If you’re a golfer, you probably know you need a pair of golf sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection, and if you stop there, you will be fine. Your eyesight will be protected, no harm done. But did you know that certain types of sunglasses will not only protect your eyes on the course, but also improve your golf game? Some sunglasses will protect your eyes from above UV rays, and at the same time help your game by improving your view of the fairway.
Don Shell, MidwestGolfBlog.com
Golf sunglasses should have the following characteristics:
Golfers spend long hours on the course so UV protection of 99 to 100 percent is necessary.
Tony Korologos, HookedOnGolfBlog.com
Polarized sunglasses for golfing will increase definition and clarity as you look across the green so you can detect changes in the land. Plus, you never know when you’ll golf a course with water.
Professional golfer Robert Allenby was one of the first pros on the PGA tour to wear sport sunglasses during tournament play and has spoken to the advantages of the sunglasses in a 2008 issue of Eyecare Business magazine.
“Polarized lenses help take glare and shine off the green so I can see the line better…The color helps me see the definition of the grass and covers all climates and light scenarios.”
Allenby prefers a copper-tinted lens when he golfs, read on to learn why.
Dark amber, copper or brown-tinted lenses: Dark-tinted lenses are great for a golfer because the hue increases depth perception and aids in shape definition. With a dark lens, shades of blue associated with haze will be diminished and colors you need to see like green and white will be prominent.
Blue or purple-tinted lenses: For foggy or misty days on the course, you may want to try blue or purple lenses. These lenses will reduce glare and improve color perception. They also help to make contours more visible–which is crucial for golfers.
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Frame size and shape cannot be compromised when it comes to golf. Golfers spend just as much of their game looking down as up, so the best golf sunglasses for you will be the pair that doesn’t slip down your nose. A wrap-around style of sports sunglasses with flexible nose pads and ear pieces with no-slip grips will help achieve the perfect fit. Golf sunglasses also shouldn’t interfere with your line of vision too much so you don’t lose track of your ball.