Benefits of a Self-Propelled Electric Motorized Golf Caddy
A Message from the President of Trolley
There are many reasons why a self propelled electric motorized golf push cart or electric golf caddy is a compelling means to carry your clubs around the golf course. It’s not just Professional Tour players who avoid carrying their golf bags by playing with a caddy. An ever increasing number of regular golfers around the world, who cannot afford the luxury of a personal caddy, are using electric golf trolleys such as the … and here are some of the reasons why:
Motorized Golf Caddy - Saving your Energy for the Game
On average a round of golf takes between 4-5 hours traversing a distance of ca. 5 miles. Actual ball contact is only between 70 and 100 times and takes less than 2% of the time, whereas the majority of the time is spent on getting to the next shot. That’s a lot of time and energy spent between the shots and particularly towards the end of the round even very fit players often lack the energy to concentrate on the shot and apply their best swing. By using a motorized golf caddy you can safe more of your energy for the game and put your best possible swing on every shot even in the later stage of the round… just like the Pros!
The average golf bag weighs anywhere between 15 and 25 lbs and golfers who carry their bags put their back and shoulders under a lot of strain, putting it down and picking it up close to 100 times in a round. Using a regular push or pull cart can also put strain on your arms and shoulders unnecessarily, especially going uphill. A electric motorized golf cart , gives you the best of both worlds. You still keep fit by walking the course but avoid the added strain that comes from lugging a bag around or dragging a push or pull cart.
Staying Fit, Improving Overall Health and Losing Weight
Walking the course with a golf trolley does not only increase your energy level and reduce strain on key body parts, it can also contribute to your overall general health and well-being. Besides the cardio-vascular exercise of walking, your body also can burn up to 50% more calories when compared to riding in a cart. Various medical studies have concluded that walking a golf course can result in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, create a stronger immune system, and help reducing the risk of developing diabetes, and some forms of cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease. As a matter of fact, walking the course with a will provide you with moderate exercise at an average heart rate of 110 versus 86 riding in a cart. Also the USGA strongly recommends and supports the growing trend of walking the course (Walk the Walk - The Benefits Walking Golf) As a result of using a you will feel fitter, weigh less and ultimately play better within a short period of time.
Protecting the Course and Speed Up Game
Electric caddies weigh significantly less than full-size riding carts and hence have less damaging impact on the fairways, especially in wet conditions (according to a 2004 USGA report). As opposed to common wisdom, electric caddies can also speed up game, especially where cart path only rules apply. A motorized golf cart can reach any spot on the golf course without leaving track marks and can be moved straight from one point to the next, thus no need for the time wasting practice of two people going back and forth to a riding cart to pick up yet another club!! Also, with the remote controlled model there is no need to have to walk back to retrieve your cart from the front of the green. You simply steer the by remote control to the next tee and save time and energy.
Protecting the Environment
Carts are battery operated, so they are far more environmentally friendly than combustion engine powered golf riding carts. Due to their lighter weight they also have less damaging impact on your precious golf course turf. Of course, empty batteries can be deposited for recycling at your local community.
Staying connected with the Course and Enhancing Companionship
By walking the course your body keeps moving and stays warm and alert. As a result you will stay more in tune with the rhythm of the game and be more concentrated and focused on your golf swing. Walking across the fairways also lets you experience the true nature of a golf course design from the first tee all the way to the 18th green, as opposed to driving a rattling golf cart along a paved cart path on the edge of a course, possibly as a passenger of an intoxicated driver! In addition, one of the main reasons we all enjoy golf so much is the companionship of a foursome playing 18 holes and sharing the experience. By walking the course together you will certainly enhance the social aspect of the game as compared to the isolated, unnatural and sometimes risky transportation in a riding cart. And last but not least, for those of us who value the tradition and history of golf, after all the game was meant to be played walking!
Making Money Sense - The Economic Case
A electric push cart also makes economic sense! Considering the savings for rental fees for riding carts (average of $15-$20/round), the investment in a has a payback period of less than a season for an average golfer. After that the rental fee annual savings can be invested in new equipment, golf travel or is just cash in your pocket!
Preserving the Tradition of the Game
In 1995 the USGA created the Walking Member program to promote one of the traditions of the game of golf. While each individual player has his or her own circumstances to consider when deciding whether to walk or ride, the Program's message is to encourage Members, who are able, to walk. Members who sign a Declaration will receive a walking bag tag for their golf bag. If you are an USGA Member, you may request a Walking Member Declaration by calling 800-223-0041.
