What’s a Remote Golf Cart?

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Remote golf carts are battery-operated mini-vehicles or cart-style carts that follow behind the golfer carrying their bag of clubs. Hands-free models use a small transmitter on the golfer’s belt to guide the cart, while trolley-style carts are remote control models. The hands-free cart is programmed to stay six feet behind the golfer and has electromagnetic brakes. The cart accommodates a golf bag and has storage compartments for accessories. The hands-free cart weighs over 100 pounds and won’t fold, while the cart-style cart weighs approximately 25 pounds and can fold up.

For golfers who like to get their exercise walking around the course but aren’t crazy about carrying clubs or pulling them on a cart, a remote golf cart might be the answer. A remote golf cart is a battery-operated mini-vehicle or cart-style cart that follows unobtrusively behind, carrying your bag of golf clubs for you. Mini-vehicles are hands-free models, while trolley-style carts are remote control models.

To use a remote golf cart hands-free, the golfer wears a small transmitter on his belt. The caddy uses the transmitter as a guidance signal to follow the golfer without user intervention. There’s no palm control to grip, and no manual steering or steering. Walk the course and let the caddy follow.

The hands-free golf cart is programmed to stay approximately six feet (two meters) behind the golfer, both uphill and downhill. Electromagnetic brakes ensure the caddy stops or slows down when needed, eliminating the risk of overtaking the golfer on a downhill course. Typically powered by two 12-volt deep-cycle batteries, the remote golf cart is full of energy. The dual-power omnidirectional electric motors feature proprietary gearboxes to maximize torque-to-weight ratio. This not only provides efficient traction, but also allows the vehicle to roll sideways, forwards or backwards, obscuring any movement the golfer makes.

The remote golf belt transmitter is about the size of a pager. The communication between the transmitter and the caddy is stable over bridges, tunnels or in any type of weather, including cloud cover or rain. The remote golf cart is pre-programmed to work perfectly, but some parameters are adjustable, such as the final distance.

The hands-free remote golf cart accommodates a golf bag and features various storage compartments and holders for accessories such as tees, balls, scorecards, pencils and drinks. It also has a compartment for a purse or backpack and a built-in seat for resting while you wait for the party to unfold. Pressing a button on the transmitter stops the slide so you can draw a club or rest.

While the hands-free remote golf cart is a three-wheeled mini-vehicle with a “side-car” type shape, other remote golf carts look like simple carts equipped with motors. This type of remote golf cart has an antenna near the handle and is controlled by a handheld device that must be pointed at the antenna to move the cart.

There are tradeoffs in choosing either model. The hands-free remote golf cart weighs over 100 pounds (45 kg) and won’t “fold” or collapse. You may need a small trailer with a drop gate to haul it on course, though you can roll the dolly in and out of the trailer by hooking up the transmitter and adjusting the drag distance.

The cart-style remote golf cart folds up like a regular golf cart and can fit in most standard-sized trunks or in the back of an SUV. The motors add weight, as does the battery, which must remain upright. This type of remote golf caddy weighs approximately 25 lbs (11 kg).

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