Everything You Need to Know about Golf Sunglasses
To get the most out of golf sunglasses and to truly enhance your game, there are some key components to keep in mind when choosing the best golf sunglasses (and prescription golf sunglasses):
- Frame Features
- Lens Shape / Size
- Lens Colors / Tints
- To Bifocal or Not to Bifocal? (or Progressive)
- To Polarize or Not to Polarize?
1. Frame Features: Best Frame Features for Golf Sunglasses
- Lightweight frame material: A sunglass frame constructed with a durable, lightweight material is key for all-day comfort and distraction-free performance on the golf course.
- Anti-Slip Nose Pads & Temple Grips: Constantly having to adjust glasses that are slipping down your face is not only annoying, it can also hinder your golf game. Rubberized nose pads and temple grips help keep your golf sunglasses securely in place.
If you wear prescription golf sunglasses, anti-slip nose pads and temple grips help keep your glasses optically aligned to ensure you’re looking through the center of your prescription.
2. Lens Shape / Size: Best Lens Shape / Size for Golf Sunglasses
- “Tall” Lens Height or “B Measurement” – A "B Measurement" refers to the height of a lens. For golf sunglasses, the taller the lens, the better. A lens without enough height oftentimes forces you to look over the top of the frame when your head is tilted downward while in your golf stance. On the other hand, a taller lens allows you to look through the glasses when your head is in this downward position, giving you good visibility without having to adjust your position or compromise the form you’ve worked so hard to perfect. The Adidas TourPro is a great pair of golf-specific sunglasses that have fantastic lens height.
- Wrap around Lens –while the B Measurement refers to the lens height from top to bottom, a “wrap around” lens “wraps” or curves around the sides of your eyes, providing you with maximum coverage and a wide field of vision.
3. Lens Colors / Tints: Best Lens Colors / Tints for Golf Sunglasses
Lenses that Enhance Contrast: When it comes to lens colors for golf sunglasses, contrast is the name of the game. We recommend amber, brown, and rose lens colors. Each of these lens colors increase contrast which allows you to track the golf ball with precision and read the greens with better depth perception.
- Low-to-Medium Light Conditions: Amber/Medium-Brown lens colors – Lens colors from the amber and brown family really brighten up your view in overcast conditions, as well as increase contrast vision so the golf ball really pops, allowing you to better track the ball when it’s in the air or on the green. (We recommend the SportRx A.C.E. lens which transitions from amber to medium-brown for all-day contrast enhancement and brightness protection on the course.)
- Medium-to-Bright Light Conditions: Rose Copper lens colors – Lens colors like rose copper provide more brightness protection than an amber lens, however it also maintains great contrast so that you can still read the break and grain of the green and track the ball with ease. (We recommend the Oakley G30 lens or the SportRx All-in-One lens.)
- All Conditions: Transistions lenses, or photochromic lenses, are light-reactive and will therefore self-adjust to your golfing conditions, so that you can wear one versatile pair of golf sunglasses that will take you from overcast, early-morning tee times, to sunnier, back 9 afternoons. Both the SportRx A.C.E. and All-in-One lenses are light-reactive and provide you with all-day adaptability on the golf course.
4. To Bifocal or Not to Bifocal Your Golf Sunglasses? (Or Progressive)
When it comes to prescription golf sunglasses, whether or not to get bifocal or progressive lenses in your golf sunglasses is one of the most common questions we get as sports opticians. And the answer is: It depends.
Some golfers find it difficult to wear bifocal or progressive lenses on the golf course because the reading area of the lens gets in their way when they look down at the ball on the ground. This causes the ground to look closer than it actually is and can effectively throw off performance. For these golfers, we recommend going without the bifocal or progressive lenses in their prescription golf sunglasses. By doing so, they may forgo reading their scorecard with ease, however this trade-off is much better than compromising performance.
On the other hand, some golfers wear their everyday bifocal or progressive eyeglasses on the golf course and they find no issue with it. For these golfers, we usually recommend replicating what they’re already used to when it comes to making their prescription golf sunglasses. If bifocal or progressive lenses are a must-have in your prescription golf sunglasses, we find it best to set the reading area lower on the lens, so that it’s as out of the way as possible while in your natural golfing stance.
If you aren’t sure what will work best for you, just call up one of our friendly sports opticians and they will be happy to help you figure out what will work best for you and your prescription. And if you decide to get some prescription golf sunglasses from us and they don’t work out for you for any reason, simply send ‘em back and we’ll make you a new pair or give you a full refund. (Plus, we pay shipping – both ways!) We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure your prescription golf sunglasses are nothing less than perfect.
5. To Polarize or Not to Polarize Your Golf Sunglasses?
When it comes to polarized golf sunglasses, it also depends. Polarized sunglasses are great for cutting out glare that is caused by vertical sun rays bouncing off horizontal surfaces. However, there are downsides to having polarized golf sunglasses. Many golfers will notice their depth perception is thrown off when they wear polarized golf sunglasses. Most true golf sunglasses are not polarized, but nevertheless, there are some golfers who prefer them. It's all a matter of personal preference.
Our sports opticians generally do not recommend polarized golf sunglasses, as there’s usually not a ton of reflective glare on the golf course. So unless you are staring at the sand trap or the water hazard for extended periods of time (which hopefully you aren’t!) there shouldn’t be a lot of glare to distract your vision. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you feel most comfortable with on the golf course.
If you need any additional help deciding on the best golf sunglasses or prescription golf sunglasses, our sports opticians are available 7 days a week! We’re here to help!