The PowaKaddy Touch golf trolley is a real step change in technology. It is one of those advances that is technically brilliant and yet easy to understand. It all centres around the handle grip which slides up and down to control the speed. Push forward to speed up and back to slow down. Simples. However the real benefit in this comes from the fact that you don’t need to keep tweaking a speed dial to keep the trolley moving at your pace. With the PowaKaddy Touch, all you have to do is hold the handle and walk and the trolley automatically adjusts to your speed whether you are walking on fairway, rough, uphill or downhill. Having used a traditional speed control for years, using the Touch was just a joy as you did not have to think about controlling the speed at all and the round was more relaxing as you had one less think to think about. We did have to get used to not leaning on the trolley handle when waiting for someone else to play, as it would then take off, but that will help our posture too!
The style of the frame looks similar to a Hill Billy more than a Freeway II, but it has been updated and looks very good in white and it is also available in bronze too. This certainly makes it lighter and with the single front fold wheel it is easier to fold up and transport too. The wheelbase is a little narrower than a Freeway, but it was still pretty well balanced. The Touch also features the same bag grip as the Freeway and does a good job of holding the top of the bag and is less likely to create wear marks on the bag. The bag lock system on the base works well with PowaKaddy bags and will accommodate other bags too.
The PowaKaddy Touch comes with a more powerful 200 watt motor and initially with a lead/acid battery that PowaKaddy say will last 27 holes. Usually you can get a few more and if you are playing 36 holes then you can disengage the wheels buy clicking them out a notch to convert it to a push trolley to make up the difference over some downhill holes. Price wise it is similar to a Freeway II, which is a little larger and comes with 36 hole & lithium battery options and a distance control function. However for ease of use and transportation the PowaKaddy Touch is hard to beat.
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PowaKaddy Touch Golf Trolley - Product Details
|Launch Date UK||17 July 2010|
|Manufacturer's Website||PowaKaddy Website|
Don't buy this trolley: I'm on my second one as the first arrived with a broken spring (that holds the trolley together once it is unfolded). The second has a similar problem: the spring and clip that holds the two parts of the chassis together are cheap and badly designed in my view. As you move along, the spring often pops out or the clip slips meaning your handle falls down.
I've tried to get Powakaddy to take this clear design flaw seriously, but their attitude is just take it to one of our repair centres (at my cost!) and get it fixed. But this misses the point. My trolley is less than six months old and it should not be failing in this way. For the money, this trolley is cheaply made and poor value. I strongly urge you to go elsewhere.
The Powakaddy Touch has to be one of the most formidable pieces of equipment, with it's simple, reliable design and lightweight construction. Now I am not going to judge the design, however what I can say is, be advised to check the main frame welding joints, the actual weld is fine, however on my Powakaddy Touch the metal has split approx 4/5 inches either side of the weld. I would like to say this could be a one off, but, my Powakaddy Touch is only 6 months old and although it has been used at least twice a week since I purchased it, the light-weight metal should not be giving cause for concern after such a short period of time. Don't get me wrong, the Powakaddy Touch is excellent, however like most things mechanical, they are prone to break. In my opinion, if you haven't got a problem with yours, don't panic. At least you have been warned of a possible error of judgement on the designers part, if a metal supporting bracket had been placed around the main frame, then I don't think this problem would have arisen. The only other problem I have heard about the Powakaddy Touch is the handle came away.
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