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Just had a thought: when will we see a tour caddie with a push cart? There's obviously the macho barrier preventing anyone from wanting to look too weak to carry that giant bag, but is there a rule prohibiting it? It would make their lives easier with no obvious downside, and I would think it would open the floodgates for new sponsorships from clicgear and bagboy, etc. Anyone have any thoughts or insights?

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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 IowaClubWRX  21717WRX Points: 5,715Posts: 21,717 ClubWRX
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    Do Tour rules allow that as an option?

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    On -, @Hawkeye77 said:

    Do Tour rules allow that as an option?

    I don’t know, but I don’t know why not? Caddie stamina really isn’t part of the scoring equation. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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    It would make their lives easier with no obvious downside, and I would think it would open the floodgates for new sponsorships from clicgear and bagboy, etc. Anyone have any thoughts or insights?

    Not just sponsorships from the cart companies but think of all that real estate where they could slap other logos.

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  • MychMych Members  2290WRX Points: 449Posts: 2,290 Platinum Tees
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    I've always wondered when we'd see someone carry/push their own bag and play without a caddie. Players try to forego managers and agents to avoid paying a percentage, I could imagine foregoing a caddy.

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    On -, @Mych said:

    I've always wondered when we'd see someone carry/push their own bag and play without a caddie. Players try to forego managers and agents to avoid paying a percentage, I could imagine foregoing a caddy.

    Pretty certain the PGA Tour rules requires the use of a caddie.

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    On -, @Mych said:

    I've always wondered when we'd see someone carry/push their own bag and play without a caddie. Players try to forego managers and agents to avoid paying a percentage, I could imagine foregoing a caddy.

    I believe the Tour has a rule requiring a caddie.

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  • BuzzkillBuzzkill Marshals  6617WRX Points: 594Handicap: 3Posts: 6,617 Marshals
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    Caddies with push/pull carts will happen eventually but probably not soon enough - it's ridiculous the amount of crap they've got to carry, even those who are fortunate enough to have a dual strap.

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    On -, @Buzzkill said:

    Caddies with push/pull carts will happen eventually but probably not soon enough - it's ridiculous the amount of crap they've got to carry, even those who are fortunate enough to have a dual strap.

    I think it’s a positive sign that some guys are starting to go with lighter-weight carry/stand bags, Rickie Fowler among them.

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    just a matter of time till we see the type of carts the guys and gals used at the NCAA's ...my guess less than five years...maybe even three

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    On -, @farmer said:

    If Fluff Cowan can still carry that monster bag, there is no excuse for a young guy using a cart. He's 100 and smokes.

    I saw Fluff after carrying 18 holes at Muirfield Village during a practice round and he looked like he barely made that day. That was 5 years ago.

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    clicgear for the win

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    I can see pro caddies using push carts in the near future. It makes sense for a lot of caddies to use one. You see push carts trickling into college golf. Stanford coach was supporting push carts because he felt it would save energy during tournaments.

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    They aren't allowed to
    If they were we would see them out there

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    On -, @bladehunter said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    Honestly, if we are that sissified that caddies need a cart, let's just quit all of it and pass me a pistol.

    There is no hope man.

    Having an 11 year old boy , who I force to actually work at home , get good grades and play outside. lol. He and those of his age up to around 25 or 30 are constantly looking for a “ hack” as they call it. Which is code for a lazy way out. I rail against it everyday. Their hacks generally take twice as long once you take the time to do it over the right way.

    I hear you. Once I was at a dinner party but it got sidelined. Host and I had to go help change a tire on a car. There were two 20 year old boys as passengers in it............I was disgusted.

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    On -, @Nard_S said:

    On -, @bladehunter said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    Honestly, if we are that sissified that caddies need a cart, let's just quit all of it and pass me a pistol.

    There is no hope man.

    Having an 11 year old boy , who I force to actually work at home , get good grades and play outside. lol. He and those of his age up to around 25 or 30 are constantly looking for a “ hack” as they call it. Which is code for a lazy way out. I rail against it everyday. Their hacks generally take twice as long once you take the time to do it over the right way.

