Edwin Huxley - Friday 20.06.14, 13:03pm
Sunglasses do far more than just making look like a pro, they’re one golf accessory that can help improve your game throughout the summer months and offer protection from harmful rays.
Designed especially for players to help distinguish between greens and fairways, follow the ball whilst it’s in-flight and most importantly, not interfere with your swing – a good pair of golf shades will improve your performance and enhance your game!
There are 5 specific features golfers should look for when purchasing a new pair on sunglasses, so before you splash out on a new pair of shades this summer take a second to read through these top tips from golf clothing store www.function18.com.
- 1. Lens colour
The colour of a lens is very important when selecting your new sunglasses. Many of our customers often ask “What are the best coloured lenses for golf” – and the honest answer is, there are a range of different colours that are great for golf! Any lens that absorbs blue light will help distinguish greens, and follow a ball in-flight as the blue of the sky is muted.
Brown / Amber Lens
Brown or amber lenses create a better contrast between dark and light colors. With a brown lend, your vision may appear sharper, especially when viewing objects against the green gras. Brown lenses are also particularly good at blocking blue light that occurs on cloudy, overcast days.
this colour will make the ball appear more visible against a green background and allow you to easily track the ball accurately throughout the game, violet is also a soothing colour making you feel more relaxed!
Yellow /Orange Lens
Yellow or orange tints help reduce glare and contrast. These bright colours are also particularly good for hazy, foggy mornings.
Mirror Lens are often a popular choice for many golfers, as many offer 100% UV Protection and the highly reflective lens greatly reduces the amount of light that reaches the eyes – plus they look pretty cool too!
Oakley has a great selection of golf sunglasses and colour variations that the team here at Function18 highly recommend.
2 Fitted frames
Improper fitting glasses can be detrimental to your golf game and frames should have adjustable nose clips and arms to ensure they do not slide down when taking a swing. Here at Function18, we offer a range of frames for different shaped faces and many of these glasses also offer non-slip coatings for the ears and temples.
3 UV protection
Golf sunglasses should offer 100% protection from harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer, cataracts or macular degeneration. Protection from 400 nanometers of radiation is usually offered by quality glasses and will block out the most damaging of rays effectively.
4 Frame styles
The style of frame is also important and wrap around frames can offer increased protection from the elements. Ensure your frame does not interfere with your swing and look for glasses that do not distort your short or long range view.
5 Polarized Golf Sunglasses
Specially designed to adapt to changing weather conditions, polarized golf sunglasses allow you to always have the best focus when you play. Tinted lenses will provide some absorption to dampen brightness, but only polarized lens can effectively eliminate blinding glare that can affect your game!
If you’re not sold on polarized lens, here are 5 reasons why they are essential for the green:
- Helps improve visual comfort
- Dramatically improves contrast and visual clarity
- Reduces eyestrain
- Allows for true perception of bold colours
- Reduces reflections and eliminates glare
Do you have any top tips when it come to golf sunglasses? Which colour lens’s to you prefer?
Edwin Huxley - Friday 20.06.14, 12:46pm
Rory McIlroy goes into the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst Resort as the Betfair favourite to claim his third major championship and his second in this tournament.
The Northern Irishman has already tasted victory in 2014 as he was successful in the BMW PGA Championship last month at Wentworth. That win in England marked his first European Tour win since November 2012. It was also his first tournament since he officially announced to the public that he had split from his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.
Rory McIlroy will be hoping to join the elusive list that includes players that have all won the US Open on multiple occasions. The 7495-yard course is expected to suit his long-hitting game which will be tested this week in California.
European golfers have been successful in three of the last four runnings of the US Open. Justin Rose is the defending champion as he came out on top in 2013 at Merion Golf Club to reward Betfair backers.
Rose has yet to prevail so far in 2014 but he has had four top 10 finishes. In his latest outing, the Englishman missed the cut in the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.
Graeme McDowell was the other European to lift the US Open trophy in recent years. He won with a winning score of E in 2010 as conditions were tough at Pebble Beach four years ago.
World number one Adam Scott has finished in the top 10 off all the major championships but the US Open. The best the Australian has achieved is a tie for 15th which came in 2012.
Scott has been drawn to play with fellow major winners Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel on the opening two days of the tournament. The former Masters winner is the near the top of the outright for the event with Betfair.
Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 27.05.14, 20:27pm
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Edwin Huxley - Thursday 10.04.14, 04:23am
Rory McIlroy has insisted he is ready to take the role of Tiger Woods at this year’s Masters and be the man to watch at Augusta in the first major of the year. Woods was forced to withdraw from the Masters following surgery on his back, opening the door for McIlroy to step into the limelight left by the absent world number one.
After his victories at the 2011 US Open and then the 2012 US PGA Championship, McIlroy won his first two majors at a younger age than Woods, but the Northern Irishman has so far failed to add to his collection. While Augusta holds some dark memories for McIlroy following his famous final round meltdown in 2011, the 24-year old will still head into the first major of the year as the Betfair favourite for the title.
With the first major of the year fast approaching, McIlroy has admitted he is looking to use the tournament as a chance to establish himself as a dominant force in the sport, knowing victory at Augusta would be the best way for him to prove to Betfair fans that he is the man to beat this year.
“You are getting so many different winners and there are not as many guys dominating the sport like in the past with Tiger, Vijay and Phil,” said McIlroy.
“I’d like to establish myself as that sort of player and someone’s got to step up, so I’m trying to be that person and it would be a great place to start next week.”
Following on from a dismal 2013 season, McIlroy has found himself down in seventh in the world rankings and some way away from where he wants to be. But a morale-boosting victory in December ensured McIlroy didn’t end the year without a title to his name and now the 24-year old will be hoping to re-establish himself as top dog in Tiger’s absence.
Edwin Huxley - Wednesday 26.03.14, 22:28pm
Golf Science - Optimum Performance from Tee to Green
‘Without question the art and science of golf primarily takes place in the mind, played out through the way we move our bodies. This instinctive connection affects how we feel, how we think and then how we swing our golf club. There is no better place to illustrate this than on the course, where our golf can be dramatically affected by what happens in our mind.’ – Mark F. Smith
Golf Science – Optimum Performance from Tee to Green by Mark F. Smith brings to you leading experts in the physical, mental, technical and tactical aspects of the game. This book binds together their significant findings with those of scientists who have studied every aspect of the game. The fundamental principles of physics lead to the magic of engineering and technology which has led to the development of innovative club design, futuristic coaching devices, and novel practice approaches.
Golf Science will help every golfer get the most from their game, whether picking up a club for the first time or competing in tournament play. It is the ultimate accessory for any golfer wishing to understand their craft.
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