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Should I Walk or Ride When I go Golfing?

Golf CartsRemember when you were younger? It seemed like you had seemingly boundless energy. You took the stairs instead of the elevator. You didn’t mind walking to the local store or park. And it was easy to participate in sports.

Men and women of a certain age will tell you that it’s nicer to take the golf cart around a golf course instead of walking it. And why not? Golf carts make the game of golf easier and more enjoyable no matter what the age, as they’re fun to drive, they help carry the equipment, and, if it rains, they get you to shelter quickly or serve as small shelters in a storm.

Golf carts have pretty much taken over the golf courses of the world in recent times and very people actually walk the course instead. If you were to choose to walk a typical 18-hole golf course, you’d burn about 1,500 calories– so you’d essentially walk off a meal. That’s not bad, but keep in mind that swinging golf clubs is also a good way to get exercise on the golf course, so that can “count” for your “exercise for the day,” rather than walking all 18 holes.

Is walking a golf course the healthier choice? Sure. But let’s be realistic. Golf carts are cool, convenient, a place to chat with others on the course, and get you out of the direct sun when needed. They’re a true asset to golfing.

DIY Golf Cart sells high quality golf cart parts and accessories at extremely low prices. Specializing in parts for EZGO, Club Car, and Yamaha, as well as accessories for gas or electric models, DIY Golf Cart’s online store can conveniently supply you with what you need for your golf cart.

Golf Carts – They’re Not Just for Golf

Golf Cart AccessoriesSure the game of golf originated the awkward, slow and boring vehicle that looks like it has a folding table for a roof but that doesn’t mean you can only use golf carts for golf. It’s actually quite the opposite nowadays with many people using golf carts for alternate mods of short distance travel.

With gas prices being as expensive they are and cities as congested as they are why pay a ton of money to waste gas while your car sits idly in traffic? Obviously a golf cart has no place on the Highway but around town in tight urban environment, many people are opting for this form of transportation.  The government in many cases has incentives for purchasing an Electric Vehicle which most golf carts are.

Golf carts now a days are nothing like the ones of 10 or 20 years ago. As battery technology has improved so has the golf cart’s performance. Newer golf carts charge quicker, are safer, have better performance, and a longer mileage range.

Another use for golf carts are in a larger commercial environment. Many manufacturing facilities have extremely large or multiple buildings which can take several minutes to traverse. In case of plant/manufacturing emergencies any time lost is valuable time. Many of the facilities will also have tours from time to time for investors or chiefs of staff. What better way to shuttle around your newly anointed hardhat wearing folks than in a convenient and practical golf cart.

Another industry that is starting to utilize golf carts is the farming industry. Running four wheelers, tractors, and pickup trucks all the time can get quite costly when you factor in fuel costs and insurance. It’s fairly easy and inexpensive to turn a golf cart into reliable farm transport. There are brush guards, lift kits and knobby tires that can equip your cart.

DIY Golf Cart LLC realizes all the different possible uses of these versatile little electric vehicles so we offer a wide array of parts and upgrades so that you can customize your cart to meet you individual needs.

Why It’s Important to Keep Your Golf Clubs Clean

Clean Golf ClubsKeeping your golf clubs clean is a vital element to maintaining not only your swing, but also your clubs themselves. Dirty or soiled clubs can lead to a poor contact with the ball or excessive wear of your clubs, which can lead to you needing to replace them sooner. Here are some simple methods to make sure you’re playing at peak performance.

Simple and easy

One of the oldest and simplest means of keeping your club clean uses “tools” you already have in your bag – tees. Between holes, take the tip of your tee and use it to run through the grooves on the club head and remove excess dirt and mud. This method, as HaloGolf notes in its blog, isn’t a thorough method, but is a good option to keep clean on the course.

