An early cold shock hit Bend, Oregon a couple of weeks ago. My chainsaw and batteries were in my truck for several nights of below-freezing temps. Upon trying to use my "cooled" chainsaw, it would only run until the saw blade hit the tree! My first thought was that my chainsaw had failed. I replaced the batteries with warm ones from my shop and the chainsaw worked! I also noticed that my charger would not work with these cold batteries. Not until they warmed to room temperature.
Ultimately, both of the cooled batteries charged and operated the chainsaw. I’m a bit concerned about any long-term effect that the exposure to the elements and weather conditions might have had on the two batteries. Only time will tell.
Do you have a battery-powered chain saw? Perhaps not! But you may own an electric golf trolley, golf club car, or electric golf cart that is powered with a 24 Volt Lithium Ion battery. The reason I’m sharing my above story is that the same thing might happen if you should accidentally leave your Lithium battery in your car/truck/SUV in extremely cold weather. The results might be troubling.
Lithium-Ion batteries are a wonderful advancement compared to lead acid batteries in battery technology, but they need some tender love and care. Your Cart Tek user manual for golf cars suggests that you always store your golf cart batteries in a cool, dark, dry environment and avoid extreme temperatures. Avoid both hot and cold extremes as best you can and you will get the best life and charge cycle from your battery.
If your golf course is shutting down for the Winter, remember to charge your Lithium golf cart battery after your last use. Always make sure you see the amber LED on your charger. This is the ‘only’ indicator that your battery is being charged. Periodic charges over the Winter are also recommended(Check every 45-60 days). You should try checking your electric vehicle and charging your battery every 3-4 months when not in service. If you are concerned about the battery charge, you can test the battery with a volt/ohm meter or with our battery management system monitor. Either device will give you the status of the battery Voltage.
Golf cart's lithium iron phosphate batteries are a huge upgrade from lead acid batteries. Lead acid batteries have a shorter life expectancy and are heavy and slow-charging. To make things worse, golf cart owners know that the traditional golf cart batteries in the U.S. come with aggravating battery maintenance costs. Compared to the average lead-acid battery, the lithium ion golf cart battery has a more advanced battery pack that provides more mileage on a single charge. The lithium chemistry allows lithium-ion golf cart batteries to reach a full charge in an average of three hours and exhausts less power when in use due to its lighter weight capacity. On top of all those advancements, unlike lead acid batteries, lithium technology requires zero maintenance.For batteries, monitors, and chargers, shop our selection today.
Do you feel like your clubs are holding you back? You’re currently thinking that a new set of clubs is what you need to start improving your score. But before you spend your hard-earned cash, here are 8 tips that you should consider before you buy a new set of clubs.
1.) Start a workout regimen.
Ugh, no one wants to go to the gym. I play golf to relax! Well, even just a few days a week can be the difference between having power in your swing all the way through 18. Strength training and cardio are essential to performing well, in golf and in life. There are many exercises for strengthening golf muscles. I would recommend squats and lunges, core work and dumbbell workouts focusing on your arms and shoulders. Find a trainer who can put together a program for you to work on your shoulders, back, abdomen and legs. Then after the strength training, hit the treadmill and work up to several miles without stopping. Remember, it’s important to stretch before and after each workout to prevent injury! The cost of this is probably free as you may already have a gym membership, but you’re just not using it!
Individual or group lessons can help you fine-tune mistakes you’re currently making. Lessons can range in price from $50 to $100 or more per hour depending on the skill of the instruction. Often you can get discounts if you have many people getting lessons at once.
3.) Range Time
Considering that Pros like Tiger spend about 2 hours a day at the range, this is a clue to where to spend your time! In the real world, most of us don’t have that much time to be able to commit to golf. So, make a goal to spend two hours a week at the range to better hone in your game. Take this time to go over the input that your instructor gave you earlier.
4.) Launch Monitor
With the developments in technology over the past few years, prices for launch monitors have come down drastically. You’ll be able to collect detailed information about your swing to be able to make minor tweaks to your game. You can get highly recommend monitors for less than $500!
5.) Consider walking instead of riding in a cart
Golf started out as a walking sport. This is why 90% of European golfers walk the course as opposed to riding in a golf cart. When you’re walking the course you can learn a lot from your feet. You get a sense of the lie of your ball. You might feel the fact that the course is wet or dried out so your ball could run into the creek, or sink if you hit too high of a lob shot. All these factors can affect your score.
6.) Walk with a Caddie
If carrying or pushing your clubs sounds like a lot of work, consider hiring a caddie for a round. You’ll get some in-depth knowledge of the layout of the course. You'll feel refreshed because you haven’t wasted your energy carrying your clubs. Typical caddies fees can vary but expect to pay ~$150-$200, plus tip.
