Sunglass question

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  1. Ziggy925

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    I'm wondering if those specialty tennis sunglasses would help me see the ball better. With the exception of shooting sports, where glasses are required, pros of all sports never seem to wear sunglasses at all. Yellow glasses seem to help me a bit on cloudy days, or when it starts getting dark, but I'm looking for any suggestions regarding glasses for tennis, and the best colors to choose.

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  2. marsh

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    Sunglasses have always messed with my depth perception. But, I have never worn them long enough to attempt to overcome this.

    That being said, I have just ordered a set of clear prescription lenses for my lenses for my Oakley sunglass frames. I normally wear contacts, but due to my dry eyes, have never been comfortable in them.
     
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  3. imajica77

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    Bolle makes tennis specific glasses. They have green lens that block out certain colors while making the yellow of the ball stand out more.

    I have a pair; but had some trouble with depth perception. But have recommended them to some fellow players and they won't play without them. They don't seem to have the problem I did.
     
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    I just ordered some of the Tifosi GT (golf/tennis) specs.

    We'll see how they go.
     
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    I just use a pair of Smiths that are not tennis specific. I think as long as they are polarized with a grey (most neutral) colored lens, you'll be okay.
     
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    I tried the Bolle ones and returned them. Now playing with a Serengeti sport with drivers polarized lens and very happy with it. They are dark enough for sunny days and light enough for cloudy dark days.

    I decided to not go with the full wrap around sport version as fogging up is an issue for me in cloudy/muggy conditions. All wraparounds fog up for me regardless of the brand.
     
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  7. slice bh compliment

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    Are you cats using these sunglasses for hanging out at the courts, for rallying and drilling, for competing or for just casually hitting with friends?

    I want to preserve my vision. Might be too late. But they say decent sunglasses help. Good level player for almost forty years and i have never actually played tennis with shades on, though. Is it good?
     
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  8. vegasgt3

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    Kaenon polarized, Rudy Project
     
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  9. struggle

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    Just got my tifosi's and while i haven't used them for tennis yet, the G/T lenses seem like they will work very well.

    All three lenses that came with the frames seem quite nice, although none are polarized. i've also heard that polarized lenses aren't great for tennis although typically i do like a pol;arized lens very much and i may get some for these frames down the road for general use.
     
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    I use my Oakleys that I've had for nearly 6 years. Just get the border less wrap-arounds.
     
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    just my 2 cents, but.....

    if ANY of these actually helped, don't you think we'd see a TON of pros playing with them? And the companies touting them like crazy?

    I'm voting, nice for looking cool during casual hits, hanging at the courts, but for real serious play? fugettaboutit...
     
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    I can't play outside without shades, I've got an eye condition...
    Best were a pair of simple one piece polycarbonate gray protective glasses. They also saved my eye from a violent hit in doubles.
    Now I play with expensive Maui Jacks. They are good but not as good as my old $10 protections.
     
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  13. struggle

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    you don't seem to understand.

    it's not to see the ball better........... it's to not see it worse if you need to wear shades to play.

    pro's having nothing to do with rec players needing or not needing sunglasses.
     
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  14. Gary D

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    It's a very personal thing.....'BlueB' saying they're a necessity for him is an example. Sam Stosur almost always plays with shades, only removing them in poor light conditions.
    My eyes aren't good in glare, & the background at the club I play at when the sun is going down makes seeing the ball very difficult,- everyone struggles to varying degrees.
    I'd be interested in knowing of any specific lens colour that helps see a tennis ball. I would not be paying Oa***y money though......
    Most coaches that I've seen just seem to use standard lens though.
     
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  15. mawashi

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    Polarized lenses are best suited when light is reflected off the surface like on water on snow, it's rather pointless for tennis.

    The best I've had before my dog found them were Rudy project's Noyz Photochromic Golf Impactx lens, now they are no longer available.

    I loved how they adjusted to differing light conditions.

    I'll go for a photochromic any day.
     
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  16. mawashi

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    I'm never buying another pair of Oak***** again hundreds of bucks on polarized shades... some residual soap water, some salt spray and the coating peeled off in days...
     
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  17. struggle

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    The Tifosi GT lenses are pretty good.

    Also, the Bolle tennis lenses are supposed to be good but i don't like the color.
     
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  18. Ziggy925

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    Maybe my original post wasn't a good example. Shooting glasses do help me see the orange clay better, but protective glasses are required for all shooting sports. Most sports don't require glasses of any kind, and if a specific color would help you see the ball I guess most pros would wear them. If a sponsor would pay me to wear glasses I'd wear them all the time. :)
     
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    I've been playing with various pairs of Oakleys for nearly 20 years and I've never had an issue seeing the ball. I'm in PHX so there's plenty of sun to deal with, and my current pairs of Flak Jackets work perfectly. I recently got some Rx lenses with Transitions and they actually work perfectly. When I play matches that start in the afternoon and go into evening it's seemless.

