Yamba golfer Geoff Flett stands proudly with his new golfing invention which he has patented, the Flett Cart.
Yamba golfer Geoff Flett stands proudly with his new golfing invention which he has patented, the Flett Cart. Debrah Novak

Inventor thinks outside the bag

AFTER 57 years on a golf course, Geoff Flett knew there must have been an easier way.

Three-and-a-half years ago, he invented it.

For just $1500, Yamba's Flett has produced the Flett Cart, a golf cart with a built-in club holder.

“Invention is the mother of necessity,” the 65-year-old said.

“I wasn't happy with how the clubs sat on the back of my cart.

“I thought there must have been a better way of carrying clubs.

“I thought of this and also thought this might help the elderly.

“It's a different way of carrying golf clubs on golf carts.”

Rather than a stroke of lightning, it was the slow progression of an idea for Flett, who has invented various things in the past.

“Little things can annoy you, and quite often you will go to your golf bag and the find you can't find one of your clubs,” he said.

“This way if you leave one behind you'll also notice.

“There's instant recognition of the club that you want.”

Flett had just sold another of his models moments before the Examiner called this week, showing that the popularity is there even if the demand can't keep up with the production.

“The feedback has been amazing but there's a huge amount of labour content,” Flett said.

“Once I got the word out I have been reluctant to sell it too much.

“Initially it was for my own benefit. I can't see going into a full-time thing myself.

“Maybe just get my money back and help out.”

The frame is made of fibreglass, with the clubs able to be locked up at the end of each round.

“It certainly has been worth it in terms of ease,” Flett said.

Flett has played the game for more than half-a-century and dwindled his handicap down to one before it came to rest on its current mark, seven.



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