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Motocaddy Vs PowaKaddy - What Can We Expect In 2022?
Motocaddy and PowaKaddy are two of the largest and most successful electric golf trolley manufacturers in the world. Both have been making some of the best electric trolleys and best push trolleys in the business for decades and the two brands have been head-to-head when it comes to sales and respective product lines in that time too. With so many new and returning golfers taking up the game since the start of the pandemic in 2020, there will be a lot of golfers out there who are ready to purchase their first electric trolley or upgrade in 2022.
Both PowaKaddy and Motocaddy seem to have locked on to this potential trend too, with both brands flexing impressive entry-level electric trolleys for 2022. Here, we're going to take a look at the full ranges from Motocaddy and Powakaddy to help you decide which electric trolley is best for you. We'll focus purely on electric models here, but you can check out our guide on the best push carts if motorised models aren't for you - our review on the Motocaddy Cube Push Cart should give you an idea of the benefits of pushing.
We'll start with the entry-level versions - the 2022 Motocaddy S1 and PowaKaddy FX3 respectively - and then take a look at GPS models and ultra-compact models from both brands. With brand new the Powakaddy CT8 GPS just launched and the Motocaddy M5 GPS boasting cellular connectivity, it's an equally exciting time to be investing in compact GPS electric trolleys too. We're expecting more announcements from both brands across 2022 and we'll keep this page refreshed accordingly.
Motocaddy Vs PowaKaddy - Entry Level Electric Trolleys
To start, what is an entry-level electric trolley? Quite simply, it is each brand's simplest and most cost-effective electric trolley in the range. They are an easy and affordable way for new or existing golfers to have the simplest experience of an electric trolley out on course and they are often characterised by an easy, quick folding mechanism as well as a simple but effective display and controls.
Starting with Motocaddy, the brand has just announced its brand new S1 electric trolley will drop at the end of February 2022. It's a new look model and the S1 moniker that has been one of Motocaddy's flagship models since 2006. The new S1 features Motocaddy's quickest ever 1-step folding system which can reportedly have golfers ready with their bag and trolley in seconds. It also folds 16 percent smaller than the previous S1 trolley, meaning less worrying about space in your car or garage. Included in this space saving technology are the wheels that can be inverted during transportation or storage. While the S1 doesn't fold down as small as the compact M-Series trolleys, it will still be a well sized trolley for most golfers.
The new S1 will also feature Motocaddy's new 'Click-'n-Connect' lithium battery. Most manufacturers use this type of battery now and the new era of cable-free electric trolley batteries are extremely lightweight as well as easy to attach to the chassis and far less prone to breaking. What definitely makes Motocaddy's new entry level model stand out from the crowd is that, when the S1 trolley folds up, the battery automatically becomes disconnected, allowing for charging to take place without removing the battery from the chassis. It's small quality of life changes like this that can make a model stand out in this crowded market.
PowaKaddy's entry-level electric trolley, the FX3, has just been announced as one of the UK's best selling trolleys in 2021 for a second year in a row, and the brand no doubt wants to build on this success to rival the new S1 in 2022. Originally launched at the start of 2019, the FX3 features a similarly excellent 1-click folding system while also measuring in at 20 percent smaller than previous FX models. PowaKaddy also use a cable-less 'Plug-'n-Play' lithium battery across its range which offers a lightweight and easy to access battery that really does allows users to simply plug it into the chassis and play golf.
A key metric for those deciding which entry level model to go for in 2022 will obviously be price. The S1 will start at £599.99 when you can get your hands on it in late February while the FX3 will remain at £549.99. That £50 difference might sway a few but you'll likely be able to find both for the same price when the S1 launches. The S1 will also come in a DHC (Down Hill Control) version too with a RRP of £649.99. DHC technology allows the trolley to maintain a constant speed when going down steep hills, offers an electronic parking brake, all while coming with all-terrain DHC wheels. This will be a great option for those who play on hilly courses with difficult terrain and is an option not offered in the FX3 range.
So, while there are a few minor points that help differentiate these products, it is very difficult to pick between the two models. Having this amount of choice can only be a good thing for golfers, and it is great to see the two leading manufacturers offer comprehensive entry-level packages for those looking to enjoy walking the golf course even more. It seems those in the UK have voted with their wallets when looking at the success of the FX3 over the last two years. If you read our full reviews of the Motocaddy S1 and Powakaddy FX3, you'll see which we think is the best entry-level electric trolley of 2022.
Motocaddy vs Powakaddy - GPS & Compact Electric Trolleys
Looking at the entry level models barely scratches the surface when it comes to electric trolley offerings from Motocaddy and Powakaddy. An exciting development in 2022 was the announcement of the Powakaddy CT8 GPS, which will be available in Spring 2022. It will join the Powakaddy CT6 in the brand's super-compact trolley range and boasts a fully-integrated GPS system accessible via a 3.5" touchscreen display. When it launches later this year, the CT8 GPS will be the smallest, most intelligent ultra-compact golf trolley on the market.
- Read our full Powakaddy CT8 GPS Electric Trolley review
Competing directly against the CT8 is the Motocaddy M5 GPS. Both trolleys offer a really compact folding mechanism with inbuilt GPS, so differentiating between the two is tough. One element that we think helps distinguish the M5 GPS from the CT8 GPS is the M5's cellular capabilities. This is the first electric trolley in the world and gives users access to full-hole mapping instead of just greens as well as offering real-time updates and performance tracking. While this features comes at a £49.99 a year subscription fee after a 6-month free trial, it's updates like this that can help you differentiate between the models from these two manufacturers at the top of the game.
Of course, there are electric trolleys with even more bells and whistles on if you want that - see the PowaKaddy FX7 GPS, Motocaddy M7 GPS or Stewart Golf Q Follow - but there are a swathe of golfers who want simplicity and ease of use on course, and this is what entry level trolleys exist for. Choosing an electric trolley for the first time can be overwhelming, so we recommend shortlisting some 'must-have' features first, and then whittling down your preferences from there. We'll have more golf trolley reviews and buying advice coming on the Golf Monthly website throughout 2022.
Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since early 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides on the website. Dan was a custom fit specialist at American Golf for two years and has brought his expertise in golf equipment to a huge range of buyer's guides and reviews on the website. A left handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 9.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His golfing highlight is 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: TaylorMade Rocketballz
Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW)
Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro
Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham
Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix
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