Improving your Handicap
And last but not least, many golfers invest significant amounts of money in the latest club technology to improve their handicap..... unfortunately not always with the desired result! Imagine how a better rhythm, tuned feel of the golf course, improved fitness and a higher energy level and concentration would impact your game. My educated guess is that it will result in a better handicap, and there are many of our customers who confirm that! There is also a recently published scientific study that confirms this hypothesis: (Guess What? Golf is Good For You!)
In summary, a Motorized Golf Caddy will help you save your energy for the game, prevent strain and fatigue, fine tune your rhythm of play and feel for the course, improve your health and general fitness, increase fun and companionship, preserve tradition, course conditions and the enviJordanment and ultimately improve your handicap, all at a very reasonable cost with a one season pay-back time! A truly Win-Win Situation!
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Golf is a precision club-and-ball sport, in which competing players (golfers), using many types of clubs, attempt to hit balls into each hole on a golf course while employing the fewest number of strokes. Golf is one of the few ball games that does not require a standardized playing area. Instead, the game is played on golf "courses", each of which features a unique design, although courses typically consist of either nine or 18 holes. Golf is defined, in the rules of golf, as "playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules." Golf competition is generally played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known simply as stroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes during a complete round by an individual or team, known as match play.
Where Did the Word "Golf" Come From?
Did the word "golf" originate as an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden"? That's a common old wives' tale. Or, in this case, more likely an old husband's tale. No, "golf" is not an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden." If you've ever heard that, forget it immediately. Better yet, find the person who told you and let them know it's not true.
Like most modern words, the word "golf" derives from older languages and dialects. In this case, the languages in question are medieval Dutch and old Scots.
The medieval Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve" meant "club." It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into "golve," "gowl" or "gouf."
By the 16th Century, the word "golf" had emerged.
Origin of Golf
Golf is a very old game, we all know this, but what isn't well known is what country invented golf? During research we discovered that nearly every country has a claim to Golf's origins. Some say it originated from bored shepherds knocking around stones with their crooks. This was disproved as it is widely known that herding sheep is anything but boring. You walk amongst the wool covered beasts trying to prevent a stampede and see if you're bored.
The first accepted historical written reference to golf, or 'Gowf' as the Scottish hillbillies called it, was in 1457, etched on the side of a statue. Apparently the archers of the time were spending too much time playing 'Gowf', and not enough time shooting arrows. The Scottish government declared it against the law to play golf and inscribed this mandate on the side of a statue.
What no one seems to be clear on is where golf came from before this? How did golf become so popular in 1457 that it had to be banned? Did it just spring up from the ground, a fully formed sport ready to be played? Of course not, that would be silly. Like all things in life it was a slow building process that culminated in creating the greatest sport the world has ever known.
During our hard hitting investigation we came across a reference in a wax tablet, unearthed in ancient Rome. Our research team here conducted a thorough and exhausting investigation into this wax tablet that led us across the Pacific Ocean, but not really as we pretty much never left our office. Unless you count trips to Taco Bell. Our objective was to finally uncover the truth behind golf's origins and what we found blew us away.
The first form of golf, played around 122 A.D., was very similar to modern golf in that you swung a club to hit a ball, but the ball you hit was actually your opponents and by ball I mean testicles.
Yes golf started out as a pain threshold game wherein the two, or more, players would take turns hitting each other in the "Shag Bag" until one passed out, tapped out, or died. It was a rough sport, played only by the nobility of the time. Women were forbidden to play, but simply because they lacked the necessary 'equipment'. This version of Golf was eventually banished as it was much too silly.
Some people have compared modern day golf to this much older version in that, they feel like their getting nailed in the 'Shag Bag' every time they pay for their round.
Eventually around 1691 Golfers realized they could enjoy a fun filled, painless version of golf. They began hitting actual little stones across wide open fields. They used rabbit holes as their golf holes and they began tallying the number of strokes each player had.
Once again some people in power didn't like the common man having any fun. To curb the masses from playing 'Lucifers Game', as the church began calling it, the Scottish Parliament passed a law forbidding anyone from hitting a stone with a stick unless they were dressed as a clown. The penalty for hitting a stone with a stick was called the 'Nib Nibber' and involved a trained poodle and a jar of peanut butter.
