The Masters Tournament (usually referred to as simply The Masters, or the U.S. Masters outside of North America is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Scheduled for the first full week of April, the Masters is the first major of the year, and unlike the others, it is always held at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private course in the South Eastern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia.
Many legendary golfers have won the coveted Green Jacket, with Jack Nicklaus having won the tournament 6 times! With the closest to this total being none other than Tiger Woods, who has 4 wins to his name.
The Masters is regarded by many as the most glamorous tournament in Golf and with a look around at the imagery and past clips and videos online it is hard to argue with that statement.
To celebrate the Start of the tournament we thought we would have a look at one of the biggest eyewear brands in golf, and bring you some of our top picks from the Oakley Golf Sunglasses Catalogue.
Many of the worlds top golfers now choose to wear sunglasses on the course, for varying reasons, with performance and lens technology being at the forefront. Some of the professional golfers who are regularly seen sporting a pair of Oakley frames on the Golf course include, 2 time Masters winner Bubba Watson, Ryder Cup Star Ian Poulter, Major Winner Zach Johnston, former Masters winner Adam Scott, Open Championship Winner and Ryder Cup Star Henrik Stenson and Spaniard Rafa Cabrerra Bello, to name a few.
Sunglasses above all, offer UV protection, and provide a shield from the suns harmful rays. If you are going to spend upwards of 3 hours on the course, your eyes should always be well protected. Polarized lenses also cut down glare by allowing only vertical light in and keeping out horizontal light. This is an advantage for following ball flight in the air. Various lens colours can be interchanged depending on the conditions on the day. Grey lenses offer non distorting colour that doesn’t affect distance perception. Brown/Green/Amber can offer a boost in depth perception, contrast and clarity while reducing glare. Yellow/Orange increases depth perception but may hinder green reading (just putt with them off and look cool, like the pro’s)
- Polarization and Nanometer Rating
Choose polarized golf sunglasses with a high nanometer rating, which effectively block UV rays.
Your golf sunglasses should have an unbreakable and comfortable frame that perfectly fits your face so you won’t have to be distracted by continually adjusting them. Prefer frames that wrap well around your face to leave no room for wind, dust or debris to enter your eyes. A closely fitting frame would also prevent UV rays from entering the top or sides of the eyewear.
- Lens Color
An excellent option for golfers are multiple interchangeable lenses (often offered in three or four different colours) that can be swapped out to adapt to your current golfing needs. Typically, these sun glass packages will include brown lenses for high glare conditions, grey lenses for general golfing conditions, yellow lenses for clarity when golfing in partly cloudy conditions, and clear lenses for times when you don’t need sun protection, but still wish to protect your eyes from wind and dirt on particularly windy golf courses.
As the sense of sight and especially depth perception, contrast and a full 180-degree are fundamental, golfers should choose sun glasses that do not limit their peripheral vision, depth perception, and reading of shadows.
Golf sunglasses should be lightweight as they are worn for quite some time during a round.
Polarized lenses can be a great choice for golf because they have the capacity to cut out the glare completely when sunlight is reflected off horizontal surfaces.
PRIZM is a new Oakley lens technology that fine tunes vision for specific environments. The lenses work to emphasize colors where the eye is most sensitive to detail, which in return, helps to enhance performance and safety.
As a spectator you can also benefit from the same features as the Pro’s do on the course as you are often under the same conditions as the participants. So next time you are going to watch a Golf event, or any outdoor spectator sport, don’t forget your sunnies!