Push Carts vs. Pull Carts

By William McCoy
Golf pull carts typically have two wheels and a lightweight frame.
Golf pull carts typically have two wheels and a lightweight frame.

Golfers have options when deciding how they'll transport their golf bag during a round of play. An easy method is in the back of a power cart, and a labor-intensive method is carrying the bag. If you want a more moderate solution that affords you some exercise, consider buying or renting a push cart or a pull cart.

Push Carts

Although the terms push cart and pull cart are sometimes used interchangeably, push carts usually contain three wheels, with two wheels at the back and one wheel at the front. The golfer stands behind the cart, which holds her golf bag on an angle, and pushes the cart along the fairway.

Pull Carts

A pull cart has a similar design to a push cart but has only two wheels. It secures your golf bag on an angle, and although it's designed to be pulled along behind you as you walk, you can also push it, if desired. The bottom of the cart sits on the ground, preventing it from moving until you grab the handle, effectively lifting the bottom of the cart and freeing the wheels.

Motorized Carts

Some push-style golf carts are powered by a battery and may be operated via buttons on the cart or a remote control. These carts are especially beneficial for golfers who find it arduous to push their cart around the course for several hours. Some even have a seat that pulls out so you can rest while waiting for the group ahead of you to clear.

Benefits

Whether you opt for a push cart or a pull cart, each style has numerous benefits for you to enjoy. Many carts are equipped with a bottle holder, ball holders and tee holders. Some contain a flat surface to hold your scorecard and a pencil holder to keep a pencil handy. Virtually all push and pull carts can be folded, allowing you to store them easily during transit, although the battery-operated push carts are very heavy.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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