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Vision Golf X-Grip Glove

Here at Golf Rx we love to recognize products that are cool, innovative and performance oriented. We’ve just found one that disrupts the standard run-of-play, kind of by accident: the Vision Golf X-Grip glove. Vision Golf, out of Australia and under the successful management of Bill and Wayne Bosley, is more renowned for their creative application of UV technology in golf balls. We love this, and we’d actually love to explore a collaboration between our lenses and their UV balls, seeing what lenses we could pair with their respective balls for optimized visibility or somehow capitalizing on the mutual collision of UV in golf. Our lenses will block the UV and let you see the Vision balls, which require the UV. It’s the yin and yang of the sun’s radiation. There’s a relationship to be courted, for sure.

Until then, we’ll just talk about these gloves and how much they rock. We got our hands on a few pairs, via a kind gift from a Golf Rx friend. At the moment they can be procured for a cool $19.95, but considering the long life-cycle and enduring performance of these gloves it’s a tricky business model to sell them so affordably; I would be neither surprised nor disappointed to see the price go up. The innovation warrants the price.

In general, golf gloves feel amazing on your hand. They’re typically constructed of a supple leather, with most premium gloves opting for Cabretta leather which comes from hair-growing sheep. As in, not wool-growing. These gloves feel like silky-butter on your hand and then they start to disintegrate after a round of play in whichever area you grip with most. For me, I usually blowout gloves at the fleshy, bottom part of my palm. Like this:

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Another complication to traditional gloves is that moisture tears them up. Whether it’s rain or sweat, it does a nasty number on your glove. Vision X-Grip gloves, being entirely synthetic, aren’t afraid of water or sweat and they help reduce the latter with the usual vents between the fingers and an unusually-breathable palm.

So, enter Vision Golf’s X-Grip golf glove. It’s constructed of a leather-resembling laminated polyurethane on the top of the hand which lends washability and recovery qualities to the fabric. Of course the true magic is in the palm. I’ll describe it as an extremely durable yet soft microfiber treated with a silicone dot pattern for grip. There is stretch throughout the palm and the rest of the hand, and to give an idea of the thickness of the palm material: When you hold it up to the sky it’s translucent not opaque. The combination is a highly durable glove, washable and water-friendly, that gives excellent grip and sacrifices just a little on hand feel. On the top of the palm is a slit near your knuckles, as well as on the fingers, to accommodate a bit more flex. The Velcro closure is secure and comfortable, and overall the glove feels like a very comfortable extension of your own skin, but just not to the same degree a thin sheepskin does. No one will re-appropriate this material to use in contraceptive devices, though as a testament to the precision dexterity it offers I do want to explain that I’ve typed this entire paragraph with a Vision X-Grip glove on my left hand with no fewer typos than normal.

After many rounds and range sessions it’s quite apparent that these guys wear down much more slowly than other gloves. I’ve started to notice the wear at some of the major friction points and they’ve taken on some discoloration, but they are still entirely intact and performing just as well as they did on day one. Standard leather gloves, for an equal or higher price, would have blown out and gone crusty.

Finally, as a note on grip, the silicone dots provide a less aggressive grip than some other gloves. They hold tight, but it’s a smooth, easy grip rather than an overwhelmingly sticky one.

Overall, this glove has been a nice treat to come across. I’ll buy some out of my own pocket next time, and thankfully at a less frequent rate than I’d buy other gloves.

Check out Vision Golf and glove up.

Links Magazine reviews Golf Rx custom eyewear.

Links Magazine

Links Magazine is one of the premier golf mags in the world. Rich, glossy pages about some of the finest courses, equipment and culture in the golfing world. Obviously, we were pretty excited when this came out last week in their HotLinks issue.

The review begins with a very simple premise that we stress here in the shop, “Your clubs are custom-tailored to your physique and your game, now you can equip yourself with prescription sunglasses made with the same care and craftsmanship.” It’s a difference in construction and in quality. A distinction between off-the-shelf versus custom. A statement of the effort (and not necessarily the money) you’re willing to put into an integral piece of golf equipment. Ultimately, whether we’re talking about clubs or eyewear, it’s a question of whether you want the best possible option or not. Clearly, we don’t have to explain this to the guys at Links Magazine.

Beyond this fundamental point, some others were:
– Our lenses are custom-ground to our proprietary formulas.
– The writer opted for the Polarized Rose-Copper lens in the Oakley Jupiter Sqaured. A fine choice.
– “Worth the wait and the price.” Yes. Three weeks and a few hundred dollars for a custom-made prescription product that also looks really cool. We think it’s fair.

Thanks again to Links Magazine for writing about the finest prescription golf glasses in the world.


Golf Rx Podcast on GolfDashBlog

Most of us here at Golf Rx would love to talk your ear off about prescription golf eyewear if only given the opportunity. We could talk about performance, health and safety, about the uniqueness of our lens work and all the prescription lens styles and combos we can come up with. If only somebody would ask…

Yesterday that opportunity arrived from Doug and our friends over at Golf Dash Blog who hosted us as the first guest in a series of podcasts featuring ideas and products to help deliver peak performance on the course. Optician and Golf Rx manager Kyle Ross spoke with Doug about a variety of golf eyewear related topics, including an interesting discussion on how binocular vision and balance interact during a swing, as well as exploring the muscle fatigue that comes after hours of squinting and how it affects your game.

Listen to the full podcast here: Golf Rx podcast on Golf Dash Blog.

Drambuie Ice Golf Championships from

The Coldest Fairway

I came across this fascinating article on about the Drambuie World Ice Golf Championships in Greenland and the various sanctioned and non-sanctioned shenanigans that comprise the coldest golf event in the world. Written and experienced by Sean Kelly, it’s a great piece of travel writing that happens to be about golf.

If you’re not familiar with Linked Golfers you should be, or you soon will be. It’s a golf website with an appreciation for experience and culture delivered with more grit, honesty and humor than many other sites, and the result is refreshing and engaging.
Mr. Kelly produces a lot of the articles and content in a strong voice that examines various aspects of the contemporary golf world from travel to notable influencers to gear to community-building. The site also has an appreciation for gear that is developed with an eye on intense quality and attention to detail rather than marketing. Perhaps Golf Rx might one day earn their examination.

Polarized Lenses for Golf

Polarized or Non?

I’ve just got off the phone with three separate customers asking me about polarized lenses for golf and whether it’s the right move. I want to take a quick moment to post about the issue. Basically, there’s no wrong answer. Polarized lenses cut a lot of glare and I think they make it much easier on the eyes. Personally, I like the lighter, higher contrast tones of the rose-copper or the brown, but some folks enjoy the perspective through a grey lens. Not everyone has the same level of light sensitivity and there isn’t a single lens that works for everyone. You shouldn’t feel like there is. One of these guys I just spoke with actually ended up getting yellow-tinted lenses that he plans on using midday. They’re going to be bright as heck and I wouldn’t want to wear them, but they’re not my glasses.

In any case, back to polarization. In my opinion, I’d rather have the glare reduced and not deal with fighting the sheen off the water and grass. If you feel like the polarization is going to prevent you from reading the greens properly, which is the common issue and one that seems to be promoted through internet golf forums, simply take them off when you putt. You don’t putt with the same club you use from 200 yards out, you don’t have to use the same glasses when you putt, either, right?