For the love of the game, golfers obeyed this law and began dressing as court jesters and circus clowns whenever they played golf. (Yes circuses were around in 1691) We believe this is where the tradition of dressing like a complete ass came from. A tradition that many golfers carry on to this day.
Golf Rules in Brief
Golf is a game in which a ball is struck with a club from a prepared area, known as the "teeing ground", across fairway and rough to a second prepared area, which has a hole in it, known as the "putting green". The object of the game is to complete what is known as a hole by playing a ball from the teeing ground into the hole on the putting green in the fewest possible number of strokes. A "round of golf' consists of playing 18 such holes.
There are basically two forms of play, one which is decided by holes won and lost (match play) and the other which is decided by the total number of strokes taken to complete the round (stroke play).
There are three important principles to remember when playing golf:
Play the course as you find it. Play the Ball as it lies.
And if you can't do either, do what's fair."
To do what's fair you need to know the Rules. The following is a summary of the Rules of Golf, simplified where possible.
Etiquette covers both Courtesy and Priority on the Course as well as Care of the Course. Whilst the following points are not Rules as such they are an important part of the game.
1 Don't move, talk or stand close to a player making a stroke.
2 Don't play until the group in front is out of the way.
3 Always play without delay. Leave the putting green as soon as all players in your group have holed out.
4 Invite faster groups to play through.
5 Replace divots. Smooth footprints in bunkers.
6 Don't step on the line of another player's putt.
7 Don't drop clubs on the putting green.
8 Replace the flagstick carefully.
The Definitions section of the Rules of Golf contains over forty Definitions which form the foundation around which the Rules of play are written. A good knowledge of the defined terms will help in the correct application of the Rules. These include:
Teeing Ground - the starting place for the hole, defined by two tee-markers.
Through the Green - the whole area of the golf course except the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played and all hazards.
Hazards - any bunker or water hazard.
Putting Green - an area specially prepared for putting and containing a 41/2 inch diameter hole.
Out of Bounds - ground on which play is prohibited i.e. not part of the course. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds.
Loose Impediments - natural objects such as stones, leaves and twigs provided they are not fixed or growing, are not solidly embedded and are not sticking to the ball.
Obstructions - any man-made object, except:
(1) objects defining out of bounds
(2) any part of an immovable man-made object which is out of bounds; and
(3) any construction declared by the Committee in the Local Rules to be an integral part of the course.
Casual Water - any temporary accumulation of water on the course which is visible before or after the player takes his stance (dew and frost are not casual water).
Ground Under Repair - any portion of the course so marked by the Committee. Also includes material piled for removal and a hole made by a greenkeeper, even if not so marked.
THE RULES OF PLAY
Before commencing your round:
(1) Read the Local Rules on the score card.
(2) Put an identification mark on your ball. Many golfers play the same brand of ball and if you can't identify your ball, it's lost.
(3) Count your clubs. You are allowed a maximum of 14 clubs.
During the round, don't ask for "advice" from anyone except your partner or caddie. Don't give advice to anyone except your partner.
During a hole you may not play a practice stroke.
Tee off between and not in front of the tee-markers. You may tee off up to two club-lengths behind the front line of the tee-markers.
Teeing off outside this area - in match play there is no penalty but your opponent may ask you to replay your stroke; in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty and must then play from within the proper area.
PLAYING THE BALL
Play the ball as it lies. Don't improve your lie, the area of your intended swing or your line of play by moving, bending or breaking anything fixed or growing except in fairly taking your stance or making your swing. Don't press anything down or build a stance.
If your ball lies in a bunker or a water hazard don't touch the ground in the bunker, or the ground or water in the water hazard, before your downswing.
The ball must be fairly struck, not pushed or spooned.
Playing a wrong ball (except in a hazard) - in match play you lose the hole; in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty and you must then play the correct ball.
ON THE PUTTING GREEN
You may repair ball marks and old hole plugs on the line of your putt but not any other damage, including spike marks.
You may mark, lift and clean your ball on the putting gre•en. Always replace it on the exact spot.
Don't test the putting surface by scraping it or rolling a ball over it.
Ball played from putting green strikes flagstick - in match play you lose the hole; in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty.
BALL AT REST MOVED
If your ball is at rest and it is moved by you, your partner or your caddie, except as permitted by the Rules, or if it moves after you have addressed it, add a penalty stroke and replace your ball.
