HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GOLF GAME? GET AN EYE EXAM!
Think about what the average golfer spends on golf clubs, balls, shoes, gloves, greens fees, etc. Some even go the extra step and attend workshops and clinics while others scour magazines, books, and watch DVDs – all in an attempt to knock a stroke or two off their game.
We’d like to suggest that a better place to start for most golfers (who want to improve their game) is with a good eye exam.
What’s that you say? You see fine? Maybe you do – but then again, maybe you don’t. How well DO you see the slope and grass pattern of the green . . . hmmm?!!
Here are six things – from a vision perspective – that could dramatically improve your game.
1. Are you seeing as crisply as you can? Are you corrected to 20/20 or even 20/15? New High Definition (HD) lenses eliminate many of the normal aberrations that occur in any optical pathway and can greatly crisp up your vision.
HD lenses are now available for eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses.
2. Do you struggle to line up the sweet spot of the club with the ball on a consistent basis? A comprehensive eye exam can reveal subtle ocular muscle balance issues (called phorias) which can cause the eyes to misalign ever so slightly. While there may be no overt symptoms (like having an eye turn in/out or seeing double), having your prescription tweaked and/or learning a few simple eye exercises to do at home may be all that’s needed to get BOTH of your eyes pointed at the exact same place (i.e. the ball) at the exact same time.
3. Do you normally wear a slight prescription for driving, but leave your glasses in the car and/or use non-prescription sunglasses while out on the course? Again, that whole 20/20 thing is really important when it comes to golf (or any sports for that matter).
4. Do your glasses have bifocals in them? Unless you are wearing special occupational bifocals designed specifically for golfers, it is likely that you are either not seeing the ball as well as you should OR you are holding your head a certain way in order to see through the top portion of the lenses. This can compromise the best stance/posture needed to swing the club most effectively. Acquiring a separate pair of glasses that you use primarily for golf can make a huge difference – and does not have to be that expensive.
5. For those who don’t need prescription lenses, do you still wear good, ophthalmic-quality sunglasses? Or, have you settled for something you picked up at the department store or even discount retailer? Not only do the cheaper, molded plastic lenses tend to distort vision, but the sprayed-on UV coating does not provide consistent protection much beyond the first few weeks of regular use. Exposure to UV light has been linked to a much higher incidence of cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.
6. Are your sunglasses polarized? While most people believe that you should NOT wear polarized lenses while golfing, the latest information suggests that wearing top quality polarized lenses are actually just fine. And, manufacturers like Zeiss now make a specialty lens specifically for golfers – the Zeiss ProGolf. It is designed to help improve contrast sensitivity and, in particular, help golfers better read the curves and even the grass pattern of the greens.
So, what are you waiting for? The weather is finally getting nice . . . go ahead and get that eye exam so you’ll be ready to take your game to a whole new level! Call us at 704-821-5009 or use this link to schedule!