Some golfers want an unobstructed and undistorted view of the course. For presbyopic golfers, this is complicated by the need to read and jot on the scorecard.

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For this situation, one past solution was to place a round seg bifocal on one lens, low and out of the way. If the golfer was right handed, the segment would be on the right lens so that when teeing off, the view of the fairway is unobstructed to the left. The view downward at the ball is also unobstructed at the tee and on the green. For a lefty, the seg would be set on the left lens, also low and out of the way.

To jot on the score card, the golfer tilts his head and looks through the seg.

Round segs are still available in clear and Transitions, but not in polarized nor in Transitions Vantage which is a photochromic polarized lens.

Some golfers are comfortable with progressive lenses for golf. Progressive lenses give a a gradual progression from distance in the top of the lens to near in the lower part. 

Progressives designed for more active lifestyle, such as Varilux Physio, or Varilux X Series lenses are a better choice than those progressives more suited to an office environment, and are available in Grey, Brown, and Graphite Green as Transitions Signature VII, as well as in Transitions Vantage for a versatile polarized choice.

While designed for a more active lifestyle, general use progressive lenses still require some compromise. Physio and X Series are still general use lenses. There is some peripheral distortion in the distance zone, which may reduce the clarity of the view down link. The view of the tee may also be unclear and distorted because too much of the reading area is in the way. Because the golfer is trying to see the tee clearly, there is a tendency to hold the head at the wrong angle for good posture for that perfect drive swing.

There is a golf specific progressive lens design from Shamir. The distance zone offers edge to edge clarity. The full reading zone is moved way down the lens out of the way. The intermediate zone comes in slowly so that the golfer's head is at the right attitude to see the ball on the tee, and the posture is perfect for a great swing.

The Shamir Golf lens also has much less swim than a general use progressive because of these optimizations. The lens is a wrap around design which provides better optics for edge to edge clarity.

Crizal anti-reflective coatings on the lenses, such as the new Crizal Sapphire 360 UV, wil enhance the clarity of the lens, and eliminate the annoying reflections off the back of the lens that can make it hard to spot the ball.

Sun protection is important, both to reduce glare on the course, and to shield the eyes from high energy solar radiation that can damage the retina over time. For long periods on the course, this is vitally important.

Transitions lenses offer the advantage of lightening up indoors and on overcast days. Transitions XtraActive lenses get darker than standard Transitions Signature VII lenses. There are also polarized lenses available in grey or brown that knock down reflections off grass and water hazards. For the ultimate convenience and protection, Transitions Vantage is polarized and darkens in the sun. Grey lenses are color neutral. Brown lenses heighten contrast slightly and are warmer.

We recommend that golf lenses be of Trivex or Polycarbonate material to afford maximum impact protection. Trivex has better clarity than polycarbonate because of its lower Abbe value. Abbe is a measure of dispersion, a chromatic abberation. You may be familar with how a prism separates light into it's component colors. That is the dispersion effect.

The Best Golf Lens:

  • Shamir Golf Progressive
  • Trivex
  • Transitions Vantage
  • Crizal Sapphire Anti-Reflective Coating