Gone are the days of pushing a metal handle into a frame – the best golf push trolleys are just as high-tech as their electric golf trolley cousins.
Push trolleys and electric golf trolleys are considered beneficial to your performance and body.
Carrying your golf bag requires you to lift and set down your clubs up to 100 times a round, placing extra weight and stress on your body which can lead to fatigue and, in some cases, injury.
And while many bag carriers claim that carrying is better for their health and fitness, Dr Neil Wolkodoff, medical director of the Colorado Centre for Health & Sports Science, believes the benefits are less pronounced than they might think.
His research showed that over nine holes, golfers who carried clubs burned 721 calories, opposed to the 718 calories burned by someone who pushed their clubs.
Dr Wolkodoff said: “People who push a cart have a lot fewer health issues and a lot less potential for issues. The golf swing is tough on the back no matter how you look at it. If you can push a cart and keep one more stress away from the back, that’s a great thing.”
But, assuming you choose to follow the doctor's orders, should you buy an electric or push model? We answer all of your golf trolley buying questions below and pick out the best push trolleys on the market.
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Is an electric golf trolley better than a push golf trolley?
It really depends on your needs and budget.
Electric golf trolleys are more expensive than push trolleys due to the additional technology, mechanics and the lightweight, super-powerful lithium batteries. While a push trolley is far more beneficial than carrying, an electric trolley lightens the load even further.
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Many electric trolleys can also do things like charge your phone and receive your messages and notifications via their screens, while the likes of Motocaddy and PowaKaddy even produce models that include GPS, saving you from buying a separate Distance Measuring Device (DMD).
Push trolleys do tend to be smaller and lighter than electric golf trolleys, which is handy if you're short of space at home or in the car boot, and the lower price point may leave some valuable extra cash available to upgrade your golf clubs or equipment.
Do golf trolleys include all of the accessories I need?
It depends on the brand and model. Many of the best push trolleys have integrated stations with storage pouches and holders for an umbrella, drink and scorecard included. Electric trolleys can often require you to buy the parts separately. Most brands have loads of accessories to choose from, including GPS and phone cradles, drinks and umbrella holders, rain covers, winter wheels and trolley covers.
Which golf trolley is quicker and easier to fold and unfold?
Most push trolleys come with a simple, fast assembly process, as you'll see below. Couple that with the lack of need to connect a battery and push trolleys suit those golfers who like to get going straight away when they arrive at the course. They also tend to be lighter than electric trolleys.
But the technology in electric trolleys is improving every year and, realistically, the difference in assembly time is neglible.
Are push golf trolleys suitable for undulating courses?
A push trolley is still going to be far more beneficial to your game and body than carrying your bag around a hilly golf course. It will prove a little more strenuous than an electric model, which, despite being heavier, does all of the hard work for you. Just make sure the battery is fully charged!
If your heart is set on a push trolley then the models we've highlighted below are extremely lightweight and all have easy-to-use brakes, so there's no chance of your precious clubs trundling down a hill. There's even a model with four wheels for extra stability on sidehills and tricky lies.
Whatever you do, try to avoid the old-fashioned pull golf trolley as these put additional strain on one side of your body.
Are push golf trolleys easier to transport and store than electric models?
Even in the high-tech, modern world, weight tends to be less of an issue with push trolleys due to the lack of motors and battery. But size really depends on the folding technology. If boot and storage space is at a premium then be sure to check the size of the trolley folded down and measure your spaces before making a purchase. The last thing you want is to splash the cash and then find it doesn't fit in your car with your clubs.
Most golf trolleys include easy-release wheels to make transportation, storage and cleaning even easier.
Decided on electric? Head over to our Best Electric Golf Trolleys
Decided on a a push model? Read on...
Big Max Blade Blade IP
£299.99 | www.bigmaxgolf.com
While the price tag may seem a little steep at first glance, this is a seriously impressive bit of kit that folds down to the height of a cup of coffee and comes with a market-leading five-year warranty.
Thanks to some very clever German engineering, the Blade folds flat so it can slide into a car boot with a bag full of golf clubs on top, making it the ultimate solution if storage is tight.
Earlier this year we awarded the Big Max Blade IP one of our Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards for the second year in a row. Why? Well, not only does it collapse to just 12.5cm high and weigh just 6.5kg, its genius one-fold mechanism means it takes seconds to put down or pop up.
The IP is height adjustable, fits any bag, has a double brake system and has storage for balls, a drink, tees, accessories and two scorecards.
There are also additional anchor points for another storage net, GPS and umbrella holders, which are sold separately.
