Most Compact Golf Trolleys 2023

In this guide we take a look at some of the most compact golf trolleys currently on the market.

Most Compact Golf Trolleys
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Most Compact Golf Trolleys

One thing that can often stop people from investing in a golf trolley is how big and heavy they are. While there are still some models that are on the cumbersome side, manufacturers have noticed that lots of golfers prefer a lightweight, compact folding golf cart that easily fits into cars and garage spaces. Over the last few years, manufacturers have continued to innovate new ways that golf carts fold and mechanisms to make them easy to carry and hassle-free to use. Quite simply, the modern compact golf cart represents the easiest way to transport your clubs on the course. 

VIDEO: Watch Dan Parker's verdict on the best push carts and best electric trolleys of 2022

These models can be folded up and down quickly and efficiently, whilst making sure they produce the smallest footprint possible to save space in the car, garage or wherever you keep your golf equipment. What is incredible is that golf cart technology has come so far that it's not just push carts that are compact in size, even the best electric golf trolleys (opens in new tab) can be folded down to next to nothing. 

Don't think that because these trolleys are compact they don't come with plenty of features. In fact, some of the most compact golf trolleys have GPS and remote functionality. We think a compact trolley can be the best of both worlds: plenty of features while not being awkward to use. 

Below we have taken a look at some of the most compact trolleys out right now. Be sure to check out our full in-depth reviews of these models to get a greater idea of how easy a compact golf trolley is to use. Additionally, we also recommend checking out our guide on the best electric trolleys or the best golf push carts (opens in new tab) to get a wider understanding of all the best golf trolleys currently available. 

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Electric Models

PowaKaddy CT8 GPS Electric Trolley ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Smallest Trolley With Touchscreen GPS

Specifications

Weight: 9.9kg/21.8lbs without battery
Folded Dimensions: 510mm (H) x 425mm (W) x 375mm (D)
Pre-loaded courses: 40,000
Screen : 3.5" full-colour touchscreen
Battery : Lithium (18 or 36 hole charge available)

Reasons to buy

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GPS system embedded
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Ultra-compact design 
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High quality touchscreen 

Reasons to avoid

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Touchscreen struggles in bright light 

Brand new for 2022, the Powakaddy CT8 GPS is the world's smallest touchscreen GPS golf trolley. It folds down a whopping 35% smaller than its nearest competitor and is ideal for those with small car trunks or minimal space to store a trolley at home. It's one of the best golf carts (opens in new tab) of 2022 and a great addition to PowaKaddy's CT series.

The GPS system is the same one we've become used to in PowaKaddy devices, but it's on a new and very clear 3.5" full-color touchscreen display. This makes the GPS very intuitive to use and has some really useful features such as scorecard, stroke index information, active green view and drop flag to give you accurate yardages on course. It comes preloaded with over 40,000 courses worldwide and requires no subscription.

Motocaddy S1 2022 Electric Trolley ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Classic Design, Revamped For 2022

Specifications

Weight: 9.4kg/20.7lbs
Folded Dimensions: 370mm (H) x 490mm (W) x 830mm (D)
Pre-loaded Courses: No GPS
Screen : Full-colour LCD widescreen
Battery : Lithium (18 or 36 hole charges available)

Reasons to buy

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Quick 1-step folding system
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Whisper quiet motor
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Sporty design
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Excellent battery location 

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't fold as small as the M1

The new look Motocaddy S1 for 2022 has revived the iconic moniker from Motocaddy and created a simple but powerful electric trolley that is 16% smaller than previous models in the S Series. It is incredibly easy to fold this trolley up and down and the new S1 uses Motocaddy's easiest every folding system, with the trolley completing folding up and down in one step. The S series has been one of the best electric trolleys since the first edition launched in 2006, and the 2022 model does not disappoint. 

One of the highlights of this trolley is the newly positioned Click 'N' Connect battery which is cable-free and automatically disconnects when the trolley is folded up. This allows the battery to be charged without having to ever take it off the chassis. It's as reliable and easy-to-use as you'd expect from a Motocaddy, with a clear display and ergonomic control knob making for a very enjoyable experience out on course. 

