A golf buggy is a significant purchase, and buying one has the potential to make a considerable difference to your golf. The use of a golf buggy will generally give you greater longevity in the game, reducing the wear and tear on your body, and allowing you to put more energy where it’s needed – into your game. But there are so many different types of golf buggy around – how do you choose the best one? Here are eight essential things you need to consider before committing to your golf buggy purchase.
Walker or ride on?
Your first choice will no doubt be between a walker or a ride on buggy. While a ride on is obviously going to be more expensive than a walker buggy, the ride on offers an easier experience on the course -something that’s particularly important for those who are older, have mobility issues or are injured.
If you just need a bit of extra assistance on the course, or are finding yourself getting a bit tired carrying your clubs around, a walker might be all you need to find that extra gear on the course. If, however, your mobility is not what it needs to be to play a round, you’re injured or find you can’t cope with walking 18 holes of golf, you need a ride on buggy to allow you to continue with the game for as long as possible. And even if you don’t have any of these problems, you might still choose a ride on buggy just because it makes the experience of golf so much more enjoyable, and allows you to play better golf for longer.
What features does it have?
You’ll need to consider all the features that come with the golf buggy as standard, and whether they meet your needs, as each golf buggy brand is likely to provide a different package. You can find everything from a basic, simple golf buggy to one with a wide range of extra features. You might find storage compartments, drinks holders, adjustable handles, spoke-free wheels, electronic controllers, front wheel suspension, extra power, umbrella holders etc. Have a look at what each golf buggy offers, and find a buggy where the features match your needs.
Does it come with optional extras?
As well as all the standard features, does the golf buggy comes with optional extras which give you the opportunity to completely customise your purchase?
For instance, when you choose one of Parmaker’s range of walker and ride on golf buggies, you can also choose from a variety of options, including a 5-year warranty, old buggy trade in, batteries, charger, golf bag carry frame or car carrier. These options give you the chance to only pay for what you need, and allow you to buy a package that completely meets your requirements.
Consider what options are available for any golf buggy you are interested in purchasing, and if they are something you need or want.
What’s it like on storage?
Golfers tend to accumulate a great many accessories and gear to use on the course – and of course, you need a convenient and accessible place to store all this stuff. If you’re one of those golfers that needs a lot of gear with you on the links and like to be prepared for every possible scenario, choose a golf buggy with a lot of storage space. If you prefer to travel light, this isn’t such a consideration for you, however.
As well, you need to consider how easy your golf buggy is to store. Is it going to take up a lot of room, or can it be folded down and packed up small so that storage and transportation is easy?
How durable is it?
For many people, a golf buggy is a significant investment, so you want to make sure you’re buying something that will last. As well, it needs to be able to handle anything it will encounter on the golf course, such as hills, rough terrain, mud, rain, heavy weight and all types of wear and tear. To find a durable and long-lasting buggy, you need to examine the maker of the golf buggy – where and how it’s made, as well as what it’s made from.
How much does it cost?
Your budget is obviously an important consideration when choosing a golf buggy, and you should go for the best model that you can afford. Be aware though that as with most things, you get what you pay for. You might be tempted to go for a cheap, overseas model that unfortunately uses poor quality parts and technology – meaning that you’ll ultimately lose out in the long run. Far better to invest in a good quality buggy that’s made with care and excellent manufacturing practices, as your investment will pay off with years of trouble-free use.
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How easy is it to manoeuvre and use?
You’ll also need to consider the size and weight of your golf buggy, and how easy it is to manoeuvre. The point of a golf buggy is to make your life easier on the golf course, so you don’t want a golf buggy that takes significant effort to move it if you’re injured or have mobility issues. At the same time, you don’t want to compromise on frame strength or durability by choosing a buggy that’s light enough for you to move. The ideal golf buggy will be made from modern, light materials which are also strong and stable, giving you easy manoeuvrability coupled with strength and durability. As well, look for a golf buggy that’s easy and quick to pack up and transport.
What support do I get if something goes wrong?
The last thing you want is for your golf buggy manufacturer to go suspiciously quiet if something goes wrong with your buggy. As well as examining the features and specification of the buggy, also check out how much support you’ll get from the manufacturer. Do they offer quick and easy repairs if you have a problem, and reliable warranties? Only choose a buggy brand that offers great after sales service, so that you can be back on the course in no time.
Consider all these questions to find the ideal buggy that will suit your game and unique needs to a tee. And here at Parmaker, we think our golf buggies meet all the criteria! They are made with space age materials that make the buggies light and easy to manage, without sacrificing frame strength, and they are packed with handy features to make life on the course easy. There are plenty of optional extras on offer so that you can tailor your buggy perfectly, and they feature handy storage compartments for all your gear. They fold up and pack away into a small, manageable package quickly and simply, and can be easily transported by your car. They are designed and made in Australia, and are built to be better, stronger and last longer than other golf buggies. And to make it even better, they are available at affordable prices, and are backed by unmatched after sales service. Have a look at our range here – you’re sure to find the perfect golf buggy that will keep you in the game for longer.
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