Choosing Golf Sunglasses: 3 Things To Know

choosing golf sunglasses

Golf is played outside, usually in sunny weather. It goes without saying that protecting your eyes is extremely important. However, many golfers opt to not wear them, especially if it affects their round. If you want to start wearing them or need a new pair, here are 3 things you need to know when choosing golf sunglasses.

Choosing Golf Sunglasses

1. Shape and Fit

The first thing to consider is what shape and type of glasses you need. To determine this, look at the shape of your face and the size of the lenses. Most companies tell you what shape and size face the sunglasses are designed for in the description.

Oakley Flak 2.0

A popular style with golf sunglasses is a wrap-around style, like the Oakley Flak 2.0 (above). These glasses prevent the sun from sneaking in on the side or top of the lenses. Having this happen is often more distracting than having no glasses on at all.

You also want to make sure the glasses are going to fit securely. Nothing distracts quite like a pair of glasses that slip down your nose or fall off of your face during your swing.

Brands like Oakley and Under Armour offer a variety of sunglasses with an athletic design and fit that work well.

2. Lens Color

An often overlooked consideration when choosing golf sunglasses is the lens color. The proper lens color makes a huge difference. With all of the lens colors out there, which one is the best? That depends on a few factors.

Brown tinted lenses are perfect for bright, sunny environments with a lot of green (read, golf course). The biggest advantage with these is how they increase the contrast in green colors. It’s much easier to see undulations in the greens, eliminating the need to take them off when putting. Also, brown lenses are optimal for viewing distance and depth perception, making it easier to admire your 350-yard drives!

Oakley Flak with Grey Lens

Oakley Flak with Grey Lens

Other tints, such as gray, highlight other aspects while still protect your eyes. Grey lenses are better in extremely bright situations, such as looking into a rising or setting sun, to follow your shots.

3. Price

Finally, there is price and features to consider. Typically, polarized lenses will come with a higher price but block out 100% of the sun’s harmful rays. One downside to polarized glasses is the difficulty to read some GPS units and rangefinders.  However, having to remove the glasses to see your distances could be a small price to pay for protecting your eyes.

When looking at price, don’t forget to consider your history with sunglasses. If you’re like my co-worker, going through 2-3 pairs a year is normal. He may accidentally sit on them or simply forget where he left them. If you can relate, spending a great deal of money on a pair of sunglasses is hard to justify. The good news is, there are solid options to choose from without breaking the bank.

Summary

When you are choosing golf sunglasses, be sure to consider the points we discussed. The shape should fit you comfortably while still blocking as much of the sun as possible. Brown lenses are ideal for seeing different green colors and depth perception. Grey lenses are great in bright light. Finally, as with anything in golf, price is a factor. Consider your history with sunglasses to determine how much you should spend.

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Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.

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