This post was most recently updated on January 18th, 2022
There is little doubt that bright light and sun exposure can cause strain, eye fatigue, and even damage to the eyes. Considering the amount of time spent on the golf course, investing in a pair of the best golf sunglasses is a good idea. We will take you through what to look for in golf sunglasses and some of the best options available.
Best Golf Sunglasses
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These are an extremely popular option from leading sunglass manufacturer Oakley. They were a natural and easy pick for our editor’s choice.
As you would expect from Oakley, the XL Flak 2.0 sunglasses are durable. This is backed by the Oakley lifetime warranty. These are not the cheapest sunglasses for golf but this should give you peace of mind that they are good quality and that Oakley has your back should anything go wrong.
They are considered by most to be lightweight and comfortable and very few can deny they are stylish, as you would expect from Oakley. The standard sized frames will fit most people snugly. Unobtainium is used for the ear socks and nosepieces and provides a quality grip.
Another Oakley patented material is the O-Matter used in the frames. This gives them comfort, strength, and durability while still being ultra-light.
For optimized clarity, the glasses have Oakley’s patented XYZ optics. The High Definition Optics give accurate clarity across the full extent of the lens including the peripheral view. The 8.75 base lens curvature affords protection from the wind and sun and also gives protection against impact. The Flak in the name is a reference to the Flak Jacket range and emphasizes the coverage and protection offered by the sunglasses.
These sunglasses are popular with golfers and are great value for money. The frame construction is durable and light Grilamid TR-90 nylon with shatterproof polycarbonate lenses. The decentered lenses prevent distortion for better clarity. Most find the style and looks to be up there with the best on the market.
The frames, apart from being light, are tough and resistant to UV damage and chemicals. Most find them to be comfortable.
Comfort is enhanced by the hydrophilic rubber nose pieces which can be adjusted according to personal preference. Even hot days with a bit of sweat should see the sunglasses griping effectively without discomfort. The earpieces are made from the same material and help to keep the Tifosi Tyrant 2.0 Sunglasses comfortable and secure.
Another feature that improves the comfort of these sunglasses is the vented lenses. This allows for better airflow to prevent them from fogging up and keeping you cool at the same time.
Callaway is known for quality equipment so it is no surprise that their sunglasses are top-notch. Given that they were specifically designed for golf they have been optimized for conditions on the course. Many find that these glasses help them with their chipping and putting in particular.
They fit super comfortably and securely thanks to the Hydrophilic Megon Temple tips. The adjustable Megon nose pads offer a range of fitting options to further enhance comfort and stability. The frame is tortoise plastic and boasts a Gray Lens with Green Mirror and the tortoise tip.
Another major advantage is that despite protecting your eyes and reducing strain the Kite allows in double the amount of light when compared to similar sunglasses. This, most find, helps with depth perception.
The Callaway Sungear Kite Golf Sunglasses give 100-percent protection against UVA rays and come with a hard case, a carry pouch, a hanging clip, and a lens cloth. These are popular sunglasses that most golfers had only good things to say about.
These were our top pick for polarized sunglasses but that is not the only outstanding feature. They are also extremely durable. They feature Grilamid frames with quality polarized polycarbonate black/gray lenses. The lenses offer full protection against damaging UVA/B/C rays. The polarized lenses effectively reduce glare and are particularly useful around water or on a wet golf course.
The lenses are coated in water-repelling Multiflection™ which also is smudge and scratch-resistant. They should reduce eye-strain and improve clarity in many environments.
The frames are light and durable thanks to the Grilamid and titanium build. This also makes them super-strong and durable. The three-point nose pad is adjustable for a secure and comfortable fit. Cushion hinges will reduce shock further improving the durability and comfort.
The glasses come with a soft case.
These sunglasses, designed in California and made in Italy, are our top pick in the comfort category. The lightweight Grilamid Frames weigh a mere 1.1 ounces and are designed to fit securely and comfortably. They are especially handy for people with a heart, oval or square face shape. These shapes often present a problem in terms of comfort but most users agree this is not the case with the Electric California Knoxville Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses.
While comfort is extremely important it is not the only factor to consider when evaluating sunglasses. Another advantage of these glasses it the tough durable build. So good is it that Electric California offers an impressive lifetime warranty. This should give you peace of mind that these are strong, well made and will last.
The optics offer 100-percent protection from UV rays and 98-percent protection against blue light. They are perfect for use in extremely bright conditions. They have an OHM Grey tint (VLT – 10%)
Most women find these to be stylish glasses that are comfortable and help reduce eye-strain and eye fatigue on the golf course. The hydrophilic rubber nose pads keep the sunglasses firmly on the face to prevent slipping and improve comfort. The earpieces are also hydrophilic rubber and adjustable for optimal performance and comfort.
