As golfers, we all enjoy the never-ending pursuit of the perfect shot or shooting our lowest round ever, but in between those rare days on the links our enjoyment often comes from the company of friends, and strangers, the beauty of the outdoors, and that peaceful feeling we have as we stroll down the fairway through the early morning dew or into the setting sun. This, is why golf is, and always has been a walking sport.
Growing up as caddies who carried bags all day to have enough money to pay for our own golf, we must admit it took our egos a few years to be ok with the idea of buying an electric golf caddy.
It wasn’t until the 80-year-old version of ourselves weighed in with the thought that reducing the wear and tear on our bodies at an earlier age and consequently extending our golf career for the years that mattered most, did it become obvious that this investment was worth every penny and all of the pride our hardened egos had to swallow.
Although our first motorized golf push cart was a remote-controlled electric golf caddy, it wasn’t long before we realized that using a remote control on the golf course was much more of a hassle than it was a luxury. Instead of playing golf, we were usually just “playing remote” as it required our constant attention, not only to steer between bunkers, cart-path curbs, and other obstacles you find on every golf course, but also just keeping track of where we kept our “garage door opener” in between shots and making sure we didn't distract our playing partners with our roaming golf bag zig-zagging the fairway as we constantly clicked left and right trying to keep it headed in a straight line.
After a frustrating first year with our remote control golf caddy and dealing with a few different part failures, we began researching these electric golf trolleys once again and discovered a press release for the best new product award at the Golf Europe show for the QOD Electric Golf Trolley. Thanks to a cousin living in the land down under and some creative shipping arrangements, we bought our first QOD a few years ago and have been enjoying the walk ever since.
We soon discovered we were playing better and feeling more fit because our focus was on the shot in front of us and our body was conserving energy to hit the ball instead of feeling the pain or fatigue that we used to have while pushing a manual cart or carrying our bag.
If you walk into a pro shop in any course throughout Scotland, the home of golf, and ask for a riding cart, you'll be lucky if they let you stay in the country for another day, let alone play a round of golf. Here in America, it has become normal to see riding carts on a golf course so we think nothing of it. But the truth is, if profit wasn’t the motive, no golf course in the world would allow a 1,000-pound riding machine onto the precious turf you are about to play your favorite game on.
And if not for our egos, we surely wouldn’t walk four hours hunched over a push cart or leaning left all day as we carry our clubs knowing study after study shows the negative impact this can have on our muscles, discs, and nerves.
Whether you choose QOD, or another electric golf caddy cart, we hope that you too will find the benefits of using an electric golf trolley will improve your game, your physical health, the course conditions, and most importantly, help you enjoy the walk.
We feel your pain…several years ago we were just like you, shopping for a new electric golf caddy. It took us months to finally choose an electric trolley because every time we went online, we read something new about a motor or battery that would confuse us even more. When we finally bought our first caddies, we ended up disappointed in the quality anyway, which is why we continued our pursuit of a caddy that worked best for us and finally found it in the land down under…Australia.
WARRANTY: We strongly believe that when making an investment in an electric golf caddy that will carry your bag hundreds of miles over several years, the most important factor is quality. Have you ever bought an appliance only to find out the warranty costs nearly as much as the product? Or maybe you bought a $1,200 phone from a company (we won’t mention any names, but it rhymes with scrapple) who then asks if you want to buy a protection plan?
An electric golf trolley manufacturer who offers a three-year warranty on every part of their motorized golf caddy obviously has confidence in the structural integrity and durability of its parts and components. We suggest reading the fine print of the warranties of these electric golf caddy carts before you purchase your electric golf trolley.
BATTERY: With the exception of cheaper electronic golf caddy carts that offer the heavier and less efficient lead-acid batteries, most major electric golf caddy brands sell lithium-ion batteries. A combination of factors such as the caddy's weight, bag weight, how hilly a course is and what the battery’s amp hours (aH) and voltage are, will dictate how long it should last on a single charge. Because there are so many variables outside of the golf caddy manufacturer's control, we suggest you just look at what the company advertises the lithium battery is capable of powering.
The QOD electric caddy battery is 18aH and 14.4V, and this will allow you to use the battery for 36 holes in a single day. We cannot guarantee this will be the case for all three years of your warranty due to individual variables, but we know this will be the case for quite some time should you properly charge you battery.
MOTOR: All motorized golf cart brands offer a motor that is capable of handling the terrain you'd expect to see on a typical golf course. There may be some variation in the technical specs of the motor size, but this is usually due to the weight of the cart, whether or not it has a remote control, and the size and type of battery the electric golf trolley was designed for.