Deep cleaning

For a more thorough clean, you’ll need a few extra tools and a bit of elbow grease. To start, you’ll need a wire club brush, some soapy water (using a light dish soap or hand soap, no bleaches or heavy soaps), a towel and some rags. Golfsmith recommends you start by using the brush to scrub the heads of your woods and irons, soaking the clubs, if necessary, to soften up really caked on dirt. Then, using rags, scrub down the clubs, using a clean towel to dry each club to prevent rust. Last, dampen another rag to wipe down the grips on all your clubs, using a tee to help dig out any deeply embedded dirt that may be stuck on. Dry the grips after to prevent the moisture from causing issues with loosening or degrading the quality of your grips.

On the course

Many manufacturers also now offer cart-mounted options for cleaning your balls and clubs on the course. These all-in-one units contain brushes to scrub your clubs with a water reservoir to help loosen dirt and grime as well. DIY stocks a wide variety of these ball and club washers to help you keep your shots clean.

 

 

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Used Golf Cart

New vs. Used Golf CartsBuying a used golf cart is a great option to get a new-to-you golf cart at a significant cost savings versus buying new. Just like with buying any used vehicle, however, there are some key factors to pay attention to and keep in mind while evaluating carts on the market.

Examine, examine, examine

Every detail is important when evaluating a golf cart, so it’s a good idea to take a close look at all key components and replaceable items. Many recommend checking over the body and canopy frame in close detail, looking for signs of excessive wear and tear, rust corrosion or major damage. Press each major panel or component of the cart, and give the canopy a light jostle to test how secure and stable the body of the vehicle feels.

In addition, don’t forget to look over the tires. Just as with cars, you want to see a good deal of tread and no problems with air pressure. If the cart you’re looking at has a cloth canopy, take a look for any signs of tearing or ripping. Both are replaceable components at a reasonable cost, depending on the other qualities of the cart you’re considering.

Test the mechanicals

To ensure that the cart is in good running order, ask to take the vehicle on a brief test drive. This affords you an opportunity to see how well it runs, how it handles and how the acceleration and braking feel. An otherwise pristine looking cart may have hidden issues that only become clear with a test drive.

Before or after the test drive, be sure to also check the vehicle’s battery. Batteries are one of the most expensive components to replace in a golf cart, and typically last for five to six years of use. Look for any identifying marks that may spell out the age of the batter, such as a two-character alphanumeric code. eBay suggests that many batteries will list the month of the year with letters A through I, followed by a single digit for the most recent year. For example, “G3” would be “July 2013.”

Consider the whole package

Buying a used cart from a dealer may leave you with two main options: as-is or reconditioned. Reconditioned carts go through a thorough exam, repair and maintenance regimen, and are often backed with a dealership warranty. On the other hand, as-is are carts are more or less just that: as is. They are generally reviewed for major issues or concerns, but do not receive a full inspection and repair. However, these vehicles are generally available at a slightly greater discount.

In relation to that, consider the manufacturer of the cart you’re looking at as well. Carts from leading brands, such as Yamaha or Club Car, have parts more readily available, and usually at a lower cost when compared to less well known suppliers. This can save you money down the road on repairs, replacements or routine maintenance.

With careful attention and evaluation, you can find a good deal on a great cart that will last you for many years to come.

The Importance of Tuning Up Your Golf Cart

Golf Cart Tune UpsGolf carts are like cars in that they need a tune up– a time of maintenance, repairs and servicing– in order to ensure they perform as needed and last a long time as hoped.

If you stored your golf cart for the winter because the weather wasn’t conducive to using it outdoors, now that Spring is upon us, it may be time to inspect your cart and determine what needs fixing and/or replacing.

DIY Golf Cart offers tune up kits for your EZGO, Club Car, or Yamaha golf cart. Most tune up kits include an air filter, fuel filter, spark plug, and oil filters. DIY Golf Cart also offers deluxe tune up kits which include starter and drive belts.

Consider this: it’s cheaper to perform a yearly tune up for your golf cart than it is to deal with a major problem during the year when you really need and want the use of your cart. Would you rather the cart be laid up for repairs during your prime golfing or hunting season? No. So Springtime is a good time to tend to your cart, looking at wear points in need of lubrication, seeing whether or not the tires look properly inflated, and, of course, asking yourself, “How’s my battery doing?”