Motocaddy M5 GPS Electric Trolley

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High Quality Embedded GPS

Specifications

Weight: 10.5kg/23lbs without battery
Folded Dimensions: 410mm (H) x 470mm (W) x 650mm (D)
Pre-loaded Courses: 40,000
Screen : 3.5" LCD touchscreen
Battery : Lithium (18 or 36 hole charges available)

Reasons to buy

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Folds down compactly and quickly
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Distances displayed on a crystal clear touch screen
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Ability to move the pin position enhances strategy

Reasons to avoid

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Some hazard acronyms are confusing
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Folding latches are quite stiff

A model that is unquestionably one of the best golf carts (opens in new tab) out there, the M5 GPS folds down very compactly, assisted by the ability to invert the wheels and the front wheel automatically folding underneath.

The assembly process requires two latches to be undone, and while they are quite stiff, with practice the trolley can be erected in under five seconds. To go along with this the trolley has a host of other features to it including large touch screen screen and a long battery life. On the large colour touch screen, you can access front, middle and back distances, the hole par, a list of hazards and move the pin position for greater accuracy. All of the M-Series models share the same compact folding frame design, so you get the same benefits on the M1 and M3 GPS too.

PowaKaddy CT6 GPS Trolley

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Very easy to use

Specifications

Weight : 9.9kg/21.8lbs without battery
Folded Dimensions: 510mm (H), 425mm (W) x 375mm (D)
Pre-loaded Courses: 40,000
Screen : 2.8" midsize full-colour touchscreen
Battery : Lithium (18 or 36 hole charges available)

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and folds down easily and compactly, leaving plenty of room for your clubs in your car
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Features soon become easy to navigate

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't accommodate stand bags overly well

For golfers short on space but who still want in-built GPS functionality, the CT6 GPS provides an ideal solution. The simplicity of the folding process will surprise you. It uses one-click mechanism used to collapse the frame but with the added step of folding the front wheel under to make it take up less space.

The screen is more readable and graphics have been freshened up to make them more cutting edge and create a more premium feel overall, although some might have preferred the middle distance to have remained larger in the display. The space that the CT6 GPS saves, with its ability to invert the wheels, is truly game changing if your car boot lacks storage room. We’ve found it provides ample space for your clubs, shoes and other bits and pieces with room to spare while also being quick and simple to erect when you arrive at the course.

Stewart Golf Q Follow TrolleyEditors Choice 2022

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Extremely stable base

Specifications

Weight : 14.1kg/ 31lbs without battery
Folded Dimensions: 545mm (H) x 600mm (W) x 318mm (D)
Pre-loaded Courses: No GPS
Screen: N/A
Battery : Smartpower Lithium

Reasons to buy

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Genuine hands-free functionality unique to the market
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Easy to assemble and operate
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Battery lasts for 36 holes, even on hilly courses

Reasons to avoid

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On the heavier side in the compact market

Despite being a top of the range electric trolley with follow functionality, the Q Follow from British manufacturers Stewart Golf is surprisingly compact, especially when considering it's one fo the best remote golf trolleys too. While it's on the heavier side when compared to other models in this guide, it is made of some seriously sturdy materials that should see this trolley last you a near lifetime. The weight mostly comes from the motors that provide the Follow and Remote functionality, but the way it folds up keeps it well inside the 'compact' category. The Smartpower lithium battery connects to your phone, so you can check on the amount of battery you have left from the convenience of an app. Through the app, you can also perform battery health checks and power updates. 

The Q Follow can follow you around the course at your walking pace from a safe distance thanks to the unique functionality built into the Bluetooth handset. A completely new frame design, which has a unique marble-effect finish, allows it to fold down much more compactly while an integrated carry handle makes it easier to lift into your car. There’s also a new retractable stabiliser comprising two wheels, which automatically deploys as the trolley is unfolded.

Jucad Drive SL Travel 2.0 Ex Trolley

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One of the easiest trolleys to assemble

Specifications

Weight: 5.9kg/13lbs without battery
Folded Dimensions: 650mm (H) x 350mm (W) x 150mm (D)
Pre-loaded Courses: No GPS
Screen : N/A
Battery : Lithium, approx 45 holes per charge

Reasons to buy

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Elegant, minimalist styling and clever, robust frame design
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Fairly easy to assemble, transport and store in small spaces

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Lacks stability in remote mode.

In terms of the rest of the trolleys on this list, where this trolley sets itself apart is the design of the frame – both in terms of how it is assembled and where the electronics are housed.

The trolley frame and component parts break down into multiple parts, which means it takes up less space in transit than most other trolleys and the pieces can be moved around to cater for the space available. It also gives golfers the option to pack the various parts in a golf travel bag to be taken abroad to use as the trolley and battery together weighs just 7.2kg. During testing we found the remote function worked very well indeed which meant we had to include it in our guide on the best remote control golf trolleys (opens in new tab) as well.

