The benefits of wearing sunglasses when you play golf are numerous including protection from ultraviolet rays, less muscle tension because you don't have to squint, and enhanced shielding from allergens. But if you are thinking of buying prescription sunglasses, remember these four things:
1. Golfers should not wear bifocals. Most bifocals correct for hyperopia (farsightedness) on the bottom half of the lenses. So at address, the ball appears blurry unless you drop your chin to look through the top half of the lenses. And dropping your chin can lead to a variety of swing flaws. Progressive lenses aren't any better. You could reverse the position of the lenses on the bifocals, or carry two pairs of glasses (each with a different prescription), but neither option is ideal. Opt for a single-prescription pair that corrects the greater of your two vision impairments.
2. Brown lenses offer the best contrast against green backgrounds and polarized lenses do a great job of blocking glare from the sun, water or sand. However, the best lenses for golfers typically come in lighter, amber tints that enhance the color green making it easier to read putts, etc. Polarized glasses can distort a golfer's perspective on the greens.
3. The lenses should have an anti-reflective coasting to reduce the distraction of light reflecting off the back of the lenses. The sports styles that wrap slightly around the edges of your face are ideal.
4. Prescription lenses don't always fit every frame, so make sure the frame style you choose can accommodate your corrective needs.
Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.
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