Which Motocaddy golf trolley should you buy?
With 12 golf trolleys in the Motocaddy range, how do you know which one to go for?
We break down the main factors you need to consider and the key differences between each Motocaddy trolley to help you pick the right model for you.
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Do you want a push or electric golf trolley?
If budget is your main concern, or you simply don't mind pushing your trolley without any motorised assistance, a push trolley will be for you.
They're far cheaper than their electric counterparts (starting at £129.99 for the Motocaddy Z1 push trolley), they're very light, and they tend to be very quick and easy to assemble and disassemble. Plus, with no battery, there's not much to go wrong and you never need to worry about remembering to charge it up before a round.
Most golfers, however, see the value in an electric golf trolley. Being able to stroll freely along the fairway while your clubs are transported by a whisper-quiet motor is a wonderful feeling. It's a lot kinder on your body, which leaves more energy for your golf game, and if you play on hilly courses you'll really feel the benefit. Speaking of which...
Do you need DHC in your Motocaddy golf trolley?
'DHC' stands for 'Downhill Control'. It's a clever technology that Motocaddy use to ensure your trolley keeps an even pace when going down hills. A Motocaddy with DHC typically costs £50 more than the equivalent model without it, but anyone who has ever seen their trolley go careering away down a hill without them (normally before toppling over and spilling their clubs everywhere) will agree it's worth the additional investment.
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If you only ever play on flat courses, you may decide to save the extra money and put it towards some Motocaddy accessories, like an umbrella holder or scorecard holder, or to make the step up to the next model in the range. The Motocaddy M5 without DHC is the same price as the Motocaddy M3 DHC model, both at £799.99.
Do you need GPS in your Motocaddy golf trolley?
Motocaddy's entry-level electric golf trolley, the Motocaddy M1, doesn't come with GPS. The Motocaddy M3, Motocaddy M5, and Motocaddy M-Tech all come with GPS as standard.
If you use a golf GPS, you're probably familiar with the faff of having to get it out of your bag each time you want to use it. Having your GPS built in to your trolley is fantastic, especially as all the information you need is presented on an easy-to-see LCD touchscreen.
It comes pre-loaded with 40,000 golf courses and you'll get accurate distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, as well as hazards. On some models, you can even use the touchscreen to adjust the pin position to where it is on the day and get an accurate yardage to that point.
From 2021, Motocaddy have also included additional features, including a clock, round timer, par and stroke index information, shot distance measurement, automatic hole advancement, and a battery meter.
When you consider that a decent golf GPS with all of those features can cost £100-500+, having one included as part of your trolley represents wonderful value.
But, if you already have your yardages sorted via a laser rangefinder or a GPS golf watch, you may prefer to save some money and opt for the entry-level Motocaddy M1, particularly if you don't need the extra features offered by Motocaddy's more expensive trolleys (we'll come on to those features shortly).
Do you want to be able to remote control your trolley?
The Motocaddy M7 Remote enables you to control the trolley with an easy-to-use remote handset. It's incredibly intuitive and really doesn't take much getting used to. Cynics may say remote control trolleys are a gimmick, but you'd be surprised how often they prove genuinely useful. They negate the age-old problem of having to walk out of your way to manoeuvre your trolley around the putting green, as you can simply drive it to where it needs to be while you walk towards your ball. It's handy if you're in the rough, too; it's often difficult to take your trolley through long grass, so you can simply leave yours on the fairway and then drive it up to meet you for your next shot while you take the direct route.
Basically, all those times where you end up walking further than you would if you were carrying your bag because you have to steer your trolley around something are negated by the remote control element.
Be aware that the Motocaddy M7 Remote is one of the few Motocaddy models not to feature inbuilt GPS (it would defeat the object as the whole point of the remote is that you don't need to be next to your trolley all the time).
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Ease of use vs. extra features
Don't fall into the trap of thinking that the more you pay the better the trolley you get. Of course, that is true to an extent, but there's no benefit to paying extra for features that you will never use.
With that in mind, here's a breakdown of each Motocaddy trolley and what separates it from the rest of the range.
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1. Motocaddy Z1 push trolley
The Z1 push trolley is the cheapest and lightest trolley Motocaddy offer.
Given its budget price, it offers an impressive array of features, including:
– Simple two-step folding system
– Easy-push ergonomic handle
– Friction-free oversize wheels
– Foot parking brake
– Adjustable handle height
– Drink & Scorecard holders
– Accessory compartment
– Umbrella holder fitting
– Tee & ball holders
– Maintenance free rubber tyres
– Quick-release wheels
– Adjustable bag supports
The Motocaddy Z1 weighs just 6kg and comes with a 24-month warranty. If price and weight are the key factors for you, the Z1 could well be the Motocaddy trolley you've been looking for.
2. Motocaddy P1 push trolley
The Motocaddy P1 push trolley offers everything the Motocaddy Z1 does, but is even easier to set up thanks to a one-step folding mechanism that means it's ready to use in seconds.