MGI Zip Navigator Remote Electric Trolley

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Remote control function is a cool feature

Specifications

Weight: 13kg/28.6lbs without battery
Folded Dimensions: 700mm (H) x 470mm (W) x 420mm (D)
Pre-loaded courses: No GPS
Screen : 2" black and white display
Battery : Lithium

Reasons to buy

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Folds down compactly 
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Stable and easy to navigate

Reasons to avoid

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Weight makes it awkward getting it in and out of the car 

The Zip Navigator is very stable across all terrain and we quickly grew confident that, whatever part of the golf course we sent it scurrying across, we’d arrive next to our ball with our trolley and bag waiting.

The excellent stability is in part thanks to the rear 4th wheel which keeps the trolley from tipping backwards if it goes up a steep incline. It also features downhill speed control – a feature that stops it going too quickly down steep hills – which adds to the confident stability of the trolley. The remote has a ‘lock’ button that stops any buttons being unwillingly pressed while in your pocket and you can invert the wheels when folding it down to save on storage space. All in all, it’s a very well rounded offering at a competitive price.

Push Models

PowaKaddy Micra Push Cart ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Features a two-click folding mechanism

Specifications

Weight: 7.5kg/16.5lbs
Folded dimensions: 535mm (H) x 355mm (W) x 380mm (D)

Reasons to buy

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Folds up incredibly compactly
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Two click folding mechanism
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Glides easily across fairway and rough

Reasons to avoid

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Key Lock system only useful with a separate PowaKaddy bag

The first push model we selected, which also made our 2022 Editor's Choice list (opens in new tab), is the Micra from PowaKaddy. It folds down extremely well, very compact which makes it perfect if you need that extra room wherever it will be stored. Despite this, it still assembles incredibly easily thanks to a clever quick-folding mechanism that involves just two steps. Despite this ease, it is sturdy and glides around beautifully whilst it is also practical too. 

We loved the dedicated water-resistant mobile phone storage area, and you also get a scorecard holder, a pen/pencil holder and storage for your balls and tees. 

Powakaddy Twinline 5 Golf Push Trolley

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PowaKaddy TwinLine 5 Golf Push Trolley

Folds up really neat

Specifications

Weight: 7kg
Folded dimensions: 750mm (H) x 425mm (W) x 400mm (D)

Reasons to buy

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Easy to fold and compact golf trolley
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Very lightweight 
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Easy to push and good for players with bad backs

Reasons to avoid

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Perhaps not the most stable on undulating conditions

A stylish and lightweight addition to the PowaKaddy family, the TwinLine 5 is one of the easiest trolleys to use on this list and is also one of the most durable. It is constructed from a strong, aluminum frame that is lightweight and easy to carry but has a host of features attached to it. Perhaps the best is the foot parking break that is reliable and can be used on some harsh slopes. It also comes with a height-adjustable handle that suits golfers of all heights. The other fantastic thing about this trolley is that it comes with storage space for all your balls and tees, which means you don't need to go digging around in your bag when you hit your tee shot into the water. 

ROVIC BY CLICGEAR RV1C COMPACT PUSH TROLLEY

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ClicGear Rovic RV1C Compact Push Trolley

Comes in some fantastic colors

Specifications

Weight: 9.2kg
Folded dimensions: 60cm (H) x 38cm (W) x 33cm (D)

Reasons to buy

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Folds down easily 
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Great handles 
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Built-in accessory storage

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly heavier than other push trolleys

The Rovic by ClicGear is another fantastic addition to this list and is one of the most compact trolleys we've seen on the market. While it is compact, it doesn't skimp on the finer details and features a built-in accessory storge, a multi-feature console with a soft grip handle and a hand break. That makes it a very ergonomic and handy trolley that is easy to use. It also folds down very easily when you're ready to pop it into the boot of your car. Lastly it comes in several bright colorways, so if you're looking to compliment your outfit then this trolley is the best option for you. 

Bag Boy Nitron Push Trolley ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Excellent over rough terrain

Specifications

Weight: 7.5kg/16.5lbs
Folded dimensions: 914mm (H) x 330mm (W) x 254mm (D)

Reasons to buy

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Folds down easily and compactly
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Well thought out storage areas for water bottle and phone
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Very little bag twisting on over rough terrain

Reasons to avoid

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Wheels perhaps could have been bigger

Next up is the Bag Boy Nitron and our tester got on very well with the trolley. It’s extremely lightweight and, when folded down, it’s very compact, making it a dream in terms of storage. And while it may not be as heavy or bulky as other similar products, it remains robust and able to cope with any and all demands placed on it. During a round, the bungee straps do an excellent job of tightly securing golf bags in place from start to finish. 

