Unfortunately, most of us amateur and recreational golfers don’t have the budget to pay for a professional caddie – as brilliant as that would be – so the next best thing for moving your gear around the green is an electric golf trolley. Affectionately known amongst the golfing community as a ‘leccy’, an electric golf trolley is a battery powered cart that transports your golf bag and equipment for you.
The age stigma of using an electric golf trolley has long since disappeared; if you head on down to your local club, you’ll see a whole range of generations unloading their leccy from the car boot. Now, we know that there are a few other trolley options out there – and we recently explored how to decide which golf trolley is right for you in our ‘Which Golf Trolley is Best’ blog post – but what brings us back to the electric golf trolley time and again are the benefits that it brings whilst on the course. Below, we take a look at four ways in which the electric golf trolley is a beneficial piece of tech for your golf game.
It takes the strain off the body to reduce the risk of injury
Sadly, common golfing injuries are a prerequisite of the game and cannot be totally prevented in the long term. You can, however, reduce the risk of developing these injuries by using an electric golf trolley to transport your equipment around the green.
When it comes to getting your gear from hole to hole there are three main options:
- Carry your golf bag
- Use a push/pull golf trolley
- Use an electric golf trolley
First things first, let’s take a look at the traditional solution: carrying your golf bag. We always recommend that you invest in a lightweight yet robust golf bag, preferable with an integrated handle to make lifting easier. The bag should also have dual straps with adjustable shoulder pads for extra comfort and support. Now, whilst having these features will certainly offer relief in the short term, you still have the long term implications of repetitive asymmetrical lifting and the strain that it puts on the back and shoulders. This, coupled with the extra effort of hoisting a particularly heavy load, will soon equate to a significant amount of time in recuperation off the green.
The next option is to use a push/pull manual golf trolley and this solution does, admittedly, eliminate the issue of asymmetrical lifting. Using a manual trolley, however, also puts strain on the spine, arms, and even the knee joints due to the exertion needed to either push or pull the cart around the fairway. This issue is further amplified when playing on courses which are particularly hilly or steep.
Finally, we come to our favourite choice – the electric golf trolley. Usually made from lightweight plastic for increased manoeuvrability, electric golf trolleys use electrical assistance to power themselves around the course and so only need to be steered, not pushed or pulled. You can also invest in a remote-controlled version and operate your trolley from a leisurely distance with minimal steering. With no need to hoist, push, or pull, you can minimise the risk of straining yourself and therefore lessen the possibility of being out of play with a back injury. The earlier that you can minimise the damage, the healthier your back will be in later years.
It helps you to reduce fatigue and save energy
Golf is a demanding sport and requires a lot of effort and energy from its players. A full day of golfing with several rounds can leave you feeling exhausted, even if your fitness levels are high and you have age on your side. The mere act of swinging a golf club consumes a considerable amount of energy throughout the day and employs the use of most of the muscles in the body. Taking all of this into consideration, you can see why having to carry your golf bag or use push/pull golf trolley can be detrimental to your performance and result in golf-specific fatigue. We’ve certainly felt our pulses racing a little too quickly as we walk up the hill to our next shot, breathing heavily as we reposition a heavy carry bag over our shoulders.
Using an electric golf trolley allows you to save energy for making those great shots – something that both amateur and elite golfers will certainly appreciate. Higher levels of fatigue lead to reduced club head speed and, therefore, a loss of yards on tee shots. By reducing the amount of stamina it takes to move your equipment between holes, you can direct the conserved energy towards increasing club head velocity and driving the ball further.
It allows you to bring along more gear – including refreshments
Weight constraints often force you to whittle your equipment down to the bare essentials when using a carry bag. After all, there’s only so much weight that you can handle before you start feel like a pack horse and getting up those steep fairways becomes impossible! Similarly, you’ll also feel the struggle when trying to push or pull a manual trolley that’s loaded up with a substantial amount of weighty gear.
An electric golf trolley will take on the burden of a heavy golf bag for you – so feel free to load up to its maximum weight capacity. We’re talking about all of those pieces which not only help you to achieve a diverse range of shots but also make the overall experience more enjoyable, e.g. waterproof gear, clubs to full 14, refreshments. Having snacks and drinks to keep you replenished and focused throughout the day will help with keeping up your energy levels and maintaining focus.
We also shouldn’t forget that cart bags – designed specifically for use with a golf trolley – often provide more space and better organisation for your equipment. Not only do you have extra room for those additional bits of gear but you can also find exactly what you need in an instant, ideal for those trickier shots when you can’t afford to break concentration.
It helps you to get out on the course more often
reduced risk of injuries + decreased need for recovery time = more time on the green
We don’t know about you but that’s definitely an equation which we can get on board with! As we saw earlier, using an electric golf trolley is one of the ways that you can reduce the risk of sustaining muscular and skeletal injuries and avoid the many months of rest and recuperation that follow these kinds of traumas. Ultimately, the more opportunities that you have to go out and play, the more you can work on reducing your handicap, developing your technique, and generally improving your game.
Using an electric golf trolley also opens up a window of opportunity for players with physical limitations who aren’t able to carry their golf bag. These players can safely move their gear around the course without putting themselves at risk of exacerbating any physical impairment. Players with many years under their belt and limited stamina will equally appreciate how much of a burden the electric golf trolley – quite literally – lifts from their shoulders.
It also works from a psychological standpoint too; just think, no more dreading having to climb those steep hills whilst dragging your trolley behind you or worrying about injuring yourself from carrying a heavy load. Knowing that you have a handy little gadget to make the logistics of getting to the next hole far easier is definitely a great motivator for playing more often.
It’s time to invest in an electric golf trolley of your own!
Are you now ready to take your golf game to the next level? Pro Rider Leisure is proud to offer a range of premium quality and budget-friendly electric golf trolleys, from classic models to remote control options and versions with useful extras such as our electric golf trolleys with GPS holders. If you’d like more information on battery-powered golf trolleys simply head on over to the Pro Rider Leisure website or contact our friendly and knowledgeable team who will be happy to answer your questions.