    I hear you. Once I was at a dinner party but it got sidelined. Host and I had to go help change a tire on a car. There were two 20 year old boys passengers in it............I was disgusted.

    lol. That made me actually chuckle. “ go ahead guys .... hand em over .... I hear by confiscate your man card until such time as you can pass a basic competency test to get it back “.

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    On -, @Nard_S said:

    On -, @bladehunter said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    Honestly, if we are that sissified that caddies need a cart, let's just quit all of it and pass me a pistol.

    There is no hope man.

    Having an 11 year old boy , who I force to actually work at home , get good grades and play outside. lol. He and those of his age up to around 25 or 30 are constantly looking for a “ hack” as they call it. Which is code for a lazy way out. I rail against it everyday. Their hacks generally take twice as long once you take the time to do it over the right way.

    I hear you. Once I was at a dinner party but it got sidelined. Host and I had to go help change a tire on a car. There were two 20 year old boys as passengers in it............I was disgusted.

    I'm disgusted you actually did it. Thats why they can get away with it.

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    On -, @bladehunter said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    Honestly, if we are that sissified that caddies need a cart, let's just quit all of it and pass me a pistol.

    There is no hope man.

    Having an 11 year old boy , who I force to actually work at home , get good grades and play outside. lol. He and those of his age up to around 25 or 30 are constantly looking for a “ hack” as they call it. Which is code for a lazy way out. I rail against it everyday. Their hacks generally take twice as long once you take the time to do it over the right way.

    Depends on the boy. Got 12 yr old who's hack is hacking weeds and etc.

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    On -, @gsea33 said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    On -, @bladehunter said:

    On -, @Nard_S said:

    Honestly, if we are that sissified that caddies need a cart, let's just quit all of it and pass me a pistol.

    There is no hope man.

    Having an 11 year old boy , who I force to actually work at home , get good grades and play outside. lol. He and those of his age up to around 25 or 30 are constantly looking for a “ hack” as they call it. Which is code for a lazy way out. I rail against it everyday. Their hacks generally take twice as long once you take the time to do it over the right way.

    I hear you. Once I was at a dinner party but it got sidelined. Host and I had to go help change a tire on a car. There were two 20 year old boys as passengers in it............I was disgusted.

    I'm disgusted you actually did it. Thats why they can get away with it.

    It was dead winter and snowing hard. It was the host's daughter who was driving. What Father does not go to their girl in distress?

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  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers  9506WRX Points: 3,136Posts: 9,506 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @CCTxGolf said:

    The bags are not that heavy. It’s does not really require very much energy to carry one.

    As for the advertising logic. The cart would really reduce the available space to advertise. And Clic gear and bag boy prob have mini tour money for marketing, not really PGA tour bag deal money

    I would guess fully loaded ~40lbs. Not that heavy, also not that light. But if resort caddies can carry 2 stand bags, 1 staff bag should be doable.

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    Caddies be replace by AI earpiece and an

    Uber cart.

    AI is already rivaling medical experts in cancer detection. You think it can’t advise club selection on an approach shot?

    Bryson prolly looking into this as we speak ; )

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    On -, @PZero said:

    On -, @farmer said:

    If Fluff Cowan can still carry that monster bag, there is no excuse for a young guy using a cart. He's 100 and smokes.

    I saw Fluff after carrying 18 holes at Muirfield Village during a practice round and he looked like he barely made that day. That was 5 years ago.

    Fluff’s bag (and the contents therein) is surprisingly light for a Tour bag.

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  • jobinjobin Members  160WRX Points: 35Posts: 160 Fairways
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    On the Asian Tour, probably the Korean and Japanese Tours also, when shown on TV, many caddies are seen pulling trolleys. I believe i've also seen caddies with trolleys on the European Tour when events played in Asia or Africa.
    More women also seen as caddies on Euro and other tours. Caddies MANDATORY for all golfers in Thailand, and none carry bags (mostly young females but some young men too).

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  • iBanestoiBanesto Niclas Fasth Members  4936WRX Points: 627Posts: 4,936 Titanium Tees
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    On the Japanese Tour, a lot of the local caddies who are usually women use a push cart.

    Think of the lower back problems that can be avoided :lol:

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