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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

GolferPal EasyPal

GolferPal EasyPal

Score

88

Grade

B+

If you’ve ever bemoaned how difficult it is to fold and unfold your golf push cart, then the GolferPal EasyPal is the cart for you. Whether this is a problem that needed to be solved or not is a different question, although we do admit that folding and unfolding some carts can be somewhat complex (we’re looking right at you, Clicgear!). The GolferPal EasyPal is a 4-wheeled cart that folds and unfolds at the push of a button (well, you have to rotate a dial first, but “folds and unfolds with the rotation of a dial and the push of a button” doesn’t have the same marketing panache, does it?).

While the folding/unfolding was a piece of cake, the cart we purchased had a frame that caused it to continually drift to the right (even after we had adjusted the wheel alignments as much as possible). We can’t attest to the quality control across the entire production run of the EasyPal carts, but our experience of needing to constantly make adjustments while pushing the cart just to keep it moving in the right direction was a major bummer.

The other challenge with the EasyPal is that the cupholder and umbrella holder can’t be deployed on the cart while using the automatic fold/unfold function – they must be added and removed separately every time the cart is used. And it should come as no surprise that the cupholder has already been misplaced somewhere…

The GolferPal EasyPal otherwise performed relatively well around the course. The wheels are a good size and can handle different curb heights easily (small wheels sometimes get hung up on higher curbs). Storage space was okay, but not great (for example there isn’t a large storage net where you can store your headcovers and a jacket during the round).

The $399.99 MSRP is a bit ridiculous, but most online retailers we researched had it for about half the price. Even then, the EasyPal’s price is still around the median for the golf push carts we’ve tested. If you want a neat toy to show your friends on the course, and need the extra 10 seconds that it saves you at each folding or unfolding (at 20 seconds per round, and assuming you play every week, that’s 17.33 minutes per year!), it might be worth a shot. This, of course, assumes that the alignment problem we experienced was specific to our cart, and not a systemic issue.

SCORE
88
GRADE
B+
Size/Weight
90
Ease of Set-Up
94
On Course Impressions
82
Storage/Accessories
85
Style
91
Value
90

Pros:

  • It folds and unfolds itself!
  • Attractive styling
  • Did we mention that it folds and unfolds itself?!?!

Cons:

  • Our cart had a crooked frame that caused it to constantly pull to the right
  • Umbrella holder and cup holder can’t be attached when you fold/unfold the cart
  • Our brake cable came extremely tight, requiring a serious effort each time we wanted to engage the brake.

Retail price: $399.99 (although it is available at multiple retailers for about half of that price)
Amazon.com: Check price now


90 / A-

SIZE/WEIGHT

At 20 pounds (per our test, which is significantly more than the 16.4 pounds quoted by the manufacturer), the GolferPal EasyPal is about average among the push carts we’ve tested. The EasyPal is a reasonable size when it’s folded – it has roughly the same dimensions as a Sun Mountain Micro-Cart, although it might be a hair taller. This makes it relatively easy to fit into a car trunk along with a set of clubs.


92 / A-

EASE OF SET-UP

Set up was extremely easy – just pull the EasyPal out of the box, charge the battery (which is about the size of a calculator) using the included wall charger, and then slide the battery into place on the cart. As mentioned above, we also had to adjust the alignment of the front wheels, which is done by turning a screw on the front of the cart (there is a separate screw for each wheel).

Once that’s done, you rotate the dial to “unfold” and push the button. The cart typically unfolds in about 12 seconds (it folds in about 10 seconds). Pop your clubs on to the cart, secure them with the bungee strap, and you’re good to go!

