Playing glasses...

Playing glasses...

Postby Range Rat » Wed May 16, 2018 5:47 am

Any of you ABS nut cases ever change your bifocals to have the reader portion at the top of the lens instead of bottom?

Wearing prescription progressive-transition bifocal lenses daily, but non prescription drugstore sunglasses for golf. At address the ball is at a squirrely distance- it's difficult to know if ball is depressed a little into the grass, or sitting up a little, so I have to bend down a little to see. :lol:

Can't use my daily prescription glasses as head motion in the swing along with some extension and flexion makes the ball pass through the reader and non-reader areas of the lenses, a dizzying proposition. Been considering getting some new specs and switch the top and bottom. I don't want to use just a prescription sunglass lens for distance because I still want to be able to see phone, scorecard, etc.

Anyone done this? Just recently I heard that some skilled trade people that work in tight spaces switch, and the practice of switching has been around for a long time.

I guess the only drawback is having to dip your head to read instead of the usual elevating. Oh well, might be a small price to pay to have a clear ball in your sights.

Thoughts? Or is just a matter of sucking it up and learning how to play with my normal prescription glasses. :)
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Re: Playing glasses...

Postby hanisch » Wed May 16, 2018 11:56 am

Google the famous snooker player from the 1970s, Ray Reardon. He used to wear these crazy big glasses while playing. Not sure if he had bifocals in them, but you might get some ideas from looking at images of him.
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Re: Playing glasses...

Postby Mashie72 » Wed May 16, 2018 3:42 pm

Hey RR I feel your pain..Same problem for me. 20/15 vision for the first 50+ years and then progressive lenses.

Couldn't play golf with them either without dizziness during the swing. I had a pair of prescription sunglasses made and removed the bottom reading lenses. So I could see clearly from 10 ft. to infinity. I keep a pair of cheaters handy for close up stuff.

But last Fall I decided to suck it up and play with the progressives. Took some time but no dizziness now and glad I did
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Re: Playing glasses...

Postby norcalvol » Wed May 16, 2018 4:36 pm

I'm 0.5+ distance and +2.5 reading. I have graduated prescription lenses (reading on bottom).
I have no problem playing with them on. Yes, the first few swings were a little bit funky... but when I once played a round and didn't realize I had them on until late in the round, I was fine. They don't bother me at all. You don't need to see the golf ball with any precision during a swing anyway... except while putting and they are a great help there.
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Re: Playing glasses...

Postby Range Rat » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:21 pm

Mashie72 wrote:Hey RR I feel your pain..Same problem for me. 20/15 vision for the first 50+ years and then progressive lenses.

Couldn't play golf with them either without dizziness during the swing. I had a pair of prescription sunglasses made and removed the bottom reading lenses. So I could see clearly from 10 ft. to infinity. I keep a pair of cheaters handy for close up stuff.

But last Fall I decided to suck it up and play with the progressives. Took some time but no dizziness now and glad I did


How long did it take?

Got new glasses yesterday and tried them today. Decided against flipping the readers to the top and instead got a little larger lens style which put the reader closer to the ground and gave me more middle distance lens area. Still had a tough time, felt like I never hit a ball before. At times my head was moving in the swing- not in response to the swing as it usually does, but trying to find a spot where the ball was clear- during the swing! :lol:

Found out my dominent eye (L) is now farsighted and other eye is nearsighted- right hand player. I was just struggling big time, probably dozen shanks, dozen thins, dozen thicks, some tops, it was embarrassing. So took glasses off and in just one day it seems it made not using glasses at all even more a challenge- things were way blurrier, so couldn't do that either. This sucks.


But I am going to give it the old college try, suck it up, and hopefully I'll adjust, if not I may get a pair with the readers eliminated. On the bright side night driving is much better.


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Re: Playing glasses...

Postby twomasters » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:30 pm

I got contacts about a year ago now- best thing I ever did
I could see far away but could hardly read my phone
They gave me bifocal lenses where when I look close up I use the middle of the lense as my eyeball is contracted and when I look into the distance the outer part of the lens is used- so they can set them up for differing eye strengths and for near or far sighted
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Re: Playing glasses...

Postby Mashie72 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:04 pm

Great idea TwoMasters

Happy New Year RR. For me it was about 10 range sessions and 10 rounds of golf.

Also what helped me was eye exercises. Just keep your head still sitting in a chair. Then move your eyes to the top left corner of your vision, back down diagonally through your glasses to the bottom right corner of your vision range. Then do the opposite from bottom left corner to top right. The goal is to feel comfortable wherever the eyeballs are looking. Sometimes the eyeballs use the glasses and sometimes they don't. If you can get comfortable doing that, then using them in the golf swing will be much better
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Re: Playing glasses...

Postby Range Rat » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:26 am

Thanks Two, I considered contacts and would cost me about 200.00 for a years supply to try it and I would probably know within the first month if they worked good and, if not, 200 smacks is not too big a hit to the wallet just to try it. Been following your Instagram site from time to time and, like always, top grade teaching.

Thanks Mashie. I did the exercises this morning and what a great idea! It seems, like you say, it trains the eyes to be comfortable behind the lens whether the lens is deeply used or not- not becoming dependent on glass if that makes sense. Second time at range today and 1000 percent better so maybe I am adjusting quickly- no shanks, no tops, couple fats, couple thins, and no sense of losing my balance. I think what might have been happening yesterday was I was trying to keep my head completely immovable, so I could keep things in one area on the lens, but with a multiple decades old swing built upon a head not staying stationary....my head has always moved within the swing and yesterday it wasn't so it was probably too much an overload to my senses, awareness, and balance, based on the move I was using.


Thanks again to both. I think these new glasses will be ok with more work. I actually nutted numerous shots today when yesterday I just looked like a nut. :)
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