The Blade IP, Big Max's best-selling trolley, is available in five colours (black, black-green, black-red, white and white-green).
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Big Max Blade Quattro
£279.99 | www.bigmaxgolf.com
It’s not often we prefer a five or a four to a three on the golf course, but the five-year warranty and four wheels make Blade Quattro a great option when it comes to reliability and stability.
Ideal if your home course is undulating, this Big Max model follows the Blade IP in folding flat and weighing just 6.5kg, meaning it’s another great option if storage space is at a premium. As with IP, Quattro unfolds and folds in seconds, with all four wheels detachable to further suit your storage needs.
The adjustable bag holder ensures the Quattro is as stable with a stand bag as it is with a trolley bag, while the adjustable handle makes it comfortable for the shortest and tallest golfers and the brake system ensures further security on those hilly courses.
The smart organiser panel has space for balls, tees and accessories along with a pocket for your phone, while your scorecard can be held on both the inside or outside.
Further accessory ports allow the separately-sold umbrella, GPS, drink and towel holders to be attached.
The Quattro has four colour options (black, black-green, white, white-red) and comes with that market-leading warranty.
Bag Boy Nitron
£249 | www.jsint.com
One of those golfers who’s always in a rush to get to the tee? Then you need this trolley.
The Nitron sets itself up at the push of a button thanks to Nitrogen-powered pistons inside the frame, meaning no more fiddly assembly or trapped fingers! It also folds down to an impressively small size for ease of transporation and storage and, considering the tech, weighs in at a relatively lightweight 7.6kg.
The brake is conveniently operated via the handle and BagBoy say their patented Top-Lok Technology ensures secure attachment of all cart bags.
And while some brands ask you buy accessories separately, the Nitron comes with umbrella, drinks and mobile phone holders, along with integrated umbrella storage.There’s also a pencil and scorecard holder, along with golf ball storage and an extra-large pocket for your glove and headcovers.
The Nitron trolley is available in eight colours (grey-lime, grey-pink, black-red, graphite-charcoal, lime, navy-red, silver-black, white-blue) and comes with a one-year warranty.
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£229 | www.jsint.com
ClicGear have been at the forefront of trolley design ever since the rise in popularity of push trolleys. The 3.5+ was a TG Editor’s Choice Award winner and the new upgraded model claimed another of our prizes in 2020.
The 4.0 has seen tweaks to everything. The storage net is 80 per cent larger, a new ‘Easy-Clip’ bag strap makes it easier to fit any golf bag on the trolley, and the brake system has been redesigned to eliminate cable wear.
The umbrella holder has also been improved to keep a tighter grip, the cup holder has a more adjustable and lighter mount, while the new silicone scorecard and pencil holder not only does its job perfectly, but looks great, too. It can also colour customised.
A new lid locking strap ensures all of your accessories don’t fall out as you lift the trolley in or out of the car and any front wheel alignment issues are a thing of the past thanks to the new, single screw adjustment system.
At 8.45kg the ClicGear might not be the lightest push trolley available, but its aircraft-grade aluminium frame is second to none in terms of build quality. Its tiny storage size is also comparable to some “super compacts” on the market.
Available in eight colours (black, white, silver, army green, army brown, teal, pink and yellow), the 4.0 has a one-year warranty.
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Stewart Golf R1-S Push
£199 | www.stewartgolf.co.uk
This is the Bentley of golf push trolleys. Every part of the R1 is designed and assembled in the UK, with the frame made from 6063-TG Aerospace-grade aluminium!
Stewart say their “rack and pinion” driven folding mechanism, which is similar to what you’d find in a car’s steering system, is superior to the competition.We certainly found it quick and easy to unfold and fold during testing and it folds down to a very competitive size.
The R1-S has a delightful soft touch handle, realiable and easy to use foot brake and it is fully adjustable to fit different golf bags.
At 8.1kg it is among the heavier options we've selected here, but it's barely noticeable, such is the quality of the overall package.
The RS-1 Push includes a drinks holder, magnetic ball marker, golf ball holder, umbrella holder and quick release wheels as standard, while there are 10 different colour combinations thanks to two frames (black, white) and five wheel options (black, white, green, red, blue).
Stewart Golf's two-year warranty gives you piece of mind.
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£179.99 | www.motocaddy.com
Brand new for 2020 and a winner in our annual TG Editor’s Choice Awards, the Cube has had a makeover and it’s now 40% smaller than Motocaddy’s entry-level Z1 push trolley.
Simple to use thanks to its two-step folding system, this is the king of compacts and is a great idea if car boot space is at a premium or garage storage space is tight. Quick release wheels free up even more space.
