QOD Electric Golf Cart Review
QOD – A small and affordable golf cart for those who still appreciate when their good walks aren’t spoiled. The 2018 QOD Electric Golf Caddy is the finest electric cart I’ve ever used.
At first glance, the QOD Electric Golf Push Cart doesn’t look like much. And make no mistake – I mean that literally. The QOD folds up to about the same size as most standard push carts at only 13.5″ x 14.5″ x 17.5″. Take a closer look at the QOD, though, and you’ll soon notice the LED control panel. Shortly after that, it will dawn on you… the QOD is an electric push cart! Over the years, I’ve reviewed a couple of electric carts, from Bag Boy and Sun Mountain, but none have been as small as the QOD.QOD stands for “Quality of Design” and I put that quality to the test in five states over dozens of rounds and more than my fair share of hills, bridges, paths, fairways, and weather situations. Here’s what I discovered
I coach the Penn-State Behrend men’s and women’s golf teams, and one of the first things I did as the head coach was to buy push carts for the top five players. Push carts, the science overwhelmingly shows, increase player performance and have short- and long-term health benefits. Pushing a three- or four-wheeled cart around a course – even with the added weight of the cart itself – is both easier and healthier than carrying a bag.
Form and Esthetics
Your golf bag sits on a forked base and inside a U-shaped piece at the top, and is secured to the QOD with two bungees with plastic balls on the end to provide the locking mechanism.
The QOD cart has two ways of setting and controlling the speed: a digital 0-9 speed setting, controlled by the buttons on the handlebar, and an analog potentiometer wheel or knob that can set the speed to whatever finely tuned speed you prefer.
The potentiometer knob is just beneath/behind the handles on the right-hand side, very near to the +/- buttons.I don’t love having two settings so close to one another, particularly since changing one setting over-rides the other. Particularly early in my testing, I’d set the digital readout to “6” and then, at some point, accidentally bump the potentiometer knob. The cart would slow down or speed up, and it’d take me awhile to figure out that I must have bumped the knob.
The QOD’s umbrella holder is permanently affixed near the handle. When not in use, you can collapse it downward, making it easier to get at your clubs, and then when the sky turns dark, you can flip it up and extend it in about ten seconds. The thumb screw securely holds your umbrella, and stops it from rattling around like in most push-cart umbrella holders that hold the umbrella with a bit of elastic. Though the angle is not adjustable, the umbrella is held relatively high and removes the need to duck down to get under or out from the umbrella while you’re playing golf.