Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 715 - June 8, 2022
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


"It is not the will to win that matters, everyone has that.
It is the will to prepare to win that matters." - Paul "Bear" Bryant

Tom's Featured Tip: Push, Pull, or Ride?

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Push, Pull, or Ride?

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

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Push, Pull, or Ride?

I had a student ask me last week if I ever walk the course with a pull cart.

My answer was that when COVID first broke out, I bought a CaddyTek CaddyLite EZ PUSH cart and used it for a few rounds. But as soon as motorized golf carts were available again, that's the route I took and still take.

I go that route mainly because it seems as though I'm always tight for time, and I can play a fast round in a cart.

Having said all of that, if I were a morning person (I'm not), I think an early morning round using a PUSH cart would be an enjoyable experience.

When I bought that PUSH cart, I was curious about the effect that pushing a cart and playing had on scoring so I did a little research. I found a study that concluded that walkers score lower than motorized cart-riders (with one exception).

Neil Wolkodoff, the director of the Center for Health and Sport Science at Rose Medical Center in Denver, conducted a study that showed several benefits to walking and using a push cart when you play.

Some of his findings below were obvious, some were not:
  1. Walkers played better than riders, except when carrying their own bag of clubs.
    Seven of the eight golfers involved in the research followed a similar pattern in their average scores on the par-35, 9-hole track:
    • walking with push cart (40)
    • walking with caddie (42)
    • riding in a motorized cart (43)
    • walking while carrying a bag (45)

  2. Walkers burn more calories.
    The most energy expended was the highest for
    1. walkers who carry a bag (721 calories)
    2. followed by walking with cart (718)
    3. walking with caddie (718)
    4. cart riding showed a huge drop-off (411)

  3. Being fit cuts strokes off your score.
    Says Wolkodoff: If you're out of shape, exceeding your threshold could happen a few times a round, and your golf game will suffer. Being winded after walking up an elevated tee box, or leaving your bag near the next tee and walking back to chip can reduce the effectiveness of the next shot. He said it takes two minutes for your heart rate to fully recover from being elevated.

  4. Golf is a sport, not just a game.
    We know that the golf swing uses almost every muscle group in the body. We also know it uses a pretty significant amount of energy, not as much as running a 10K but more than people think.

  5. Walking 18 holes is good for your health.
    The health benefits of walking was the best news of our study, he says. Playing 18 holes of golf while pushing a cart twice a week shouldn't replace an overall fitness regimen, but it could be a very worthy supplement.

  6. Motorized Cart use does not speed up play.

    This was also in the article, but not related to Wolkodoff's research. The writer said the idea that motorized carts speed play is a myth that has been debunked by several studies but a myth that persists nonetheless.

    Actually it does speed up play for me - because I skip around when I run into congestion.

So my final answer to the student, who was in reasonably good shape, was to try a PUSH cart, I told him I thought he'd like it!


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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~ Ben Hogan