacturer’s bragged “one second” as written on the box.

Cost and Value
There’s a lot to love about the Qwik-Fold 3-wheeled cart, and if there’s anything it might be missing, the manufacturer also has a ton of accessories available to build the perfect golf club carrying cart to suit your needs. Landing around a couple hundred dollars makes for an easy choice when it comes to paired-down carts on the market today.
Pros
  • Featherlight aluminum frame
  • Compact storage
  • Folds in “One Second!”
  • Not a bank breaker
  • Plenty adjustable
Cons
  • Fixed front wheel
  • Handle tray does not fit most phones

5. Clicgear Rovic Compact

5. Clicgear Rovic Compact
If there’s one thing that Clicgear is known for, it’s that they have an abundance of accessories to go along with your awesome new push cart. That list includes accessories like seats, more cup holders, pouches/bags, and umbrella holders. But it’s truly the quality of parts that makes Clicgear stand near the top of the podium when it comes to push carts. The Rovic cart boasts an “edgy” styling that uses curved aluminum bars to run in opposition of the shape of your bag, which most designers steer clear of.
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Hand Brake
The gold standard for the golf cart market is foot brakes. If you think of baby strollers, or shopping carts, you will remember the foot breaks, most likely near the rear wheels. But the Rovic Compact golf cart takes the simple idea that while you’re using it, you’re feet are probably not near the cart (as they will be walking), while your hands will already be on it (hopefully you’re pushing or pulling it -- we do not suggest letting your cart fly free down any hills or declines). So they put the lockable brakes on the handle, where they are easier to access.

Full Console
The Clicgear Rovic has a full onboard console that includes places to keep your writing utensils, your cellular device, a beverage, and the most important part: your scorecard. The side of the console even has two accessory attachment mounts that let you fulfill your golfing needs.

Cost and Value
At a slightly north of average price, the Rovic comes in above the two hundred mark, but brings a lot to the table. Most of it is standard among the premium push cart market competitors, but what Rovic lacks in out-of-the-box pezaaz, it compensates for with it’s unique style and almost futuristic aesthetic. The Rovic is the coolest looking cart on this list.
Pros
  • Futuristic shapes and design
  • Full console
  • Plenty of additional accessories
  • Hand brake
  • Premium build quality
Cons
  • Folded form not very flat
  • On the expensive size

6. CaddyTek Super Lite

6. CaddyTek Super Lite
The third offering from CaddyTek on this list, only goes to show that all of the praise we’ve given them thus far is worthy of multiple spots on our important list of golf carts.

This three-wheeled cart offers a similar and familiar shape, maintenance free wheels (no air) with smooth ball bearings, foot brakes, and the high quality components and manufacturing details that we’ve come to trust from CaddyTek.
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Extremely Lightweight
While golf carts aren’t the heaviest part of your golf game -- that sand wedge muffle on the 13th is going to weigh you down for at least a week -- some can add just enough bulk to your load that it might bog you down on the back nine. But the “Super Lite” from CaddyTek is actually what its name suggests. Weighing in at around 12 pounds total, it is probably the lightest premium brand cart on earth. I’ve “found” heavier bags of golf balls, than this entire push cart weighs.

Minimalistic
Do you want less frills? How about nearly no frills? How about a golf push cart that is the golf push cart version of that burlap sack with draw strings that the kids are using as backpacks these days? The Super Lite push cart is the tool for the job, with only a small mesh net, cup holder, scorecard display, ball holder, and umbrella holder.

Cost and Value
As the CaddyTek Super Lite is a very simplified version of a premium cart, the price reflects the minimalistic approach to solving the “how do I get my golf clubs from one hole to another without actually carrying them” problem. With half the bells, and not a whistle to be heard, the Super Lite comes in around half the price of CaddyTek’s more extensive model options.
Pros
  • Extremely minimalistic
  • Super lightweight
  • Umbrella holder
  • Foot brakes
  • Premium build quality
Cons
  • Doesn’t pack down small
  • No bells or whistles

7. Axglo TriLite 3

7. Axglo TriLite 3
A gold standard in the market for golf push carts, the Axglo TriLite is a little bit of everything you’ve come to expect from a premium without some of the polish that bigger brands have in their corner. With a quick strap to swing around your golf bag, you’ll find the mounting of your clubs to be as easy as strapping on your own seatbelt, and a big bin near the handle instead of pockets make for pretty great amounts of storage.
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Compact Fold
Even though the TriLite by Axglo is a pretty standard array of the normal checklist of properties that one comes to expect from their golf bag carrying push cart, it does have a well above average folding size. Falling down upon itself to a minuscule 11 inches by 17 inches by 26 inches, the TriLite isn’t the smallest available cart in it’s compacted state, but sure beats a lot of the common market.