The oversize wheels and rubber tyres help the trolley handles varying terrains with ease, while the foot parking brake ensures you won’t be chasing it across undulating courses.
The Cube’s adjustable handle makes it suitable for golfers of all heights, while the Easilock connection system means you don’t need a lower strap if you have a Motocaddy bag. Additional supports can be attached to make it compatible with other brands' bags.
It’s impressively light at 6.8kg, especially as it includes an excellent array of extras, from drink, scorecard and tee holders to an accessory compartment and golf ball storage spaces.
The Cube is available in three colour combinations (graphite-blue, graphite-lime, graphite- red) and comes with a two-year warranty.
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£159.99 | www.jsint.com
Rovic trolleys are made by ClicGear, but typically cost a little less.
The RV1C is a robust and stylish trolley with an arching lightweight aluminium frame that folds down to an impressively compact size. It is exceptionally easy to use thanks to a one-touch design.
Easily adjustable silicone straps ensure any stand or trolley golf bag is held firmly in place, regardless of the terrain, while the brake is incorporated into the soft touch handle for impressive comfort and ease of use.
Adjustable front-wheel tracking ensures the trolley should always run straight.
The Rovic comes with a ball clip, umbrella holder and covered storage at no extra cost. There’s also pencil and scorecard holder, plus two further tabs should you wish to buy further accessories. And it is, of course, fully compatible with ClicGear products.
RV1C is available in five colours (charcoal-lime, charcoal-black, white, white-lime, silver-black) and comes with a one-year warranty.
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£154.99 | www.motocaddy.com
Motocaddy are synonymous with golf trolleys and the P1 is another example of the brand’s super engineering in a more traditional push trolley package and at a great price.
It isn’t the most compact of the models on show here, but an uber-simple one-step folding system means you’ll be ready to go in seconds, while quick-release wheels make getting it into the boot and storage a little easier.
Like the more expensive Cube, P1 has oversize wheels and maintenance-free rubber tyres to help tackle all conditions. The foot brake is simple to use and extremely effective and, despite its less compact folded size, P1 weighs just 0.1kg more than Cube.
There’s an excellent selection of accessories, including drink, scorecard, ball and tee holders, while a covered accessory compartment and under handle storage net ensure you can keep your pockets light and easily access your glove or rangefinder.
The adjustable handle ensures a comfortable pushing experience for all, while the Easilock connection system keeps your Motocaddy bag secure without a a lower strap. Additional supports ensure the trolley is compatible with other brands’ bags.
The P1 is available in graphite-blue or graphite red and comes with a two-year warranty.
PowaKaddy TL 4
£129 | www.powakaddy.com
PowaKaddy say their TwinLine 4 is “simplicity refined” and we couldn’t agree more.
TL4 does everything most golfers could want from a trolley with a lightweight aluminium frame, easy folding mechanism and a compact folded size, all at a great price.
The inline design ensures stability with none of the quick-release sporty wheels able to swivel and giving you the option to use it as a pull trolley. The easy to operate footbrake keeps your trolley exactly where you leave it, with the soft touch telescopic handle quickly adjustable to suit your height. It has also been designed to provide comfort for both right and left-handed golfers.
The Key Lock System ensures your PowaKaddy bag cannot tip or swivel, while strong, adjustable straps make it suitable for use with bags from other manufacturers.
Standard accessories include covered valuables storage, drink and scorecard holders, plus space for golf balls and tees. An umbrella holder is available to buy separately.
The PowaKaddy TL4 is the brand’s only non-electric trolley and is available in two colours (classic black, polar white). There’s also a one-year warranty in the unlikely case of any problems.
£119.99 | www.motocaddy.com
A Motocaddy trolley for less than £120... wow. And it's an impressive piece of kit, too.
The Z1 is Motocaddy’s entry-level model and a perfect choice for budget-conscious golfers. For £120 you’re not going to get the most compact trolley in the world, but it weighs in at just 6kg, the lightest of the brand’s three push models that we’ve featured here.
Z1 has a simple two-step folding system and quick-release wheels to help with transportation and storage, while comfortable handle has three height settings.
Like those found on Cube and P1, oversize wheels and maintenance-free rubber tyres make it a doddle to use across varying course terrains, and the Easilock connection system keeps Motocaddy bags secure without a lower strap. Never fear if you don’t have a matching bag – additional supports ensure the trolley is fully compatible with all brands’ offerings.
You get plenty of storage for your money with drink, scorecard, ball and tee holders, plus a covered accessory compartment for your glove and valuables.
The Motocaddy Z1 push trolley comes in graphite-blue and graphite-red and has a two-year warranty.
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