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One of my goals for the 2019 golfing season was to walk most of my rounds. Not only is it better for my pocketbook, it’s good exercise. I also feel like I play better when I walk as it gives me an opportunity to really think about shots and strategy. 

I detest carry bags (terrible for my shoulders and posture), so I prefer a walking cart. I started out this season with a hand-me-down, partially-broken Orlimar cart from my in-laws. The cart has the typical nylon straps with plastic clasps, two ball holders, a few tee holders, and a worthless scorecard holder (they never actually hold the scorecard in well).

The Orlimar cart had seen better days and was patched together with glue and duct tape. About halfway through my round last week, the top bag rest finally broke completely off. 

I planned on golfing again the Thursday following, so I headed to Amazon and ordered the CaddyTek Caddylite EZ V8 - EZ-Fold 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart for $179.99 and it was delivered in two days, in time for my Thursday round.

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The CaddyTek had a few features which were important to me and influenced my decision:

  • Bungee-cord style bottom bag strap
  • Strapless upper bag holder
  • Integrated basket for my range finder
  • Cell phone holder
  • A secure scorecard/random junk compartment

First Impressions

As usual, Amazon’s delivery was on point. The cart arrived USPS in a rather large box.

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The Amazon reviews mentioned there was some assembly required. The cart came securely-packaged in three large pieces, the main frame assembly and two wheels. The umbrella holder also came unattached.

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I figured the assembly would take some time, but I was wrong. From unboxing to completion, the cart took about 15 minutes to put together.

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The cart has the usual foot brake, a small coat pocket and a cooler suspended from the back.

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The upper bag holder has rubber grips in it. After setting your bag on the cart you pinch the arms against the sides of your bag to secure the bag in place.

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The mesh pocket is plenty big for my rangefinder.

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Scorecard compartment is opened with a button press and is deep enough to hold additional balls, etc. The cart will also hold three tees and has a magnetic spot for a ball marker (provided, also).

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The cart folds up and down easily with a press of a button. You must rotate the front wheel 180 degrees to fully fold down the cart. The one downside here is that there is not a locking mechanism. The instructions reference using the bottom bag bungee straps. I have opted to not use anything and just hold it together as I move it around.

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The cart is not overly large or small. It’s easily maneuvered in and out of my compact car’s trunk.

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Real World Results

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I played 18 holes Thursday morning with the cart. It was easily pushed around my home course, which has a lot of elevation changes.

The wheels glide easily (almost too easily – it took off from me once or twice) and are silent. No pulling to one side or the other, though an Allen wrench is included to adjust the front wheel if necessary. The tires are airless, so no risk of a flat. Parking brake works as it should.

I really enjoyed having my range finder within easy reach. Previously I’ve had to fish it out of my bag each time I needed a distance, which is frustrating mid-round. I shot one of the best rounds of my life and think the ease of access to scorecard, phone and laser really helped me mentally. It’s one less thing to worry about.

I used the coat pocket which had no issues with my spring jacket. Only downside of this rear-hanging pocket/cooler is that it got pretty muddy from the wet course conditions.

The cell phone holder uses a bungee cord to hold the phone. It seemed secure for the most part, and I had no problems during the round.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the upper bag arms held secure even going up and down hills.

The only major negative to the cart is that the bag arms block access to the larger zipper pockets on my cart bag. I’d have to physically remove the bag from the upper arms to open these pockets. Generally, all I keep in the large and long pockets is an extra box of balls. Unless I’ve lost most than 8-10 balls this will never be a problem for me.

Final Thoughts (For now…)

Overall, I’m extremely happy with my purchase. It would cost me an additional $10/round to ride at my home course. The cart will pay for itself this season, and my health will be better for it as well.

At $179.99, this cart sits somewhere in the upper-middle of price range for walking carts. I think it’s a great value for the price.
 

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Nice write up dude. I have the v4 (non 'lite' version) and I like it a lot too. Half the price of the more expensive ones and it has served me well for the last year, using it once a week!

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Introduction

One of my goals for the 2019 golfing season was to walk most of my rounds. Not only is it better for my pocketbook, it’s good exercise. I also feel like I play better when I walk as it gives me an opportunity to really think about shots and strategy. 

