Back in February 2009 I did a review on the “Upright Caddy Racr.” The Racr is the only four wheeled golf push cart where the golf bag is mounted in a vertical position. As I stated in my previous review, the vertical orientation of the bag makes accessing clubs way easier than any slanted cart. The clubs go in and come out of the bag so much easier. The vertical orientation also makes accessing the various pockets of the bag more convenient as well.
Upright Caddy Racr Features
Unique vertical mounting of the golf bag for ease of use with accessing clubs or bag pockets
Super lightweight aluminum tubing
Folding design and removable rear wheels for ultra compact size during transport and storage
Handle mounted parking brake
Improvements for the new 4th edition Racr
In my previous review I raved about how great the Racr and the concept was, but I also had a few critiques which I felt needed to be resolved before I could fully endorse the product. I met in person with the passion and brains behind the Racr, Mr. Andrew De Carlo, and we talked at length over the design strengths and weaknesses. Andy didn’t waste any time revising the Racr and making huge improvements in the 4th edition of the unit.
Improvement 1: Airless tires
How many times have you gotten to the course and your push cart’s wheels were flat? This has happened to me more times than I can count. Naturally the pump was nowhere to be found, so I’d have to leave the cart in the car and carry my bag or ride a motorized golf cart. If I was assertive enough, I’d find the cart barn and use their pump to pump up my tires. PITA.
The new Racr has airless tires. No longer do I have to worry about pumping up the tires on my cart before my round, or worry about a tire going flat during a round of golf.
One of my biggest problems with the previous Racr was the ball, cup, scorecard, pencil holder. The old ball holder’s holes were too small and the pencil holder was about 2x too big to fit standard golf pencils. Those problems have been resolved. The cup holder has been improved as well, but I’d still tweak that a bit if I could by adding two additional straps to cover the bottle/cup on four sides.
Impovement 3: Handle padding and features
One problem with the previous revision of the Racr involved the pad on the handle of the cart. When folded up the pad could stick to other parts of the frame, then tear off pieces of the padding when unfolding. The new version of the Racr addresses this problem and improves the handle. Thicker padding covers the handle, and a Velcro section around the handle replaces the area where the tear would occur with a place to hang a golf glove to dry. Great idea.
Improvement 4: Longer strap and telescoping frame
One problem with the old unit was on very large bags the straps weren’t long enough. This problem has been resolved with straps which are much longer and now can handle any bag I threw on the unit.
The Racr has a telescoping frame which supports the top and back of the golf bag, where the aforementioned strap attaches to. The new tubes are slightly longer to accommodate taller bags.
Improvement 5: Bottom strap
The old Racr’s bottom strap, which secured the bottom of the bag, had a ball and loop fastener. This worked OKAY, but sometimes was a bit tough to work with. A new hook and loop system are a good improvement in the new Racr.
Improvement 6: Lever added to help release frame locks during folding
To fold the main frame down on the old Racr it took two hands, one for each back frame lock. It also helped to have the brake on and/or stabilize the unit with a foot to pull them up. Now folding can be initiated with the ease of one hand with the new crossbar which attaches to both locks. What took two hands and possibly one foot, takes one hand now. That was a bit tough to describe but please see my new Racr video to get the concept.
Improvement 7: Front mount straps for accessories or small cooler
To take advantage of the space behind the front wheels and in front of the golf bag, the new Racr has some straps which could hold a cooler.
Last year’s model was silver/gray in color. The new Racr can be identified by the deep semi-metallic red color. More colors may become available down the road.
The new edition Racr 4 wheel golf push cart is ready for prime time.
I love to walk the course but having a bad back makes carrying my bag a tough option to swallow. Pushing my bag on the Racr is very easy and fun, and allows me to walk the course without tweaking my back. Having my bag mounted vertically is so great. The Racr is very easy to set up, tear down and transport.
I’ve been using a very cool and shiny divot tool lately called DivPro. As you can see in the photos, this tool has a unique shape to it and it does quite a bit more than just fix ball marks.
Of course the main reason to own/use a DivPro is fixing ball marks. Please folks, fix your ball marks. If I have the time, I fix 5-10 marks on every green. I believe the golf gods will award you with made putts if you fix enough ball marks.
The DivPro does a great job of fixing ball marks. The long prongs of the tool and the angle the tool is bent allow for plenty of leverage, even on the hardest of putting surfaces.
The DivPro comes with a magnetic ball marker, which is nice.
The ball marker comes default with DivPro’s logo on it, but custom logos are available. If you are looking for a classy and unique golf tool to put your brand on for giveaways, golf courses, businesses or tee prizes, your logo on the DivPro’s ball marker is a great idea.
I’ve successfully snuck a couple of cold bottles of Corona onto the course. One problem, Corona is not a twist off cap! I’ve run into this situation a few times and had to smash the cap against the golf cart or a rock to get the cap off. With the DivPro’s bottle opener, I am no longer stuck with that problem and I don’t have to worry about breaking my precious Corona’s bottle.
There are many devices and ways people use to keep their club grips from touching the wet ground. I’ve reviewed several golf gadgets which do just that job. The problem is that they’re not convenient.
With the DivPro’s built in club holder, I can easily keep my grips off the wet ground. No more slippery grips and wasted shots. The club holder can also double as a cigar holder. It may actually be more important to keep the cigar dry than the grips!
My only critique of the DivPro is the size. This unit is much longer than a standard divot tool. The length does make the ease of use and functionality much better, but it does make it a bit difficult in your pocket. Sometimes the tool gets stuck in my pocket or jabs me. This isn’t a deal breaker and I’ll exchange digging a little harder in my pocket a couple of times per round for all the benefits of the tool.
The DivPro is a great divot tool with many convenient extra bonus features. It performs perfectly for fixing ball marks as seen in the image below.
Lee Trevino will be playing the Bridgestone B330-RX golf ball for the next year in all professional and exibition events:
This spring, I was playing a round with some friends and stumbled across the B330-RX on the course. It was like love at first strike. I couldn’t believe how far I hit the ball and neither could my playing partners. Not only did this baby go off the tee, but also the performance on and around the greens was pure tour. It was then that I realized that I had found the Holy Grail of golf balls.
The Merry Mex will be starring in an ad with Fred Couples soon as well.
Today is July 22nd, 2009. I should rename it to “FootJoy Day.” Today it is all FootJoy, all the time.
I just finished telling someone how my back is so tweaked right now that I can’t even put shoes or socks on. I’m bent over like the huchback with these severe, stabbing pains in my back due to my scoliosis. I pushed the back too hard this weekend and now I’m paying the price.
A good kind of pain
So while I’m here suffering, sitting bent to the left at a 32 degree angle (the only angle which doesn’t result in extreme stabbing pain), the doorbell rings. FedEx was here to deliver my latest shiny golf toys, a pair of FootJoy Icons.
This is great. I get to “look” at these beautiful golf shoes and perhaps drool on them a bit if I can crawl across the room to them. I won’t be able to try them out for at least a few days, when my back spasms subside. When I do, I’ll be starting my evaluation and getting ready for an Icon reveiw. Stay tuned.