Gliding System
The Axglo TriLite comes equipped with a “unique” gliding system that provides years of mechanical movement (folding, and unfolding the push cart) without any wear on the mechanisms or materials themselves. This extends the lifespan of your investment by a long while.

Cost and Value
Perhaps you’ll have noticed that some of our top picks run in around the three hundred dollar mark, and with the cost of clubs these days, that’s a lot to invest in the thing that carries said expensive metal swingy objects. It’s on the back of that notion that we firmly agree that the Axglo TriLite is a little overpriced for it’s loadout of features, coming in at that premium quality, without much paperwork or hardware to backup that price tag in comparison to the others that would see you foot the same bill.
Pros
  • Hand brake system
  • Compact fold
  • Big “stuff” bin at the head
  • Premium build materials
  • “Bonus” cup holder
Cons

Premium price tag on mostly standard features Will make your set-up extremely heavy

8. Bag Boy Quad XL Golf Cart

8. Bag Boy Quad XL Golf Cart
This Bag Boy is a premium cart with some awesome features right out of the box. Aside from what’s in the box, Bag Boy has a huge line of premium additions that include umbrella holders, cooler bags, and even a carrying case (yes! A carry case for the thing you bought to carry things! Pretty genius right?). Jokes aside, the Bag Boy Quad push cart line-up is a few features short of living at the top of this list. It holds your bag almost upright, has stability (thanks to its four wheels), and has some pretty awesome tricks.
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Bag Lock
Through scrupulous invention, Bag Boy has developed a locking system that refuses to let your bag shake or twist in it’s locked state. Even if you have a golf bag with a built-in stand, this u-shaped bracket, with cutout portions for those pesky bag stands.

Console King
Above all else, the Bag Boy Quad XL is the reigning champ of quality console. This is the Playstation of golf push cart consoles. It’s prime steak, after 18 holes. You’ve got an under console bag, a water bottle holder, tee holders, a pencil holder, an umbrella holder, a slot for cell phone (accessible), and a big compartment for keys, gloves, extra balls, and anything else in your pocket that might throw off your follow through.

Cost and Value
A premium bag cart at a premium price. There are better push carts for your golf bag on this list, and some of them are a few bucks cheaper. But the Bag Boy Quad XL is a very great cart, at a top-of-the-line cost.
Pros
  • Best console in the normal market
  • Four-wheel stability
  • Bag lock system
  • Folds small
  • Handle height adjustment
Cons
  • Fixed front tires
  • Premium price

9. Big Max Golf IQ+ Trolley

9. Big Max Golf IQ+ Trolley
There’s some misdirection in the name of the Big Max Golf IQ+, mainly the fact that this golf bag push cart does not add or subtract any part of your intellect. And there’s especially no “plus” to your IQ just by simply owning this push cart. Nor will it profess prophecy about your next hole, or your club selection. But it does do the job it was made for, and the quality of the construction makes it worth the asking price.
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Large Console Compartment
It’s not fancy, but the Big Max Golf IQ+ has a gigantic console compartment that includes interior pockets, a mesh underside, and come side straps for accessories. Though most (all) of these Golf Push Carts don’t advertise exactly how much space, by volume, that their console compartments are, the IQ+ has an on the large size panel. Maybe that’s what the “plus” in the name is for.

Adjustable Bracket / Rain System
The adjustable bracket system for holding your golf bag in place isn’t anything special. Most of these push carts have straps that can adapt to at least the majority of golf bag sizes. But the bracket is also a home for the Big Max “Drop-Stop Rainsystem” which is a fancy name for an emergency rain cover for your expensive golf bag.