I detest carry bags (terrible for my shoulders and posture), so I prefer a walking cart. I started out this season with a hand-me-down, partially-broken Orlimar cart from my in-laws. The cart has the typical nylon straps with plastic clasps, two ball holders, a few tee holders, and a worthless scorecard holder (they never actually hold the scorecard in well).

The Orlimar cart had seen better days and was patched together with glue and duct tape. About halfway through my round last week, the top bag rest finally broke completely off. 

I planned on golfing again the Thursday following, so I headed to Amazon and ordered the CaddyTek Caddylite EZ V8 - EZ-Fold 3 Wheel Golf Push Cart for $179.99 and it was delivered in two days, in time for my Thursday round.

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The CaddyTek had a few features which were important to me and influenced my decision:
  • Bungee-cord style bottom bag strap
  • Strapless upper bag holder
  • Integrated basket for my range finder
  • Cell phone holder
  • A secure scorecard/random junk compartment
First Impressions

As usual, Amazon’s delivery was on point. The cart arrived USPS in a rather large box.
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The Amazon reviews mentioned there was some assembly required. The cart came securely-packaged in three large pieces, the main frame assembly and two wheels. The umbrella holder also came unattached.
IMG_20190424_170031.jpg.9ee159a056e308ce55bb1defe2e4b257.jpg

I figured the assembly would take some time, but I was wrong. From unboxing to completion, the cart took about 15 minutes to put together.
IMG_20190424_171113_1.jpg.a0143223176ae71b568de68a8f4f9adb.jpg

The cart has the usual foot brake, a small coat pocket and a cooler suspended from the back.
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The upper bag holder has rubber grips in it. After setting your bag on the cart you pinch the arms against the sides of your bag to secure the bag in place.
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The mesh pocket is plenty big for my rangefinder.
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Scorecard compartment is opened with a button press and is deep enough to hold additional balls, etc. The cart will also hold three tees and has a magnetic spot for a ball marker (provided, also).
IMG_20190424_171156.jpg.12295d4b50214af0e98a88f64514d5a0.jpg

The cart folds up and down easily with a press of a button. You must rotate the front wheel 180 degrees to fully fold down the cart. The one downside here is that there is not a locking mechanism. The instructions reference using the bottom bag bungee straps. I have opted to not use anything and just hold it together as I move it around.
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The cart is not overly large or small. It’s easily maneuvered in and out of my compact car’s trunk.
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Real World Results
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I played 18 holes Thursday morning with the cart. It was easily pushed around my home course, which has a lot of elevation changes.

The wheels glide easily (almost too easily – it took off from me once or twice) and are silent. No pulling to one side or the other, though an Allen wrench is included to adjust the front wheel if necessary. The tires are airless, so no risk of a flat. Parking brake works as it should.

I really enjoyed having my range finder within easy reach. Previously I’ve had to fish it out of my bag each time I needed a distance, which is frustrating mid-round. I shot one of the best rounds of my life and think the ease of access to scorecard, phone and laser really helped me mentally. It’s one less thing to worry about.

I used the coat pocket which had no issues with my spring jacket. Only downside of this rear-hanging pocket/cooler is that it got pretty muddy from the wet course conditions.

The cell phone holder uses a bungee cord to hold the phone. It seemed secure for the most part, and I had no problems during the round.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the upper bag arms held secure even going up and down hills.

The only major negative to the cart is that the bag arms block access to the larger zipper pockets on my cart bag. I’d have to physically remove the bag from the upper arms to open these pockets. Generally, all I keep in the large and long pockets is an extra box of balls. Unless I’ve lost most than 8-10 balls this will never be a problem for me.

Final Thoughts (For now…)

Overall, I’m extremely happy with my purchase. It would cost me an additional $10/round to ride at my home course. The cart will pay for itself this season, and my health will be better for it as well.

At $179.99, this cart sits somewhere in the upper-middle of price range for walking carts. I think it’s a great value for the price.
 

Great write up. I have the 4 wheel caddytek. And while it's a nice cart there are some things I don't like:

The 4 wheel is less maneuverable and requires more energy to push through thick rough.

No bottom bag strap

The top bag strap is a bungee that when fastened around the bag it compresses it so it's difficult to pull out clubs

Other than that it's a nice cart.


