Zero Friction’s premier golf bag is a nifty option for golfers who like to walk

ORLANDO – You can run from the truth but you can’t hide. The wheels came off at Zero Friction.

That’s not a criticism, that’s a fact. Zero Friction, best known for its innovative one-size-fits-all golf gloves, has a new golf bag called Wheel Pro ($349 at suggested retail and available on the company’s website). It’s a golf bag on a push cart. It converts like a transformer into a carry bag when the wheels are removed.

That’s right, the Wheel Pro is a sneaky little multitasking devil.

“This is not your typical golf bag,” said John Iacono, founder and president of Zero Friction.

Zero Friction’s Wheel Pro

The Wheel Pro is a triple threat. It’s a stand-up carry bag with legs sticking out. It is a push cart when the wheels are fixed at the bottom. And the Wheel Pro set can also be a cart bag and ride on the bag of a motorized cart. The entire bag weighs only 10 pounds.

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This bag looks like an obvious answer for college golfers, who typically carry their own bags into tournaments with 36-hole days. Sure, these guys and gals are young and strong, but 36 holes is a lot of carry. Do you think they would not like the possibility of going around the course twice in a cart? Of course they would.

The second best thing about the Zero Friction Wheel Pro, after its RPO-like adaptability (that’s Run-Pass option in football parlance), is how easy it is to add or remove the wheels. It’s so easy a caveman could do it, without offending any of our caveman readers. It’s so easy that even I can do it (and I did). Hey, it’s so easy even Iacono can do it. But he probably rehearsed first.

The Wheel Pro takes up the same amount of trunk space as a normal bag. The only addition is the two 11-inch wheels, which come in a nylon carry bag. All you do is push the wheels into place until you hear the locking sound. To remove them, just pull a release lever and pull them out. It takes, oh, two seconds. I also didn’t have to read a user manual or ask a salesman at the Zero Friction booth how to do it. I figured it out on my own because, yeah, it really is that simple.

The way it converts from stand bag to cart is slightly counter-intuitive. A push handle on the top side of the bag (where the handle normally sits) swings up and locks in place above the bag. You hold this handle to push. When you quit, you’ll have to get used to a new habit. Instead of just letting go of the handle, you push the bag to its other side, where the legs of the stand bag stick out to stabilize it on the ground.

The other key details of the Wheel Pro bag: a carrying strap, seven dividers, seven zipped pockets, a removable plastic umbrella holder. The Wheel Pro is available in black, gray or blue-white-and-red.

The Wheel Pro offers a great option for golfers on foot. I carry my bag when I walk a hilly nine-hole public course in the Pittsburgh area, no big deal. Would I use a cart if it was already built into my bag and I didn’t have to lug bulky second gear in the trunk of my car and attach the cart to my bag? You bet.

Zero Friction offers a very nifty option for walkers. The wheels came off at Zero Friction and it turns out that’s a good thing.

Michael C. Ford