The GolferPal EasyPal comes with an umbrella holder and a cup holder. The umbrella holder screws into place, and the cup holder clips on to a simple hook, but neither of them can be attached to the EasyPal when it is folded. As a result, you have to stow them somewhere safe, so you can’t lose them – something that we failed to do, so now we’re without a cupholder. Grrrr…


Golfpal Easypal Unfolding
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82 / B-

ON COURSE IMPRESSIONS

  • We should caveat that our impressions of the GolferPal EasyPal were strongly clouded by the fact that the construction of the frame was such that the wheels were pointed to the right (regardless of how much we adjusted the alignment), and thus the cart always pulled in that direction. Not good, unless you like constantly veering in an arc.
  • The four tires, which are all the same size, are on the larger side, making for a pretty smooth roll. We were able to hop up on most curbs without getting hung up (which isn’t always possible with smaller wheels). The tires are made of some type of solid foam, so there’s no need to worry about getting a flat.
  • The brake lever is positioned to the left side of the push handle – there are ten notches around the right rear wheel and the brake is a pin that inserts into the nearest notch to stop the wheel from rolling. The number of notches should make the brake easy to engage – you don’t need to nudge the cart forward or backward in order to get the brake to “click” in – but the cable on our cart was extremely tight, requiring a real effort to pull it into the “engaged” position.
  • The sides of our bag kept rubbing against the front tires when the cart was in motion. Part of this is because we keep a jacket and rain pants in the side pockets of the bag, which make it a little wider, but we do note that there are other carts available on the market that have adjustable front axles to avoid precisely such a problem.
  • The handle pivots up or down to fit the height of the user, which makes it easier to push the cart around. There are probably about 20 different positions in which you can lock the handle, so you won’t get stuck at an uncomfortable height. As long as you don’t set the handle at an extreme angle, the cart will retain the setting when it is folded/unfolded, so you don’t have to ever adjust it again.
  • The manual states that the battery can be used 30 times before it needs recharging (and thus GolferPal’s claim to 6-month battery life, based on one use per week), and that when you reach 20 uses, you will receive a warning beep/flashing light to remind you to recharge the battery. We tested this on our own, sitting patiently while repeatedly unfolding and folding the cart. We will not lie to you – this was extremely boring. The things we do for our readers! In any event, we received the warning beep/flashing light after only 13 uses (with each “use” consisting of an unfolding and a folding) – it beeps seven times every time you unfold or fold the cart. Interestingly, we were able to get another 22 uses (again with each “use” consisting of both an unfolding and a folding) out of the battery before it finally quit (at which point it beeped 12 times). Of course we did all of this consecutively, so you may not be able to get the full 35 uses if the battery sits unused for long periods between uses.

85 / B

STORAGE/ACCESSORIES

The storage and accessories available on the GolferPal EasyPal include:

  • A reasonably sized valuables tray with a magnetic lid. The tray was able to fit our “test case” of 2 golf balls, a GPS device, an iPhone, a set of keys, and a wallet. The tray is subdivided into two compartments, and there is padding at the bottom of each compartment.
  • A bungee cord attached to the lid of the valuables tray that is designed to hold down a scorecard.
  • An umbrella mount that holds an umbrella upright to provide you with shelter when it’s raining. As mentioned, the mount cannot be in place when you fold or unfold the cart.
  • A cup/bottle holder, which, as mentioned above, can’t be in place when you fold or unfold the cart. The cup/bottle holder can expand, but will probably struggle with wider sizes.
  • Two holes to store golf balls.
  • A hole to store a small pencil.
  • Seven holes for storing extra tees.

91 / A-

STYLE

We liked the way the GolferPal EasyPal looked. The four large tires give it a rugged, almost offroad feel. It’s available in two color combinations – black with red trim, and white with white trim.


90 / A-

VALUE

The MSRP of $399.99 places it as the most expensive golf push cart we tested, but we found the EasyPal available for about half of that at most of the online retailers we checked, so that’s the basis on which we assessed its value. The automatic folding/unfolding is an interesting gadget, so if you put a premium on having something to show your buddies in the parking lot, this might be the toy for you. Otherwise, it’s an average golf cart.

Retail price: $399.99 (although it is available at multiple retailers for about half of that price)
Amazon.com: Check price now


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