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It’s Electric, a new player in golf sunglasses

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At the recent 2016 PGA Merchandise Show, GolfWRX took note of some phenomenal gear seemingly appropriate for its gear heads, which will be featured in February. For this initial feature, we are highlighting Electric based in San Clemente, California.

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2016 was the first year that Electric participated at the PGA Merchandise Show as an exhibitor and did so given its recent emphasis on the golf market. Founded in 2000 by current CEO Eric Crane and Kip Arnette, son of Greg Arnette (founder of Arnette sunglasses), Electric is known for designing products for active lifestyles with “style that performs.” For surfing fans, Kelly Slater and Zeke Lau are a couple of current brand ambassadors for Electric.

Now, as part of Kering, a worldwide leader in apparel and accessories, Electric is part of a network of luxury sport and lifestyle brands, including Cobra Golf and Puma. Don’t be surprised if you see Lexi Thompson, Blair O’Neal, Jonas Blixt, or even Rickie Fowler bringing Electric products out onto their respective tours in the future.

In speaking with Cyle Cadam at Electric about the brand and its products, it became apparent (to me) not only are we talking about a cool, established brand poised to make a splash in the golf market, but a company genuinely determined to make high quality, functional products. The progression into golf was also, in part, the result of a push by an internal group of committed golfers that dedicate their work lives to Electric. At the end of the day, Electric and golf just made sense.

Overall, Electric offers sunglasses, watches, snow goggles, helmets, apparel and related accessories on its website for direct purchase. Products can also be found at a variety of retailers, both online and potentially in your geographical area. The decision to jump into golf, apart from those reasons already mentioned, came about naturally, given the expansion of the brand and popularity of its existing offering of sunglasses.

While Electric offers stylish sunglasses in a variety of styles (30-plus for men and 25-plus for women), when it came time to start sizing up the market for golf sunglasses, Electric chose to focus initially on three particular styles:

Backbone (starting at $120)

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Knoxville (starting at $120)

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Swingarm (starting at $100)

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In developing the S-line, Electric contemplated the needs of the modern day golfer by creating sunglasses that work both on and off the course. The function of an S-line pair of sunglasses on the golf course is apparent and primarily the result of its dual-action plastic hinge, performance grip nose pads, and thin frames designed for active play.

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The shining achievement for Electric, regardless of the style or line, is the use of melanin-infused lenses (known as “OHM” lenses), which are standard in every pair of its sunglasses. Not only do these lenses protect a golfer’s eyes from harmful UV rays, but also up to 98 percent of blue light. Blue light is considered to be the most damaging and dangerous part of the visible light spectrum. In short, Electric sunglasses are multi-functional and designed to support ongoing efforts for optical health.

Given Electric’s new take on some classic designs, these sunglasses are worth your attention. And with free shipping and free returns, there is no reason to wait, especially if you need a new pair for the summer of 2016.

Finally, with respect to so-called “golf” sunglasses specifically, Electric is in the process of rolling out a couple variations of tinted lenses, including, a proprietary green lens for play. Electric is technically new to the golf market, but it is a well-established brand and company with the pedigree to compete with other (currently) better-known manufacturers. These are premium sunglasses at affordable prices.

For more about Electric sunglasses and its other products, visit electriccalifornia.com

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  1. steve

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

    What are the requirements to get the love icon on the article? 47 likes to 46 shanks real low bar to get over. What’s the purpose if it doesn’t mean anything?

  2. Ben Auten

    Feb 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    For those still wondering, I invite you to try Electric and see for yourself. Good people, in my experience tend to make good products, and often do great things. BA

  3. Dev

    Feb 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Sunglasses with full rims and golf are a big no no for me. I get that the style is in. I rock a pair of classic ray-bans when I’m not golfing but I notice the rims to much when I am golfing. I used to have a pair of rimless sun glasses that were great for golf as their was nothing trying to grab my attention subconsciously. If they come out with half rim glasses and I will look into these. They would be going up against Oakley’s though so good luck.

  4. RVA USMC

    Feb 17, 2016 at 8:43 am

    No offense, but I have been wearing Oakleys since early 90’s and have yet to find anything to beat them out. And I doubt that Lexi will be wearing them anytime soon, unless her contract with Oakley is up?

  5. Doc Todd

    Feb 17, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I am intrigued after reading the part regarding the filtering of blue light. I have read that those of us with light colored eyes (blue here) are more susceptible to the damaging effects of blue light. I’m not sure that the offered styles are to my liking but I will definitely keep my eye out (pun intended) when they release different models.

    • Brian

      Feb 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I can tell you, as someone who wears regular glasses that filter blue light…it’s amazing. I work on laptops editing video all the time, and these things are a lifesaver. I bought a pair of Spy sunglasses last year that filter blue light as well, and I’m in love with them.

  6. John

    Feb 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Was fortunate to win a pair of the Golf specific “Green” lens while at PGA show. Was skeptical about the claims but…these things work. I usually have to take my glasses off to put and to drive. I did’nt take these off once the entire game. Looking forward to trying out some of the other frames and tints. Talk is cheap…these things work. It’s solidified…I’m sold.