The QOD’s motor is 180 watts and we have taken it up the steepest hills you can find on a golf course without any issue at all. We feel it’s a safe bet to assume every caddy on the market can climb all of the hills you will find on a golf course. The question then becomes, how long will it last? Which brings us back to the golf caddy's warranty.
FRAME: We find there to be a very common theme amongst leading manufacturers of electric golf trollies, and that is aluminum welds made by hand during the manufacturing process, and shortcuts taken on cheaper plastic compounds. These hand welds are susceptible to weak joints from welding errors, and the cheaper plastics will more easily crack, scratch, and fade over time. A powerful motor and long-lasting lithium-ion battery are great, but what if the entire foundation holding the bag cannot handle the inevitable wear and tear it will face over the years of folding and unfolding, bumpy terrain (in those rare moments we miss the fairway), and of course the various weather conditions all of us diehard golfers find ourselves playing in from time to time? The QOD caddy cart is built from a durable nylon 66 compound which makes up that molded pieces, aircraft grade aluminum for the sliding tubes and axle pieces, and stainless-steel bolts and connectors holding it all together. This ensures integrity throughout the entire trolley and is why the manufacturer has no problem offering the 3-year warranty.
The QOD caddy cart folds more compact than any other electric pushcart in the world. When folded, it is only 13.5" high, 14.5" wide, and only 20" long. This is smaller than any manual push cart in the world as well. The lithium-ion battery weighs 5 lbs. and the cart only weighs 28 lbs.
The QOD is the smallest electric golf caddy in the world and it folds quickly and easily. It will take you a few rounds of golf before you can do it without thinking about it, but until then we will send you a quick photo “cheat-sheet” that you can keep on your phone to reference any time. Please take a look at this video to see a demonstration of how the QOD electric golf trolley sets up.
The first electric golf trolleys we ever purchased were remote controlled golf carts. But what we thought was a luxury quickly became a nuisance because instead of playing golf, we needed to “play remote”. Steering a caddy between a cart path gets old fast, as does clicking left and right with your thumb all day, or swinging with a “garage-door opener” clipped to your hip. Losing the remote or forgetting spare batteries is frustrating, but annoying your playing partners by accidentally running the caddy into their line of site is simply embarrassing. We find having one less thing to think about, lose, or break, is a good thing when we’re playing a game as easy as golf is...
Electric Golf Caddy Reviews: The truth in 2019.
Unfortunately in today’s world of online shopping, there are many businesses that specialize in what is called affiliate advertising programs. These companies build websites, create blogs, videos, etc. all in an effort to rank high in internet search results so that if a customer likes what they see on their post, they will click a link that takes them to another website such as Amazon, Ebay, or often times the company who actually sells the product. These website that create these “Review” websites, posts, or videos, get a commission on every sale that is generated from someone who first visited their website and this information is tracked using information contained in the web browser url parameters once you click on a “Call To Action” button.
We do not believe in this “sell at all costs” approach and we know for a fact many of these review sites have never touched an electric golf caddy, and most likely, never even played golf before. They simply use information available to the public, or provided directly by the manufacturers or distributors, and then because they “review” many different electric golf trolleys, their posts naturally include hundreds of important keywords related to the product category that google loves to see, therefore they show up high in search results, but unfortunately their information is not subjective and their motives are to simply make a profit.
We have had many websites contact us and offer these same services. But we don’t like the idea of “selling” anyone anything. We are golfers just like you, and if the QOD golf caddy is a good fit for you, great, we will be happy to support you on your journey to enjoying the walk. But most importantly, we are focused on making sure you get a caddy that is right for you by answering your questions honestly, and providing the best customer service in the industry. If we really only cared about making money, we would not be importing a caddy from Australia that costs twice as much as our competitor’s carts that are imported directly from China.
We believe a product’s warranty says a lot about how much a company believes in their product and values their customers. We are proud to offer what we consider to be the best warranty in the marketplace. While many companies only offer a limited one-year warranty, the QOD is backed by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty, with all of the service and the support provided here in the USA.
We will do whatever it takes to get you back up and running as soon as possible. All you need to do is call or email us to get your repair started.
EXPRESS LIMITED WARRANTY:
We made our best effort to be the first company in the history of mankind to provide a warranty that does not contain pages of legal jargon and confusing terms. However if we failed in any way, please don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions.
