So here's the dilemma. Carrying a full set of clubs (and waterproofs and balls and anything else you might have in your bag) for 18 holes is getting to be a bit of a struggle. It's also not very good for your health - carrying a heavy weight over one shoulder is meant to be extremely bad for your back.
Solution, you get a trolley. But even that can involve a lot of labour; especially if you regularly play at a hilly course - the kind where you're usually glad to get on the tee and discover it's not your honour, so you can get your breath back before driving.
Okay, you think; then I'll get an electric trolley. And then you look at the price of around four hundred pounds and think 'Maybe not.'
Until now that is because, thanks to an ingenious product from Powermade Designs called 'Solo', an ordinary trolley can be converted into a battery-powered unit within seconds. Okay, slight exaggeration but it doesn't take long at all. To set up from scratch out of the box took less than 10 minutes and once assembled, the bracket that the Solo unit attaches to remains permanently on your trolley, so subsequent assembly really is a matter of seconds.
In use, Solo functions very well. It has a touch control throttle that allows you to increase or decrease power, depending on whether you're going up or down hill,
At the end of the round, you have to detach the Solo unit before attempting to fold your trolley. This is done by unplugging the power lead and sliding the pin. This releases the Solo barrel unit and allows your trolley to fold normally leaving the bracket attached for your next outing.
This is a simple, affordable option for those of us who no longer feel the need to compete with the misguided macho types who always carry, no matter the circumstances.
At a cost of £199, we think this is an affordable, efficient alternative to conventional powered trolleys.
If you want to see and read more about Solo, go to www.sologolf.co.uk or telephone 01246 540044.
|| 4 - JANUARY 2002