Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played on a field by two teams of nine players against each other. Needless to say, it is an outdoor sports and it is usually played during the summer.
Baseball can be a very challenging game to play and can be even more difficult when weather plays a factor in the game. Sometimes the sun can be shining so bright that it is difficult for players to fully see the ball. Whether you’re out in the field, up to bat or coaching a team, it’s essential that you can track the movement of the ball and accurately follow the game. If you’re getting blinded by the sun, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to react quickly, make catches and throws accurately, which might heighten the risk of getting hit by a ball and needlessly injuring yourself.
There is a plethora of baseball gear or equipments that can be purchased to aid in your training and game. One of them, which is almost always overlooked, are baseball sunglasses. Baseball sunglasses are protective eyewear meant specifically for baseball players. They are designed to stay on and help maintain peak performance and visibility during game play. Baseball sunglasses help to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by the sun during practice or games. That being said, they do more than just prevent sun damage. They also darken vision and emphasize colours on the baseball diamond. This can improve a player’s game by making it easier for them to see their surroundings while causing certain objects, like a baseball, to stand out.
Polarized or UV400?
Polarized lenses are not ideal for baseball because some studies indicate that polarized lenses affect depth perception. Hand-eye coordination is a big part of baseball so anything that will interfere with that is not recommended.
Asides from baseball, it is not recommended for ball sports in general. In these sports, bright and direct sunlight is the major issue. Polarization can also affect your depth perception and make it harder to judge exactly where the ball is.
Although polarized lenses get rid of blare and strengthen contrasts in color, it won’t be as effective against direct sunlight. Direct sunlight is most definitely a bigger problem than glare in a baseball diamond.
It is best when the lenses of your baseball sunglasses provide 99 to 100% of protection from UV rays. UV protection is important in your lenses as it blocks harmful rays such as UVA, UVB and UVC rays from damaging your cornea. UV protection goes hand in hand with sun glare reduction properties. Basically, products with excellent UV protection equally have high sunshine glare reduction.