Won't turn any heads but works great
May 13, 2014
I actually got this push cart by accident. I had a very unique (for Americans) "push buggy" that I picked up while I was working in Australia about 7 years ago that finally gave out after hauling my heavy cart bag for what I'd estimate to be about 4,000 miles of golf course terrain. The Platinum Smoothy with its three wheeled independent suspension and a seat would have been the perfect push cart if it would have folded into a more compact package but it commanded about 1/2 the area in a Lincoln LS or BMW 5 series. So when it was time to finally retire the loyal caddy I set out reviewing and examining all of the alternatives on the market. With so many good alternatives I finally decided to go with the Bagboy Triswivel and decided I'd go with daring red. Having settled on the product now it was just a matter of finding it for the right price - none of them felt like they worth north of $200 and I knew that the Caveman would eventually come into the range I was ready to pay $179.
Week after week the Caveman's offers appeared in my inbox tempting me with deals on balls, hybrids, drivers, and sexy golf apparel but never the Bagboy I was looking for. When the Triswivel II came out I knew it was time for the Caveman to unload his base model and searched diligently - even looking at competing websites.
Then one day it looked like a number of the push carts were on those special sales where the price was so secret you had to put it in your shopping cart to find out. The timing couldn't have been better because I had started waffle on my selection and consider the Sun Mountain four wheeled micro-cart. I popped the Bagboy in my shopping cart and low and behold the price was a perfect $179. The only colors available were black, gray, and blue ... no daring red but I was sick and tired of the pathetic pull carts most courses rent. Shipping was free if you spent more than $200 so I through a box of balls into the pushcart and quickly completed the rest of the transaction.
As you all know the Caveman quickly sends you an email thanking you for your purchase with a link to it. I wanted to admire my new companion one more time before going out to play one of the last rounds I would play with the squeaky, clumsy rental and was shocked to discover that in my haste I had selected the Bagboy C3 (I had equated the 3 in C3 to the "tri" in triswivel). I felt like I had just double bogied the 18th hole after being at one under par on the tee box! I immediately sent the Caveman an email explaining my duck hook which opened up an incident. The next day I saw a reply in my inbox but was disappointed to learn that there aren't any mulligans at Rockbottom Country Club - once you hit confirm that item is showing up. They explained that it's all automated and the items are loaded on the truck. My alternatives were to return the item unopened for a refund minus 15% restocking fee or to "exchange" the item by sending it back in conjunction with the alternative purchase for a full refund. "Fair" business practice but it would resulted in my paying even more than I was already unwilling to pay for the Triswivel (shipping the Bagboy back was $21 and the Triswivel was $229) so I changed my mind back and forth about twenty times like a player who's unsure whether to hit an 8 iron or 7 iron in the gusting wind. When the package arrived - faster than predicted as always with the Caveman - I had decided on the 8 so I opened the box and put the C3 together.
It's amazing how large it is when it's ready to receive your bag and how compact it gets to fit nicely in your trunk. I love the little compartment under the score card and having the scorecard right there on a relatively flat service. The water bottle holder is great and I love the place they've created to store your umbrella that lets you get it off of your bag (I'm not referring to the tube you put your umbrella in when it's open, a little bungy that holds your umbrella when it's not in use). It folds and unfolds extremely easily and pushes nicely. It seems to be well built but is still light enough to put it away and take it out of the trunk with one hand. I also love the design of the handbrake - no fiddling with a foot break - although I have twice accidentally disengaged the handle lock dumping the contents of the little compartment when I thought I was disengaging the break ... this is my own fault as the break and handle lock are on opposite sides of the handle. All in all I have no regrets, I do get a slight twinge of jealousy when I see someone pushing a Triswivel but I channel that energy into my next drive and get an additional 10 yards :)
Pros:well built but still light
nicely compact when folded - folds and unfolds easily
sturdy on the hills
Cons:no real cons