Every part of the electric golf caddy, including the lithium-ion battery, is covered under warranty for three years so long as the part became non-functional while using it for its intended use, and the damage was not caused by user-error (using it as a beach stroller and accidentally sending it into the ocean will not be covered). The warranty does not guarantee the battery will last 36 holes per day for the entire three years of coverage due to variables in the customer’s charging routine, storage habits, and playing conditions. The warranty does guarantee the battery will last 18 holes per day for all three years so long as you maintain your battery as directed in the instruction guides and manual. Should you need a new battery outside or beyond warranty coverage, the price for our customers is always at our cost from the manufacturer. Additionally, we are pleased to offer a six (6) month warranty on all of our Accessories from their purchase date, so long as they were not broken by accident or user-error.
Once we have diagnosed what has gone wrong with your electric golf trolley, we will ask for your preference on how to repair your QOD. The quickest way is to send you a part that you can replace yourself using our step-by-step instructions. If you prefer, we are happy to do the repair for you. All labor expenses for issues covered under warranty are free-of-charge during the first twelve (12) consecutive months following the date of your purchase. After the twelve-month warranty period, there is a flat fee of $29 for any service we perform at our facility. Every repair we do also includes a complete “tune-up” and cleaning of the electric golf caddy prior to returning it to you.
We will pay 100% of the shipping costs for any part or repair covered under warranty for the first twelve (12) consecutive months from the date of your purchase. After the twelve-month period, any shipping costs incurred will be the responsibility of the customer. We will be happy to coordinate the shipments and extend our discounted rates to you. We recommend keeping your original packaging so that you do not have to pay for any new packaging should you ever need to ship your QOD golf caddy back to us.
For complete details please visit our Warranty Page.
Our team is here in the United States and available to help you 7 days a week should you ever have any issues. Although the warranty is provided by the Australian manufacturer, all service and support is done by our team here in the U.S.A. You will not have to chase down a manufacturer abroad to have your caddy serviced, we are always happy to help and will do everything we can to get you back up and running asap.
The battery is designed and built to last you for years to come and is covered under warranty for three years. How well you take care of the battery will have a significant impact on how long the battery will last after the warranty period, along with how many rounds you play a year, the type of courses you play, the weight of your bag, etc.
The battery has plenty of power to handle any size bag, on any type of course for 36 holes in any given day. Due to variables in the customer’s charging routine, storage habits, and playing conditions, the warranty does not guarantee it will last for 36 holes per charge for all three years, but it does guarantee the battery will last 18 holes per charge for all three years so long as you maintain your battery as directed in the instruction guides and manual.
Should you need a new battery outside or beyond warranty coverage, the price for our customers is always at our cost from the manufacturer.
Charging the battery is simple. It plugs into any standard wall outlet, and after the first charging cycle which can take up to eight hours, the battery typically re-charges in less than four hours. You should charge your battery after every use, even if it is only for nine holes. And when you do not play for extended periods of time, you will need to charge the battery before storing it in a cool, dry place, and then charging it again every six to eight weeks to keep it happy during extended breaks. All of these details will be provided to you with your purchase.
With the exception of cheaper electronic golf caddy carts that offer the heavier and less efficient lead-acid batteries, most major electric golf caddy brands sell lithium-ion batteries. A combination of factors such as the caddy's weight, bag weight, how hilly a course is and what the battery’s amp hours (aH) and voltage are, will dictate how long it should last on a single charge. Because there are so many variables outside of the golf caddy manufacturer's control, we suggest you just look at what the company advertises the lithium battery is capable of powering.
The QOD electric caddy battery is 18aH and 12.8V.
Yes, the QOD is always in “free-wheel” mode without having to change or disengage anything. If you are in the parking lot, tight spots on the course, around the green, or you happen to forget to charge your battery, you will always be able to push or pull your QOD freely in any direction, at any time.
You will never have to push the QOD up a hill. Even with a large or heavy golf bag, the QOD will climb any hill you put in front of it. We just tell our customers that when traversing over hills, rough or uneven terrain, it's best to keep a hand on the handle to help maintain the stability and keep the QOD from tipping back. The anti-tip wheel on the 2020 and 2021 models is an additional precaution to prevent the caddy from tipping over should you not have a hand on it at the time.
