Best Sunglasses for Golf
Choosing the best sunglasses for your everyday life doesn't have to be as daunting as it may feel. The biggest problems we have today as consumers, is being inundated with too many choices Every single product out there has has so many different options now-a-days, and the sunglass market might be the worst offender of this. With literally hundreds of styles, and thousands of subsets within each style varied again by different material, frame color, lens tint, polarized or UV protection... the options can go on forever. We've created a simple guide of the best sunglass styles for each occasion to take the guesswork out of your shopping, and leaving you feeling confident for every situation that comes your way.
The Right Shades for Golf Can Make All the Difference
When stepping on the field of battle, one’s weapons and armor can make all the difference in whether the day ends in victory or defeat. Make no mistake; golf is also a battlefield, whether competing against yourself or others. Sunglasses are both weapon and armor for the dedicated golfer, and certain criteria should be met to make sure that you have the best sunglasses for golf.
You wouldn’t want to go out on the golf course with low quality clubs; no one does. Your sunglasses shouldn’t be any different. No matter the frame you choose (though that’s important as well), the lens should be the best quality you can get. Protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB rays is vital, and the lenses should give you 100% protection. They should also be impact resistant, as being on the course, accidents can happen and you need to protect your eyes as much as possible. Have a read about the best impact resistant material, polycarbonate lenses, at VSP.com.
One added benefit of choosing polycarbonate, is that the material is naturally 100% ultraviolet radiation resistant, eliminating the need for an additional coating. As for impact resistance, if it’s good enough for an astronaut’s helmet visor, it’ll do the trick protecting your eyes as well!
Just make sure that the lens has a scratch resistant coating, because polycarbonate actually scratches fairly easily. Every polycarbonate lens out there in a pair of good sunglasses should have it, so if it doesn’t, it’s not the pair for you.
Wrap it Around
The way sunglasses fit your face is important off the course, but absolutely vital on it. Most sports sunglasses are in more of a wrap-around style for a reason, and golfing sunglasses should be no exception. Getting as close to closing off your eye sockets on the top and sides of your face as possible should be what you aim at when choosing your style.
You also need the sunglasses to stay on your head through your follow-through, even when sweating, without the propensity to slip. Remember, not all sports sunglasses wrap-around frames are made equal. Pay special attention to nose guards and the frame stem materials to make sure that the sunglasses will be comfortable and sit tight rather than fly off. Also, make sure that if you are a hat wearer that the frame stems aren’t too thick for your tastes and become uncomfortable behind your ears. After all, you will be wearing them, and most likely your hat as well, all day long!
Don’t Polarize, Colorize
One peculiarity about polarized lenses is that they slightly distort depth perception. While this is not noticeable to any large degree normally, this is a critical factor in golf, where precision is paramount. Color is also very important, as the right tint can increase the contrast of the ball against the green grass or blue sky considerably. Check out this good article at SailingWorld about lens tint and how different colors affect contrast.
The best sunglasses for golf will have a copper, brown, or dark amber tint, providing the best contrast. This is a matter of preference and perception, and the discerning golfer will try all three colors at different variations of light and dark to find the sweet spot for their eyes. There is a definite call here for checking clarity as well. At a certain point of lens opacity, contrast begins to recede, and the golfer can begin to lose clarity.
Your Personal Style
Taking into account lens quality, the general style of wrap-around frames, and the right tinted lenses, style has to be considered. Part of going out on the golf course is having a sense of style, and your sunglasses should and will complement that. Though you should be able to wear them off the course, too, don’t be afraid to add a second style to your repertoire though to accommodate golfing. Frankly, going on the course in a pair of aviators or club masters isn’t going to do your game any favors, despite being stylish.
One popular and relatively new ability in the sunglasses world are easily changeable lens systems. Have a read of this great article on performance sunglasses (including info on frame materials, changeable lenses and more) at AllAboutVision.com. A great frame that works for you can be very multifunctional by having one set of lenses for use on the greens and another set, for example a set of polarized lenses, for the always-too-long times in between your rounds on the course.