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Electric Golf Push Cart that Follows You – Caddytrek R2 Review

Electric push carts are the best. You're not pushing it up steep hills, but you're still walking the course instead of riding a buggy. It's the best of both worlds.

Even better is the Caddytrek R2 - the electric golf push cart that follows you - which has it all. It's fun, it's hi-tech and it's a head turner. What a conversation piece.

The Caddytrek R2 electric push cart has a couple of amazing features:

Follow Mode - The cart follows you AUTOMATICALLY
Marching Mode - The cart can drive in front of you as you walk, without it getting further from you than you prefer.

Robot Technology allows smooth starts, stops and turning without struggling like the older electric push carts used to. Turning and controlling the older generation electric push carts meant I saw a few people lose their expensive carts into water hazards, along with their clubs!

The Caddytrek has 4 wheels with the front wheels able to swivel. Older models of electric push carts used to have a single front wheel for hilarious results.

Caddytrek R2 Review

You walk hands-free with the CaddyTrek without ever needing to push the bag around. People may think this is for older men, but I have played so much golf with very low handicappers who use this electric push cart to maintain high levels of freshness and less fatigue. These are young guys under 40, playing interclub matchplay competitions.

Using golf buggies removes the option of walking the course and getting some more exercise. With the Caddytrek R2, you can walk, without the burden of carrying or pushing or even pulling the clubs which can be a turn-off, leading people to use golf buggies. 

Combining ultrasound and RF signals, the CaddyTrek calculates by itself, the speed, the distance and even the angle to the player. You simply walk the course and the cart adjusts itself to you. Unreal!

You place the remote on whichever side of your body you would prefer to keep the cart. The CaddyTrek R2 picks up the signal and adapts itself to your location, staying away enough from you while it follows you, without going crazy or going rogue and finishing in a water hazard.

The wheels are very rugged and in wet or muddy conditions, the cart still works like a beast. The cart can fit bags of all sizes due to the adjustable bag straps so whatever you like. I suggest the Sun Mountain C130.

Weight

The Caddytrek R2 is quite heavy as you'd expect weighing in at 39 lbs with the battery in. The battery is 6 lbs, so the cart itself is 33 lbs. 

Size

It folds up pretty small and is easy to carry to the car where it's easily storable. Just remember it's 33 lbs without the battery.

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Important Questions

Can you travel with the Caddytrek R2?
It's easy to transport in a vehicle and can be checked in on an airplane but the Lithium batteries cannot be checked in on commercial airlines.

How far from me does the Caddytrek R2 stay when following?
Usually around 6 yards and can be controlled with a remote control in case of tricky terrain.

How long does the battery last? 
It can last between 27 and 36 holes but some courses will be flatter or hillier so it's best to charge the cart after every round to ensure it lasts.

What if it rains?
The important parts are all contained within casing but of course, prolonged rain or moisture will eventually damage any electric components. A round in the rain followed by a period to dry will suffice.

Do I need an extra battery?
Like with a camera, you can never have enough battery power and having a spare on hand in case you're out for 36 holes on a hilly course will always do you good. You can purchase the batteries from the CaddyTrek site.

Will the cart dodge obstacles by itself?
You'll have to make sure your cart does not drive into nearby motor vehicles, rocks, trees and water hazards.

How long to charge the battery?
5 hours. And the battery lasts 500 charges.

Pros
  • Go hands free, stress-free trusting your clubs will be nearby without the recurring cost of buggies or caddies
  • Dual 250 watt motors are surprisingly quiet
  • Control it with a remote or using automatic settings
  • Folds down to a lightweight and small package easily transported
  • Lasts around 27 holes on one charge
  • Good value: equivalent to using a buggie 30-50 times
Cons
  • Lasts only 1 and a half rounds
  • Putting the remote on your back or front is tricky
  • Very steep slopes can be a tough ask for the cart

The Electric Golf Push Cart that follows you - Caddytrek R2 Review

Absolute must-have if you're tired of carrying or pushing your clubs around.

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Best Golf Chipper Club

The chipper.

Is there a more divisive club in golf?

People who use them love them. People who don't...well they hate the guys who do!

The reason is simple. These things work for most golfers especially the guys who have a tough time chipping with wedges which is what is expected of us. 

But since the main philosophy of this website and my Youtube channel is that you jam with the game you have; if you want a chipper, you get a chipper.

A friend of mine, Didi, used a chipper for years before he learnt to chip with his 54° and he played off an 8 handicap with that chipper! Below are some of the best golf chippers in the game right now.

Why chippers work

A lot of players get nervous when chipping from the nature of a chip. A chip is a short shot that requires feel and touch. 

Often the chips are played off the fringe or the fairway which can have tight grass, making the idea of clipping the ball off the turf a scary one. It sounds silly to a lot of golfers, but we've all been there.

The chipper comes along and makes that shot easier by allowing you to have more of a sweeping putting stroke without worrying about teething the ball across the green or duffing it one foot in front of where you're standing. 

Should you get one or learn to use a wedge?

There is no hard and fast rule for the way you approach the game. My philosophy throughout everything I think about golf is to make it as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

If a chipper will remove stress from your game and allow you to cut three or four shots off your score, make the beer taste better and give you a butterfly in your tummy to play again...I think you know where I'm headed. Whatever gets you jazzed to play golf again is good for you.

Follow your gut. Do what it says. A man with a chipper knows what he wants, he wants to get that ball in that hole in the leat strokes possible.

The only thing you must overcome is ego. 

Put EGO aside and understand no one will understand you

You'll get a ribbing and some comments from other players because using a chipper is seen as equivalent of joining a suicide cult. 

Just keep that in mind. 

But then learn to use it and hole more chips than them. Silence them with results.

Don't get a two-sided chipper

Two sided chippers aren't going to benefit you. You'll almost never use it left handed if you're a righty, I swear to you. 

Getting a one-direction chipper is going to benefit you more as they have excellent alignment aids on the back of them. The two-way chipper doesn't and what's the point of getting a new club for chipping if it doesn't FULLY help you chip.?


Best Golf Chipper Clubs Available


Cleveland Smart Sole C Wedge

Best for long bump and runs and greenside chipping

Cleveland have rally cornered the market with this club. The C wedge is called that because the C stands for Chipper.

But the reason it works so well is because you can also use it from a distance. I used it in my video on breaking 90 by hitting under 150 yards here (part 1, par 2, part 3) and I can confirm it's a handy club when the fairways are firm and running smooth.

You can run it up to the green from up to 70 or 80 yards out. Green side, it takes some getting used to because the face is quite hot, meaning the ball comes off the face quite fast but with an hour or so of practice, you'll get used to it.

Pros
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    Hot face for longer distance shots if you have lack of confidence with pitch shots
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    Gets the ball rolling with less spin than a wedge so roll out is reliable
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    Lightweight shaft for good feel
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    Versatile all in one solution from inside 80
Cons
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    Acquired taste with the ball jumping off the face quite hot green side

Conclusion

With so many options out there to chip and putt and get the ball in the hole, whatever gets the job done for you is most important.

The game is there to be enjoyed and I love to see chippers out on the green side shots. It means this dude knows what he wants and he wants to get that little ball in that little hole.

The Cleveland Smart Sole C Wedge is a very very versatile club and will serve you well from inside 80 or 70 yards all the way to green side. The best golf chipper in the game right now.