Newest Oakley shades bring definition to golf


Once an afterthought, sunglasses are now regarded by most golfers as essential pieces of equipment. For the ways they ease eye fatigue, and for how they help balance light transmission to give optimal clarity, contrast and depth perception on the golf course.

The folks at Oakley have long appreciated that, and they continue to release notable new eyewear products, among them the Radar Pitch, the Polarized Radar Path and the Flak Jacket XLJ.

The most compelling feature of each of these offerings is Oakley’s patented G30 lens. According to Declan Lonergan, eyewear brand manager for the Orange County, Calif.,-based company, that component is all about helping a golfer see more – in terms of more detail, more depth and more definition.

“These lenses are engineered to be worn throughout the round,” he explains. “They help golfers discriminate textures and contours while enhancing contrast and depth perception on the fairways. And they let players read greens better by allowing them to spot subtle variations in slope and grain. In bunkers, they minimize glare while enhancing detail, and they virtually eliminate the glare of sunlight reflected off of water hazards.”

Oakley employs a variety of frame styles with its eyewear, and both Radar offerings feature one-piece, so-called “shield” lens that are preferred by most athletes for having zero obstruction above the nose piece. On the other hand, the Flak Jacket XLJ has a “twin-lens” construction, with two separate lenses. All three lack a frame on the bottom, which keeps the view from the eyes to the ground clear. “That’s very important for golfers, who are so often looking down toward the ground at their lies,” Lonergan adds.

While these new additions to the Oakley eyewear line boast similar sports frames, they feature slightly different lens shapes. The Radar Path has a somewhat racier feel and look to it, for example, while the Pitch boasts a bit more conservative style that provides slightly more coverage.