Do I Need Polarized Sunglasses for Golf?
When it comes knocking strokes off your golf handicap, even the smallest technical advantage can pay big dividends. A slight adjustment in stance, a subtle tweak to the mechanics of your swing, or choosing a new putter can transform you into a low-handicapper. But if you’re truly dedicated to getting the most out of your golf game, don’t ignore how well you see on the course. If your sunglasses still have you squinting due to the glare of the sun as you prepare for a drive, or misreading a lie because of poor visual acuity, it’s time to consider an upgrade. Maui Jim’s revolutionary sunglasses for golfers and other outdoor athletes feature our patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology that eliminates glare and gives you strikingly sharp clarity and contrast so that you never miss even the subtlest course details. With the right pair of sunglasses, you can increase your visual definition, keep your eyes healthy and safe from harmful UV rays, and improve your overall golf game.
Here are three main factors in choosing a good pair of golf sunglasses:
Polarized vs. Non-polarized
There are some myths in the golf world when it comes to polarized sunglasses. While non-polarized sunglasses may block UV rays, they don’t eliminate horizontal glare and don’t help with eye comfort over 18 holes of golf. High-performance polarized sunglasses, on the other hand, reduce glare, increase color contrast, and improve depth perception—all helping you read your lie and the green with pinpoint accuracy.
Polarized lenses will also alleviate the strain on your eyes caused by hours in the sun. You’ll see just as clearly on the back nine as you did on the first hole. In addition, polarized sunglasses will also protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays that can cause permanent damage to your eyes and the surrounding skin, even as a result of exposure on overcast days.
The color of your lenses is more than a fashion choice; choosing the right tint can change the way you see under different conditions. Maui Jim’s bronze lens is a great versatile tint for almost any type of weather, and can also help you see further down the fairway and track your ball better against the blue sky. You can also choose our rose-tinted lenses, which are ideal for fast-moving sports and optimized for getting a better read on the breaks and grains of the green. Another great shade for golf is the Maui HT, a green-tinted, high-transmission lens that offers extra contrast and color even in variable light conditions ranging from sun, clouds, early morning light, rain, late evening, and more.
Another factor to consider when choosing the right pair of golfing sunglasses is the frame material and construction. You may prefer the way an aviator frame fits your face for everyday wear, but choosing a pair with rubber temple grips and a wide wrap can make a big difference on the course. A wrap frame protects more of your face from damaging sun rays. Wraps block out unwanted light from above and below, as well as annoying side light that comes in at the corner of your eyes. Frames featuring rubber inserts along the inner temples and the bridge of the nose will help to keep your glasses in place during your swing.
If you want to get the most enjoyment from the game of golf and spend more time on the course, you’ll want to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses. Shop Maui Jim’s golf collection to find the perfect lenses for you. With our patented PolarizedPlus2® technology, we’ll help you keep your vision clear, your eyes healthy, and your golf game strong.