OFFICIAL MyGolfSpy Reader Review: Motocaddy
We know 2020 has been a bit of a hot mess. But there are several silver linings, one of which is that by and large more people are playing more rounds of golf more often. That reality ultimately yields a positive impact on other factions of the industry.
As golfers are forced to reexamine how to best (or most safely) access courses, it appears that golfers are happy to explore options other than 2-person carts or walking/pushing.
With that, we gave three readers the opportunity to get out on the course with several electronic pushcart models from Motocaddy to give them a test drive.
Here are their thoughts:
The M1 is the billed as the “simplest to use compact trolley in the world.”
Key features include: compact folding system, 28V waterproof Lithium battery, USB charging port, 9 speed settings, EASILOCK compatibility, anti-glare LCD screen with speed indicator and battery meter, and 24-month warranty.
In general, a much better overall experience than a pushcart. Easier overall use, clearly more convenient – less work, felt more like walking with a “caddy”
Would occasionally pull left or right on steeper hills
This user felt the “4” setting was a little slow, but the “5” was too fast. Maybe have ½ increments
Would like to see some included storage – similar to what is typically included on class-leading pushcarts
Because it’s electric, there’s opportunity for more onboard USB/other plugs
The Motocaddy M5 is basically the M1 trolly with the addition of on-board GPS.
Unsurprisingly, the feedback on the M5 mirror that of the M1, though there are several key differences.
The native GPS system wasn’t as accurate as other class-leading options – so if Motocaddy is going to embed this feature, it could make more sense to partner with a company like Arccos, SkyGolf, etc.
It would have been nice to have a 4th wheel for better stability during incline/declines.
The Motocaddy M7 Remote is likely the model many of you envision when you think about the potential benefits of an electric cart/trolley. It’s the most expensive option, but it also includes plenty of bells and whistles, most of which center around the remote functionality.
Anything remote-controlled should come with a “sounds like a great idea” disclaimer. The upside is significant and something most consumers can wrap their heads around pretty quickly. But not a whole lot needs to go haywire to create a super frustrating experience.
Connectivity, responsiveness, ease-of-use, range, “butt-dialing” are all make-it-or-break-it criteria for a remote-controlled system.
Testers universally agreed that the M7 Remote was entirely reliable and passed most every test. Most importantly, the remote provided a truly hands-free experience which one tester described as “exactly what I was hoping for.” The additional rear wheel noticeably increase stability as well.
But, it wasn’t perfect. Though Motocaddy does include front-wheel adjustments, there was still too much pulling on both flat ground and inclines and the USB port isn’t as accessible as some testers would like.
Electric push carts – or trolleys – have long been the norm in Europe, particularly in/around the UK. But the US market is slightly different as evidenced by our testers’ wishlist….
The overall weight (thought it might be too heavy) and compact size made it easy to store or transport to/from the course
Ease of use even without the battery (should the unfortunate situation arise where the battery runs out…)
Easy to set up and get ready to operate
Putting everything aside, electric is far superior to standard push carts.
Seamless iPhone/Android integration (something along the lines of Apply CarPlay)
An option for an electric cart with a remote for under $1000 – As we seen the potential of single-rider carts other less traditional options, cost is always going to be a concern. There’s probably a sweet spot and based on this limited sample, the general consensus is that $1500 feels a little steep.
Courses to allow golfers the option to rent an electric cart for a nominal fee (something a bit less than the traditional $18-$25 cart fee)
Most testers would have all gone for the remote model. However, the M5 with GPS was convenient but needed to be more accurate at capturing accurate yardages. If that was achieved some golfers could have been swayed towards the M5 if it was a lower price than the remote.
ETC: We’re also hearing that several established companies *might* have electronic push cart versions in development. This is important simply because it validates the sense that there is sufficient demand (and therefore opportunity) in North America for this type of product.
As always, what do you think? Would you use an electric push cart if given the option?