  7. Fahgdat

    Feb 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I hope to never come across that 3some on the golf course, or anywhere, for that matter.

    • rkristopher

      Feb 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Keep that attitude and you won’t have many golf courses to keep running into them on in a few years.

      • tom

        Feb 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        So you really don’t think the guy in the red shirt with knee socks looks like a tool??

        • Brian

          Feb 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm

          Why is it such a big deal, and why are you so concerned with what others wear? Just because golf has “traditions” doesn’t mean that other people can’t bring something new to the table. And don’t argue that it’s a lack of respect, because you can dress differently and still have all the respect in the world for the game. I’d rather play with these guys who look like they’re going to have fun than with anyone who’s more concerned with what folks wear than the golf itself. Different strokes though, I suppose.

  8. James

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Been wearing Electric and Arnette for golf and running forever. Great glasses that fit/work really well. It’s nice to have an Oakley alternative. Please bring back some of the brighter colors and more wild designs.

  9. Charlie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:03 am

    As long as the lenses are good and the coatings are scratch resistant, then good.

    The nosepieces don’t look comfortable for people with long eyelashes or short nosebridges. I could never wear these.

    Not a lot of variety. Aside from the Hunter Mahan style wide-arm, I can’t tell the styles apart.

    Is this company affiliated in any way with Luxotica?

  10. Mark Bainbridge

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:01 am

    “Ben Auten – writing for the love of the game”. Really? Forgive me for being blunt, but, to me, this article is at least 98% press release. All it does is reaffirm my opinion that Golfwrx’s pictorial content is outstanding whereas its written content is dismal.

    • Dan

      Feb 16, 2016 at 8:55 am

      You’re right Mark – we’ve seen a lot more of these since GolfWRX’s ‘partnership’ with Golf Digest.

      http://www.golfdigest.com/story/golf-digest-and-golfwrxcom-ann

      If the advertorials didn’t convince you, just look at the “We Recommend” section with stories enticing you to find out “Who’s going bankrupt in america…” or worse. (Note Golf Digest’s similar, dumb ads to make a few extra bucks). It bothers me too… another grass roots organization gone main stream. At least they could make the advertisements golf related, right?

      Honestly, I didn’t mind this one particularly because I’ve worn Electric sunglasses for over 10 years now and the content was interesting to me. I’ve seen GolfWRX/Golf Digest do way worse with these ads.

      As usual…nothing we can do except point it out so others are educated.

      • Zak Kozuchowski

        Feb 16, 2016 at 9:00 am

        Dan,

        As of 2014, we ended our association with Golf Digest. We have been independently owned and operated since 2005.

        • Dan

          Feb 16, 2016 at 9:29 am

          Thanks Zak – good to know. Mark, I apologize for the misinformation.

          I saw the partnership announcement article but never one of the split. I’m a huge fan of GolfWRX… I’m on the site everyday. It must be tough to educate people on who you are and what motivates the company. Maybe a news article every now and then talking about your partnerships and day to day operations – Good & Bad? I think people would feel more connected.

          • Zak Kozuchowski

            Feb 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

            Thank you for being a loyal GolfWRXer, Dan, and for the recommendation as well. We’ve focused most of our energy on improving the quality and breadth of our content in recent years, but maybe there is room to talk about ourselves a little more. It’s good to hear that people are interested!

    • Adam

      Feb 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      I realize this website was started as a golf lover’s haven. But given it’s growth and the need to keep the website running smoothly over the years while accommodating the growth of the user base along with man hours required to do so, I certainly understand the need to generate income and subsequent profits for reinvestment. So partnerships, (whether current or not as explained below) are one avenue in which this is achieved. If it doesn’t interest you, don’t read it. But an awareness of the business side of GolfWRX should also dictate an understanding that this type of content and banner ads are also a necessity to continue producing a website we all enjoy/frequent.

      It’s my personal opinion that this article, while more than likely advertorially slanted, was useful. There aren’t a lot of good options that fit my needs on/off the course with lens designed for golf. While I’m not running out to purchase a pair of Electrics today, I’ll use the information to make a more informed purchase in the future. And that’s what I come here for, knowledge about the game that makes it more enjoyable and (hopefully) easier.

      • GolfWRX

        Feb 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm

        Thanks Adam. I saw the article from a newsletter and went to read it. Saw all the comments and here I am.

        While I was at the PGA Show last month I saw a few things that I felt were more novel than the masses. This booth, it’s look and feel, the vibe they had and ultimately the products caught my eye. Enough where I stopped and had photos taken. When we all got back I added it to a short list to take to the editorial team for consideration.

        They obviously liked it as well and here is the spotlight piece Nothing advertorial about it. We have zero business with the company and did it purely for our readership.

        There are a few other companies we have and will be covering for these same reasons. Looked cool, unique and novel. Fresh and or new looks and designs.