There are mechanics who can give your golf cart a tune up, or you can do it yourself. A typical tune up involves inspecting batteries, brakes, cables, grease fittings, lights, and the engine. If something needs replacing, you can most likely buy the part from DIY Golf Cart, and, if you plan to do the tune up yourself, DIY Golf Cart’s handy tune up kits will help you get the job done so you’re confident your cart is ready for the season.

Visit this page to find DIY Golf Cart’s quality tune up kits for sale: http://www.diygolfcart.com/tune-up-kits-s/630.htm

The Benefits of Adding a Body Kit To Your Golf Cart

Body KitsOwning a golf cart is an enormous convenience when playing larger course or if you don’t have a caddie to lug around those heavy clubs. They’re also great for carrying a cooler with some beverage or snacks. The only thing wrong with stock golf carts is that they’re boring.

What comes to mind you hear golf cart? Probably the traditional egg shell white golf cart with tiny black wheels. Yawn. They’re convenient but not very fun and pretty to look out.

Not to worry. DIY has a solution for this. Customize! Customizing a golf cart is an easy way to add some fun and excitement to your cart. Make it stand out at the course. With a custom cart there’s no confusing yours from the rental or your buddy’s.

With custom body kits, wheels and even sound systems now available for golf carts, the options are endless. DIY offers custom body kits that will give your cart a sleek yet rugged look. Custom headlights, taillights, brush-guards, and lift kits are available for many makes including Club Car, EZGO TXT, and Yamaha.

Ever noticed how the guy with the sweet golf cart, and sound system is always the life of the course? Everyone wants to ride on the golf cart.

It’s not always about looks and having fun. Sometimes you may need to traverse some terrain that a normal golf cart couldn’t handle. Add a lift kit, brush guard, and diamond plate and you’re ready for some off-roading.

Check out our website’s expansive inventory of custom parts for your golf cart and start having some fun. If you’re looking for something specific feel free to give us a call at 855-DIY-GOLF.

Here’s Why Wheel Spacers are a Good Idea For Your Golf Cart

Wheel Spacers When you’re out riding the course, you want a golf cart you can rely on to make it through both the back nine and the front nine. And this vehicle has to withstand different slopes, based on the course’s layout and terrain. Put simply, you’ll need a machine that is driven by its own performance and durability. Believe us when we say, one of the secrets is easy: wheel spacers.

A wheel spacer is a small, circular part made up of four bars, and can range between one and three inches. What it does is, of course, in the name: provide a much-needed space between the wheel and the axis. By having the spacers installed, your wheel will fit the cart’s axis more precisely, so you’ll be able to better maneuver your vehicle.

In addition, on the course, that’s a necessity, especially for your suspension. Having a solid grip on your wheels’ suspension is a driving principle of all automobiles, from a golf cart to a semi. It means that your golf cart can more sufficiently absorb shock from the different slopes we mentioned. So whether it’s the rough, the fairway, or even the sand pit, your golf cart will be ready to get over anything more smoothly and efficiently. In other words, suspension is a good thing.

The same goes for the golf cart’s brakes. With wheel spacers in place, your brakes’ usage will be enhanced, solely based on the renewed comfort between the axis and the wheel. Of course, we’re not saying that you’ll need your golf cart to be stopping short on the back nine anytime soon. But I think we can all agree: the harder the brakes, the better.

Put simply, wheel spacers are proven to be a safe, beneficial add-on to your golf cart; something that deserves to be invested in. At least for the sake of your ride.

 

 

Tips For Getting Your Cart Ready For Golf Season

Golf CartsGetting your golf cart ready for golf season after a long winter typically involves checking its battery and doing some other maintenance check-ups.

Most golf cart owners keep their battery connected to a charger over the winter months. A charger automatically monitors the voltage, charging the battery up if it should lose its charge. It’s a smart way to maintain the battery’s charge when the golf cart is not in use over a period of months.