    To many peoples' points above it's all about personal preference. Some people on here hate Oakley, I have always loved them. Try some out and see what works.
     
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  20. struggle

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    Yeah, people do hate on Oakleys. I think they make fine sunglasses but you can do just as well for much less.

    If I was gonna spend lots of money I'd probably get Smith or Costa Del Mar. Companies that specialize in sunglasses (as does Bolle).

    Otherwise, you can great polarized sunglasses for $20-25
    at REI or similar. Chili's or Pepper's or whatever and similar are actually quite nice with great optics, without the "ouch" factor of spending alot and the possibilty of loss/breakage hurts less.
     
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  21. Chotobaka

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    Among the performance/premium brands, Smith flies a little under the radar and represents good bang for the buck.
     
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  22. RF97

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    If you want to wear sunglasses, wear them. If you don't, well then don't. It's not a major life decision, and as far as I'm concerned, its irrelevant whether your favorite pro player wears them.

    Personally, I can't imagine being out in the sun for several hours at a time without any sunglasses, especially when part of that time involves looking up at the sky.

    Lots of good manufacturers out there with quality lenses at all sorts of pricepoints - Tifso, Oakley, Endura, Rudy etc. The only sunglasses I don't like are those with the Bolle Competivision lenses - overpriced, gimmicky junk that makes your vision worse not better.

    I tend to use a lot of cycling glasses for tennis as I do a lot of distance cycling as well. They work absolutely fine with a smoke lens and I tend to keep about 8-10 pairs of various types - polarized, hydrophobic, photochromic, standard - around in different places, bags, locations etc as it saves having to constantly swap lenses and constantly carrying one pair with you.

    For very bright days any good quality dark smoked lens is fine. Frame shape is simply individual preference depending on what fits best for you. For photochromic lenses, I love the Rudy Project Rydon Impact X - 18%-78% transmission range which is fine for variable condition lighting.

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  23. oldschoolrules

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    Oakley's V28 lenses (which they kind of market for golf) are great for tennis as they provide excellent background contrast, make the ball really pop, and are not too dark.
     
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    I, too, like the Serengeti frames with the drivers gradient lens. I use the non-polarized version of the Velocity. The lenses are light weight glass.
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    Not ideal if someone smashes a ball in your face.....
     
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  26. mawashi

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    The very best I know of:
    Rudy Project Noyz Photochromic Golf.

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  27. LeeD

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    I just go to Target and buy 16 dollar sunglasses.
    For 39 years of my tennis, I never wore sunglasses, but this year, thought I might try to preserve what little precious eyesight still remaining, so have used them every session for 3 weeks now.
    Takes a week to get used to the refraction, double vision, and shaky field of vision, but I don't really look at the ball anyways, closing my eyes before impact on almost every backhand.
    As PowerPlayer and that Little guy would say..."me me me me", it's all about ME.
     
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    Turn around if someone is preparing to smash a ball at you. Then, punch them.
     
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    punch your partner instead. his fault.
     
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    :mrgreen:

    They do look like fashion sunglasses though - like something you might wear if you auditioning for a part in a Top Gun remake!
     
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  31. gkamieneski

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    Those look really good. I don't feel my Tifosi Photochromatic glasses change quickly or dark enough. Stopped wearing them altogether in favor of a hat.
     
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    Does anyone know what Stosur uses? They must work for her as she seldom plays without them.
     
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    Istomin is another sports glasses wearer. His appear to be just for protection though.
     
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  35. Ziggy925

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    Thanks for all the responses. On really sunny days I've been wearing cheap, Target sport sunglasses -- and a hat. I don't notice a big difference between wearing sunglasses or not, so I just look for something lightweight and wraparound that I don't notice when playing. I have been whacked in the face more than once at the net and the glasses took the hit, although I've been hit more in the back of the head by the server in doubles. Really like those Rudy glasses.
     
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    I've worn the Bolle's Kickers for a few years now and like them. I don't see how people play without glasses when the sun is in or near your toss arc, which seems to happen a lot around here. The afterimage burn fades much more quickly with shades on. I also hate wearing a hat because your eyes go from being shaded to staring in the full sun on serves and overheads, which takes more adjustment that just being in full sun all the time, so I know I'm weird. But I haven't noticed any distortion at all with those glasses. Playing with them is just like playing without them in all other respects. I've started with glasses, and then taken them off as the sun goes down, and there's no difference to me. I've also started without and had to put them on as the sun comes up: no difference. I don't know if the green lenses really help see the ball better, but I will say that they kinda make women with lots of makeup look a little zombie-ish.
     
