Sunglasses for Golf

Sunglasses for Golf
To an outsider, sunglasses and golf - a game played over the course of two or three hours in the great outdoors - would seem like a no-brainer combination. But, that pairing wasn't always seen as a natural one by fans of an often very traditional game.

Around 1999 or 2000 when professional golfer David Duval first stepped into the spotlight, his preference for wrap around Oakley sunglasses drew its fair share of criticism - and admiration. They were seen as part of his sometimes anti-hero appeal as the bad boy of the pro golf circuit. But the controversy died down and more and more players began to adopt sunglasses for tournament play.

Fast forward to the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida (January 21 to 23) and some of the most buzzed about items are - sure enough - sunglasses, including a new line by performance eyewear licensed by none other than veteran pro Greg Norman.

They've come a long way baby.

While the sport may have been slow to catch on to the benefits of sunglasses - such as protecting precious eyesight and improving visibility under an often glaring sun - nowadays there are models designed specifically for playing golf.

The most important feature is enhanced contrast that will facilitate ball-tracking over the long distances involved as well as green-reading. Lenses that adjust to ambient light are the better choice over all-over dark shades in this respect. Self-adjusting lenses allow for heightened contrast no matter what the light conditions are.

Some other key features for golfers include,
  • Full spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Anti-reflective coating that cuts glare
  • Higher end models can also even defogging technology
  • Lightweight frames for comfort
The ideal pair should be comfortable enough to wear all day with the features that help to keep the ball in view so you can forget about the sun and just keep playing.

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