Golf Monthly's Motocaddy S7 Remote trolley review, the brand's first handset-controlled electric trolley packed full of innovative features to make navigation easier and more fun
18-hole lithium battery, black frame (also comes in Alpine)
Motocaddy S7 Remote trolley review
New for this year on the S7 trolley is the orange trim, which definitely enhances the style. This also features on the Remote, which itself has a premium look and fits perfectly in your hand. The shape of the S-Series frame creates a modern but sturdy look and while the wider wheels with deeper tread look more industrial, they serve the purpose well without being an eyesore.
Only the 18-hole lithium battery is available on the S7 Remote model but from a full charge and testing out all the features, there was plenty of battery life remaining after 18 holes. I’d be confident you could do 27 holes if the course is relatively flat.
Larger but thinner than existing Remote trolleys, it’s clear a lot of thought has gone into the design. The dual pressure left and right buttons genuinely enhance the steering aspect, correcting for any slight veering subtly but effectively. The reverse or ‘down’ button seemed more sensitive than the others, requiring a firm touch rather than an actual push.
Just as easy and quick to put together as other S-Series electric trolleys thanks to the Quickfold mechanism. Simply lift and click then lower the bag support and you’re ready to load up. The inclusion of the Easilock base makes the process even more of a breeze and saves any golfers with ailing backs. The inclusion of the Anti-Tip wheel keeps the trolley upright when accelerating quickly.
Using the remote to steer was fun to use and quick to grasp. But to also have the option of switching to manual mode is a real benefit if you lose the remote, it runs out of battery or you just fancy going back to using the trolley in the conventional way for a short time.
When walking closely behind the S7, it’s tough to fight the urge to steer like you do a conventional electric trolley by pushing the handle if you’re a trolley user. The extra tread and width on the wheels makes this a little more difficult to do when in manual mode. Being able to do soft and sharp turns certainly makes the trolley easier to navigate.
I particularly enjoyed the Tilt function, which compensates for lateral slopes. You can set it on before you tee off and then be reassured that when you do encounter a sidehill, the trolley will track much straighter and you haven’t got to keep adjusting its direction as you travel to your next shot. The downhill control feature is also a big plus, maintaining a constant speed down slopes rather than getting away from you or pulling you like conventional electric trolleys.
Ease of use
The overall experience wasn’t as cumbersome as I expected and if anything it enhanced my pace of play. Having a Velcro pouch that houses the handset clipped to the frame is a must for me as I’m not a golfer that likes too many items in my pockets when I play. But having it in my back pocket on the green, having steered it toward the next tee, didn’t take much getting used to.
Very limited issues in terms of control, down to the remote but also the 360° self-righting front wheel that wants to revert to straight as quickly as possible. The pause and resume function means that the trolley returns to your walking pace automatically, another welcome feature.
Overall, the Motocaddy S7 Remote was a joy to use. It’s quick and easy to put together and the concept takes little time to grasp, soon becoming second nature. I found it useful in a multitude of situations, mostly looking for balls in the rough, saving valuable time. If you love gadgets and being the talk of your fourball, the S7 Remote is well worth a try.