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  37. Bud

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    Nothing wrong with looking sharp on court ;)

    Aside from that, the most important attributes of tennis sunglasses are good optics, lightweight, ease of cleaning, scratch-proof, plenty of ventilation, wrap around design and adjustable nose clips. The ones pictured above have all those attributes and work perfectly for tennis.

    I've tried many different types of sunglasses playing tennis and the lightweight glass lens Serengeti frames are the best.
     
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  38. GBplayer

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    I use Adidas glasses with interchangeable lens. Dark, light, polarized,yellow or clear. Often it is different at different ends of the court, this means that you can swap lens in the change over. Also the light can change in three to four hours on court in a match.
     
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    I'll chip in a recommendation for Tifosi's as well. Tried them out at a local store, found them to be of exceptional quality. Thought they were styling too.

    Super flexible frames, you really have to bend the crap out of some of them to get the lenses out. There's youtube videos of the company owner just man handling his frames. I can confirm, my Jet and Lore both handle 180 degree twisting without issue, with the lenses out.

    A lot (but not all) of their models also put malleable metal bars inside the arms and/or nose piece so that you can adjust them to fit your head/nose bridge, thought that was pretty cool.

    I personally use the Podium and Jet FC. Using the Jet more often now as I find that although it's not adjustable, the rubber on the arms is gentle on my hair. The Podium tugs a little on my hair, and the Lore just rips it out from behind my ears. The Podium, despite being frameless sometimes builds fog on the upper part of the lens when I'm not moving. The Jet doesn't fog on me for some reason. Probably the odd shape of my face allows for more ventilation on certain lens designs.

    I have some GT lenses, but I haven't tried them yet. It kind of bothers me when using anything other than a smoke tint. Makes everything look tinted one way and when you take them off everything is tinted in reverse. I'll give them a try the next time I go out.

    They also come with nice hard cases, the ones with multiple lenses include slots for the extra lenses.

    Check out the sunglasses section in TW, they have a neat selection of Tifosi's.

    Regarding Sam Stosur, I've seen her wearing her sunglasses indoors with the clear lenses in. This makes sense if the lenses are distorting your view somewhat. I remember my previous sunglasses would require an adjustment period after I put them on or took them off where I would mishit balls until adjusted.

    Isotmin uses clear lenses sometimes. Even if they're not tinted, polycarbonate lenses block out most UV light. Some people also need to wear prescription lenses if they have dry eye issues with contacts.
     
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  40. mawashi

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    You brought up a good point, there are many times I feel shades are distorting my views and can be very disconcerting. Rudys are pretty good at that and some shooting shades are good too.

    As cool as Oakleys are, they are overpriced and fragile as heck.
     
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    Oakley is now owned by Luxxotica, which is a huge company that buys up eyeglass and sunglass related brands and retailers and then jacks the prices up. That has been a very profitable business model.

    I'm sure Oakleys can be good, but I'd rather save money and buy from a non-Luxxotica brand, non-luxury brand.

    I tend to like wrap-around styles as long as the distortion doesn't throw my contact off too much.
     
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  42. mawashi

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    If you searched for Oakleys lens coating peeling or just oakley peeling you'll find tons of complaints online.

    This is completely unacceptable and one of the reasons I'll never get another pair of oakleys ever.

    I have 10 pairs of oakley from the A to juliets and guess what the rubber get gummy within a year or so, the metal coating looks and feels like a zinc roof, all the polarized coating have peeled off!

    From now on I'm spending my $$ elsewhere like with Polaroid who at least have the polarized coating in between the lens.
     
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  43. Rattler

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    Maui Jim's MJ Sport are pretty fine, but pricey.
     
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    Yeah, I play with those nowadays. I still find the simple protective polycarbonate shades, from a hardware store, better then anything else.
     
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  46. skydog

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    I bought a set of the Bolle's a few years back, and while the funky blue green lens does highlight the yellow of the ball a bit better, it does distort the color of everything else. Maybe on a cloudy day or around sun set they would be useful, but did not like them for the primary purpose of sunglasses which is to protect your eyes and reduce glare. Thankfully, the Bolle's have an interchangeable lens system and the pair I bought came with a gray shaded set of lenses which work perfectly. I use them whenever the sun is an issue and have not had them fog up or distort my vision yet. With wrap around style lenses, you almost forget that you are even wearing the glasses.
     
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    @stapletonj - interesting comment - I just had a thread inquiring about shades - I never played with shades before until I moved to So Cal - so bright out here I had to - never wore them when I played in Europe or other parts of the US
     
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    A long time ago I bought a pair of Nikon sunglasses from an optics shop. I have to say these were the best I ever had. No weird bending of light so I could see depth without distortion, and I could easily hit overheads looking into the sun. Not very fashionable but very, very good.
     
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