Spitzer RL150 Cart

Published on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Gear of the Week

MSRP: $1,299

Let’s get this right out on the table, so that it doesn’t become the elephant in the room — at $1,299, the Spitzer RL150 cart (they call it a “trolley,” for reasons that will become obvious shortly) is an investment. But, if you’re fortunate enough to be in a position to afford it, it’s one you may want to very seriously consider.

Kelly Wong and Jerry Au, both graduates of the University of British Columbia’s electrical and computer engineering program, used to spend their days hiking across the hills of Vancouver’s incredible public courses, lugging their golf bags on their backs. They preferred the casual pace of walking — not to mention the savings — and eventually graduated from carrying to push carts.

Still, though, Wong says they felt like the experience could be improved.

“Even with the push carts, there was still a lot of energy being expended to push it up hills, or over uneven surfaces,” Wong says.

So, the two set out to develop a fully automated “trolley” — since you’re not actually pushing it, you can’t call it a push cart, yet “electric cart” evokes the wrong image as well. Their design — the RL150 — has changed the way many golfers enjoy the game, and added years to the golfing lives of many others.

Compact (it folds up to a size easily placed into your trunk) and relatively lightweight (at 30 pounds, lighter than a fully packed suitcase), the cart runs on a lithium ion battery that is nearly hidden in the bottom of the frame, beneath the bag. A fully charged battery lasts up to two rounds, and even runs power to a USB port that can be used to charge phones, GPS rangefinders and other USB-chargeable devices.

Best of all, it’s simply fun to use. As you walk the course, you carry with you a remote control that can be used to guide the cart forward, backward, and around curves — and, most importantly for your back, up and over the many hills that define most Northwest courses. An extendable leg in the back keeps the cart from tipping over backwards, while a durable, aviation-grade aluminum frame and tube-free wheels stand up to the toughest conditions.

For the health-conscious golfer who enjoys walking, but also enjoy not having to carry or push their own bag, it’s an intriguing option.

“There’s no strain on your back, and not only do you feel better, but you play better, too,” Wong says. “I think many people don’t realize how fun and easy it is to have one until they try it out.”

Once they do, though … well, the 5-star reviews of the product on the Spitzer website (35 total reviews, with an average of 5 out of 5 stars) will tell you just about all you need to know.

Check them out today at www.spitzerproducts.com.

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