After waiting a couple of extra months, I received the CB Sidekick in good order. Everything worked fine, installation went well on the handle of my Sun Mountain Speed Cart. I haven't used follow-me mode much on the course yet due to my learning curve, not wanting to slow down play or have issues with the transition between manual mode and follow mode.
Been a decent experience with learn to get This to work. Have found that the placement of the remote is very critical. If you have it set to follow in back of you and you place the remote on your hip, you will drive it nuts. I find placing it on my right or left hip and having it follow to the right or left is best. My one complaint it the difficulty of seeing the remote display with polarized glasses on or in the sun. Bit difficult to see.
Pay close attention to “parking” it when taking your shot or putt. It just might sneak up on you if you’re not careful…….LOL
I have only been able to use it once. I had trouble with my head covers blocking the signal so I moved the receivers to the front of my cart. I have the two-wheel system so I could attach it to the bar between two front wheels. This helped the cart stay with me much better. I still had times I lost signal and I would have to walk back to it to get the cart to follow mw again. I am still learning .
Takes a bit of getting used to. Remember that the cart direction sign moves to point backwards when you’re ready to move forwards. Other than everything else seems to work intuitively. I’ve mounted mine to the front of my golf bag to ensure “line of sight”. Well worth reviewing the tips and tricks on the VIP Club Booster Facebook group.
It took me about 3 rounds to fully enjoy the hands free. I would definitely purchase again if needed to
The new remote is a game changer. The initial remote was functional but for a gadget guy the new remote is on point. Regarding Felicia (the name I have given to my sidekick), she is a SOMEWHAT responsive girl. She listens better than my wife but is somewhat fickle. We are still in our honeymoon phase as we have only been together for 3 rounds, but very happy with the purchase. The handlebar adapter is good but not great. I would like to mount it on the left side (since I prefer to have her walk along side me on the right) of the grip but then it is hard to get Felicia to stay parallel to the ground since the grip is slanted on both sides. I will continue to try, but mounting it in the middle she sometimes listens and sometimes doesn't...much like my wife.
Took a bit of climbing a learning curve, so practice in the yard or golf course parking lot out away from obstacles is recommended. Once you learn to take it from Parked to Follow mode BEFORE you step away toward the ball you just hit, it follows like a well-trained dog, even heels better than my dog LOL! It doesn't do well in tight turning spots, so you must plan where you walk and which side or rear you have it follow you. Great brakes - skidded to a stop within an inch of my shins several times!
I have used the sidekick for one round of golf. When it works it’s great and follows well. I had issues getting the cart to follow me consistently and trying to troubleshoot during the a round is not ideal. I have a CaddyTek CaddyCruiser ONE Tour and Nike Air Hybrid 2 Golf Bag and the drivers and woods were blocking the line of sight between the remote and sidekick. After rearranging my bag and adjusting the height of the handle I was able to get it to follow consistently.
When i set it up to follow on the left or right the cart tends to have trouble following close and will often get very wide left or right so be careful if near water and other hazards, following behind was most effective for me. Once the above issues were resolved it was very nice to have the cart just follow me around the course (like having a caddy) If you’re using the follow from the back feature you will have to be mindful of how close you get to your ball before stoping the cart it was often too close to take a swing and I had to back the cart up on a few occasions.
Definitely test it out thoroughly with your bag and clubs before playing a round or on a slow day at your course. It’s not perfect but it’s definitely very close, hopefully with some updates and more practice it will become more easier to navigate.
I am looking forward to my next round, to get another chance to get more comfortable with my new toy. I definitely recommend this feature above using the remote, much easier to focus on your next shot, read the greens as you’re approaching and not have to focus on steering your cart ( not that it’s a distraction) but not having to do so is noticeable.
I've had my sidekick for about three weeks now and played as many rounds. It has its ups and downs. When it tracks the remote it works great, but when it doesn't it can be very frustrating. I can call it to me, but it still doesn't want to act normally. I've had to shut both he remote and sidekick down and make sure the sidekick is aiming forward then restart both. This seems to fix those tracking issues, but I still can't figure out what the interference is.
I have a ClickGear 3.5 and a Sun Mountain C 130 bag. The sidekick is mounted to the upper grip and the my driver and fairway hoods sit far enough down I can see the sidekick with no issues. I wear the clip on center of my back.
I really want to love this product but still trying to figure out the bugs.
Works well requires some self training. The position that you have the remote stored in effects signal performance
So far testing the sidekick I have had 0 issues running in my neighborhood. I have it on the handle of my Caddytek. I use a Sun Mountain C130 bag. The driver sits down near the handles, so there is no issues with the sensors. I have tested on follow, left, and right and I love it. I am ready to take to the course and really use it! Thanks Alex and the Alphard family for another great product.
Potentially excellent improvement. I’d highly recommend mounting of front of bag to improve line of sight. Still some wrinkles to iron out on starting after putting it on hold when around the green, etc. I’m still not certain if it’s product or user error. It takes some getting accustomed to.
I have used the side kick several times now, it works great! Setting it up is easy. Charging the sidekick and the remote is easier with the new cables. The only thing you have to get use to is turning off the follow me feature when you are approaching your ball to hit it. It flowed me right over my ball a few times. Until I got use to switching it to the remote mode. I think the Sidekick is well engineered and thought out. Thanks.