(Editor’s note: All week long, Golfweek will celebrate the beautiful walk that makes this game great. We continue with a look at some gear that can help make those walks a little more enjoyable.)
As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools, businesses and other parts of American life in March, golf courses in some states were able to stay open. And with that new world as a backdrop, many golfers rediscovered an old-school aspect of the game that had been abandoned: walking.
That trend, in turn, sparked an explosion in the sale of push carts and pull carts.
Big Max is the most popular push cart brand in Europe and sells several models in the United States. In March the company said its monthly online sales of push carts increased by 800 percent.
Retailers such as PGA Tour Superstore and Golf Galaxy reported surges in sales of push carts. Customers looking to buy carts directly from well-known brands such as Bag Boy and Sun Mountain discovered many products were sold out. Well into June, disruptions in supply chains in Asia and the surge in demand made finding well-made push carts difficult.
Using a push cart makes walking more comfortable, and it allows a player to take all kinds of gear without putting added stress on the body. Here are a few tips to remember when selecting a push cart:
1. Storage. If you live in an apartment or small house – or if you drive a small car – a cart that folds flat or that can be made compact is worth the investment. If you belong to a club and can store your cart there, how compactly it folds down is less important.
2. Comfort. Any push cart you buy should have a well-padded handle mechanism, and its height should be adjustable. When you push, your forearms should be parallel to the ground, not pressing down or up.
3. Stability. Push carts come with either three or four wheels. Carts with four wheels are designed to be more stable, but well-designed three-wheel carts can do the job. Either way, make sure the brake mechanism is easy to engage and disengage.
4. Amenities. Most push carts have small baskets or storage spaces designed into the handle area. They easily can hold several golf balls, a smartphone, car keys and a scorecard. Some carts also are designed to hold accessories such as an open umbrella for shade or rain protection, or to provide easy access to GPS devices or laser rangefinders.
The supply of push carts is refreshing throughout the United States, so if you are in the market, here are five to consider: