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Here in Belgium we get an average of 1546 hours of sunshine per year. Compare that to 3608 for Sacramento, California and you’ll understand we need to make the most of the clear sunny days we get over here.

While I enjoy playing golf in all kinds of conditions I have a preference, like 99.99% of humankind I suspect, for a warm sunny day with an ever so light breeze. On days like that I just know I’m going to enjoy every minute on the course. As I step out of the door my wife will always remind me to bring two things: sunscreen and sunglasses. The sunscreen is in my bag, but where did I leave those darn sunglasses?

This season I decided to buy a new pair of sunglasses for golf that live in my bag so I can find them easily. I did some research to find out which pair I should invest in.

This blog post describes what I learned about how you should select your golf sunglasses.

Which color lenses should I choose?

Gray / Blackblack-lenses Grey lenses are the most common sunglass lens color because they don’t change the value of color but are dark enough for bright sunny days while not so dark that they impair vision. If your grey lenses are polarized, they also reduce glare.

  • Good for general purpose use
  • Reduces eye fatigue
  • Provides true color perception
  • Minimizes glare, especially off water hazards
  • Darkest tint with highest available light reduction
Recommended Model
Pebble BeachPebble Beach Sunglasses
Brown / Amberbrown-lenses Amber lenses do more than give the wearer a sepia outlook and a warm color fashion – they are great enhancers for vision. With the amber tint, much of the color spectrum’s hazy end is blocked and your vision has more contrast, giving you crisp vision and allowing you to make out shapes more clearly. This makes them very effective when on the fairway and reading the greens. Not only do they improve contrast on the green, but brown enhances the white of the ball against the blue sky, making it easier to track the flight of a ball and see where it lands.

  • Good for variable everyday conditions
  • Not effective in low-light or cloudy conditions
  • Enhances contrast
  • Contains a red element to improve depth perception
Recommended Model
Augustabrown-front-folded
Greengreen-lenses Improved contrast that will help you see the contours of the putting surface, pick up the slope variables, see the cut, and how these will affect the way the ball will potentially roll.

  • Good for general purpose use
  • Offers even color perception
  • Dims glare while brightening shadows
  • Provides good contrast for low-light conditions
Recommended Model
Oakmontbright-black-green-frontside
Yellowyellow-lenses Ideal for cloudy conditions.

  • Provides good contrast for low-light conditions
  • Provide contrast when playing late afternoon rounds
Recommended Model
Cypressyellow-front

Polarized or not?

Sunlight reflected from a horizontal surface, like grass, bunkers or water hazards is often reflected back horizontally, producing a very strong glare. Polarized lenses are coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and also help reduce the harmful effects of UV light.

Advantages:

  • Increases visual comfort. Since your eyes aren’t constantly challenged by glare, it is easier to view objects in bright conditions.
  • Enhances clarity of vision and contrast for ground level objects and for finding your ball in the waterhazard.
  • Reduces eyestrain. Frequent adjustments to the glare from reflections is taxing on the eyes and can lead to eye fatigue.

Consider polarized glasses if you find yourself squinting often due to light reflecting off water hazards.

Should I get mirror lenses?

Mirror lenses in general greatly reduce glare, are stylish and often trending. It is important to remember that if you’re considering reflective mirror lenses, the base tint may not always be the same as the reflective coating. If the base tint is amber, the sunglasses will be great in many settings, because the benefits include those of amber lenses and of mirror lenses.

What about gradient lens tints?

Gradient, when referring to lenses, means darkening by regular degrees (where the tint deepens gradually throughout the lens.) Most often, gradient lenses are tinted from the top down, with the darkest portion of the lens protecting you most when you look up (as would be needed if you were outside, with the sun overhead.).

Gradient lens tints for sunglasses are popular for both fashion and function.

Gradient lenses are ideal for indoor to outdoor situations, not so much for outdoor activities such as golf. Double-gradient lenses (dark on top and bottom and lighter in the middle) may be better for sports where light reflects up off the water or snow. So, not ideal for golf, but hand for sports such as sailing or skiing.

Impact resistance

While all sunglasses must meet minimum FDA standards regarding impact resistance, no lens is truly shatterproof. Plastic lenses are less likely to shatter upon impact than glass lenses. And, polycarbonate plastic, used in many sports sunglasses, is even more impact resistant than regular plastic, but scratches easily. If you buy polycarbonate lenses, look for ones with scratch-resistant coatings.

What in the world are photochromic lenses?

Photochromic lenses are eyeglass lenses that are clear (or nearly clear) indoors and darken automatically when exposed to sunlight. Other terms sometimes used for photochromic lenses include “light-adaptive lenses” and “variable tintlenses”.

Conclusions

My conclusion are as follows. Sunglasses ideally suited for golf have:

  • Amber or gray lenses
  • Polarized lenses are a great bonus

While looking for the perfect sunglasses I found that Oakley and Nike Vision offer excellent choices for golfers.

However, at 150 to 200 USD they are a bit pricy. I’m not sure I want to pay that amount of money for a swoosh on my sunglasses! So, I embarked on a journey to find alternatives. It took me quite a while to find sunglasses that were more affordable, but still offered the same benefits.

I finally found a stylish black sunglasses with gray, polarized lenses at a really amazing price that I wanted to share with you.

They allow me to see the course clearly. After the round my eyes are relaxed because I don’t have to squint anymore.

That really helps me to enjoy my round even more, especially with the low autumn sun.

Affordable high-quality polarized golf sun glasses

To allow Golf Pupils to benefit from this as well we have added these sunglasses to the web shop today.

  • The model you are looking for is named Pebble Beach.
  • This high-quality model has all the benefits you’re looking for at a very reasonable price.
  • Use the coupon GP-PB30OFF to get 30% off! You won’t believe the price!

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Sources: http://www.glaucoma.org/treatment/a-guide-to-sunglasses.php, http://www.framesdirect.com, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunglasses, http://www.allaboutvision.com/faq/sunglasses.htm, https://www.revantoptics.com/blog/will-polarized-lenses-mess-up-your-golf-game/

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