If your ball is at rest and is moved by someone else or another ball, replace it without penalty to you.
BALL IN MOTION DEFLECTED OR STOPPED
Ball struck by you is deflected or stopped by you, your partner or your caddie - in match play you lose the hole; in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty and the ball is played as it lies.
Ball struck by you is deflected or stopped by someone else - play your ball as it lies wihout penalty, except (a) in match play, if an opponent or his caddie deflects the ball you have an option to replay the stroke or (b) in stroke play, if the ball is deflected after a stroke from on the putting green, you must replay it.
Ball struck by you is deflected or stopped by another ball at rest- in matchplay, no penalty and the ball is played as it lies except. In stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty if your ball and the other ball were on the putting green before you played.
LIFTING, DROPPING AND PLACING THE BALL
If a lifted ball is to be replaced, its position must be marked. If a ball is to be dropped or placed in any other position (e.g. taking relief from GUR, etc.) it is recommended that the ball's original position be marked.
When dropping, stand erect, hold the ball at shoulder height and arm's length and drop it. If a dropped ball strikes you or your partner, caddie or equipment it must be re-dropped without penalty.
There are eight instances where a dropped ball rolls to such a position that it must be re-dropped - see Rules of Golf Rule 20 - 2c
BALL INTERFERING WITH OR ASSISTING PLAY
You may lift your ball if it might assist any other player.
You may have any ball lifted if it might interfere with your play or assist any other player.
You may move a loose impediment unless it and your ball are in a hazard. However, if you have touched a loose impediment within one club-length of your ball and your ball moves, the ball must be replaced and (unless your ball was on the putting green) you incur a penalty stroke.
Check the Local Rules on the score card for guidance on immovable obstructions (e.g. surfaced roads and paths etc.) .
Movable obstructions (e.g. rakes, tin cans etc.) anywhere on the course may be moved. If the ball moves it must be replaced without penalty.
If an immovable obstruction (e.g. a water fountain) interferes with your stance or swing, you may drop the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. There is no relief for intervention on your line of play unless your ball and the obstruction are on the putting green.
CASUAL WATER, GROUND UNDER REPAIR etc.
If your ball is in casual water, ground under repair or a hole or cast made by a burrowing animal e.g. a rabbit, you may drop without penalty within one club-length of the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole.
Check the Local Rules on the score card to establish whether the sea,lake, river etc. is a `water hazard' or a `lateral water hazard'.
Ball in watery hazard - play the ball as it lies or, under penalty of one stroke, (a) drop any distance behind the water hazard keeping a straight line between the hole, the point where the ball crossed the margin of the water hazard and spot on which the ball is dropped, or (b) play again from where you hit the ball into the hazard.
Ball in lateral water hazard - in addition to the options for a ball in a water hazard (see above), under penalty of one stroke, you may drop within two club-lengths of (a) the point where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard or (b) a point on the opposite side of the hazard equidistant from the hole.
BALL LOST OR OUT OF BOUNDS
Check the Local Rules on the score card to identify the boundaries of the course. If your ball is lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds you must play another ball from the spot where the last shot was played under penalty of one stroke i.e. stroke and distance. You are allowed 5 minutes to search for a ball, after which if it is not found or identified it is lost. If, after playing a shot, you think your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds you may play a `provisional ball'. You must state that it is a provisional ball and play it before you go forward to search for the original ball. If the original ball is lost or out of bounds you must continue with the provisional ball under penalty of one stroke. If the original ball is not lost or out of bounds, you must continue play of the hole with it and the provisional ball must be abandoned.
If you believe your ball is unplayable outside a water hazard (and you are the sole judge), you may under penalty of one stroke, (a) drop within two club-lengths of where the ball lies not nearer the hole, (b) drop any distance behind the point where the ball lay keeping a straight line between the hole, the point where the ball lay and the spot on which the ball is dropped, or (c) replay the shot. If your ball is in a bunker you may proceed under (a), (b) and (c). However, if you elect to proceed under (a) or (b) you must drop in the bunker.
A good score may be spoiled, or a match lost, due to a penalty incurred through ignorance or confusion concerning the Rules. A sound knowledge of the above summary should aid the golfer in tackling a "Rules problem". Nevertheless, the complete Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association, should be consulted where any doubt arises.