By Anthony Huang
on 9.14.09

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Let’s start by saying that, here at Gear Patrol, we love to play golf. To take it a step further (no pun intended), we love to walk the course, when given the choice. It’s just a different game on foot. That, and walking really benefits from having the right equipment. One of the best ways to gear up for walking a brisk 9 or 18 is to outfit yourself with a walking cart to lug your sticks around the loop.

If you’re at all like us, it’s possible that your experience with carts in the past has been less that stellar, especially with the ones you can rent from the course for a few bucks. There’s nothing quite like trying to MacGuyver the straps to hold your bag in place just to have it fall off and roll into a fairway bunker, mid-round. Beyond that, the old aluminum push cart that your dad bought at Sears in the 70s isn’t quite the piece of mechanical technolust you’d like it to be.

clicgear-2-push-cartSeeking an appropriate solution to this three-wheeled dilemma, we recently procured a Clicgear 2.0 Push Cart and put it through its paces over the course of a few rounds. The first order of business, upon said procurement, was to figure out how the heck to unfold the tidy wheel and frame bundle. We benefited from a brief perusal of the instructions, learning that once you get the hang of it, it’s setup is actually really easy and only takes a few minutes to master. The cart’s frame is made from powder-coated, aircraft-grade aluminum tubing and sits on three large EVA (foam) / rubber tires. The powder coating protects the tubing from scratches and the tire compound is lightweight and durable, a significant improvement over air-filled tires. No one wants to drag their cart around the course with a flat tire.

The push cart 2.0 also features a nice center console with room for extra balls, your rangefinder, tees, etc. and comes with beverage holder that can accommodate a wide variety of different drink bottle shapes and sizes. Just underneath the console are two towel hooks to help keep your clubs clean throughout the round. There’s even a place for your umbrella, if you don’t keep it on your bag, and an umbrella tube that screws into the handle so your clubs can stay dry without you holding the parasol the entire time. The best feature of the Clicgear 2.0 is probably the easiest to overlook. We’re talking about the adjustable straps. These straps fit whether you are using a stand bag or a cart bag, thus no more MacGuyvering goofy velcro straps, straps extensions, or suffering a strap malfunction when you least expect it.

Without a doubt, we are thoroughly impressed by Clicgear’s 2.0 push cart, as it is by far the best cart we’ve ever evaluated. The design speaks for itself. When folded, it’s really compact and takes up less space than your golf bag. This is truly spectacular for a push or pull cart, as most models take up the bulk of your trunk. It takes only seconds to fold and unfold the 2.0. Additionally, it also takes virtually no effort to push and rolls smooth and straight, almost on its own. Of course, there’s a solid hand brake to keep the cart in place which works perfectly on steep hills.

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Pro Tip #1: If you’re used to a pull cart with an automatic brake, don’t forget to use hand brake!

During one of our test rounds, the cart was left greenside for a quick putt. The cart rolls so smoothly, the next thing we know it’s across the next fairway, headed for the green, and a small lake. One can only imagine what the guys on the green were thinking when they saw a random push cart roll through and then seeing this author in a dead sprint running after it. The lactic acid build up from this little event definitely didn’t help my fine motor skills on the next few shots, but at least my rig didn’t end up submerged in a hazard

Pro Tip #2: If you see a runaway push cart, please stop it. Point and laugh after. C’mon guys.

If you’re not quite ready to start walking the course whilst lugging your bag yourself or if you’re considering a cart upgrade, the Clicgear 2.0 Push Cart is your answer. Just remember using it can help you save money and can help lower your score. More on this point to come. Walk on, friends, walk on.

Cost: $200

Author’s Note: Sure, this review reflects my opinion, but the true test was yet to come. I evaluated the usefulness of the 2.0 push cart by seeing if my far more experienced, and infinitely wiser “I don’t feel like retiring” father could learn how to use it. I also wanted to get his opinion on how it stacks up to his pull cart.

The easy part was teaching him how to fold and unfold the cart, which only took 10 minutes. The hard part was trying to get the cart back. I would have been done with this review months ago and through quite a few more rounds, had it not been for the fact I couldn’t get it back from my dad. Needless to say, finding the perfect gift for father’s day was pretty easy.

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