        Thank you for the time to comment. We are built by golfers for golfers. Always have and always will.

        Richard Audi

        Founder
        richard@golfwrx.com

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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (05/28/20): Titleist, PXG, Cobra

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Snax – PXG Gen 2 0311T Irons

If you are looking for a compact, fast, forged iron set that feels like butter on a warm biscuit, then these are for you. PXG 0311 Gen2 irons 4-PW with ProjectX 6.5, Get them while they’re hot.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: PXG Irons

Member Tnord – New in Plastic Titleist 680 MB

Absolutely stunning is the best way to describe these Titleist 680MB irons. This 15th-anniversary set and is considered highly sought after and I can’t imagine there are many sets out in the wild still in plastic and the original box! They’re not cheap but considering you are buying a new rare set – they shouldn’t be.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Titleist 680MB Irons

Member Ihahn – Cobra SpeedZone Driver

Here is your chance to get one of the hottest drivers in 202o for well below the traditional retail price. Although it’s just the head, it comes with a cover and if you are just looking to upgrades from a previous Cobra driver within the last 3-4 years, then the shaft ( with adapter ) you have will work just fine.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra SpeedZone

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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In our forums, our members have been discussing iron covers with WRXer ‘anythingfinite’ championing the use of iron covers when walking. As a walker, ‘anythingfinite’ says

“I hated the sound of clubs clanking together with every step. So I used neoprene iron covers and endured the ridicule for years. They never, ever slowed my play as I average 18 holes in a little over 2.5hrs playing by myself. It was never about protecting resale value, just about the noise.”

And our members have been discussing iron covers and whether they currently use them or would be tempted to use them in the future.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jvincent: “Clanking irons in the bag is like the sound of metal spikes on a path. It’s old school golf.”
  • Z1ggy16: “Toss your club cleaning towel in the clubs to help stop them from clanking *as much*. You can also use your one hand to kind of hold some of them in place as you walk.”
  • Windlaker_1: “I use the neoprene covers. Not for resale value, as I normally keep them so long they aren’t worth diddley-poo at that point. Use them to maintain a nice-looking set of irons.”
  • MtlJeff: “I don’t really notice it that much when I walk, to be honest. Maybe its how I arrange my clubs….If the clanging is bothering me, you can just move the clubs slightly, and it usually mitigates it. But if you’re like, breakdancing down the fairway, tough to stop it.”
  • puttingmatt: “It’s your choice. I use iron covers, lets me not forget a club around the green, as the cover in pocket is a quick reminder that something is a miss. Also, it’s a good way to protect your clubs, and at these prices, makes you wonder why not since woods and putters are sold with covers that are intended to be used. One other note, it may keep others from assessing what’s in the bag, and keep a thief wondering if the bag is worth the effort. Hate the feeling about club theft, but clubs are targets.”

Entire Thread: “Confessions of an iron cover user”

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Is 8 degrees between pitching wedge and sand wedge too much? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing gapping degrees and whether 8-degrees between your PW and SW is too much. WRXer ‘jonsnow’ seldom hits his GW and is considering dropping the club from the bag and wants to know, if he does so, will the current 8-degree gap between his wedges be too much. Our members have their say.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • ZA206: “For years I played a 47 PW and a 56 SW. I had a big hole in my scoring irons range (115-105 yards) that I tried to avoid at all costs. It cost me many strokes over the years. I felt like that gap was way too big and eventually settled on 46, 51, 55 (I also play a 60 LW) as my preferred setup. No gaps and I can hit every yardage without any issue. I’m a much better wedge player now than I ever was back then, but that’s not due to having more wedges, that’s more about technique.”
  • RainShadow: “In theory, yes. In actual real world action, depends on how many types of shots you can hit with the PW.”
  • MtlJeff: “I’ve played with 52 to 60 gaps. It depends on what type of shots you want to hit. I never chip with sand wedge and would rather hit a 3/4 shot with a 52 than a full with a 56. So it all depends on your game.”
  • bazinky: “A lot depends on how often you have shots in that yardage range. For example, I replaced my 50 and 54 with a single 52 wedge because I hardly ever had a yardage that required my 50 (I would sometimes go weeks without ever hitting it). That said, my biggest gap is 6 degrees. I think it’s doable as long as you have the discipline to be smart when you have a bad yardage. It can be tough to just aim for the fat of the green when you have a wedge in your hand.”
  • Pingistheanser: “I don’t think so. I’m more of a believer that you should pick lofts based upon the distances that you need to hit from. If those lofts allow you to hit distances that you need to hit, then they’re fine for you. I’m not a believer that you should have 4-degree gaps between your wedges because what good is a club that you never hit because you never find yourself in that distance range? For a time last year, I carried a 46-degree AW and a 56 degree as my only wedges, and they worked just fine. I’d sometimes have to make some adjustments if I found myself 90 yards off of the green because it would be too far for the 56, so I would just narrow my stance, grip down a bit and only swing the AW at about 75%.”

Entire Thread: “Is 8 degrees between PW and SW too much?”

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