Cost and Value
Other than a very well made frame, and their “revolutionary” single shake folding concept and design, the Big Max Golf IQ+ is priced well beyond what you can spend to get everything higher on this list. You could even buy two of some these carts. Though the build is great, the price will deter you as it doesn’t speak in-line with the rest of the market expectations.
Pros
  • Huge console compartment
  • Adjustable bag straps
  • Easy to use rain protection
  • Premium quality materials
  • Adjustable handle height
Cons
  • Three-wheeled stability
  • Well over-priced

10. CaddyTek One-Click

10. CaddyTek One-Click
This wonderous cart is just a step down from the CaddyCruiser from atop our list here, but we thought it was worthy of being at or near the top of this list because it contains some notable features that the CaddyCruiser does not, and also doesn’t have the Cruiser’s best feature -- setting itself apart in both strengths and price. And with varying colors for those sweet rims it has, you can justify a few extra dollars for that “pimp my push cart” kind of experience.
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One-Click Fold
Like the evolution of baby strollers, and modern motor vehicles, everything has taken the road towards ease of use and compact design, the CaddyTek has a one-touch, quick collapse. The insanely fast and simple collapse button is so fluid and simple that you won’t even have to put your cold beverage down.

Cooler
Hey! Remember that cold beverage I spoke of not a few characters ago? Hold onto your buckets of ice folks, because this golf cart has a built-in cooler basket that hangs off above the back wheels. And with the easily collapsible, you’ll need as many cold drinks as possible.

Cost and Value
At half the price of the number one on our list, the CaddyTek swivel-less 4-wheeled cart is probably the more reasonable option out of the two. You’ll miss out on the biggest selling feature, but the value here is incredibly insane, and you’re only really missing out on turning front wheels. Since the unique swivel front tires of the CaddyCruiser is so out of the norm, you probably won’t miss it. Making this CaddyTek one of the best options on the market today.
Pros
  • Compact folded size
  • One-button collapse
  • Premium construction
  • Adjustable ergonomics
  • Cooler bag built-in
Cons
  • Fixed front wheels
  • Reported manufacturer defects

Like we mentioned at the top of the show here, your back is of utmost importance when it comes to the club and ball ancient sport of golfing. Picking a perfect, and most suitable golf push cart is key to survival. Heading to the links without a cart might spell disaster for your desire to play a full course. The sport alone is exhausting all on its own, so do yourself a favour and roll your golf bag instead of carrying it.

There are a lot of avenues to head down when attempting to figure out which golf push cart is the right one for you, keep in mind your budget, your needs, and the specific features of the cart.

Criteria Used in Choosing the Best Golf Push Carts

Build

Being that your bag of clubs can weight quite a bit on its own — hence our need to develop and acquire golf bag push carts to ease our pain — the make of these carts is an essential trait of the carts we looked at.

The industry and market standard is something like aircraft grade aluminum metal for the frame. This is a proven strong and stable building material that will see every other part of the cart fall apart before the frame of the system ever begins to bend or dent.

Other, often cheaper options, use materials like general grade steel, which will rust and weaken just by existing. Especially when you consider the strain you put your cart through, and the weather elements it is exposed to just doing its designated goal.

Most options on the market will also use parts like zero maintenance wheels — which are just hard plastic or rubber wheels that don’t hold air, so you’ll never get a flat. Other elements to consider for build are type of plastics used for compartments, brake lines, and golf bag straps.

Given the use of these carts, you’re going to want to put some time into researching the construction materials, and take into consideration the overall quality of the materials here.

Portability

Getting from one hole to another is the manufacturers designed purpose for golf bag push carts, and you can assure yourself that whichever cart you pick will most likely do just that, and do it well. But the trip from home to the course, and then back to your abode, is also extremely important when trying to decide which of these carts is for you.

There are a lot of conversations that happen around how to easily travel with your golf bag and clubs — I had an odd chat with a fellow motorcycle rider that was designing a rack for the side and back of his bike that will help him get to and from home with his clubs — so when you’re buying additions for your golfing arsenal, you should one thousand percent consider how portable it is.

