World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez helped Club Car introduce its new “Tempo Walk,” a hands-free, autonomous push cart/caddie that follows behind golfers, in a presentation on the PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA on Wednesday afternoon. Lopez likes the new robotic caddie because she recently had two knee surgeries, but likes to walk the course while rehabilitating.
“I’m up to walking nine holes a few days a week in my rehab, and the Tempo Walk has been a godsend,” Lopez said. “For seniors or young girls who like to walk the golf course, but don’t want to carry their bag or can’t afford a caddie, Tempo Walk is the perfect solution.”
Club Car President Mark Wagner said Tempo Walk is designed to enhance enjoyment of golf, allowing people the fitness benefits of walking while facilities will be able to augment their electric or gas golf car fleets with the Temp Walk.
When asked how Tempo Walk might grow the game, Lopez suggested it will help young ladies aspiring to be on the LPGA Tour as they practice. “It will let them focus on their game and not carry their clubs or take a caddie,” said Lopez. “Practicing is very physical, and this will help them enjoy the game more as well. The same can be said for seniors, who want to walk but pulling their cart can be very tasking.”
LPGA Professional of the Year Kelley Brooke also commented that 27 percent of golfers in the U.S. walk when they play golf. Millennials are very health-conscious, and this will also could be a great target market. She thinks this could be a game changer for golf, and will enhance revenues for clubs throughout the world.