At just 6.9kg, it's still very light, and comes with the same 24-month warranty.
3. Motocaddy Cube push trolley
If you're struggling for space in the boot of the car or storage at home, the Motocaddy Cube could be the best golf trolley for you.
It folds down into an incredibly small package, more than 40% smaller than the Motocaddy Z1.
It offers all of the same features as the Motocaddy Z1 and Motocaddy P1, and the same 24-month warranty.
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4. Motocaddy S1 electric golf trolley
The S1 is the cheapest electric golf trolley Motocaddy offer at present, but that doesn't mean it's a bare-bones model. It won an Editor's Choice Award in our 2020 TG Awards and Motocaddy say it's been the world's best-selling electric golf trolley over the past decade.
– Anti-glare LCD screen with speed indicator and battery meter
– Nine speed settings
– Speed indicator & Battery meter
– Adjustable Distance Control (up to 45 yards)
– USB charging port
– Super-lightweight Lithium battery
– On board charging ‑ no need to remove battery for storage & transportation
– QUIKFOLD mechanism
– Soft-touch ergonomic handle
– Powerful, whisper-quiet 200W motor
The Motocaddy S1 is ideal for golfers wanting an electric trolley on a budget, or those who simply want an easy-to-use trolley without some of the extra features offered by Motocaddy's more premium models.
5. Motocaddy M1 / 6. Motocaddy M1 DHC
Price: £599.99 / £649.99 with DHC
Motocaddy say the M1 is the simplest-to-use compact trolley in the world, and they may well have a point.
It's quick and easy to assemble and disassemble, and it folds into a compact package for transportation in the car boot or storage at home.
It offers all the same features you get in the Motocaddy S1, but it's more powerful, and boasts some upgraded design elements, including slimline ambidextrous sporty wheels.
The battery is lightweight, and water and dust proof for protection against the elements.
7. Motocaddy M3 GPS / 8. Motocaddy M3 GPS DHC
Price: £749.99 / £799.99 with DHC
The Motocaddy M3 is the point in the range where you start to get built-in GPS. As we've discussed above, there are some huge benefits to this, and the 2.8" LCD touchscreen on the M3 is beautifully designed and very easy to use. You can also pair it with your smartphone to receive notifications, while keeping your device charged via the USB charging port.
9. Motocaddy M5 GPS / 10. Motocaddy M5 GPS DHC
Price: £799.99 / £849.99
The Motocaddy M5 takes the in-built GPS and touchscreen from the M3 to another level. The screen size is increased from 2.8" to 3.5", and comes with significantly increased functionality, including the ability to set the pin position to get accurate yardages, and to receive texts, emails, WhatsApp messages, Facebook notifications, etc. The trolley even offers built-in WiFi.
If you're the kind of golfer who likes (or needs) to stay connected while you're on the course, the Motocaddy M5 could be the best electric golf trolley for you.
11. Motocaddy M7 Remote
The Motocaddy M7 Remote features an easy-to-use remote that lets you control the trolley from distances of up to 50 metres. It's easy to get used to and, once you do, you'll start to realise it can save you a lot of time and hassle.
The Motocaddy M7 comes with DHC as standard, and also features a removable extra wheel at the rear which prevents the trolley from tipping backwards when going up particularly steep slopes or through rough terrain. The wheels feature an anti-skid tread, which again means the trolley can handle any turf conditions without you needing to be there to stabilise it.
There's no GPS, as the idea of the remote functionality is that you don't need to be stood next to your trolley all the time, which would make the GPS less useful.
If you like the idea of a remote control golf trolley, the Motocaddy M7 Remote could be the best trolley for you. If you've never tried one, we'd recommend giving it a go, as you might be surprised how much you enjoy the extra freedom a remote control trolley gives you.
12. Motocaddy M-Tech electric golf trolley
The M-Tech is the top-of-the-range model in Motocaddy's range. Everything about the M-Tech screams luxury, with luxury finishes including polished chrome, hand-stitched leather handle grips, and stealthy black and carbon fibre styling.
You get built-in GPS and the larger, 3.5" LCD touchscreen, with full functionality. DHC comes as standard.
Motocaddy M-Tech owners are also rewarded with a longer warranty than the other models; you get a comprehensive 3-year trolley warranty and 5-year battery warranty for complete peace of mind.
If you aren't bothered by remote control and want the best of everything (and don't mind paying for it), there's no question that the M-Tech will be the best Motocaddy trolley for you.
Should I get a golf bag that matches my golf trolley?
Buying a golf bag that matches your trolley isn't just for posers, there's a practical benefit, too.
Motocaddy trolleys feature an 'Easilock' system that lets you securely attach your Motocaddy golf bag without the need for a lower bag strap. It's easy to use and keeps your bag securely in place, even when traversing hills or uneven terrain.
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