7.) Walk with an Electric Caddie
Back in number 5, I mentioned that 90% of Europeans walk the golf course. What I didn’t mention is that 65% of European golfers walk behind an electric golf trolley. Many of those players have lowered their handicaps by an average of 3 strokes, by using a powered caddie. Get the benefits of walking the course, without the strain on your body of carrying your clubs! Check out Cart Tek’s best golf cart, the GRi-1500Li.
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8.) Putting Practice
Bringing Tiger back into the conversation here. He practices for at least 30 minutes a day on the putting green… As the old saying goes, “drive for show, putt for dough”. If you want some tips on how to practice your putting at home, check out our other blog post here.
Learn how to improve your golf game this season with 4 easy tips. Play better and more confidently knowing that you're improving some aspects of your game with hard work and a lot of practice.
Watch YouTube Videos
Do your homework. YouTube has a plethora of experienced golfers and golf pros waiting to share their knowledge with you. Watching golf videos offers some of the world's most beautiful golf courses as inspiration for your next vacation. They also offer reviews on golf gear and most importantly, instruction on how to improve your swing, stroke, putting skills and overall game. You have a wealth of information at your fingertips and opportunities to learn something new from thousands of videos on all things golf. From getting information on how to play a better game to tips on the best golf courses and golf products, there are hours and hours of videos for learning new things about the sport you love.
Work on Your Short Game
Practice putting and fine-tuning your short game. This will give you more confidence on the course. By working on your short game, you'll know you can tackle more difficult situations on the green. Finish smoothly when you’re putting the ball and practice chipping and making pitch shots. Learn how to use the ball's bounce to your advantage.
Play With More Experienced Friends
If you have friends or family who are more experienced in golf than you, then ask to tag along on one of their games. There is a lot to be learned from people who play at a more advanced level than you. Talk to them about their favorite golfers, courses and pro tips, and be sure to watch their playing technique. Playing with friends, especially better players, is an important part of the game. Listen, watch and keep you mind open to learning new skills.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice when you feel like it, but also when you don't feel like it. Practice in the morning, afternoon and at night. Practicing will give you the skills you need and muscle memory to perform your best. Get out and golf at least once a week. Make a habit of practicing every week to improve your stroke and accuracy. Work on your form over and over again. You’ll feel better when you’re on the course and hopefully take your game to the next level.
Hopefully, with these and other professional tips and instruction, you can elevate your golf game this season and enjoy doing it.
When the elements keep you indoors and off the golf course, hone your putting skills at home or in the office with these simple daily indoor putting drills. While you can practice on carpet, I recommend purchasing an inexpensive putting mat to most closely simulate the feel, control and speed of an actual putting green.
You can work on your distance control with several different exercises. First, place a something flat and small like a business card or playing card on the mat several feet away, then try putting the ball so that it stops on the card. Second, place a ball on top of a coin on the mat. Putt a second ball towards and as close to it as possible without knocking the first ball off the coin. Finally, just start putting around the room. Find different targets at various distances and practice, over and over again. All of these drills can help improve your putting accuracy.
To work on the straightness of your putt, place a yardstick or a three-foot strip of painters’ tape on the mat. Practice putting the ball from one end to the other along the yardstick or tape to find the sweet spot on your putter. If the ball veers right, then you’re making contact with the heel of putter and conversely, if it rolls left, you’re putting with too much of the toe. Try lining up additional yardsticks or three-foot strips of tape to practice from six, nine and more feet from the hole.
Keep your putter close by and practice your stance as many times a day as you can in order to build strong muscle memory. Take advantage of the many online videos and tutorials that can help you with the correct putting stance and set-up and then practice in front of a full-length mirror as well as behind the ball. It’s also a good idea to also stretch really well before and after your practice drills.
Try some of these indoor putting drills to improve your game while you’re waiting to get out on the course and check out my previous post for more tips on perfecting your putt. Remember, practice your golf putting drills daily!
ELECTRIC GOLF CARTS
Most electric golf carts use lithium batteries which last much longer than other batteries do. They’re also lighter, making your walk on the course that much easier. Regular golf carts are harmful to golf greens. With the constant driving, and the potential for mud, the tires run the risk of ruining the grass. If you play a game of walking golf, you take that damage out of the equation.
WALKING THE COURSE
Studies have shown that a walking game of golf is so much better for your health and your heart. We encourage you to consider investing in a remote-control golf caddy so that you can more easily play a walking game of golf.
Something that most golfers don’t consider when riding in golf carts, is that it changes the position of the body so much between holes. It requires the body to completely reset, when you get in and out of the golf cart. Playing a walking game keeps your body steady and warm for the entirety of the game, therefore you won’t need as much time to adjust each hole. It keeps you looser and doesn’t require as much time to reset before each swing.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
If it’s been awhile since you’ve played a game of walking golf, it’s time to get out there and try it. Find a place to rent or borrow a remote control golf cart and give it a spin. You can also purchase one on our website at www.carttek.com or give us a call, we would love to tell you more and introduce you to our different models.