Polarized golf sunglasses: some people swear by them. Others believe they're more harm than help. So, are polarized sunglasses OK for golf? Like all good questions, the answer is maybe. For today, we've brought together a list of pros and cons to help you come to your own conclusions.
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The science behind these lenses is that they cut out horizontal wavelengths of sunlight and block out harsh glare caused by light bouncing off chrome, water, and snow. The dark lenses dim the bright sun, while the polarized layer prevents you from squinting. If you're light-sensitive, you may prefer polarized lenses. They're also great for water-based sports like fishing.
Check out What are Polarized Sunglasses? for more details.
It's possible to wear polarized golf sunglasses out on the course and experience no problems. The side effects of depth perception vary from person to person, and many notice little, if any, difference.
Negative effects also depend on the brand's lens tech. For example, Maui Jim has some of our favorite sunglasses for golfing, and they're all polarized.
For golfers, glare is usually not as much of an issue as bright sunlight. Unless you're golfing close to water or stuck in the sand traps, you aren't really going to need polarized lenses, even on very bright days.
Polarization can distort vision and affect depth perception. It may also change the way you track the ball and induce eye strain when you're tilting your head back and forth.
Another flaw has to do with the anti-glare property. A lot of golfers use the shine that comes off the green to figure out the lay of the grain. When polarized sunglasses get rid of the glare, the lack of sheen makes it harder to read. If you wear polarized sunglasses to golf, we recommend taking them off before you read the green.
In the end, the choice is yours! One last thing we will mention is that many golf-specific lenses are not polarized. Maui Jim is the exception to this with their high-contrast, polarized lenses.
Still not sure if you want to polarize your golf sunglasses? Try contacting our opticians! They can help you build your perfect pair of golf sunglasses, polarized or not. Be sure to also check out all the golf sunglasses SportRx has to offer to find the right ones for you.
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