The Q Follow looks to have become the leader in electric trolley design and functionality. Ultimately, it's great fun to use and with practice the switching between modes and use of the handset becomes second nature. Yes, it's expensive, but there truly is nothing else like this out there.
Infinitely easier to fold and transport
Follow function enhances enjoyment and convenience
Still quite heavy to lift, although the new carry handle makes it easier
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Stewart Golf Q Follow Electric Trolley Review
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The popularity of Stewart Golf X9 Follow never really wavered since its launch way back in 2014 because how its truly unique design and functionality. But it was by no means the perfect trolley and given the British company's passion for golf and engineering know-how, it comes as no surprise that the Q Follow elevates the user experience even further.
It boasts a completely new frame design that allows it to fold down to a smaller size using just two buttons, making it one of the best compact golf trolleys on the market. It's very easy to do so while keeping the battery in place and the handset clipped on securely. It will also now store vertically, which many golfers will find to be more convenient for the space they have available, and while the Q Follow is still very heavy compared to most other electric trolleys the new integrated carry handle makes it much easier to lift into your car.
We love the marble effect on the frame and the carbon fibre details. They add a touch of class to what is already an elegant and high sophisticated looking electric trolley. In practice, the Follow mode remains the show-stopping feature whereby the trolley will follow behind you at a safe distance matching your walking pace, even when going down slopes.
The X9 Follow was a little jerky on occasions when making sharp turns, but the Q Follow is much smoother and it leaves your hands completely free to do other things like take a drink of water or simply soak up your surroundings. Depending on the course design, you should be able to use the Follow mode for the majority of your round, switching to the Remote mode in situations where you need to take more direct control - like going over narrow bridges - or if you simply want to see the trolley in front of you.
The Remote mode also comes in handy when sending your trolley towards the next tee or directing it to meet you after looking for your ball in the rough: saving you time and energy in the process. The Q Follow is also smoother when going up hills thanks to the new stabiliser design that incorporates two wheels to also stop the trolley from tipping over.
The big thing we noticed with the Q Follow was how much more stable it seemed. The wider front wheel base and overall design means it seems to hug the ground much better, to the point that you really don't need to worry about it tipping over or going somewhere it shouldn't - provided you don't use the Follow mode in risky situations.
Pairing the trolley with a Stewart Golf cart bag will certainly help, as the base of the bag slots into the trolley perfectly to stop it twisting, helped by the tacky texture of the silicone bag straps. It's also the attention to detail that impressed us, like the 10cm higher handle height and the feature-packed handle console, which stores a scorecard and pencil. We also like how you can pair the battery to a smartphone app via Bluetooth to see exactly how much power is left and whether a top up is required.
Our testing showed the efficiency of the Q Follow has greatly improved on the X9 Follow, which means you should comfortably get 36 holes out of it regardless of how hilly the courses are.
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.
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 3.3.
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Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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