For those who wanted to get the flavor of my club’s Hell Day tournament, here’s a YouTube video below for your enjoyment. When I posted the 2008 video, YouTube killed the audio because I used a Disturbed song. To avoid that this time around the soundtrack for this one is some cuts from band called Spazz, which play the drums in…
I wish I could have spent a few hours writing up a great tribute to Payne Stewart, one which would do him justice.
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of his death in that strange accident on that private plane. I just spent a few minutes explaining to my lady who Payne Stewart was and darn near started crying as I showed her pictures of his fist pump and some youtube videos of him. I was especially somber when I told her about his 1999 U.S. OPEN win when he beat Phil Mickelson, then cupped Phil’s face in his hands and told him “you’re going to be a father.” Tissue please. Wow.
It would have been so great for Payne’s life and career to continue, rather than ending so suddenly. It would have been great to see how many more major championships he would have recorded in the last 10 years, and how many times he would have gone head to head with Tiger Woods. I doubt he would have succumbed to that fear other players had when they play against TW.
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 hear they’re currently in production of a four part instructional video series where Ian takes you through the necessary steps to create “Poulter Hair.” And finally, you can’t have an Ian Poulter feature without discussing fashion: