I’ve been walking when I golf quite a bit this year. Many say that it helps them play better, but I’ve never really felt that to be true for me as I seem to play about the same whether I’m walking or riding. What I have found is that I’ve lost a few pounds and saved some money, which are both great things. The only issue I’ve run into is that I prefer to use a fairly large cart bag and there is no way I can lug that thing around a golf course. This is one of the reasons that push carts were invented, so I started renting them at the courses I played. I got everything from carts that were a couple years old and decent to some that I was scared to even put my bag on. Luckily, Sun Mountain felt they had a product, the MicroCart, to make my walking rounds a bit more enjoyable and sent it over for a THP review. Please take a moment to check out my thoughts on this very cool product.
Information from Sun Mountain
The Speed Cart is one of the most revolutionary products in golf. It changed how golfers transport their bags around the course. With the Micro Cart, we offer you another push cart option. There are distinct advantages to the MicroCart design. Its small folded footprint and its light weight make the cart easy to get in and out of your vehicle. Due to the patented four-wheel design, the cart has a low center of gravity which results in superior stability on the course.
- Cart Specs: Folded Dimensions: 24.5″ X 16″ X 12″ Weight: 12.5 lbs.
- the cart folds and unfolds in two easy motions
- the handle is adjustable
- the new storage pouch is included with every cart
- the accessories panel is loaded with features: padded valuables tray, ball marker, scorecard holder, drink holder, plus pencil, tee and ball holders
- the smart brackets are adjustable to secure your bag without straps
- the solid-foam tires roll easily and require no maintenance
I think my first impression when I saw the MicroCart was similar to the feeling of going from an old Ford Pinto to a Cadillac. This thing is literally loaded with features to make walking more convenient and enjoyable. First, let’s talk about setting it up. The MicroCart comes in its folded up position and it sort of resembles a large radio controlled truck. It took me a few times to become proficient at unfolding it, but it was pretty simple after I figured it out. One neat feature is that you can enlarge the length of the front axle to accommodate larger bags. I had to do this before using it with my bag and it was not a difficult job. A few twists of an Allen wrench and I was ready to go. When folded, the cart is very small and could fit along with your bag in just about any vehicle out there.
At first glance, my favorite feature was the accessory panel up near the handles. The cover closed securely and inside there was room enough to fit my cell phone, GPS, keys, and a few other things. The top of the cover doubles as a scorecard holder with a very strong magnet to keep the card in place. There is also a pencil holder, some tee holders, and a spot to place a golf ball without fear of it falling out. Lastly, there is a drink holder, which I really liked as I always want a bottle of water handy when I’m walking. There is also an umbrella holder that sits tucked away, but can be screwed into the handle bar area. Speaking of the handles, there are two, and they are covered in a very soft rubber that is easy on the hands. The bag itself sits on a small platform and can be held in place by the smart brackets that are adjustable. There isn’t a need to strap the bag in and I did find that it stayed securely in place during my rounds. One glaring difference between the MicroCart and many others is that it has four wheels instead of the typical three. I’ll talk more about my thoughts on four wheels versus three later in the review, but it is unique looking in the world of push carts. The wheels seem to be soft, but solid. They are made of a foam material that is quiet on cement and appears to be fairly durable. Lastly, there is a storage pouch on the lower back portion of the MicroCart. It is large enough to carry quite a few things such as a rain suit, extra food and drink, or whatever small to medium sized items you may decide to bring with you.
On Course Performance
I was very excited to get the MicroCart out on the course and had the chance to do so right after I got it. I wasn’t 50 yards away from the first tee when I commented to my partner how easy it was to push and how solid it felt. The center of gravity seemed to sit pretty low and it felt very stable throughout all of my testing. I think much of that has to do with it having four wheels. I purposely tried to park the MicroCart on hills and uneven spots to see if it would tip over and found that it was always very secure. I never once felt like it was going to tip over, though I still exercised caution to make sure it wasn’t in too precarious of a position. One concern I had regarding the four wheel set up was the maneuverability of the push cart. What I found was that the MicroCart was just as maneuverable as its three wheeled cousins and I didn’t have any issues moving it where I wanted.
I mentioned the accessory panel earlier, but it bears mentioning again that I really liked this feature of the MicroCart. There are things that I like to keep handy when I’m playing golf, but many times they have to be stowed away when walking. With the MicroCart I was able to quickly access everything that I needed, whether it was my camera, GPS, or phone (to check out the THP Forums while waiting on the tee, of course). I did have an issue with the accessory panel that I must mention. The magnet that holds the score card is secured to the panel with a small piece of plastic. The magnet is incredibly strong and does a great job of keep the scorecard in place. However, during my third round with the MicroCart it broke without any effort at all on my part. I was pretty disappointed by this as now the magnet can be dropped and I’ve had to search for it in the grass a couple times. I’d like to see the attachment made of a bit stronger material because the magnet could be an excellent feature otherwise. I did use the umbrella holder once and it seemed to keep my umbrella, which is absolutely huge, very secure. One suggestion I have is that I would like to see the holder be adjustable so I could position the umbrella a bit more over my bag.
The MicroCart definitely made walking the course a more enjoyable experience for me. Having the ability to keep so many items within easy reach is a huge benefit. I liked the stability of the four wheels and maneuverability didn’t suffer at all with the ‘extra’ wheel. There are really just a ton of features packed into the MicroCart that make it a real luxury to have on the course. A little redesign on the magnet and umbrella holders would make it just about perfect in my eyes. For more information, you can check out Sun Mountain’s website at www.sunmountain.com. You can also find the MicroCart for sale at great e-retailer stores such as Blind9Golf. As always, thanks for reading and best of luck out on the course.