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I mentioned this in another thread but figured I start a new one. I started wearing progressive lenses about three years ago and could never wear them to play golf. There was too much distortion, I hit everything fat and putting was just off when I wore them. I can play just fine without them but really struggle to see a scorecard, read a GPS, phone and things like that.

 

A few weeks ago I went to the eye doctor and explained to him I’d like contacts or even surgery if it would help me see better while golfing. He suggested golf specific progressive lenses. I picked them up about a week and a half ago and wear them daily and they have been great for everyday use. I have been doing a ton living room putting with no distortion or consistent misses right which was my previous issue.

 

Today I wore them to hit about 30 or so balls with no issue hitting the ball fat. In fact some of the best contact I’ve had in a long time. I know it’s a very small sample size but I feel like these will work for me and hopefully for others.

 

The lenses are made by Essilor and called Definity. Here is a picture that is pretty self explanatory.

 

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I won’t play real golf until March so will update more at that time.

 

 

 

 

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Wow, great info, Wedgie! I wear progressives as well and had not heard of this option. Amazing some of the stuff you can learn on MGS. Thanks for posting!

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I've worn progressives for about 7 years now and not found them to be an issue for golf.  These may offer a solution for those who do find them problematic. 

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I mentioned this in another thread but figured I start a new one. I started wearing progressive lenses about three years ago and could never wear them to play golf. There was too much distortion, I hit everything fat and putting was just off when I wore them. I can play just fine without them but really struggle to see a scorecard, read a GPS, phone and things like that.
 
A few weeks ago I went to the eye doctor and explained to him I’d like contacts or even surgery if it would help me see better while golfing. He suggested golf specific progressive lenses. I picked them up about a week and a half ago and wear them daily and they have been great for everyday use. I have been doing a ton living room putting with no distortion or consistent misses right which was my previous issue.
 
Today I wore them to hit about 30 or so balls with no issue hitting the ball fat. In fact some of the best contact I’ve had in a long time. I know it’s a very small sample size but I feel like these will work for me and hopefully for others.
 
The lenses are made by Essilor and called Definity. Here is a picture that is pretty self explanatory.
 
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I won’t play real golf until March so will update more at that time.
 
 
 
 
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Thanks - never heard of this option. I've been playing with progressives for the past 8 years. The only issue I have is putting - I feel it distorts the line. Going to have to try these.


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I don't wear progressives, but as someone who does wear glasses and CANNOT STAND THEM, I applaud you for sharing such good news with fellow golfers who might not be aware of golf specific lenses (I certainly wasn't). 👊

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Nice to hear they're going well thus far.  I usually wear glasses for work (staring at screen), but other than that do not need them.  I find that I do putt better when I have contacts in and get a clearer picture of the track I want my ball to roll on, but my eyes get too dry that it creates more discomfort.  

Maybe if I can pick up some glasses a la Tom Kite, I'll wear them out on the course 😀

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I'll ask my mom if she has an extra pair laying around.

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Think of all the cart girls numbers you would get. #scoring #majorwinner


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3 hours ago, juspoole said:

Think of all the cart girls numbers you would get. #scoring #majorwinner


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I wear progressives with  correction for double vision and cannot wear them while golfing. I usually just swing at the ball on the right. Very interested to hear your results and if it might be an option for me.

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I’ve sworn for years that my progressive lenses were messing with my game... very interested in this.

another option perhaps is the new surgically implanted lenses , I think they’re called “multi-focal”-  and then you don’t even need glasses period.but not sure how they’re do for golfing. It would suck to get them surgically implanted, and then find out they don’t work for golfing...

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I went the opposite way. I have never in my life been able to play golf in glasses and the few times I have had to it was just not pretty.

Went to progressive lenses a month or so ago and can now play golf in glasses for the first time in my life. I also was fit for multifocal contacts that work great as well.


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1 hour ago, Jmikecpa said:

I went the opposite way. I have never in my life been able to play golf in glasses and the few times I have had to it was just not pretty.

Went to progressive lenses a month or so ago and can now play golf in glasses for the first time in my life. I also was fit for multifocal contacts that work great as well.


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Those contacts are very interesting. You can see both near and far with them, correct?

kind of has numerous points of focus, and the brain is able to select the correct ones in like micro seconds?

I tried contacts about 20 years ago and didn’t really care for them, they were so hard for me to remove... I would imagine they’ve improved in small, but significant ways since then...

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Those contacts are very interesting. You can see both near and far with them, correct?
kind of has numerous points of focus, and the brain is able to select the correct ones in like micro seconds?
I tried contacts about 20 years ago and didn’t really care for them, they were so hard for me to remove... I would imagine they’ve improved in small, but significant ways since then...


That is pretty much how they work. They go in like normal contacts and help with distance and up close.


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I have worn progressives for over 25 years and only wear my curved WylieX sunglasses with progressive lenses when I Golf. They work much better than my normal progressives.


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Hit balls again today in glasses with not one issue. First time in 25 years I have been able to play golf in glasses.


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Interesting about there being golf-specific progressives. I have regular progressives and have had no issues whatsoever with golf. I made sure to get the higher quality lenses with much smaller distortion zones, so perhaps that's why I've never had an issue. 

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4 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

Interesting about there being golf-specific progressives. I have regular progressives and have had no issues whatsoever with golf. I made sure to get the higher quality lenses with much smaller distortion zones, so perhaps that's why I've never had an issue. 

Same here.  Been wearing them even longer than that.  In the market for new glasses after a fall a couple weeks ago left several little scratches on lens that are starting to drive me crazy.  

 

 

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1 hour ago, russtopherb said:

Interesting about there being golf-specific progressives. I have regular progressives and have had no issues whatsoever with golf. I made sure to get the higher quality lenses with much smaller distortion zones, so perhaps that's why I've never had an issue. 

You may have nailed it russtopherb.  3 years ago I took my prescription to Len Crafters and just got whatever.  This time I told the eye doctor about my specific needs and he said not all prescriptions are created equally.  I guess you get what you pay for.

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