Despite the inspiring success of sunglass-sporting players like Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter and Paula Creamer, I've never been able to feel comfortable playing golf in sunglasses. The oversized styles I tend to favor either aren't suitable for the course or won't stay on my face during my swing—not a winning combination.
This past week, however, my feelings changed. I had a chance to test a pair of Maui Jim's new "Ginger" model, which debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM in July. Though not designed specifically for golf, Ginger are lifestyle sunglasses that offer the perfect combination of fashion and plenty of useful technology for the course.
The round frames complement just about every face shape, and the the oversize design helps protect your eyes from the wind and any airborne debris. I wore the Chocolate frames with HCL Bronze lenses (above) and I was thrilled with the clarity and contrast they provided—very helpful for reading greens.
With Maui Jim's "SuperThin" ST glass, the lenses are scratch-resistant and 20 percent thinner and lighter than conventional lenses. They provides 100 percent UV blockage and virtually glare-free sight. I barely noticed the weight of the glasses after wearing them for a full day.
In addition to Chocolate, the Ginger sunglasses are also available in Matte Sandstone (below, left), Charcoal (middle) and Mauve (right). There are also three lens tints to choose from: Neutral Gray, Maui Rose and HCL Bronze. $299; mauijim.com.