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IT’S A DRAG having to drag overloaded golf bags through parking lots, airports, and hotel lobbies. Simplifying the shlepping are travel covers that feature wear-resistant exteriors, in-line skate wheels, strategically placed padding, plenty of pockets, and some ingenious innovations. They take the “lug” out of luggage.

Sun Mountain Meridian
All four ClubGlider covers—larger and smaller models are also available—are fitted with swiveling wheels on retractable legs that support the bag’s weight and save the shoulders and back when pulling. Made of ballistic nylon, the covers are fully padded, have inside pockets, and can be loaded while standing. $279;          

ClubGlove Last Bag
More than 90 percent of PGA Tour players use this cover, made from super-strong Cordura water-resistant nylon and available in 16 colors (plus monogramming). The high-impact plastic base adds extra protection while the in-line wheels make for smooth, quiet movement. An XL model also is available. $299; 

Samsonite Molded Travel Cover
This hard-sided case wins the wheel wars with six: four that swivel (for upright mobility) andb two fixed skate wheels (for pulling). The outside is strong, lightweight ABS; the inside is fully lined and padded, with extra cushioning at the top. $400;

Bag Boy T-2000
Top-heavy with features, this cover is notable for the ergonomic handle that turns 360 degrees—making it simple to maneuver while reducing arm and wrist strain. The body is heavy-duty nylon, the extra-tall base is PVC, and a thickly padded section wraps around the clubheads. $190;

Ogio Mammoth
Travel bags don’t get much bigger than this, and it also opens big, unzipping “coffin style” for easy loading. There are four swiveling wheels for easy rolling, a removable shoe pocket, a crush-resistant hat pocket, and multiple handles so it’s easy to grab and lift. $300;


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