Friday, June 5, 2009
Gullible Golfers Beware!
One of the more interesting sides of being involved in golf media is the opportunity to try out various products that are soon to be hitting the shelves in your favorite pro shop. I often receive clubs, gadgets, and other inventions that are in need of attention. The companies that send the products are hoping for exposure on MGL Radio or TV. But sometimes, that exposure can backfire.
Enter, the Bug Band. This little bracelet is "guaranteed to keep the bugs away" during your next round. Anyone who plays golf in Michigan has had to fight off the swarms of gnats, mosquitoes, black flies, and numerous other forms of biblical pestilence that can distract from an otherwise beautiful day and great course.
Only one problem. The Bug Band doesn't work. My daughter and I are in the Upper Peninsula, where I will be broadcasting this weekend's MGL Radio show. (For those who don't know, the UP is home to one of the state's best courses - Wild Bluff - and I'm looking forward to the show.) Here in "God's Country," the mosquito is considered the state bird. They're huge, aggressive, and blood-thirsty weasels!
So, we went for a walk around the lake where our summer home is located. It was our official Bug Band field test. At first, the breezy conditions kept the bugs away and made me think the product was quite effective. I was wrong. When things calmed down, I could swear I heard a bugle and a tiny voice yelling "Charge!" They came from every direction and attacked every possible piece of flesh not covered.
And then came the worst part. All of the bugs stopped in mid flight, paused in mid-air, and broke into uproarious laughter at the site of the Bug Bands we were wearing.
Friends, when you seek a cure for the bug battles during your next round, don't waste your $$$ on the Bug Band. You have been duly warned.