A new study shows that players who push their clubs on a cart, or use a caddy have better golf scores than those who ride. Those who carry their own clubs, on the other hand, score slightly worse.
It’s not a big study, but the researchers found that the average score for 9 holes walking was 40 with a push cart and 40 with a caddy. Riders averaged 43; those with carry bags averaged 45.
It confirms what I’ve always thought—that I play far better when walking. Walking (pushing my Sun Mountain Speed Cart) gets me into a rhythm that I never achieve when riding. The stop-and-start nature of cart golf keeps me off balance. I find it more difficult to concentrate, and more importantly I don’t have as good a sense of the distances, or of the ground conditions.