Mantys: The latest innovative way to get around a golf course
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Maybe you don't like to walk when you play a round of 18. The clubs are heavy whether on your shoulder or on a pull cart, golf courses have lots of hills, and it's often hot outside.
But maybe you don't like to ride in a cart either. You spend 40 hours a week sitting at a desk; the last thing you need is another four hours on your rear.
Then the Mantys may be for you. It's like a Segway – the two-wheeled, stand-up electric scooter that moves when you shift your weight – but it has four wheels and carries your golf bag. You stand on two platforms similar to skis and shift your weight to move in the direction you want, while also holding onto two handles that control your forward/reverse speed and the brakes.
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You could call this the ski counterpart to the GolfBoard, which resembles a snowboard or surf board.
The Mantys units can reach about 10 mph, last up to 27 holes, and come with a scorecard holder, ball and tee holder, and cup holder. They're also able to fold down and fit in your car, but weigh more than 100 pounds.
And they're not cheap. One scooter costs $4,500 on the retail website for Hammacher Schlemmer, and that doesn't include shipping. Mantys is made by a company based in the Netherlands, LEEV Mobility, and the products are more readily available in Europe.
Jon Ackerman, Back 9 Network