It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist to Figure This Cart Out.
Push carts are becoming more and more popular as golfers young and old realise the health benefits of walking and pushing compared to the issues that can arise from lugging clubs around on your back or the lack of exercise from riding on a power cart. Big Max has been one of the most popular cart in Europe for years, the IQ+ is one of their 3-wheel models but what makes it stand out is the simplicity in which it folds up or down. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this cart out.
The cart, when folded, is smaller than a lot of the models that come across from the US which mean it’s more suited to the back of a European hatchback as opposed to an American SUV. The way that the front wheel folds underneath and into the body of the cart means it takes up less space and as the driver of a MINI Cooper, comes in handy! The steps to unfold the cart are simple, a push of a red button flips the front wheel straight down, and the flip of the red lever will open the rest of the cart, lock the handle in place, strap your golf bag in and away you go. To accommodate even smaller car boots the wheels are easily removable for an even smaller footprint.
It is lightweight, just about the lightest cart I’ve ever tested, this too is a nice feature as it makes it easier for getting it in and out of the car to pushing it down the fairway. The construction seemed sturdy, after multiple rounds I didn’t have any concerns about durability, it still seems like new and I think it will go 100s of rounds with no problems. The IQ+ is very well balanced, the weight seems evenly distributed between the 3 wheels and the airless tires rolled smoothly across all surfaces.
A really nice feature that Big Max has is their interchangeable accessories, they click in with a push of a button and lock down to the cart nicely. The cart comes with an umbrella holder, and you can get a whole host of others from their website. It is the easiest system of any cart I’ve used, it’s called the Max Quick Fix, which means no screwing stuff down hoping to get it tight enough to stay in place. The glove/accessory box is one of the biggest of any cart I’ve used, but it is soft sided, which means all your stuff kind of jumbles together, rather than having separate departments for different equipment.
The brakes is a lever on the side which engages a pin into the 3-spoke wheel. It isn’t a quick or tight lock which can be nice when you forget, but it may take a 1/3 of a tire rotation to stop the cart so don’t keep it to close to the water hazard! I didn’t have any issues with my cart trying to run away with the brake on, it does its job.
The only downside of the Big Max IQ+ is the way that brackets hold certain bags on the cart. They were too far apart for a couple of my stand bags. My taller stand bags worked, but lightweight/compact ones didn’t, I do like the bungee straps that they use, but they work best for cart bags. The design of the frame also has the cart on a little more of an incline than some other brands, it’s not a deal breaker but just be aware that the clubs are close to the accessory box, especially the wedges. The benefit of that angle means less club clanging, because gravity holds them tighter in their slots, but maybe not quite as convenient for removal and insertion into the bag.
The ride height of the IQ+ design is another plus, this might not seem like a big deal, but it is nice pushing through taller grass and sloppy conditions. The first round I used the cart there had been a lot of rain and it was rather sloppy, yet at the end of 18 holes, my bag didn’t have any mud on it, which was an unexpected surprise, but really nice that is keeps your bag clean.
The Big Max IQ+ is an easy cart to fold and unfold, it takes up a tiny footprint when closed down, it is feature packed, super easy to use, it rolls smoothly and is very sturdy. This is our cart of choice so far this year.