Martin Hopley
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It is almost ten years since I went over to what was then considered the dark side and started using an electric trolley.

Since then electric trolleys have become mainstream with golfers of all ages taking advantage of the convenience and weight saving benefits.

One type of electric trolley that existed back then was a remote controlled option and with the exception of the super premium Stewart brand, the species almost became extinct until Motocaddy revived it with the S7 Remote this year.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

When it arrives the first thing you notice is the size of the S7 Remote trolley. The 13kg aluminium frame is based on the current S3 Pro model, but it is 15cm longer.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

The frame comes in black or alpine white and it assembles very easily as the Quikfold design slides the two parts together until they clip into place automatically.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

The wheels on the wide axle are broader than usual to ensure stability during manoeuvres up, down and across slopes, which by the way is excellent.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

It is also quite a heavy trolley to lift as you have two 230W motors instead of one to provide power separately to each wheel to turn the trolley. This does give it a very robust feel and the build quality is excellent.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

All the other Motocaddy features are present and correct including the option for using the Easilock pin system for holding the base of your Motocaddy bag in place instead of using the elastic strap on the base.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

The S7 Remote comes with quite a big lithium battery that charges quicker than a lead acid version and weighs less, but is not as light to carry as some other lithiums I have used.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

On the handle there is the usual USB port for recharging devices and the remote, plus a dial for stopping, starting and controlling the speed of the S7 manually. Given the premium price, I was disappointed not to see the integrated GPS holder that they have on the Motocaddy M3 Pro trolley.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

Thankfully Motocaddy has resisted the urge to cram non-essential bells and whistles like distance functions on to the control panel, with the result that it is clear and functional.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

The same thing could be said for the usual Motocaddy handle which is not the most comfortable to use, but as you have a remote for the S7 you can avoid this if you want.

The remote control is 13cm long by 4cm wide by 2cm deep and uses three AAA batteries and you have to unscrew the cover with a Philips screwdriver to change them which is going to be a pain to do on the course if you don't have rechargeable batteries.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

It fits very easily in your hand even if it seems a little bigger than I thought it would be. I was expecting something closer in size to a garage door or Apple TV remote, but I presume that it is larger to accommodate the battery power required.

It is very easy to use with front/back/left/right controls and the harder you push them, the faster the S7 moves. With a bit of practice you can walk along with the remote in your pocket and control the trolley by feel and this is where a more compact remote would be better as you need decent sized pockets to do this.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

For me using the S7 Remote was like another new dawn in how to move a golf bag around a course.

Straight out the box the S7 is so easy to use and the urge to show off by zooming the trolley ahead, doing doughnuts or cutting up your playing partners is very hard to resist, but you must or you will end up playing alone.

Having been on the receiving end of this in the past, be conscious that your playing partners will feel like they are continually crossing the road all day, keeping an eye out for your trolley zipping around like some teenager in an over spec'd hatchback.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

It does require a few rounds to get used to how it moves, so start off by yourself or with good friends until you get the hang of how long it takes to turn and stop. If you don't touch the remote for 45 seconds or it goes more than 50m away from you then it automatically stops.

As mentioned earlier, there are no concerns over stability as the detachable 4th wheel at the rear stops it tipping over backwards going up a hill, but it can sometimes get in the way if you are walking behind it in manual mode.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

Compared to a manual trolley the S7 Remote did require a bit more general concentration to steer down every hole and ensure you don't run someone over or end up upside down in a bunker. If you play a generally flat course you should be able to relax more, especially if you head down the fairway more often than not.

However, the benefits over a manual electric trolley are huge. You can walk up to the green and send the S7 round the green over to the next tee thus saving time. It feels like you have a personal caddy walking the course with you that you don't have to tip or talk to.

When you are searching for a ball and then you find it, you can summon the S7 to you like a faithful lab rather than having to walk back for it, again saving time.

With a manual trolley you do have to almost lift the front wheel a little to turn and that can be tiring. However the remote and the multidirectional front wheel make steering very easy and coming off the course after using the S7 I don't think my arms and shoulders have felt so good fully clothed.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

Occasionally I did go to manual around the greens and when heading to the next hole, but switching between manual and remote required a couple of clicks on the handle dial so it was not a slick process. I found the best option in tight spaces was to use the remote to control the power and then use the handle to control the direction.

