Things You Need to Know Before Buying Suglasses for Golf
In the world of golf, there are some key tools that’ll help in lowering your handicap, golf sunglasses being one of those key tools. But not just any ordinary pair of sunglasses that you happen to have in your center console will qualify as the best golf sunglasses. There’s essentials to what makes for the best and were here to explain exactly what to look for. You'll soon be on your way to owning the best golf sunglasses out there on the golf course. We also have review of the Best Golf Sunglasses of 2018 if you want to see this year's top picks after you learn what to look for in the video below.
Table of Contents
1. What to Look for in Golf Sunglasses
2. Frame Technology
3. Lens Technology
Bifocal vs. Progressive
4. Are Polarized Lenses Good for Golf?
5. Top Golf Sunglasses
Grip is a must-have for any golf sunglass. This helps to keep the frames optically aligned throughout your game. Most golf sunglasses feature rubberized grip on the temples and nosepads. Having grip in both spots is even better because it more properly secures the frames and keeps them from moving around on your swing.
The best golf sunglasses will entail a full wrap because this style of frame will offer the best coverage a pair of sunglasses could give you. Your eyes will remain protected throughout 18 holes of play, as wrap-around sunglasses will work to block sunlight and UV from all directions, resisting glare. With a wrap-around frame, comes enhance peripheral vision, which is also a plus when you’re out on the course.
The other thing to talk about in conjunction with coverage is the height of the golf lenses. Taller lenses make for the best golf sunglasses because they off more coverage and allow you to be looking through a lens even when you’re looking down at the ball. Not only are you going to get more coverage with a taller lens, but when you are addressing the ball with your chin up, you’ll still be looking through the lens. Also, if need be, the taller the lens, the greater the ability for progressive golf sunglasses.
Last but most definitely not least, you’re going to want to find a pair of golf glasses that provides the most comfort to you on and maybe even off the greens. An element that will be sure to add to the level of comfort are rubberized nose bridges and temples that we discussed before. Adjustable nose pads are also great. As long as you have these components, the glasses will stay in place better, and maintain a comfortable fit all day on the course.
The best golf sunglasses will work to enhance your game, and a key factor to doing so is finding a pair of golf sunglasses that have lenses with contrasting elements. Contrasting lens colors that’ll make up the best golf sunglasses are typically rose, copper, amber, or brown in color. These golf lenses will provide the contrast needed to enhance depth perception, allowing you to read the greens with optimal clarity.
The lens tint/color should be based on the conditions that you play in. For example, if you live in Florida and play a lot of golf there, you will want something darker to help protect your eyes from the sun. A grey or black lens with an amber or brown base tint would be preferred. The tint and base are often times different colors. This means the sunglasses appear one color from the outside but looking through the lens you will see a different color.
When it comes to prescription golf sunglasses, whether or not you 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 progressives on the golf course because the reading area of the lens gets in their way when they look down at the ball. This causes the ground to look closer than it actually is and can throw off performance. For these golfers, we recommend going without the bifocal or progressive lens 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. 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 in your natural golf stance.
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.
Here are some examples of the features you should consider when looking to buy golf sunglasses.
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL
The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is considered an exceptional golf sunglass for a number of reasons. Firstly, the semi-rimless frame design allows the extended lenses to provide additional coverage without the bottom of the frame getting in the way of your vision. This sunglass also has grip in all the key areas for a comfortable and stable fit. Unobtanium is featured on the nose pads and temple arms to keep the frames optically aligned even if you break a sweat. As mentioned before, having a high contrast lens is advantageous to tracking the ball and reading the green. Oakley has designed PRIZM golf and PRIZM Dark Golf to allow you to pick up on details like never before. Lastly, the wraparound style of the Flak 2.0 provides coverage without you losing out on any of your peripheral viewing area.
The Oakley Targetline is great for someone seeking a more casual look on the golf course. This frame also has a higher rx range than the Flak 2.0 XL because the lenses are a bit flatter. Because most people prefer to wear a hat while golfing, this frame was designed with a subtle downward slope on the edges of the frame brow make this compatible with a curved brim hat. The temple arms are also thin enough to fit under a hat. The saddle nosebridge and textured temples help secure the frames on your face. You can check out all our Oakley Golf sunglasses if you want to see more examples of sunglasses that are suitable for golf.
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We can turn all these amazing golf sunglasses into optically perfect prescription golf sunglasses. So when you’re shopping for the next best golf sunglasses for all your game time needs, remember the three C’s of golf sunglasses, (coverage, contrast, comfort). Oh and one more thing, maybe the most important for you! If you need a pair of prescription golf sunglasses, we’ve got you covered there too! Questions? We’ve got answers! Please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re here for you, 7 days a week!