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Don’t look now but Callaway is making eyewear!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentReviews

Callaway Golf EyewearDay 4 of my 7 straight days of golf equipment reviews!

You read the title right. Callaway is in the eyewear business now. They have a new division called “Callaway Golf Eyewear.” Callaway calls their eye wear “serious equipment designed to enhance your competitive edge.” Whatever it takes as far as I’m concerned…

There are three product lines in the Callaway Golf Eyewear offering:

1. Sports Series
2. Collection Series
3. X-Series

I’m going to be doing a review on one product from each of the Callaway lines!

This review will cover the X-Series line. The model I’m covering today is the X602-RD.

Looks

The X602-RD (“602″ for short from this point on) is a very stylish pair of glasses. They’re not too overboard like some glasses can be with the crazy designs that make you look like an insect or an alien. They’re high tech looking, yes, but elegant as well.

Technology

There’s quite a bit of technology in the 602’s. The frame components are made of of titanium and Grilamid. Grilamid is a high performance engineering plastic which is very strong yet flexible.

The lenses of the 602’s (and the Callaway line in general) are made of a patent pending material called Neox. Neox blocks 100% of the harmful blue rays while letting more of the visual spectrum in. Your eyes don’t have to work as hard so they don’t fatigue as easily. The Neox tinting technology also allows you to see more detail on the course and even read the greens better.

The fit of the 602’s is quite interesting. The frames are very flexible due to the Grilamid. You can twist, bend or tweak the frames so they fit your head just perfectly. Believe me, my head needs some major tweaking for glasses to fit and these fit perfectly.

Callaway Golf Hard CaseAccessories

The 602’s come with a great hard case. I don’t really get companies that give you a soft case for eyewear. What’s the point of that? So when they break the soft case contains all the broken glass?

The hard case is spring loaded and seals tight to keep dust out. Obviously the folks at Callaway where thinking because you need a hard case as a golfer. I don’t like putting my glasses in my golf bag without protection. A stray ball could hit the bag, it could take a hit going in and out of the trunk or even a crazed player who loses it could throw a club and hit your bag (that has happened to me before).

Along with the hard case you get a soft slip case. This case is made of special fabric designed for cleaning the glasses.

On the course

Today was the first time I put the 602’s into action on the course. It was a very bright day with virtually no clouds in the sky.

I often get a headache after a long day on the course in the bright Sun. No such occurrence today. My eyes feel nice and rested.

Tony wearing the Callaway Sunglasses

I had no problems seeing the ball in flight and I loved the read I had on the greens with the 602’s. In fact I managed so well around the course with the 602’s on that I carded a 71 (-1) for my first under par round of the season. I collected about 1/4 of the cost of another pair of 602’s in the process by winning all my bets! The 602’s retail at $195.00.

Conclusion

I’m not the superstitious type, but I’m “under par lifetime” with the 602’s. I’ll be wearing them when I play tomorrow for sure! Heck, I may sleep with them on tonight.

Callaway may be new to the eyewear business but their offerings are of the highest quality and workmanship. Their design is unique and elegant. The functionality and performance on the course is excellent. Callaway has a winner here.

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