Additionally you get ample storage by the handle for all your golfing paraphernalia and the trolley itself looks good as well.

Motocaddy Cube Push Trolley

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Folds into a nice shape that is easy to lift into your car

Specifications

Weight : 6.8kg/15lbs
Folded Dimensions: 440mm (H) x 365mm (W) x 560mm (D)

Reasons to buy

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Compact and light while folded and simple to unfold
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Easy to push even on hilly courses and provides ample storage

Reasons to avoid

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Lightweight design means you have to be a little careful on side slopes

During testing the first thing we noticed about the Motocaddy Cube was how compact it is when folded up. It’s also very light at just 6.8kg and has a well-placed carry handle that makes it easy for anyone to carry when it’s folded up.

From there, it is quick and easy to unfold. It is a process that only requires a couple of button clicks and movements, and once you've done it once, it becomes second nature to the point you'll be unfolding and folding it in seconds. The Cube also feature Motocaddy's Easilock system, allowing Motocaddy branded cart bags to lock into the bottom half of the Cube without the need for ropes or ties. 

Caddymatic 360˚ Swivelease push trolley

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Wheels detach easily for ample storage

Reasons to buy

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Lots of features at a great price
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Highly manoeuvrable thanks to the swivelling front wheel
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Feels sturdy and reliable and rolls nicely

Reasons to avoid

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Lower assembly/breakdown mechanism can be a bit baulky

The 360˚ Swivelease Push Trolley from Caddymatic offers an interesting design with a sturdy construction. One of the key attractions of the trolley are the wheels, which are not just free-rolling, but also easy to attach and detach pre- and post-round. Folding down to an already compact size, you can remove the wheels for further space, with the Caddymatic taking up minimal space in the car boot.

Overall, it is a fantastic performer, with the swivelling front wheel an interesting design addition. If it's not your thing, then don't panic, as it can be turned on or off via the switch above it.

Big Max Ti Lite Push Cart

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A sturdy, yet very lightweight golf trolley

Specifications

Weight : 5.4kg/11.9lbs
Folded Dimensions: 760mm (H) x 360mm (W) x 420mm (D)

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight yet surprisingly sturdy and robust
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Glides around the course requiring minimal effort

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t fold down overly flat or compactly

The clue is in the name here; Ti Lite. This compact, lightweight construction weighs just over 11 pounds which means any person could use it with ease. It has good usability too thanks to the premium organiser panel with ample storage net for accessories, foot brake and height adjustable handle.

The wheels are incredibly smooth too, which means that even when you’re pushing it up hills it really doesn’t feel stressful at all. The folding system takes a while to get used to, but it folds down compactly for easy storage and the wheels are easy to remove from the frame if you need to. It’s the perfect push cart if you want a minimalist, reliable option that will turn heads for the right reasons.

Sun Mountain Speed cart GX

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Sun Mountain Speed Cart GX Push Cart

Stable over many terrains

Specifications

Weight : 8kg/17.85lbs
Folded Dimensions: 16" x 37" x 13"

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy design
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Easy folding mechanism

Reasons to avoid

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On the larger side compared to other models

One of the most popular push carts in the US, the Speed Cart from Sun Mountain offers one of the most complete push cart experiences. While it is one of the larger models in this list, it is sturdier and arguably easier to push than many other models. That's in part to the three wheel design that ensures the Speed Cart is solid over multiple terrains. It folds it in two simple steps for hassle free assembly in and out of the trunk of your car. 

Big Max Blade IP Push Trolley

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Incredibly lightweight

Specifications

Weight: 6.8kg/15lbs
Folded Dimensions: 880mm (H) x 620mm (W) x 120mm (D)

Reasons to buy

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A very well made, sturdy and lightweight push trolley
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The compact size when folded down makes it incredibly easy to store and transport

Reasons to avoid

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The front wheel can be fiddly to unlock

Given the image above, we think this model deserves inclusion on the most compact golf trolleys. The first thing you notice about the Blade IP is how small it is when folded down – it really can slide into the smallest of spaces. While it's a little heavier than the Ti Lite we listed above, it folds up significantly smaller.

