Motocaddy M5 GPS Electric Trolley Review

Our verdict on the Motocaddy M5 GPS flagship electric trolley

Motocaddy M5 GPS Electric Trolley Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

The M5 GPS combines Motocaddy’s reliability and practical features – like the Easilock base – with a crystal clear screen that houses the impressive moveable pin position pointer. This innovation is unique to the market and has the potential to remove the need for an external GPS and/or laser rangefinder, making the M5 GPS one of the most complete and comprehensive products on the market.

Reasons to buy
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    Distances displayed on a crystal clear touch screen

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    Ability to move the pin position enhances strategy

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    Folds down compactly and quickly

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    Long-lasting battery life.

Reasons to avoid
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    Folding latches are quite stiff, but may loosen up with time

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    Some hazard acronymns are confusing.

Motocaddy M5 GPS Electric Trolley Review

Motocaddy kept us waiting but finally we got the chance to test the brand’s flagship electric trolley for 2020 and it did not disappoint. This new model has a futuristic, minimalist frame design but also boasts the cutting-edge features to match.

Take a look at our full video review below:

As part of the redesigned M-Series, 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. You can also fold the trolley away with the lithium battery in situ.

Motocaddy M5 GPS

At 3.5”, the touchscreen is more than big enough to see everything on show but it is the style of the display, which closely resembles a modern-day smartphone, that enhances the clarity. It's one of the best around.

Motocaddy M5 GPS

It allows Motocaddy to incorporate more nuggets information in a smaller size, like the time and battery life, while allocating more space to the headline-grabbing features – the GPS distances and birds-eye view of the green.

To be able to move the pin position on a green that replicates the actual shape rather than just a generic green is a real game-changer. Even if you don’t know exactly where the pin is, having a more specific distance means you’re more likely to select the appropriate club and avoid hazards.

Moving the pin position is simple - just tap the screen once, even with your gloved hand, but you’re better off clicking away then back to your preferred spot if you want to make micro adjustments rather than dragging your finger along the screen.

Motocaddy M5 GPS

You also have access to hazard information, showing you the distance to reach hazards in play for your next shot. There are 20 different acronyms in all and while most are self-explanatory (for example LFB = Left Fairway Bunker), a quick read of the instruction manual is required for some of the more obscure ones you may encounter (MFWC = Middle Fairway Water Carry).

It’s worth it to find out that any that end with the letter C are to carry the hazard in question, which provides that extra layer of detail useful when choosing a club.

Motocaddy M5 GPS

From the home screen, measuring shot distances and inputting your score as you go is also a seamless process. If you want to receive notifications of texts or missed calls or updates from Whatsapp or Facebook, you have to pair the trolley with your smartphone's free Motocaddy app via bluetooth. The process takes just under a minute and you only need to do this the once as it automatically connects afterwards.

Motocaddy M5 GPS

You might think that this array of features will drain the battery life. But on the contrary, starting on a full charge our battery still had well over half left after each round, albeit on a relatively flat course.

Motocaddy M5 GPS

You don’t need to worry about the trolley becoming obsolete too soon either, as OTA (Over The Air) updates can be done quickly using a WiFi connection to update firmware, fix system bugs or update course information.

A brand new addition for summer of 2021 is the cellular capability, which via Motocaddy’s Performance Plan subscription, delivers access to more advanced course mapping, real-time updates and performance tracking data directly from trolley’s screen and via the Motocaddy app. 

Motocaddy M5 GPS

It takes course detail to a whole new level with full hole mapping, depictions of greenside hazards and detailed stats, which is really useful when planning strategy and analysing your play.

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x