Sport 2011

Battery-life monitor, digital clock, lightweight lithium or lead acid battery, universal bag stay soft grip pads suitable for all bag types. Quiet engine with 18 or 36-hole battery options. Finger tip speed and distance control with integrated LCD screen, lightweight and robust, easily folds into compact boot space.

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By Bob Warters on Fri, 1 Apr 2011 - 12:04

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Overall: 
4

Need To Know

PRICE: £429.00     YEAR: from 2011

As a golfer who's technically challenged when it comes to gadgets and devices that aren't on the end of shaft, I uttered a huge sigh of relief when asked to review the new PowaKaddy Sport.

Some other trolleys I've tried are too sophisticated for their own good and as for remote control models that you point a 'troller' at and send off like a robot butler to wait for further instructions on the next tee, don't get me started!


I don't trust them not to irritate my playing partners and get me into trouble by moving within their peripheral vision.

The PK Sport has a similar Digital Distance Function (DDF) facility which enables the user to send it off on 15, 30 or 45-yard journeys before stopping automatically. But it's not as intrusive as the fully remote versions that sneak up on you or move in the background just as you're poised over a delicate chip or crucial putt.

I don't fully trust the PK Sport not to trundle on into a hazard or off the course completely while I turn my back but I'm 90 per-cent there!

This model is extremely user-friendly with an ergonomic, tactile handle and roller speed control that suits either a left or right-handed touch. And I soon discovered that despite the undulating nature of my local course, setting the accelerator to 5 or 6 suited my walking pace perfectly and enabled me to clean the face of the club I'd just used as I strolled to my next shot. Anything less was too slow, anything more and I'm racing to catch up.


But, apart from the easy folding of the lightweight but robust frame, the functions that pleased me most were the velcro straps that held my bag in place. I've lost count of the bungee straps I've misplaced trying to keep my bag square on a trolley or the inadequate plastic buckle clips that have broken.

PowaKaddy simply attached an elasticated strap at the bottom and two velcro straps that come together at the top to securely lock the bag in place.


Verdict


It's still pricey compared with some other powered trolleys at £429 for the 18-hole lead acid battery version I tested but PowaKaddy is the market leader and have obviously put much research and engineering into this 2011 version. And compared to some other powered trolleys it's as quiet, elegant and economical in action as the Red Kites that soar over  the Rutland countryside where I play much of my golf.

User Reviews

Overall Review

The Powakaddy Sport is a great trolley, it's functionality is much improved, it looks great and...fingers crossed...it's reliability will make it the must have golf trolley for 2011!

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Strengths

Powakaddy have learn't from the mistakes of FWII and reverted to a speed dial similar to the one they used one the reliable Freeway. The dial allows for a much larger range of speed settings and it is now possible to set the speed of your trolley to match your walking speed. The digital display has retained the functionality of the FWII and the Sport is a great looking trolley.

Weaknesses

The Sport is quite expensive and Freeway II customers may feel that this is the trolley they should have had a couple of years ago.

Overall Review

Powakaddy Sport golf trolley comes with many features that make it highly helpful while you are playing. Its speed controller offers a choice of 9 different speeds and the new soft grip handles and the soft touch standby switch allows you comfortable use of the trolley. The sports wheels of the trolley are easily removable, and if you are playing on a hilly course you could use the wider wheels that are available as optional accessories with the trolley. Visit http://www.peterfieldonlinegolfshop.co.uk/p513998/powakaddy-sport-golf-trolley.html to buy this product

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Overall Review

Powakaddy Sport golf trolley comes with many features that make it highly helpful while you are playing. Its speed controller offers a choice of 9 different speeds and the new soft grip handles and the soft touch standby switch allows you comfortable use of the trolley. The sports wheels of the trolley are easily removable, and if you are playing on a hilly course you could use the wider wheels that are available as optional accessories with the trolley. Visit <a href="http://www.peterfieldonlinegolfshop.co.uk/p513998/powakaddy-sport-golf-trolley.html">Powakaddy Sports Trolley</a> to buy this product

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Submitted by LEVANS on Tue, 18/06/2013 - 20:13

Overall Review

So far Ive had the wheel fall off twice in the middle of rounds, the trolley pulled to the left, 'got serviced', pulled to the left again, 'got serviced', pulled to the right, screen failed, battery died and I've been waiting 4 weeks since.....got trolley back.....pulled left. And they still want to try and help 'fix the problem, I just want a refund and by something else....all this in under 2years after forking out

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Strengths

Looks good.......in magazines and in the shop.

Weaknesses

Wheels Fall off, batterys die quickly, wheel alignment pulls trolley to the sides, screen malfunctions.....etc, etc, etc. Customer service advisors/engineers feeding back mis-information about repaired product...again !