I'm not here to debate walking vs. riding, but I never thought sharing a golf cart made a whole lot of sense, at least from a pace-of-play standpoint.
Yes, single-rider carts have existed for a long time, but golf courses typically keep only one or two around for players with physical limitations. Must be a cost thing.
A few years ago, the Segway was supposed to be the smart new solution for single golfer transport, but it never caught on.
Now there's a new, stand-up, solo-rider vehicle that addresses some of the complaints the Segway received and the company behind it thinks you, and the golf courses you play, are going to get on board. It's called the Mantys (pronounced "mantis") and, like the Segway, it's a stand-up, power "cart" designed for one person and a golf bag.
Power comes from a lithium-ion battery with enough juice for 36 holes. A thumb throttle gets you moving (up to 15 mph), a hand brake assists in stopping, and you steer it by shifting your weight ala skiing or skating.
Unlike the Segway, which many golfers found unstable for golf course use, Mantys' maker (a Netherlands-based firm called Leev Mobility) claims it can negotiate up to 20-degree inclines and its wider wheelbase (it has four wheels instead of two) makes it much more stable on hilly terrain.
While certainly more portable than the Segway (the Mantys can fold down to 16 inches tall), it still weighs a hefty 75 pounds and costs a hefty $3,250.
That's why I think if we see the Mantys at all in wide use, it's going to be because golf courses give it a chance first, and I really hope they do. Sun Mountain Sports is handling U.S. distribution, and they know a thing or two about selling golf bags and carts here.
What do you think? Would you rent a Mantys instead of an old-fashioned golf cart if offered? Think it'll catch on? Please share your comments below.