The first pair of Callaway sunglasses I ever reviewed was the Neox Transitions; a “joint venture” done in conjunction with Transition Optical, you know, the lenses that get darker the brighter it gets. As it turns out, that last statement – the lens gets darker the brighter it gets – is exactly opposite to what we want, isn’t it? Think about it. Let’s say you’re playing on a bright, sunny day. You tee off and have no trouble watching your shot sail down the fairway (I realize this part may be fantasy for some). You hit your approach shot up close to the green or for some, on the green. You then get up over the next shot (or putt) and more than likely, you take OFF your sunglasses for better depth perception. This is because the lens is TOO dark.
Travis Worth, Vice President of Business Development at IZZO Golf – the licensee for Callaway Eyewear -has a lot of experience in the sunglass industry and recognized this dilemna. Worth set out to find a lens that would let in a little more light. After all, more light means better depth perception, which is especially helpful around the greens when reading putts and chips. He found the lens he was looking for from a manufacturer in Japan. Worth then added a polarizing filter and a blue-green flash mirror to better manage confusing short wavelength light. He took these lenses and put them in some lightweight frames that maximize adjustability, comfort and protection and the Sungear line from Callaway Golf was a reality.
Callaway Golf’s new Sungear line of eyewear is designed specifically for golf. Callaway debuted them this past January at the PGA Show in Orlando Florida and they were well received. Anyone who has used their golf equipment knows that Callaway is all about pushing the envelope when it comes to advanced, innovative technologies that help golfers of all abilities find more enjoyment from the game. And now this mission now extends to eyewear. While Sungear will provide the visual performance and protection you would expect, these sunglasses were designed with these fundamental golfer’s goals in mind: maximize the ability to read greens, find the right putting line and make more putts. All sunglasses will be effective from tee to green. Callaway’s Sungear sunglasses are designed to help you once you are on the green.
There are several key features that make the new Callaway Sungear sunglasses worth serious consideration. First of all, the ultra-light Polyamide frames provide great protection and comfort while the polarized lenses block glare for more visual comfort. Speaking of comfort, the adjustable temple tips provide a more secure fit under all conditions and the adjustable nose pads provide multiple fitting options; both yielding more comfort.
The six new models are named Eagle, Falcon, Hawk, Kite, Peregrine and Raptor. Six different styles, each with multiple lens options delivers a multitude of possibilities.
Eagle: Tue golf hybrid sunglasses that are equal parts of sport and style. The Eagle features a metal front for stability and polyamide injection molded temples for a lightweight, comfortable fit.
Falcon: The rectangular metal frame is classically styled with a strong appeal to many facial shapes. You’ll look great on and off the course in these lightweight and form fitting sunglasses.
Hawk: A true classic aviator shape with the only lenses designed specifically for golf. Look good and play better … perfect for both the hardworking businessperson and avid golfer.
Kite: An ultra-light and ultra-comfortable design with the only polarized lenses designed for golf. Kite makes sure you look good while your scores come down.
Peregrine: offers everything you would want in a sports frame. At less than 1 oz. it’s ultra-light and ultra-comfortable, and an instant classic in the large world of injection-molded sport frames.
Raptor: features a wider temple to block more sun, but still looks great while providing the most protection possible. The styling is aggressive and portrays a confident attitude giving your golf pals the idea that they may need to try a little harder just to keep up.
All Callaway Sungear sunglasses come with a lens cloth, carry pouch, and hard case with a hanging clip to keep your new eyewear safe and secure when you’re not using it. I found that these sunglasses allowed me to see the ball and line better on the putting surface. I could still follow my mile-high air ball tee shots easily and watch them land softly into the lake. The polarized lenses allowed me to see fairly deep into the lake, making ball retrieval somewhat easier!