On the premium end of the scale, almost every single golf push cart will have a folding feature, and the best of the bunch will fold down to a very minimal and light package. This makes it crazy convenient to throw into your vehicle with your clubs, and get to the course and home again with ease.

Something that solves a problem on the greens, and is hardly even noticeable in your travels? That’s what we call a solid product.

Console

Stripping down your pocket fillers during a round of golf is important as well, to your overall enjoyment and fluidity of your swing. We’ve all got a ton of things in our pockets, from keys to wallets, coin change to cell phones. Getting that stuff out will improve your time substantially.

The console on your golf push cart is a key feature when you’re shopping around. Most carts have at least a few spots to keep back-up golf parts at the ready during your round. Nearly every single cart has spots for spare balls, a place to stick some spare tees, and places for a scorecard.

But the really good carts have a fully-loaded console that has the ability to hold a beverage, prop your umbrella up on, and even hold everything in your pockets.

Whether it be just a mesh net pocket that you can use to unload your weighty burden, or a completely organizable hard-shelled protected case that can house a ton of things. Considering that your golf bag is attached to this cart, and it may be difficult to access the pockets on your bag, so the console has to be there for you and your gloves.

Price

Of course, the biggest criteria for finding the perfect golf push cart for you is your own budget. There are a lot of pretty decent options, at almost any price point. You could blow the entire budget you have for that new driver on a motorized golf push cart, but we steered clear from there.

You could spend less money on your push cart than you did on that small box of golf balls, but we also decided to (mostly) go wide of the cheap seats.

Where we landed was a premium type of standard. Anywhere between one, and four hundred dollars, which is around an average for good push carts that are near the middle of the fully-loaded with features scale.

It’s pivotal that we take a look at both sides of the average; taking items from the cheap and the expensive end of that price range, because great carts can have less features, and less features usually translate to cheaper prices.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will my bag fit?

A: Yes. In a general sense of the phrase, every bag will fit on almost every one of these carts. The push carts are made to fit all sorts of bags, and to speak even more generally, golf bags aren’t really that varied in shapes and sizes. Most golf bags will be roughly the same size, and almost all of these golf bag push carts hold onto your golf bag via elastic or ratchet straps, which form a tight grip around your bag regardless of shape.

Q: Will this cart last me more than one season?

A: Nearly everything on this list — aside from, perhaps, the extreme budget end of this list — should last you for quite a while. We’re not talking a few rounds of golf here. If you spend more than a few hundred bucks on a push cart, it should last you a handful of years at the very least. The sustainable form function of most of these built carts can be attributed to the quality of materials used in manufacturing. Aircraft grade aluminum can withstand abuse for years.

Q: How much money should I spend?

A: As with most things, it truly depends. If you’re looking to invest in a cart that will (like we mentioned above) last you a few years at the least, you should spend a few hundred to acquire one. If you’re looking for a quick fix, without much guarantee for longevity, spending sub one hundred might be in the cards for you. In addition, even though we didn’t pick any for this list specifically, there are very expensive self-driving golf push carts that can run you a few thousand dollars. Spend what you need, and research the products prior to purchasing to ensure they will serve the purpose that you want them to.

Q: How do I fold it up?

A: This will depend on the model, and the manufacturer, but (addressing the question vaguely) it is usually down to a few latch button presses, and some folding. Some manufacturers have gone out of their way to ensure you can fold your cart down without much effort at all. Some carts have a one-button system, that can collapse your cart with the single press and hold of a button and a push. More often than not, there will be a button pin-lock at each bend point, that you will need to press and fold. The most standard the feature, the longer it will last (in general), so be sure to not fall for a lucrative folding mechanism as it may just be better to stick to a gold standard.

Q: Push? Or Pull?

A: This … doesn’t really matter. With a three-wheeled cart, you might be better off pulling the thing, just to ensure that you don’t topple over due to the three-point contact with the ground. But most carts can be easily be maneuvered in both directions. Carts like our number one choice will function better being pushed, as it has a swivel front for steering that will become useless if pulled. Ultimately, it’s up to whichever one you’re most comfortable with.

Sources

  1. ThoughtCo, Golf Buggy
  2. Buggies Unlimited, Homepage
  3. Two Guys Who Golf, The Importance of Fitness for Golfers

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