Sunglasses are a must on the golf course, but they’re not all created equally. Believe it or not, some sunglasses can help you on the course. Here’s what to look for, and what to skip, when you’re looking for new golf sunglasses.
What Should You Look for in Golf Sunglasses?
First and foremost, golf sunglasses should be durable. The frames and lenses need to stand up to hours of wear on the course. Look for a pair that can bend without breaking and have high-quality lenses that don’t scratch easily.
Comfort is also key. You wouldn’t play a round in uncomfortable clothes, and the same goes for sunglasses. If they give you a headache, they’re not for the course (or for you at all. Don’t wear sunglasses that give you headaches.)
Last but not least, you want them to look good. Whether you choose a pair that you can wear on and off the course or you buy a pair of sunglasses just for golf is up to you.
Lenses in Golf Sunglasses
The lenses are arguably the most important part of a pair of golf sunglasses.
Green or gray tinted lenses are fine, but amber, copper, or brown tints are ideal. Brown tints heighten contrast on the course and help you see things more clearly. With that said, if you have extremely sensitive eyes and need extra sun protection, green and gray tints might actually be better for you.
And contrary to popular belief, polarized lenses aren’t great for golf. Polarized lenses are designed to make looking at reflective surfaces easier on the eyes. And as any golfer knows, there aren’t a lot of reflective surfaces on the golf course.
The bigger problem with polarized lenses is the fact that they can hinder your depth perception. Depth perception is a major factor in golf and you definitely don’t want anything to impede it!
When it comes to UV protection, look for UV400 or higher. This will block out 99.9% of UVA and UVB light, protecting your eyes on the course.
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The Best Golf Sunglasses for Men
If you’re looking for a new pair of sunglasses, here are our top picks…
Oakley Half Jackets with Prizm Lenses
These are what I wear every day and I can’t recommend them enough. Oakley’s Prizm lenses were specially designed to increase contrast and depth perception, making them perfect for golfers. The heightened contrast makes it easer to track your ball and see transitions between fairway, fringe, and rough.
The Half Jacket frame is classic Oakley and looks great on and off the course. They’re also extremely durable. (I’ve had my frames for nearly 15 years, no exaggeration.) If the Half Jackets aren’t your style, they offer Prizm lenses in a few different style frames.
Callaway Sungear Kite Sunglasses
These Callaway sunglasses provide 100% UV protection while improving your depth perception for better chipping & putting. Reviewers say they’re extremely lightweight, comfortable, and great for reading greens. At less than $100, they’re one of the more budget-friendly options!
Under Armour Men’s Core 2.0
At around $50, these Under Armour sunglasses are the most budget-friendly of our picks. The lenses in the Core 2.0 are made with UA’s ArmourSight techonology, which are ultra-durable and increases perephrial vision. The gray lenses (pictured) give you true color recongition in bright light and the game day (green) lenses allow you to track your ball easier than ever.
The Best Women’s Golf Sunglasses
While women can wear any of the sunglasses we already mentioned, you can’t deny that they look pretty masculine. Here are our picks for ladies golf sunglasses that look a little more feminine…
Oakley Top Knot Sunglasses with Prizm Lenses
These sunglasses have a super stylish frame with Prizm lenses…perfect on or off the course! They provide 100% UV protection and have durable, flexible frames that will withstand (almost) anything.
Under Armour Getaway Sunglasses
These glasses combine the classic look of aviators with sport lenses. Like the Men’s Core 2.0 above, these are made with ArmourSight lenses. The frames are super light and made with ArmourFusion technology for extra durability. If rose gold isn’t your thing, there are other frame/lense color combos to choose from!
Maui Jim Koko Head 737
You might not think Maui Jim when you think of golf sunglasses, but they’re actually the official sunglass supplier of the European Tour! Their PolarizedPlus lenses go beyond normal polarized lenses to increase depth perception and enhance color. The lenses are also scratch resistant, a major plus. These are the most expensive sunglasses on our list, but they look great and are extremely durable!