When fully assembled, it doesn’t disappoint either. It is lightweight and surprisingly smooth and sturdy with its user-friendly handle, making it easy to push up gentle hills without excessive strain. We also like the fact it can easily cater for different types of bags and the foot brake keeps it stationary on the steepest of slopes when playing a shot.

How we test foldable trolleys

When it comes to testing golf gear, let alone golf trolleys and carts, Golf Monthly has a comprehensive testing procedure (opens in new tab) built around using the products properly, thoroughly, and over a number of rounds and golf experiences. That way we can produce proper reviews that help you make an informed decision regarding possibly buying a certain model.

Getting down to specifics, we should first say that no manufacturer can pay for a good review, because we tell it how it is. We should also say that before testing even begins, the Golf Monthly team will usually attend product launches and meet with the manufacturer’s R&D experts to understand the new technology. With how much technology is in a standard golf trolley these days, we think having an understanding of what a particular model can do is very important. 

The team then takes models out on the course for testing which is a simple process because everyone in the team plays golf regularly. We look to test each trolley in different conditions from rain to snow to assess the performance benefits that each product offers. We also look to address how easy each is to use, fold away and whether there are any stand-out features on that trolley that differentiate it from others on the market. 

What to consider when buying a golf cart or trolley

Golf trolleys come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. The latest golf carts also come with an array of features and that can all make buying a golf trolley a very difficult decision. Depending on your needs as a golfer, there is a lot to think about when buying a golf cart, so we've set out a handy list of tips that you need to consider when purchasing your next cart. 

1. Push or electric cart? 

Push carts are more appropriate for golfers that play mostly on flatter courses.

They're also less expensive than the best electric carts, so are a more cost-effective way of getting your clubs around the course. Push carts also tend to offer better storage solutions on the handle console for items like balls and tees.

2. Weight

Push carts need to be lightweight because it is you that is providing the pushing power, which can be particularly tiresome when playing holes that go uphill, so be sure to pick one that is lightweight without sacrificing stability or durability.

Luckily, push carts are much lighter than electric carts. Make sure the wheel bearings are nice and smooth, which will help reduce the amount of manual effort required.

3. Folding

Push carts often fold down more compactly than electric carts because the simpler design (no electrics) provides more freedom with the design of the frame.

This means they often fold down flatter, which can be more convenient for golfers that need to also fit their golf bag in the trunk. So if you're very short on space, a push cart could provide the answer.

4. Maneuverability 

With push carts, because you are doing some of the work in terms of propulsion and direction, good models have to be easy to maneuver. Poorly designed models make life more difficult which is precisely the opposite of what a cart is supposed to do. Now admittedly there are some good four-wheel options in this regard, the Big Max Blade Quattro for example, but the more common design we have found to move easily are three-wheeled designs.

5. Storage 

How much storage do you want on your push cart? If it is a lot then pick a design with a large central console, whereas if all your golf gear is going to be kept in your golf bag itself, then go for a trolley that doesn't specifically need storage in its design.

For more advice on some of the best golf trolleys on the market, visit our guides on the best push carts, (opens in new tab) best electric golf carts (opens in new tab) and the best golf trolley bags (opens in new tab)

FAQs

Should you use a golf trolley?

Generally most golfers should use a golf cart and if you can use an electric one, then even better! While some prefer to carry their bags around the course with them, having a trolley to push can help you conserve energy and prevent the chance that you can strain your arms or shoulders when lugging a trolley around the course. 

Is a push or pull golf cart better?

A push golf cart is better than a pull cart. The action of pushing a trolley loaded with a heavy bag of clubs puts much less strain on your arms and shoulder than having to drag the same trolley and bag behind you. That means there is less chance that you could injure yourself on the course. 

Are electric carts less compact than push carts?

As electric carts tend to have a battery and a few different power components that are not typically included in a push cart, they tend to be a little bulkier than a push trolley. But that's not to say that they aren't compact and there are some electric carts on this list that fold neatly down in the trunk of your car. 

Excellent over rough terrain

Specifications

Weight: 7.5kg/16.5lbs
Folded dimensions: 914mm (H) x 330mm (W) x 254mm (D)

Reasons to buy

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Folds down easily and compactly
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Well thought out storage areas for water bottle and phone
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Very little bag twisting on over rough terrain

Reasons to avoid

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Wheels perhaps could have been bigger
Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes for the website and magazine with his current favorite pair being the Ecco Biom C4. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 8.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His best day in golf so far was shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first-ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time. 


Dan is currently playing: 


Driver: Ping G425 Max 

Fairway: Ping G425 Max 

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham 

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix