As a gear editor with the world's No. 1 golf publication, I receive a lot of random product submissions from companies large and small -- everything from clubs and bags to golf socks and divot tools comes across my desk. Typically, the submissions are predictable, perhaps a little interesting, or sometimes even worth raving about. But once in a while, a product will stop me in my tracks and make me wonder what the world is coming to.
I've spent a lot of time writing about on-course restrooms and how important they are to attracting women golfers. I've also talked about the etiquette issues involved with male players using the woods as their occasional urinal during co-ed rounds. It was in response to the latter, and my comment that it's unfair that women can't do the same, that somebody sent me a product called Go-Girl. Apparently, Go-Girl is what's known as an FUD. Never heard of an FUD? Neither had I. It's short for Female Urination Device. (I kid you not.)
The company's website (go-girl.com) describes it this way:
"Simply put, GoGirl is the way to stand up to crowded, disgusting, distant or non-existent bathrooms. It's a female urination device that allows you to pee while standing up. It's neat. It's discreet. It's hygienic."*
***[#image: /photos/55ad923cadd713143b431bdc]|||GDWgo-girl.gif|||It goes on to describe how useful the Go-Girl device can be in all outdoor situations, including camping, skiing, boating and traveling. And now also, apparently, when playing golf.
I may be turning into a prude in my old age, but I'll take using a grubby men's room at the turn over pulling this thing out and stepping into the woods, no matter how badly I need to go.
I do, however, enjoy the company's logo and motto:
What do you think, ladies? Would you ever resort to using an FUD?