Specialty sunglasses for golfers are designed to protect the eyes, enhance vision and be comfortable from first tee to last, in all weather. For golfers looking to pick up a stylish pair of sunglasses, this buying guide will provide useful information to help you choose the perfect pair of shades for your individual needs.
This guide will also help golfers learn about the differences between golfing sunglasses and regular sunglasses – and find exactly what you’re looking for. Golf sunglasses are the best way to enjoy golf in all weathers without losing visibility on overcast mornings or rain-drizzled afternoons, and are available from some of the biggest brands including Oakley, BLOC and Dirty Dog.
Golf and regular sunglasses: What are the differences?
Golf sunglasses are designed differently to regular glasses, but surprisingly few people are aware of this. The best sunglasses made specifically for golfers feature unique technology that helps protect they eyes from adverse conditions on the course. They also promote greater vision quality and contrast, whilst everyone speaks experiencing improved comfort and durability as opposed to other sunglasses.
The best golf sunglasses are able to absorb blue light; resulting in a greater enhancement of colour contrast. Golf shades will also make green colours more defined, and the white of the golf ball is easier to see against the green background. Blue or grey coloured skies are muted to let you concentrate only on the golf ball and hitting your shots.
Frames are also different on golf sunglasses as they tend to be minimal in size, especially around the bottom of the lenses. Some sunglasses don’t have a frame around the bottom at all and this is seen to enhance the wearer’s vision of the golf ball when looking down to achieve a better strike (thicker frames can interfere with a golfer’s vision and cost them valuable points).
Lenses made just for golf sunglasses are cut differently from their regular cousins. Golf frames reduce any distortion in the lower part of the lens so that the wearer is able to focus only on the golf ball. Golf sunglasses are also incredibly lightweight and durable; made from polycarbonate or titanium they should hold in place and sit securely on the head when moving around the greens.
Golf sunglasses eye protection
Good quality golf sunglasses must provide 100% UV protection. While some golfers enjoy wearing polarised shades, others find they interfere with depth perception and other cause other visual issues. Of course this all comes down to personal preference, so whether choosing polarised or non-polarised sunglasses doesn’t really matter a great deal if they work for your individual needs. Polarised sunglasses will reduce glare on the golf course, so they definitely need to be considered in order to avoid the risk of eye damage caused by too much exposure from the sun.
When it comes to choosing the best golf sunglasses, checking out the various coloured lenses can make a big difference to individual performances. It pays to take time and explore your options here. You might been more than one lens for a variety of outdoor conditions.
Copper Lenses: Helps to improve depth perception, can cause some colour distortion but will increase colour contrast to make fairways more distinct in various conditions.
Yellow Lenses: Perfect for cloudy days. Reduces glare and improves contrast by utilising a darker tint to enhance visual sharpness.
Grey Lenses: Ideal in bright, sunny days. Blacks out bright light and helps to keep colours true. Perfect for golfers who do not like sunglasses which distort colours.
Amber Lenses: Blocks out blue light and increases contrast of green colours. The ideal choice for changeable weather conditions.
The above lens colours are the most common, but you can also choose other options such as violet, brown, rose and blue.
Golf sunglasses are available in a variety of colours, sizes and quality, but they should definitely be considered by all players looking to play the game year-round. Check out our range of golf sunglasses today from American Golf.