The Sun Mountain Speed Cart is the push cart that broke the mold many years ago. It truly opened the floodgates for great push cart designs and engineering. I had two of the originals, which are still in service today. The newest model in the stelar Speed Cart line is the Speed Cart GX and i just got one in for review.
I’ve already logged probably 50 miles with the new GX. I’ll be logging as many miles as I can before the snow flies here in northern Utah, then I’ll be ready to post a full review. Remember, I post real reviews here. Not the five minutes on the range kind.
Keep the Speed Cart GX in mind for the upcoming holidays. I can already tell you it would make a fantastic golf gift. Stay tuned for the full HOG review of the Sun Mountain Speed Cart GX soon.
The main goal for 2018 is to walk my golf rounds as often as possible, and ride as little as possible. I have several reasons. First, I need exercise. Second, I’m training for an epic trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort this July. Third, and not least, riding costs a lot more money. I’m saving about $15 per round by walking.
Slinging my bag on my shoulders is not much of an option because I have a bad back. Thankfully I have a Big Max Blade Quattro 4-wheel push cart, or “trolley” for my friends across the pond. I’ve been gaming this push cart for six months now, 3x/week now that spring is here.
The Blade Quattro features four wheels, which fold to a nice flat “blade” shape for storage, as seen in the photo below.
The wheels can be removed easily for more storage and transportation options. The frame is solid but the wheelbase is a little narrower and shorter than some carts, so balancing the bag properly is important for a good and easy roll.
Folding is easy. Undo two latches, one being the height adjustment for the handle, and bring the frame together. The wheels automagically fold under as seen above.
The handle area has some nice features. First there are mounts for GPS devices as well as an umbrella mount (see photo below with umbrella). There is a beverage holder on the right, which perfectly fits a water or sports bottle.
The storage area in the handle is massive. I’ve put tons of stuff in there. At one time I had the following in there, with plenty of room to spare: 4-5 balls, wallet, phone, gloves, hat extra score card, car keys, pocket camera, umbrella mount. See photo below.
The lid of the storage compartment holds a scorecard with a strong clip.
There are also a few tee holders and a pencil holder in the handle area.
Here’s a little video showing the Blade do its thing, in spring golf conditions in Utah (meaning some snow on the ground).
The Big Max Blade Quattro 4-Wheel Push Cart is a terrific push cart. I just wrapped up my 2nd round in as many days with the Blade, just about an hour ago. It was a solid round and I was once again thrilled with the Blade’s performance and convenience. She’s now folded nicely in the trunk of my car, ready for action on a moment’s notice.
I try to walk as often as I can, but with a sketchy back I don’t like slinging my bag. That’s why I use push carts, also known as “trolleys” for you HOG patrons in the U.K. I’m now sporting this 4-wheel trolley from Big Max Golf, the Blade Quattro:
The Blade Quattro sports “4-wheel drive,” in a folding package that flattens to a small footprint for putting in the trunk or storing in the garage:
I need to capture some video of the folding action. The wheel’s automatically fold under when the user folds the frame. Very cool.
I’m just starting my detailed review process, which of course means a lot of on-course evaluation. Stay tuned for my full review soon, lack of snow permitting here in northern Utah.
Until then, enjoy one more shot of the Blade Quattro doing its thing.
I love to walk when I golf, but with a bad back I don’t carry my bag that often. So I like to use a push cart (“trolley” for my friends in the UK). I’ve had the BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF unit in play since this summer and put it through a very rigorous test battery. Yes, being one of the world’s top golf bloggers can be rough. You know, having to play golf and “evaluate” great golf equipment, apparel, and accessories. I do it for you, the HOG patron. Now let’s take a look at the BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF cart/trolley.
Big Max Auto-Fold FF in all its glory
The BIG Max Auto-Fold FF (okay that’s taking a lot of typing, so let’s call it the BMAF from this point on) is a 3-wheel push cart/trolley designed to make walking the course easy. The two rear wheels are large and wide and the front wheel a little smaller but still a wide tread. The wheels and wide wheelbase help the unit push very easy and ride very smoothly. I have a few other trolleys which shorter wheelbases and smaller wheels, and those designs seem to accentuate bumps and hills. The BMAF handles bumps and hills much better.
BIG MAX Auto-Fold FF Push Cart/Trolley
The frame of this unit is extremely solid and sturdy. Big Max makes many push carts for the rental pool of courses, and those must be tough. That knowledge and experience in design carries into the BMAF. That said, the unit is still quite light and easy to lift into the trunk of my car. When folding up, the two rear wheels can be easily removed.
The handle is big and solid with nice padding. That helps to make pushing the unit and steering it easy.
The golf bag is secured onto the cart with some nice and easy to use thick bungee cables with solid hooks. It’s a good way to secure the bag. The unit can cary bags up to the large “tour” size.
Speaking of the trunk, the unit folds for storage and transportation. Folding is very easy. In fact, no “latches” or buttons or anything else need be manipulated to fold it. Just grab the front wheel and pull up and it folds nicely.
I don’t have a large space in my trunk yet the folded unit still fits easily with my clubs (photo below).
In the trunk with the clubs
The accessory compartment (photo below) is located underneath the scorecard holder, conveniently behind the main handle. The pouch is very large. I bet it would easily hold 3-4 dozen golf balls. I put my GPS, phone, camera, sunglasses, cigars, cutter, tees, glove and small children in there.
Accessory storage, drink holder, umbrella holder
There is an umbrella mount (main photo). That’s great to have for not only when it is raining, but when it is bloody hot here in the desert. I’ll put up the umbrella to give myself shade.
A drink holder connects to the side of the handle with a “quick lock,” along with a GPS holder. Both are conveniently located for easy access.
The overall experience of using the Big Max Auto-Fold FF trolley is fantastic. It is extremely easy and enjoyable to push, despite its large footprint. It rides smoothly and provides a very solid and stable platform for my golf bag and all the rest of the stuff I bring onto the course.
On my next Scotland trip I might ship my Big Max there in advance!
My 3-year-old Seve and I have had a blast with the new BIG MAX Autofold FF 3-wheel push cart (UK: trolley). I set it up in my office and have been carting him around the hallway, living room, and kitchen. Finally after about 14 hours that fun finally wore off I got a chance to take the trolley out into the back yard and get some pictures of it.
BIG MAX Autofold FF Push Cart/Trolley
I will begin testing this cart on my next walking round, Monday. Then I’ll keep it in play the rest of the week until I take off for Scotland. I’d really love to bring this trolley with me to Scotland to use it there instead of carrying my bag or renting trolleys there. Oh well. Life is rough.
BIG MAX Autofold FF Push Cart/Trolley
Stay tuned for my full review of this push cart soon. Initial impressions are that this is a well engineered, substantial piece of golf equipment. Let’s see if it holds up to some real abuse use.