The S7 Remote is not perfect, but it does all the important things very well. You will need a decent sized car boot and a bit of strength to lift it in, the size and battery access of the remote could be improved and I am not mad about the feel of the handle.

Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley

However, I would be willing to put up with all these things as the Motocaddy S7 Remote was up there as one of the most enjoyable pieces of golf equipment I have used in a long time and I had a smile on my face all day.

The excitement from picking up the remote control was like driving your first remote controlled car as a kid and I doubt whether that feeling will ever disappear.

Not only that, but I felt it was quicker and easier to get around the course than using a manual trolley and certainly a lot less effort. It collapsed easily and quickly and taking the bag on and off was very easy, especially if you have a Motocaddy bag that can use Easilock.

So put the bag down and pick up the S7 Remote as this type of trolley could be mainstream in another 10 years’ time.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Motocaddy S7 Remote Golf Trolley - Product Details

Launch UKMay 2015
Launch RRP£799.99
Handicap Range
Low
High
GolferMens, Women, Senior
Trolley TypeElectric
Wheels4
Wheelbase33.5 cm
Motor Power230 Watt
MaterialAluminium
Dimensions OpenWidth: 61cm, Height: 101cm, Depth: 33.5cm
Dimensions FoldedWidth: 61cm, Height: 30cm, Depth: 33.5cm
Weight With Battery16.2kg
Weight Without Battery13kg
Colour Options: Black, White
Manufacturer's WebsiteMotocaddy Website

User Reviews

August 2016

I'm affriad I am disappointed with this product. Tried so hard to like it but just too many things I dislike.

Positives: Trolly: Very easy and quick to fold away, and set up. the bag supports are strong and the back fits very well on the trolly. USB charging slot, great if you need something charged and doesn't appear to affect battery life. Looks the part. Cheaper than the Stewart trolly.

Negatives: Remote Control: Only purchased this about 3 months ago and already had a remote control replaced, which to be fair Motocaddy customer service handled well and very quickly. The remote control eats up the batteries, and I can't believe the battery chamber is secured by screws, not very handy to change unless you carry a screw driver with you. The remote very often cuts out and I have to be very close for it to get going again which kind of defeats the purpose of having a remote control trolly! (thought this may be a battery issue, but does it even with new batteries installed)

Tilt Function: Only seems to work at top speed, and other times does not work, I am always having to correct my trolley as I walk on the fairway as it veers off all the time.

Trim Function: Good idea, but again doesn't always seem to work for me, you can make the adjustment, but then when trolly hits a flatter area, it goes off in the other direction.

Tipping: I have on a number of occasions completely tipped my trolly, as the front wheels are not fixed, when the trolly comes to rest or slows down, it will follow the camber of the slope and gravity pulls it down.

Battery: If going over bumpy ground, the battery will sometimes disconnect, not really an issue, but always happens at the same spot for me every round.

I think that if you play on a flat golf course, this trolley will probably be ok, just need to get a supply of batteries and have a screw driver in your bag, otherwise if you are on a hilly course I would consider something else. Going to try and sell and go for the Stewart one.

February 2016

Heavier and seems bigger than the Stewart X series I replaced this with. The controller feels flimsy and does not seem to fit together when you put the batteries in. I have opted to use it manually. The carry bag that Motocaddy provide does not fit the trolley very well. It also seems heavier than the Stewart. X series without the lithium battery. The build quality seems OK but on reflection I wish I had stuck with Stewart for another hundred of pounds or so. I don't think the hand control is very robust and I expect this to fall to bits after the batteries have been replaced a couple of times. A re think about the hand control need to be considered.

November 2015

Wish I had seen this review before I bought. The handheld remote control lasts about 6 hours. Who takes a screw driver on the golf course and how long until the screw won't fit any more? Control is already moulded for USB charger conection! I wouldn't recomend until this provision is used. Wake up Motocaddy - this is the most expensive manual trolley I have bought as remote control is home on a shelf.

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