Do Your Glasses Hurt Your Game?

Golfer blowing ball in the hole


I wear bifocals while playing golf. Does this hurt my game? Should I buy non-bifocal glasses?


Harry, MI


I too wear bifocals and have had a pair made which has a relatively small portion on the bottom of the lens for reading. I find that wearing glasses helps more than contact lenses which seem to require constant lubricating.

My answer is that as long as the reading portion of the lens is small enough that you do not have to tilt your head too far down to see the ball over this reading portion, and it does not interfere with the peripheral vision then go for it, or as you suggest get a pair of glasses without the bifocal feature – if you can still read your score card. Then again, you may or may not want to see your score card, depending on the day.

Hope this helps,



3 thoughts on “Do Your Glasses Hurt Your Game?

  1. Frank, I have progressive lens and those create a bend in the line. I first noticed it playing basketball. So when I putt I have to take them off.

  2. I have heard of people that have the bifocal lens on the top so it doesn’t interfere with the ball vision but is still available for reading. I have not tried it, so I can’t vouch for it.

  3. Years ago when I first got bifocals, the first few rounds I played I had the line show right across the ball. My temporary “solution” was to get set up, remove my glasses onto the grass nearby, and hit the shot. Thankfully I found that the line went away after about a week and was no longer an issue.

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