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The Shopping Guy: Pushcart Prizes

Two-wheel carts are obsolete, prey to frequent bag tippage and dangerous downhill skidding. In fact pullcarts of all sorts are less than cutting edge—after dragging one around for an hour, you'll feel like chucking the whole rig into a pond. Solution: three-wheel pushcarts and their newer motorized brethren. Motorized carts are pricey and are by no means the coolest vehicles on the cart path, but I test-drove one anyway, just in case you're in the market. I also surveyed other three-wheel carts and put them through testing worthy of the Insurance Institute. Happy carting.

1. Bag Boy PC-90
$99.99; thesportsauthority.com

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Shipping: Arrived in seven days; free
Return policy: Thirty days; you pay shipping

Web Site
Simple and efficient, thesportsauthority.com carries just about every sporting item known to man, including spinning hunting targets. Its golf selection can't match golf-only sites.

Product
As the company name suggests, Bag Boy's bag is golf bags. For my money its PC-90 is a bargain. It features plenty of plastic, which keeps it light at some cost in aesthetics. Its foot-brake system on the back wheels is a breeze to use.

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The PC-90, which folds up to fit in almost any car trunk or backseat, may not make you the envy of trendsetters at your club, but it will provide all the essentials a golfer needs in a cart. Bag Boy says its new model, the Express, will be even better.

2. MGI Navigator
$1,499; golfskiwarehouse.com

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Shipping: Arrived in four days; $50-$60
Return policy: Two weeks with thirty-day merchandise exchange or store credit; you pay shipping

Web Site
Three clicks to the golf bags at one of the Web's premier two-sport sites. Get your ski stuff for the winter, then prep for golf when the white stuff melts.

Product
It's a secure man—or one with a bad back—who'll allow himself to be followed around by a motorized cart. But there's much to like about the Navigator, including a remote control and impressive safety features to save you from those Christine moments.

Comments
Surprisingly, the Navigator is nimble. For starters, it maneuvered around office cubicles at T&L Golf with the greatest of ease. Then it performed just as well on the course. During slow rounds, its seat proved to be a godsend.

3. Sun Mountain Speed Cart
$179; tgw.com

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Shipping: Arrived in six days; free
Return policy: Thirty days; you pay shipping

Web Site
Tgw.com offers a vast selection of golf goods but only a few carts, including the Sun Mountain. Look for it under the "accessories" header on this hard-to-navigate site.

Product
Call it the Ferrari of pushcarts—pneumatic tires with ball-bearing wheels make for the smoothest ride available, and the sturdy Speed Cart's sleek design is inimitable. It also folds into a manageable package for easy trunk storage.

Comments
The Speed Cart is a high-end item, heavier and harder to move around when folded up than you might want, but once the wheels are deployed, it goes. An improved brake system, new this year, is a bonus.

4. Wilson Tri-Action Golf Cart
$109.95; golfcartplace.com

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Shipping: Arrived in seven days; $11
Return policy: Thirty days; you pay shipping

Web Site
The name suggests the site's focus. From motorized carts to carts for kids, this one has it all. It's a joy to navigate through pages and pages of carts.

Product
Wilson's Tri-Action isn't a loser, but as its price suggests, it isn't a luxury model, either. Call it the Ford Taurus of pushcarts—plastic wheels with rubber treads, functional but not at all sexy. Perfectly useful, though—you won't complain about paying too much.

Comments
Like the Bag Boy PC-90, the Tri-Action works, but without much mojo. Everything is there—brakes, scorecard holder—but it doesn't feel like a champion. It is, however, cheaper than some carts that are no better.

5. Kaddy Stroller
$99.99; golfingguru.com

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Shipping: Arrived in seven days; $29.99
Return policy: Thirty-three days; you pay shipping

Web Site
Golfingguru.com is easy to navigate, but its selection is abysmal—mostly strange swing aids and magnetic devices. You can find the Kaddy Stroller, though, at a great price.

Product
Kaddy Stroller is a small operation whose products can be hard to find, but I love them. A wide wheel base and upright bag angle prevent club spillage; a light aluminum frame and good brakes complete a package worth pushing.

Comments
If Sun Mountain makes the Ferrari of pushcarts, then Kaddy Stroller makes the Volvo, a triumph of engineering you'll feel smug about owning.

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