If you have less than perfect eyesight, you may have noticed that your score seems to differ when you are wearing glasses compared to wearing contacts. Maybe you have recently started wearing glasses and your average increased in the following weeks. People may accuse you of making excuses for your golf game, but you’re actually not the only one who experiences this phenomenon. In fact, many golfers agree that the game is more difficult when they have got their glasses on. Let’s dive into the reasons your average has increased. 

First, your vision

It seems counterintuitive to claim that it’s bad to wear glasses while playing golf. One would assume that glasses are instrumental in seeing the ball and shot distance. Some golfers may even feel a dip in their confidence when they take their glasses off and survey a blurry green. However, glasses can actually impede your vision in surprising ways on the golf course.  

Glasses have many functional problems that affect a golfer’s game. The frames may slip down your nose during your golf stance, and the lenses can easily become obscured by raindrops or fog. Furthermore, depending on the type of lenses you wear, your glasses may actually distort your ability to judge depth or long distances. If you are planning to play golf with glasses on, ensure your prescription allows you to see both 6 feet and 250 yards away. 

And then your technique

If you enjoy wearing glasses while playing golf, there are options that will improve your game. Consult your optician about getting a modified prescription solely for golfing and take your club and ball with you to your appointment (you won’t be the first).

So that you’re not looking down sharply or in a hunched way, improve your posture, find a posture that allows for a full turn. To learn more about improving your golf stance and swing see our article on the most important muscles for golf. The most important thing about wearing glasses while golfing is seeking good advice to find your perfect solution.