The frame is lightweight and Tifosi uses quality polycarbonate lenses. These offer 100-percent protection against UVA/UVB rays.
The glasses come with a cleaning bag and a Tifosi case.
The Tifosi Women’s Alpe 2.0 sunglasses are popular and highly rated by many women. One of the few complaints is that a handful of women found them to be a bit too tight however most enjoyed the snug fit. There is a larger option available.
A few pointers when selecting the best golf sunglasses
Should I use polarized or photochromic lenses?
This is not the easiest question to answer. Both have their benefits but for some people or in certain environments, one might be more suitable than the other. Let’s start by taking a look at both options.
The main benefit of these lenses is that they are highly effective at reducing glare. This will improve your vision and reduce eye strain and fatigue. This is especially true when there is a lot of water around or even wet grass on a sunny morning.
Remember that not all polarized lenses necessarily give you protection from ultraviolet rays so check on this.
The beauty of this technology is that the lenses automatically adjust according to the brightness. This makes them extremely versatile as you move from area to area or according to the time of the day and weather conditions.
Both are useful and will benefit the golfer. The ideal solution will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. It is possible to get photochromic polarized sunglasses to give you the best of both worlds.
What fit should my golf sunglasses be?
Poorly fitting glasses can be frustrating, reduce protection and put you off your game. Ensure they have a good design and build and fit snugly. If you have a particularly large or small face you might need to look at glasses specifically designed for your face however most will be quite comfortable in average-sized glasses.
What does help improve fit, comfort, and protection is a wraparound design. They are secure and stop the sun from coming in from the side. Comfort and practicality are essential in good sunglasses for golf.
Features to Consider In Your Golf Sunglasses
The quality of the lens is the single most important aspect of golf sunglasses. Poor quality lenses will be inefficient and not last long. They can also cause depth perception issues which could have an adverse impact on your game. Poor lenses could potentially cause more harm to your eyes than no glasses.
Good quality lenses will give protection, reduce eye strain and help with contrast. They will also be more durable and scratch-resistant.
There are a number of different color options for golf sunglasses and each has unique benefits and advantages. Let’s take a closer look.
The benefit of this color is that it improves the contrast between dark and light colors. Many find this color helps them see the ball more clearly against the sky and grass. This is something many golfers struggle with. It reduces the blue light waves to a large extent and often improves clarity and depth perception. They can help both with watching the ball in the air as well as when putting.
This is one of the more popular color options for golfers as it helps with contrast with less color distortion than many of the other options.
This color will also improve contrast and could help you read contours, and greens better. They tend to be more effective in lower light conditions and may offer less protection and benefit on very bright days.
While this is a common sunglass lens color it is probably not ideal for golfers. While it might help some players it can make the white ball difficult to see.
This color also reduces blue light waves improving contrast and clarity. They will also reduce glare. Many find it to help on the course particularly on the green.
Style is very much a personal preference and what works for one golfer is not necessarily the same for others. Fortunately, there is a massive range of styles to choose from. What is important is that you like the look and that they are comfortable and effective.
The quality of the material used will determine the durability, comfort, and weight of the glasses. There are a number of innovative materials that offer all of these important features and then some.
You want to ensure that your golf sunglasses have good durability. Even the budget options are a fair investment and the glasses need to last and remain looking good and working well. This is especially important if you only use them on some shots and take them off frequently. Poor quality glasses will scratch or break and will not last very long.
If the glasses are shatterproof or waterproof, this will naturally increase their durability. Some, you will find, come with a lifetime warranty. This sort of commitment from the manufacturer should give you confidence that the sunglasses are well built from quality materials and designed to last.
The last thing you want is a heavy pair of sunglasses on your head while you are trying to play a round of golf. Provided they are sturdy and durable, the lighter the better. This will increase comfort and allow you to wear them with ease for extended periods. Fortunately, modern materials allow for strong and comfortable sunglasses that are ultra-lightweight.
Having a nose and earpieces that are adjustable will improve the comfort and fit of the sunglasses. Not only will they sit more snugly on your face but they will offer more protection and increase effectiveness. A good fit will also reduce irritation and encourage you to use them more often.
As you can see, there are many great options to suit all requirements and budgets. We have selected only leading options but the Oakley Men’s Flak 2.0 XL Rectangular Sunglasses stood out as the best golf sunglasses.
Oakley is a quality brand and these come with a lifetime guarantee. They are light and comfortable according to most reports and extremely durable. The grip is good so the glasses should fit snugly on your face and the quality lenses offer great protection and improved clarity.
Consider your needs and budget in order to find the very best golf sunglasses for your needs.
The Editorial Staff at Golfible is a team of golfing geeks and enthusiasts led by founder Alec Rose. All have the same obsession with golf tech, equipment updates and avoiding rain on the course.