Now that the rains have stopped coming every afternoon, you've probably noticed that the sun is pretty bright. Sunglasses are a tremendous help in battling the brightness when you are out and about. Many of us use them when driving, or walking, or just outside, but have you considered the benefits of wearing them while playing golf?
Today's sunglasses perform two tasks. First they protect our delicate eyes from the sun's damaging rays. Second, if you find a pair with golf-specific lenses, they will accentuate the contours and shapes on the fairways and greens, as well as assist you in following the ball while it's in flight.
One misconception that many people have is that sunglasses are pretty much all the same. Some ask, "Why pay a lot for sunglasses that I may just lose? Don't they all just block out sunlight?"
Unfortunately that isn't really the case. The inexpensive sunglasses actually do more harm than good when it comes to your eyes. Cheap sunglasses are usually nothing more than dark lenses on cheap frames. These dark lenses cause your pupils to open further allowing harmful UV light in to damage your lens, retina and cornea. They also aren't coated to prevent those rays from getting through and may damage your eyes just when you think they are protecting them. Better glasses feature better optics, meaning less distortion so your eyes can focus sharply on what you are seeing.
I have spent the past few months testing out some of the latest designs in golf sunglasses. I've picked out a few of my favorites to tell you about. Two companies even gave me a discount code to pass along for you to give them a try and save money in the process.
I have long been a fan and wearer of Rudy Project eyewear (www.rudyprojectusa.com). In fact, my prescription glasses come from them and you can get your own RX built right into the sunglass lens.
This company also has one of the best warranties in the business. The Italian-made frames are guaranteed for three years, and the lenses for life. Pro-golfer Edoardo Molinari swears by them, and many of the riders in the Tour de France choose Rudys to protect their eyes as well.
Rudy Project's series of golf eyewear features four frames, each coming in several colors, with interchangeable lenses and fully adjustable non-slip nose pieces and temples to get the perfect fit.
Each piece is very lightweight and the lenses features a ventilation system that keeps them from fogging, as well as low surface tension, meaning that sweat or other moisture simply bead and roll right off.
In all, there are more than 40 frames and 40 lenses to choose from. Every piece features an adjustable nosepiece, safety hinges, adjustable temples, quick-change lens system and more. If you order direct from them, use the code RP25L7 for a 25 percent discount.
One of the new players and best deals in the business comes from XX2i Optics (www.XX2i.com). Paul Craig started this division of Racing and Cycling Enterprises to combat all the people copying his high end line of glasses. He wanted to give his customers a choice in affordable eyewear with the technology and quality of his more expensive lines.
With XX2i, you get two different choices in frame, each with three color choices. From there you can pick up to five different sets of interchangeable lenses to have the perfect optics for any outdoor activity.
Prices start at $54 for a single pair and only go up to $150 for a "dual kit" that gets you two pair of glasses and five sets of lenses in a hard case. If you order from the website, use the code XX5XG5 for a 50 percent discount and free shipping.
Maui Jim (www.mauijim.com), a company with one of the industry's best warranties, makes what may be the lightest pair of glasses ever known to mankind.
The Olowalu and Honolua Bay models come with a beta-titanium, hinge-less frame that is so light you will forget you're wearing them. I have a friend who once coated his with spray sunscreen when he forgot to take them off.
The rimless design gives you an unobstructed view, perfect for concentrating on the golf ball before you hit it. The MauiPure lens is the lightest weight available, is scratch and impact resistant, and the injection molded process gives these lenses incredibly crisp optics.
In all, Maui Jim has 27 different golf frames. You should be able to find something that fits your game and style.
Whatever eyewear company you choose, just be sure to choose one with products that truly protect your eyes and backs up its products with a solid warranty.
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday Night Golf Show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.