Not just any pair of golf eyewear will suffice. Most quality shades have the standard UVA/UVB protection, comfortable face grips and a stylish design, but they lack golf-specific lens color and shape. Brown- or amber-tinted lens offer better visual acuity on the course, and longer, frameless styles provide uninhibited views as you swing. These two pairs have all that and more.
Oakley's Prizm lens technology remains the best in golf. The newest iteration, Prizm Dark, is optimized for especially sunny days. The light filtering is more precise for stronger visual contrast, which makes it easier to spot the ball against the grass and distinguish transitions between fairway, rough and fringe. The darker lens is available on the Targetline frame, which has side shields to prevent glare from behind.
Newcomer Electric knows how to make a stylish pair of sunglasses that will stand the test of the sunniest rounds. The Knoxville Pro frame is made with Grilamid, a material known for its extremely high bending strength. It adds durability without any extra weight. They're anti-slip, comfortable and frameless for a barely-there feel. The OHM grey lens' focus is superior clarity and depth, but they're also great for daily use, transitioning seamlessly into off-the-course life.
Golf performance: Oakley Prizm Dark (Targetline Frame), $153
Sport/casual: Electric Knoxville Pro (Matte Black with OHM Grey Lens), $120