Sunglasses to Wear on the Golf Course

Wednesday February 21st, 2007

Sunglasses look cool. But they're so much more than that. "Sunglasses are sunscreen for the eyes," says Dr. Paul Finger, Director of Ocular Oncology at The New York Eye Cancer Center.

Quick tip #1: eyecarefoundation.org

Quick tip #2:

Nike Snare
$179; 800-806-6453, nikevision.com
Coolest features: Spring-hinged temples and an adjustable nose bridge
How they work: These clingy parts allow for a snug fit so your glasses won't shift during your swing. The lens is tinted to bring out the bright white in your ball (so you can easily spot it in flight) and the hues in the color green (to help you better judge your putting line).
NYX Golf Arrow
$109; 800-505-4699, nyxgolf.com
Coolest feature: Interchangeable lenses
How it works: You get three pairs of sunglasses in one. Pop in the dark gray lens for bright, sunny conditions, the medium gray for partly cloudy days (or if you wear a hat) and the yellow for cloudy and low light conditions. The medium gray lens transmits light evenly, allowing you to see colors as they naturally occur. The yellow lens blocks a high percentage of blue light, increasing contrast in low or flat light.
PeakVision Classic Competition
$169; 888-856-3419, peakvisionsports.com
Coolest feature: Two distinct lens filters
How it works: The neutral-density gray filtration in the upper part of the lens eliminates glare from the sun and enhances distance perception, while the lower zone has an amber tint to enhance your ability to read green contours. A special lens material provides the clarity of an optical glass at 40 percent its weight; it's also more scratch- and shatter-resistant than traditional polycarbonate lenses.
PolarEyes Obispo
$50; 800-549-5834, polareyes.com
Coolest feature: Super lightweight frame
How it works: At just 21 grams, it's downright feathery. The wraparound lens provides excellent protection from the sun. The copper lens tint enhances color contrast so that you can effortlessly track your ball as it soars into the blue yonder.
SunBusters PuttReader
$119; 866-786-2878, sunbuster.info
Coolest feature: A lens built for reading greens
How it works: When you read a putt, your naked eye is saturated by the color green. This lens blocks out green and enhances the reds and yellows that you need to see to accurately judge the contours. The super-durable lens is water-repellant and scratch-resistant.
Sundog Zilla II
$60; 877-786-3642, sundogeyewear.com
Coolest feature: The Z-shaped temples
How they work: These slick-looking temples don't serve any real function, but the design was inspired by long-drive legend Jason Zuback, and if they're OK by a guy who can knock it 380, they're OK by us. The distortion-free, high-contrast lens comes in six colors (that's amber pictured).

Rob Sauerhaft is the Managing Editor of Equipment for GOLF MAGAZINE. E-mail him your questions and comments at golfletters@golfonline.com

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