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It's nice to see somebody doing a review of this push cart, I bought the earlier version of the caddytek EZ fold a few years ago for $115, it's basically the same cart, but uses a bungee cord to secure the top of the bag and there's no cell phone holder, after three years of steady use I've had no problems whatsoever, and it's half the price of a clicgear push cart and comes with a lot of accessories you have to pay extra for on the clicgear, a handbrake would be nice, but I rarely use the brake anyway, so, not a big deal.

 

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Nice review.  I've been using a previous model Caddytek push cart that I bought at Costco for $99 a few years ago.  My only complaint is the red wheels have slowly faded into a pinkish color.  Other than that the cart has held up beautifully.

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Great write-up, @edingc

I want to get a decent push cart, but my trunk is really small (have to take D and 3W out to get the bag in) and haven't found any in my price range that fold small enough. This looks fairly small, but just so I can get a frame of reference, what kind of car is that? Can you include a pic that had bag and cart in the trunk? 

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11 minutes ago, MaxEntropy said:

Great write-up, @edingc

I want to get a decent push cart, but my trunk is really small (have to take D and 3W out to get the bag in) and haven't found any in my price range that fold small enough. This looks fairly small, but just so I can get a frame of reference, what kind of car is that? Can you include a pic that had bag and cart in the trunk? 

I drive a Chevy Cavalier. I will have to see about both in my trunk. I typically put the clubs in my back seat. I, too, cannot fit a driver and 3 wood easily through the trunk opening.

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@MaxEntropy,

I fit the cart, my shoe box, my tripod for the range and my bag in the trunk. If I wanted to put my driver in it would probably have to go separately and lay on top of the bag. It's full, but there's still some room.

The Cavalier does have a deep trunk, however. 

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2 minutes ago, edingc said:

@MaxEntropy,

I fit the cart, my shoe box, my tripod for the range and my bag in the trunk. If I wanted to put my driver in it would probably have to go separately and lay on top of the bag. It's full, but there's still some room.

The Cavalier does have a deep trunk, however. 

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Thanks for the info! 

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Ed, congrats on the purchase! I also much prefer walking, and have a four wheel Bag Boy I'm pretty happy with.

Hope you have lots more good and stress-free rounds 👍

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Thanks for the well-written review.  I would interested how the upper clamps are holding up after you have a full season under your belt.  I recently bought a new push-cart as well and nearly bought this exact one.  I passed because I wasn't sure how the strapless upper clamps would hold up over time or how well they would hold a stand bag without rigid sides. 

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1 hour ago, TwoCoatsOfWax said:

Thanks for the well-written review.  I would interested how the upper clamps are holding up after you have a full season under your belt.  I recently bought a new push-cart as well and nearly bought this exact one.  I passed because I wasn't sure how the strapless upper clamps would hold up over time or how well they would hold a stand bag without rigid sides. 

At least one of the Amazon reviews referenced using a bungee cord in addition to the clamps. I do suspect a softer, less rigid bag could be problematic. I was surprised, though, that the bag didn't move at all even after 18 holes last week.

I still only have one round on it, unfortunately, as the rainy weather has closed courses around here for the past few days.

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4 minutes ago, edingc said:

At least one of the Amazon reviews referenced using a bungee cord in addition to the clamps. I do suspect a softer, less rigid bag could be problematic. I was surprised, though, that the bag didn't move at all even after 18 holes last week.

I still only have one round on it, unfortunately, as the rainy weather has closed courses around here for the past few days.

I use a Sun Mountain cart bag and the bungee "clamp" that came with, which doesn't work very well as it compresses the bag. Outside of the number of wheels, the big difference between our Caddytek bags is that bag support. Wish I could retrofit mine with that as an option. 

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Great job@edingc! I've been mulling buying a push cart and it's nice to see such a great review of one. I really love the photos of how everything is fitting in the trunk of your Cavalier, those are pretty small cars.

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In case anyone has reservations about the pressure grip top arms -

During my Sunday round I walked while the rest of my family foursome took carts. I jogged much of the course as a result (I often jog between holes or down fairways since it's great exercise, and jogging keeps me from slowing down the carts), but the pressure grip arms had no issues keeping the bag securely fastened despite all of the bumps.

This is easily one of the best golf purchases I've made in a while.

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@edingc I was hesitant about them too, at first. I haven't had an issue with them either.

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