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  1. 1. Could a MotoCaddy get you to walk more?

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OFFICIAL MyGolfSpy Reader Review: Motocaddy

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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:

 

Motocaddy M1

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.

PROs

  • 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”

CONs

  • 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

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M5 GPS

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.

  1. 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.
  2. It would have been nice to have a 4th wheel for better stability during incline/declines.

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M7 Remote

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.

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OTHER OBSERVATIONS/FEEDBACK:

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….

Testers liked:

  • 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.

Tester requests:

  • 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?

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I've used a Caddytek push cart for the last 3 years.  To me a push cart is the best of both worlds.  You get the benefit of exercise and fully experiencing the course while saving your back and legs by not having to carry everything on your shoulders.  You just can't justify that Michelob Ultra post round when you only ride in a cart.  🤪

The main issue as described so eloquently above is that I don't see a large enough benefit for the price difference between a motorized cart and a manual push cart.  Until they get the price well under $1k (maybe a $500 entry point) I wouldn't even consider buying one.

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I am going to buy one.  I just haven't seen any model from any manufacturer that has is perfected at any price.  I've tried a couple of the high end "follow me" units, they are close but still have bugs that eliminate them at that cost. I can rent a living, breathing bag carrier for $50 without having to carry him from the parking lot and most of the time they follow verbal directions.. THAT is what these electric cart guys need to get to.  "bring me my putter"... or at least "bring me my bag", "follow me"... "don't drop my new staff bag in the mud"  "what are you smoking?"  "no I don't want you to read my putts"...

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I've owned a BatCaddy electric for almost three years, and it does what I want it to. It has no remote, and cost $440 with a heavy duty lead-acid battery, which is rated to easily cover 36 holes (I only did that once without a re-charge, although there are times, after 18 holes, where the recharge transformer shows full charge immediately upon plug-in.). I did not want a remote control, because I have seen a lot of accidents with them due to operator inattention involving bunkers, hillsides, other players, etc. I'll never go back to a non-powered pushcart.

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OK. So I have a motocaddy (S5 model) and one thing I find a bit of an issue is that it is easy to bump the button and set it off. I managed to do that and then had to extract everything from the bunker😆 But, someone I was playing with on another occasion did the same thing and the whole lot ended up in a lake which ruined it completely. the M series may be different but beware of that.

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This was the first year I used a pushcart for a lot of my golf.  Prior that that I would walk 9 whenever possible, and would walk 18 on occasion, but not often.  

After walking 18 (even on some hilly courses) my back, shoulders, and legs feel as good as if I were riding in a cart.  For me, I don't think I'd enjoy the experience as much as I have with the push cart.  

I hope that after this pandemic is over golf courses will still be allowing golfers to walk on weekends as they have been forced to this year.  I have really enjoyed walking the course. 

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I have an S7 Remote from the fall of 2017 - I have had a TON of problems with it and Moto Caddy was awful to deal with as far as getting it fixed - I had the same issues since I got it and once I was still having those issues outside of the 2 year warranty they made me pay a good bit to get it fixed and I did a lot of the installation of parts after having shipped it back to them for some repairs - they were just replacing things without any clue what the problem was.  Now it is still flaky and I can not sell it in good conscious.

If I were them I would stay in touch with customers and see how they were doing - ESPECIALLY if they had a ton of issues like I did.  I would also offer them a good deal on trading in my cart for a new one.  The joints on the original S7 Remote are crap - they are cheap/flimsy plastic.  Parts have broken off and I am surprised it is still holding together.  My playing partners know that they might be attacked at any moment by my rogue cart.

It could be awesome if it would work as intended.  They did take care of the structural issues of the earlier version as well.  My remote is crap as well - it will randomly shut off or veer off course.  Buyer beware - if you get one - make sure to beat the crap out of it with tons of use while it is under warranty because if you do not Motocaddy will turn their back on you once the warranty is done. 

Lastly I tried to feed back my comments and suggestions on how to improve the cart and they did not even care.  As a company I am not impressed - your users are valuable testers and they can be very damaging with word of mouth advertising.  At $1599 my cart was not cheap and I expected far more on all fronts.  I use my Clicgear 3.5_+ when it rains because the umbrella holder is so flimsy you can not stay under it while the cart is moving.

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Im looking at the pictures and have a real persnickety question... No drink holder?  No place to keep a couple extra balls or tees?  I know, I know, your bag is right there.  But every push cart has those things.  Am I missing them, cause I don’t see in the pictures.

I took a Bagboy push cart and added the Alphard ewheels. So I’d really miss those items.

Two things you can count on with using a remote - first, the battery in the remote will dies with zero warning just before you have to go up a hill (keep extras AAA batteries in the bag); and second, you will send it someplace you didn’t intend (like into a creek).  Despite having both happen to me, I’d never give up my remote.  It’s so nice to just walk at your own pace. The positives far outweigh the negatives.

I’d appreciate hearing more on real world experience with how compactly they fold up and fit in the trunk.  Anyone?

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Love my push cart and For the price is just amazing. I cringed at everything over $400 so would never go for this but the technology is amazing. 
Push cart for lifE now for me. I always enjoyed walking and seeing the full contour of the course but I guess I am at that age now where I learned “work smarter not harder” really is true...

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I really wish there was a course nearby that would invest in these so I could try one out. I think I would prefer to walk rather than ride if I didn't have to lug my clubs around, but sadly that isn't an option pretty much anywhere.  Likewise, I simply can't get out enough to make paying for one of these make sense. One of these would be 3+ full seasons of cart fees for me, possibly more as I tend to find deals for tee times. 

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I also use a BatCaddy with remote control (for 3 years).  I has been awesome and since it has a rear 3rd wheel that prevents it from tipping when going up hills, it works great in the hills of Western PA

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I would love one of these.  I have never used one that is motorized.  Walking is the best way to enjoy a round of golf, however after back surgery walking and pushing the cart is just impossible for me.  The slight bend in the back with arms out front make it very painful.  I would imagine this would bring the joy back to walking for course...

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Looks good but the front wheel seems a bit small? Wondering if it gets caught up in or on stuff when the grass is thick for example? Probably takes a little more juice to power a bigger wheel though, so maybe that's why. When my clicgear dies I'd look into one if the price weren't too high over a traditional cart, for now I'm good though.

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The club I joined last month is too hilly to make even my normal push cart convenient, so I can't imagine one of these handling it well (plus one wrong button push sending it literally over a cliff would always be a threat). All my golf now is played hemp-canvas soft bag that holds the full set or a Sunday Golf Loma bag for a partial set.

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Hi this is the coach . I’m commenting on the motor cast topic. I own and electronic caddy. Number one I’ve used it for over twenty years and it has never gone down. I’ve replaced the battery only twice since I got it. It’s the best thing for a guy who like to walk and play could have. I’ve mounted a small easy to read Bushnell phantom to it works like a charm. The moment I stop  by the ball I’ve instantly got the front middle and back yardages at one glance. Next I mounted my laser right there. I grab it shoot the flag and know the exact number to the pin. Every winter I bring it into the shop for its yearly paint job and it’s ready to roll . I’ve had Yankee pinstripes chigago bears colors and logos and this year I was FDNY red and blue. The electronic caddy makes two rounds easy and is easy to customize to your own needs . Mine has a mount that holds a nice tall water bottle and a basket in the back for cloths and a sandwich. This is my 54 year playing and I have to say this thing is a big plus. Every year I play the black course at Bethpage and I make it no problem. It just helps save your body for what really counts swinging and hitting it. I hope that helps

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