Some golf cart owners remove the battery from the cart and let it sit in their garage without anything attached to it during the winter.

In order to “get back into the swing of things,” before you reattach the battery to get the cart going, you need to make sure the battery is fully charged. Also, consider that batteries need time to literally “warm up.” They’re used to running in warmer temperatures. When the weather outside is very cold, their runtime may decrease.

Springtime is the right time to perform maintenance check-ups on your golf cart. Before golf season starts you or a mechanic should inspect various components of the cart to make sure they’re in good, working condition.

First things first: how are the tires? Do they need more air? Does a flat one need replacing? Next, is the reverse warning buzzer functioning? How do the brakes feel? Is it time for new brake shoes? Are the spark plugs working well? Do bushings need replacing this year? Are there any cracks in the starter belt?

Each Spring it’s a good idea to check your golf cart’s filters to see if they need replacing. You or a mechanic should check the air filter, the fuel filter, and the oil filter. Also, consider when the last time you had the oil changed– it may be due for a change before this golf season starts.

Did you know that DIY Golf Cart ships quality golf cart parts from the manufacturer to your door? If you want to save money by not paying a repair shop up to $95 an hour, DIY Golf Cart also has an online mascot named Bobo who shows you how to “do it yourself” via instructional videos.

 

 

Common Sense Golf Cart Etiquette

Golf CartsGolf carts are a wonderful convenience both on and off the golf course. For most golfers, a cart on the course is a necessity. If you have plans to tee off in the near future, there are a few basics rules of golf cart etiquette so that you and your fellow golfers can enjoy the course.

Golf carts are not the same size as a regular vehicle, which makes them ideal for driving on a golf course. However, even though limited space is needed for maneuvering, you should still be mindful of walking golfers and other carts.

Review the cart rules for the course you plan on playing. Not all country clubs are run the same. For example, you will want to know ahead of time if you can or can’t drive on the fairway.

Drive on designated golf cart paths and keep within 10 yards of water hazards and bunkers.

After a rainy day, the course might be wet and muddy. Steer clear of mud pits along the course as golf carts can easily get stuck in the mud.

Golf carts have a purpose and on your own time in your own territory, joyriding is something you have a right to do. On the course, however, you should respect the purpose of the golf cart.

If you own a golf cart and are in need of repairs or golf cart parts and accessories, contact DIY LLC today. We are experts in golf cart repairs and maintenance.

 

 

Why Flip-Up Windshields Are Ideal for Golf Carts

Flip Up Windshields Could you imagine driving a car without a windshield? Maybe if it was 1899, but the reality of today’s modern society is that people need proper protection when they’re in moving vehicles.

At DIY Golf Cart, we sell American-made windshields for golf carts which all come with the necessary hardware for easy installation. Whether you have an EZGO TXT, Marathon, RXV, Medalist, or ST350 Workhorse golf cart, know this: a flip-up windshield is a vital and excellent thing to have on the cart.

With folding/flip windshields, perhaps the best benefit is its flexibility. If it’s a hot summer day and you want the breeze, flip the window down so you’re not suffocating. If it’s a cold, miserable weather day, the windshield can be flipped up to protect you from the elements. Also, on particularly windy days, when all sorts of objects are hurtling through the air, a flipped up window is going to protect you from getting hit in the face with God knows what.

FYI: most windshields for golf carts are made of either polycarbonate or acrylic. If cost is an issue, go with an acrylic windshield. It’s somewhat scratch resistant and a common material used for golf cart windshields. If, however, you want the kind of windshield that can handle a direct hit from a golf ball and not break, go with a polycarbonate one.

DIY Golf Cart offers folding/flip-style windshields in a clear or tinted form; they’re DOT-approved and certified street legal. Check this link to see what great deals we’ve got on golf cart windshields: http://www.diygolfcart.com/golf-cart-windshield-s/273.htm

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