I can't believe I'm saying this, but push carts are all the rage in the golf industry right now. With all of the safety restrictions placed on golf courses around the country, more and more golfers are walking, and choosing to do so with a push cart. Like many other products right now, the demand is so extreme that little to no inventory remains online. But fortunately, I've got some good news for everyone.
Whenever I play golf, I generally like to walk the course and have always advocated that any physically capable golfer should do the same. Walking is an excellent exercise, and in my opinion, a better way to enjoy the game.
For the past couple of months, I've been testing out a direct-to-consumer push cart called the Qwik-Fold 360. It doesn't have a recognizable brand name behind it, but I was surprised by its performance. More importantly, the price is lower than the premium competition, and it's currently in stock.
In this review, I'll go over the key features of the Qwik-Fold 360. I'll also compare how it stacks up to one of the industry-leading products I've been using for five years, the Clicgear 3.5+.
A Very Well Though-Out Product
A lot of the "budget" push carts I've seen over the years look flimsy, and you can immediately tell by their thin frames. When you first unbox the Qwik-Fold 360 (which comes fully assembled), you can quickly tell that the aluminum frame is very sturdy. After playing multiple rounds with the cart, it's lightweight enough to make it maneuverable on the golf course, but plenty strong to keep your bag in place and handle the sometimes rough terrain of a golf course.
The Qwik-Fold 360 performs more than adequately while you play. You'll enjoy a smooth ride, and the large lower frame can accommodate a golf bag of pretty much any size.
There are a lot of features that are very well thought out in terms of product design. Some of them were even better than my Clicgear, which I'll try to summarize for you.
First off, you can collapse or open the cart within 1-2 seconds at the press of one button. It's incredibly easy. This is perhaps one of my favorite features compared to my other push cart, which requires a few steps that have always mildly bothered me. I wouldn't call the Qwik-Fold 360 a super-compact cart when it's completely folded, but it's plenty small enough to fit in my compact trunk with my golf bag.
The front wheel can be locked in place or unlocked for 360-degree maneuverability. For most of my rounds, I preferred to have the front wheel locked. But I found that whenever I was on an extreme slope, it was beneficial to release the lock (it's located near where your hands rest) to be able to swivel and make a tight turn. Having the option to do both is a nice touch.
Also, you can apply or release the brakes by clicking a small latch with your feet - another thoughtful feature that you wouldn't expect from a lower-priced brand.
While my Clicgear 3.5+ is an excellent product, one of the features that always annoyed me was the bungee chords. Since I have a smaller bag, I had to tie multiple knots to keep my bag in place, and sometimes they would come undone during the round. The Qwik-Fold 360 has latches on their chords, which quickly wrap around the bag in seconds, and also keep the cart locked in place when it is fully collapsed.
Overall, I would say that the Qwik-Fold 360 held it's own against the Clicgear 3.5+, and even had a few features that made my experience a little easier.
My only minor complaint about the Qwik-Fold 360 is that it is a little lacking in the storage department. It does have a drink holder to hold my water bottle. I would've liked for the compartment to be a little larger and have an accompanying net. I wouldn't call this a deal-breaker, because all of those things can be stored in my golf bag; I just don't have quick access to them.
So while this is a fabulous push cart that doesn't cut corners on any of its performance features, I would say that's the only criticism (and it's a mild one) I have of the product.
Wrapping It Up
Most premium push carts will set you back anywhere from $250 - $400, and that's during regular times. Go on eBay, Amazon, or any other retailer right now, and you'll likely see some price gouging going on.
I'm always excited to tell golfers about products that cost less but don't skimp on performance. That's one of the benefits of the direct-to-consumer model. When companies don't spend big money on marketing and distribution costs, the savings get passed along directly to the golfer. That's precisely the case with the Qwik-Fold 360. For under $200, you'll get the performance of a premium push cart. Luckily for them, they are one of the few products that are actually in stock right now.
If you're interested in purchasing the Qwik Fold 360, we've arranged a special offer for Practical Golf readers that you can access here while inventory lasts. Enjoy the walk!