Best Sunglasses for Golf Review – Protect Your Eyes On The Course

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We all know harsh sun-rays are harmful to our eyes, but golfers are often reluctant to use sunglasses for a number of reasons. Primarily it’s either the fear that it may influence their ability to judge depth, read greens or to the see the golf ball clearly.

Luckily, advancements in technology have ensured that there are now sunglasses specifically designed for golf that will not only protect your eyes, but will actually make it easier for you to see the ball and read greens.

In this article we highlight the best sunglasses for golf.

Editors Choice: Oakley Flak 2.0 PRIZM sunglasses

Oakley has developed Prizm technology, which highlights or mutes certain colors depending on a specific sport. So for golf there is stark contrast, but at the same time the lenses are taking out both glare and brightness. The second innovation is True Digital Edge. Previously with curved lenses the distortion as well as the thickness at the edge was increased. Oakley has solved both those difficulties by modifying curved lenses so that they ‘trick’ your brain into ignoring signals from the periphery.

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Best Sunglasses for Golf

Here are our picks of the Best Sunglasses for Golf.

Oakley Flak™ 2.0 XL PRIZM™ Golf

Our number 1 choice for sure!!

Oakley has developed Prizm technology, which highlights or mutes certain colors depending on a specific sport. So for golf there is stark contrast, but at the same time the lenses are taking out both glare and brightness.

The second innovation is True Digital Edge. Previously with curved lenses the distortion as well as the thickness at the edge was increased. Oakley has solved both those difficulties by modifying curved lenses so that they ‘trick’ your brain into ignoring signals from the periphery.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Extremely snug yet comfortable fit
  • Unbelievable clarity – won’t find better in my opinion!
  • Very stylish
  • The lens improves contrast so you can differentiate between shades of green. If your sight is good, that’s the start to great putting. Picking up on details such as whether you’re putting with or against the grain is what equates to better performance

CONS:
  • So popular, that you might find it hard to get hold of!

Rudy Project Rydon Golf

Golf requires you to concentrate at a high level in order to play your best golf.

Pretty challenging under normal conditions, not to even mention when constant light changes might make it difficult for you to perform at your best. Well, fear no more as Rudy Project has got a solution for you. Wide selection to choose from to meet everyone’s style preference!

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Perfect face fit thanks to the ergonomic design and Total Comfort System, which provides adjustable terminals and nosepiece
  • The lenses do not mist over thanks to the ventilation systems Air System, Air Channel and Vent Controller.
  • Optimal vision on the greens, thanks to the revolutionary ImpactX photochromic lenses specifically designed for golf that allow high level control of light and perfect balance of brightness
  • Protection from wind, dust and shocks due to ImpactX™ technology lenses, guaranteed unbreakable for life.

CONS:
  • Although there are a few different styles to choose from, the colour options are fairly limited

Under Armour Igniter Storm Sunglasses

The Igniter Storm Sunglasses come with a superb lens, making them great for golf.

Lightweight frames, yet extremely durable. They have been designed for high speed and motion activities so will not fall off during your swing.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Ultra-light ArmourFusion® frames are built from a combination of titanium & Grilamid for superior strength & flexibility
  • ArmourSight® lens technology delivers up to 20% more undistorted peripheral vision & are up to 10X stronger than ordinary polycarbonate lenses
  • Multiflection™ lens coating guards against scratches & smudges
  • UA AUTOGRIP Temples create a comfortable, flexible & secure fit without any squeeze

CONS:
  • As nice as they are, slightly overpriced in my opinion

Adidas Tour Pro Sunglasses

The major feature of these glasses is that they come with golf specific lenses. They are called LST™ Active Silver Mirror lens (category 3 rose lens with Light Stabilizing Technology).

Without getting too scientific, I can attest to the fact that they do make everything crisper and clearer.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Temple and nose adjustable feature ensures a great fit
  • Very durable – even after a few drop to the ground there was no signs of damage
  • Colors become brighter and truer – very handy when reading greens

CONS:
  • Only issue is that the nose pieces themselves are made out of a non-slip rubber which is awesome on sweaty days, but also has a slight tendency to get stuck to your nose

Tifosi Jet Wrap Sunglasses

If the above mentioned sunglasses don’t quite fit your pocket, then these glasses are for you!

They look fantastic and are available in a large variety of frame colors and lenses.

Here is a summary of the pros and cons.

PROS:
  • Shatterproof Frames and 100% UV protection against harmful rays
  • Adjustable temples for great fit and comfort
  • Very stylish and great value for money

CONS:
  • Suited more for small to medium sized faces, so not ideal if you have a larger face

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Important Considerations When Buying Sunglasses for Golf

1. Fit

Sunglasses should fit you perfectly ensuring that no sunlight reaches your eyes. There also should not be anything obscuring your view of the golf ball throughout your swing.

2. UV Protection

ALWAYS get sunglasses with 100% UV protection from UVA/UVB rays! No alternative here, so if you’re not considering that then you’re simply wasting your money.

3. Lenses

Polarized vs Non-Polarized – Polarized lenses are specialized eyewear designed to reduce glare from surfaces such as water, snow, and glass. Glare distorts the true color of objects and makes them harder to distinguish. Polarized sunglasses are useful for golf as the help you to see more clearly and avoid potential hazards. Polarized lenses are designed specifically to block the glare from reflected light while NON-POLARIZED lenses only block intense light.

The long and the short is that a shiny golf club will still reflect a sharp glare in your eyes as you line up your shot, and therefore it is not ideal for golf. Some people have reservations about using polarized lenses for golf, as they say it affects depth-perception, but this has not been proved scientifically and remains a personal preference.

Lens Colour – Darker colors provide higher levels of polarization. Copper, brown, or Dark Amber color lenses are best for golf as they improve contrast on grass and against clear blue skies.

4. Style

Looking good while protecting your eyes is definitely an added bonus – the primary aspect you are focused on should be the actual sun protection and fit.

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Last update was on: August 22, 2017 12:17 am

Jaco has been playing golf for over 25 years. A graduate from Tygerberg Golf School of Excellence, his amateur career included representing Namibia 3 times as well as Western province u/23. He joined the PGA Apprentice program in 2004 at the Jamie Gough Golf School in Kenilworth, Cape Town and developed a huge passion for teaching the game. In 2010 he moved into the Turfgrass Management industry as well and currently serves as the Head Professional and Course Superintendent at Omeya Golf Club.

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