We anticipate pre-orders placed today to ship in the week beginning July 26th. If you already placed a pre-order, it will ship on the date listed in your order confirmation email unless we advise otherwise. Depending on where you live, shipping time can take anywhere from 1-6 business days as we currently ship all caddies from California. We will send you tracking information for your QOD within one business day of its shipment so you can follow its progress online as it makes its way towards you. Because of restrictions on flying lithium-ion batteries, no expedited options are available.
Yes, we a re currently running a sale that includes free shipping on all caddy orders. All orders ship free via UPS ground service due to restrictions with flying the batteries on airlines.
Due to recent changes in tariffs, we are not shipping to Canada at this time.
Unfortunately, we also do not currently ship elsewhere internationally or to Hawaii or Alaska, but you can email us at email@example.com and depending on your location we may be able to arrange through the manufacturer or another distributor.
You can fly with your QOD on a plane, however you cannot take the battery on a plane with you due to new laws enacted in 2017 (thanks Samsung!). You can however ship your battery via ground transportation ahead of time to any destination you are traveling to if you desire. We've also had customers buy second batteries so that they can keep a battery in locations they frequent often or for long periods of time.
We want you to have peace of mind with your purchase, so we offer a full refund of the cost of your cart should you be unsatisfied with your purchase within 15 days of your order, so long as the cart has not been used and is in its original packaging. You must call (800) 774-1088 and we will give you a return item number to include on your return shipment. The only thing we ask is that you cover the shipping costs we incurred to ship you the caddy and the costs to return the cart to the location we designate.
If you choose to return your cart within 15 days of purchase after having used the caddy, we will ask you to cover the cost of shipping the product each way and we will need to apply a 15% restocking fee to help us recover the costs to prepare the cart for resale as used. You can read more details on our Return Policy page.
The QOD will work with every type of golf bag available from all major manufacturers, however it will perform best with a bag the industry calls a “Lightweight Cart Bag”. The QOD has adjustable bungee straps at the top of the bag and the bottom of the bag so you can shorten or extend the straps as needed to securely strap in your golf bag. You can also pack in as much gear as you will need with you on the golf course so long as it does not exceed 50lbs. If your golf bag weighs more than 50 lbs. you should make sure no small children are hiding in your golf bag before securing it to the electric golf caddy.
Yes, occasionally we will have a demo unit or refurbished QOD available. Please feel free to contact us via phone 800-774-1088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a team member will be happy to let you know if we have any available. Our pricing and warranty will vary on these units based on the history and condition, and we will be able to discuss these details with you on a per caddy basis.
Your battery is covered under the three-year warranty, however due to airline restrictions on checking lithium batteries this size on planes, some of our customers will buy an extra battery to keep at a second home or frequent travel destination.
Please contact us at email@example.com for pricing.
In order to maintain a consistent and high level of customer service and support, we have not entered into any retail relationships with big-box retailers. Electric golf trolleys are still unique to the marketplace and few people are familiar enough with them to properly educate golfers who are looking to purchase a new electric golf caddy. Therefore we currently only sell online, but we are looking at possible partnerships with boutique retailers who will be able to provide the same level of support and service to our customers.
When we launched our massive internal scientific study, we found the only way to guarantee your scores improve with the QOD was to skip the last two holes.
However, common sense tells us that when we save our energy for hitting shots instead of pushing or carrying our clubs, our legs, backs, and arms are fresher as we head into the last few holes of our round.
When it comes to the mental side of golf, we find that walking makes a huge difference in our game, as opposed to riding in a cart. Walking 300 yards to your drive (we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt (a lot of doubt)) gives you ample time to think about and plan your next shot. Driving to your partners ball in the other fairway, watching them take three practice swings before chunking it into the bunker, and then driving back over to your ball doesn’t bode well for your mental preparation of hitting your next shot.
Golf is a tough game and not every day is going to go your way, you might as well enjoy the walk.
There actually is no difference. Electric golf caddies, golf trolleys, buggies, motorized golf push carts, etc. are all terms used to describe battery powered push carts for golf in the United States. When the motorized golf push carts were introduced to the marketplace in the USA, no unifying term was ever adopted. Sometimes we say electric golf caddy, other times we will say motorized pushcart or electric golf pushcart, and out of respect for our friends from the birthplace of golf, we often find ourselves saying electric golf trolley as well.
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Shortly after buying our first electric golf caddy we started playing better because we had more energy for hitting shots instead of lugging our clubs around all day.
We were conserving energy for when it mattered most but still getting the exercise we needed, simply by playing the game we love.
*Three-Year Warranty does not guarantee the battery will last 36 holes on a single charge. Please read the full terms and conditions of the warranty for details.
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