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Bags all lie on a cart oriented it same direction - clubs pointed back to the golfer doing the pushing. Why is this not reversed to have the bag oriented as if you were using a carry bag/stand? I remember seeing a cart designed like this many years ago. With the technology we have today with materials and design capability, you'd think this cart style would be available.

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38 minutes ago, Titleist87 said:

Bags all lie on a cart oriented it same direction - clubs pointed back to the golfer doing the pushing. Why is this not reversed to have the bag oriented as if you were using a carry bag/stand? I remember seeing a cart designed like this many years ago. With the technology we have today with materials and design capability, you'd think this cart style would be available.

I am confused on the reason for this.   When I approach the ball with my pushcart,  I stand behind the cart and pull my desired club.  When I carry the bag,  I set it down and position myself in front of the top of the bag to pull clubs.  Facing the other way would require me to walk around the bag.  

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I kind of agree, it would be nice to have a push cart in which the bag stood straight up or faced forward.  To the comment above and walking around the bag, in the current state of push carts, you have to walk around the back to the put the club back in the bag anyway.  If it faced forward, you could put in directly after hitting, and you would not have to deal with the arm / handle of the cart being in the way.  

If you remember back to when they were all pull carts, the bag also faced toward the handle, suppose most of this is probably due to the balancing of the weight of the clubs and bag while keeping the total length of the cart as short as possible.  

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It faces backwards because that is where you are standing when you walk up to the ball.  It's also where you have to return to push the cart.  So makes complete sense to have the clubs facing the direction of where you start and end the process.  If they faced forward you would have to walk around the bag to get a club and to put it back.

That said, would it not be simpler to just pull the cart if you want the bag facing forward?

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Who would walk around a bag if faced forward? Walk alongside? Yes, when faced forward or back. If it faced forward or back, I would still park it in the same spot off the right (right-handed) of my ball to get yardage. No walking around a bag regardless of orientation.  Perhaps there is one or two more steps but that is really it.

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... OEMs bottom line is they are in the business of making money. If there were any advantage at all to a forward facing cart, we would at least see an infomercial:

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I wish I had a picture of the push carts my club has.  They are old school, three decent sized actual bicycle tires facing forward, a nice spot to store divot mix, a really nice area to keep your drink, scorecard, rangefinder, also a nice sized basket below to throw your pullover, vest, etc in.  They move effortlessly and are very stable, we've had rookies put them by a green and have them get blown into a ravine with a small breeze or a small decline 🙂  Everyone that plays our course has the same look on their face when they see the ol relics, but by the end of the first hole they are always believers.  A couple years ago, a club in the Minneapolis area closed it's doors and had all of their pushcarts for sale.  They were the same old carts as ours, except ours are green and these were grey.  Our pro drove up there that day and bought them all. 

Our grounds crew has reinforced them many times and modified them for divot mix.  Every time they try to replace them everyone bitches and won't use the "new" carts.  There's nothing on the market better strictly as a push cart.  The problem with them is they do not fold so they aren't going to work for situations where you need them to be portable.

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28 minutes ago, KatoGolfer said:

I wish I had a picture of the push carts my club has.  They are old school, three decent sized actual bicycle tires facing forward, a nice spot to store divot mix, a really nice area to keep your drink, scorecard, rangefinder, also a nice sized basket below to throw your pullover, vest, etc in.  They move effortlessly and are very stable, we've had rookies put them by a green and have them get blown into a ravine with a small breeze or a small decline 🙂  Everyone that plays our course has the same look on their face when they see the ol relics, but by the end of the first hole they are always believers.  A couple years ago, a club in the Minneapolis area closed it's doors and had all of their pushcarts for sale.  They were the same old carts as ours, except ours are green and these were grey.  Our pro drove up there that day and bought them all. 

Our grounds crew has reinforced them many times and modified them for divot mix.  Every time they try to replace them everyone bitches and won't use the "new" carts.  There's nothing on the market better strictly as a push cart.  The problem with them is they do not fold so they aren't going to work for situations where you need them to be portable.

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18 minutes ago, Titleist87 said:

KatoGolfer as in Mankato Golfer? I lived on #5 of New Ulm CC. 

You got it.  I don't get over to New Ulm very often but I've played over there a handful of times.  We have a recip with them 🙂

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On 5/11/2020 at 3:05 PM, KatoGolfer said:

I wish I had a picture of the push carts my club has.  They are old school, three decent sized actual bicycle tires facing forward, a nice spot to store divot mix, a really nice area to keep your drink, scorecard, rangefinder, also a nice sized basket below to throw your pullover, vest, etc in.  They move effortlessly and are very stable, we've had rookies put them by a green and have them get blown into a ravine with a small breeze or a small decline 🙂  Everyone that plays our course has the same look on their face when they see the ol relics, but by the end of the first hole they are always believers.  A couple years ago, a club in the Minneapolis area closed it's doors and had all of their pushcarts for sale.  They were the same old carts as ours, except ours are green and these were grey.  Our pro drove up there that day and bought them all. 

Our grounds crew has reinforced them many times and modified them for divot mix.  Every time they try to replace them everyone bitches and won't use the "new" carts.  There's nothing on the market better strictly as a push cart.  The problem with them is they do not fold so they aren't going to work for situations where you need them to be portable.

Would be interested to see a photo of those carts!  Always interested in ideas that go against convention as one idea is often a catalyst for others that follow once the mind and imagination is inspired.

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My club also has fixed aluminum carts with larger wheels and the bag stands straight up.  My kids use Sun Mountain speed carts and once they tried the clubs carts the SM carts are only used on other courses.

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What about a push cart where your bag is mounted upside down? That way it will be easier to get your clubs out. [emoji16]

 

 

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I'm guessing I'm the only one that prefers the two-wheel deals that were pull carts? I hate pushing a cart. It feels like I'm at the grocery store. And the two wheel versions turn so much easier.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Big Ern said:

I'm guessing I'm the only one that prefers the two-wheel deals that were pull carts? I hate pushing a cart. It feels like I'm at the grocery store. And the two wheel versions turn so much easier.

 

 

I've always been focusing on the ball and what would work next, when I did have a 2 wheel cart I had to pull as pushing ahead the lack of focusing on it's alignment had it quickly out of line so it was not being pushed anymore.  Nothing like the inline push to keep the back in alignment.

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The OP's idea makes perfect sense if you had a full time cart caddy but liked pulling your own clubs... just saying. 😉

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My initial thoughts are, weight balance and maneuverability. Similar to placing something heavy in the very front of a shopping cart, the cart becomes almost impossible to maneuver. Couple that with balance issues from having the redistributed weight in front, I don’t think it would be practical.


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I do believe the cart that would solve this dilemma is a pull cart.  Those all have the clubs facing in the direction the golfer is walking.

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