Award : Australian Designed Electronic Golf Trolley Wins Golf Europe Product Award 2013
SYDNEY--The world’s smallest electronic golf trolley launched just over a year ago in August 2012 in Europe, the Australian owned and designed QOD, has received the prestigious Golf Europe Product Award for Trolleys 2013 in Germany.
Judged by a panel of experts including some of the most respected names in golf - Gerhard Reiter (GM, Messe Augsburg ASMV Gmbh), Tony Bennett (Director of Education & Membership, The PGAs of Europe), Ian Randell (Chief Executive, The PGAs of Europe), Rainer Goldrian (CEO, PGA of Germany), Tino Hartig (CEO, G6 GolfGmb) along with top European golf players and editors - QOD beat major brands across the award evaluation criteria to take home the title. The trolleys were judged on their functionality, degree of innovation, user friendliness and comfort, design and style, trend character and the cost-benefit ratio.
Being a newly launched product, MD of QOD, Sydney based Collin Hiss, says the trolley is the result of seven years of detailed research, design and development.
“As a new-comer into the Golf Europe Product Awards, it was a complete shock that our product surpassed the extremely high standards and qualities set by and observed in the other European entries,” says Collin. “We are proud and honoured to have received the award for trolley of the year 2013.
“This win is a testament to our team’s skills and continued commitment to deliver the world’s most efficient compact electronic golf trolley with the aim of making every golfer’s life easier.”
QOD takes only a few seconds to assemble so golfers can go from car to course in less than a minute. Powered by the lightest lithium-ion batteries of its kind, Collin says QOD is a single piece of modular construction, which has been thoughtfully designed with three key factors in mind – simplicity, compactability and reliability. The use of hi-tech components including telescopic designed wheels and body, a whisper quiet motor and continuous pace control has also given it a unique edge over other trolleys in the market.
Constructed with the highest quality materials, which undergo independent testing through third party Australian Material laboratories, golfers are ensured that QOD’s premium standard is maintained.
Collin explains, “Golf is a walking game. The light weight of the trolley allows golfers to enjoy and benefit from the walk without having to lug their often heavy golf bags around.
“My doctor often suggested that I walk the golf course instead of riding in a golf cart, so this is essentially what the doctor ordered.”
This leading-edge electronic trolley continues to capture the attention and interests of golfers from around the world since it was released into the market. Currently, golfers in more than 10 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia are enjoying the benefits of the QOD innovation.
Winning the Golf Europe Product Award 2013 has also encouraged more enquiries and sales to flood in from around the world, especially from Europe, USA and Australia. Equally importantly, interest has also been pouring in from new regions not yet entered by QOD, including Japan, South Africa, and South East Asia. The company is forecasting sales to triple this quarter as compared to the same period last year.
Australian elite amateur golfer, Jordan Zunic, has been using the QOD electronic trolley and its previous model for more than two years now. During that time, he had also provided valuable input and feedback to the QOD team on the trolley’s functionality and design.
”Having to constantly travel for tournaments, QOD is just magnificent. The size of it is great and it’s light. And the lithium battery it uses is equally as light and lasts 36 holes, which is very convenient for me when I have two games in one day,” says Jordan.
“People are always impressed when I show them how small it folds up to and how easy it is to travel with, it’s great,” he says, “And when I’m not using it, my dad uses it, too. We all love the QOD.”
Note to editors
The Golf Europe Product Award 2013 was held in Augsburg, Germany on 28 September 2013.
Launched in October 2012, Australian owned and designed QOD is the world’s smallest single piece electronic trolley. Folding down to fit an A3 paper, it measures 27cm x 30cm x 42cm. QOD is constructed using the latest technology and materials including telescopic designed wheels, nylon 66 with fibre, marine grade stainless steel, a whisper-quiet motor and continuous pace control; and uses the smallest and lightest lithium-ion battery of its kind.
For more information, visit www.qodgolf.com.
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