Sight classifications are used to ensure fair competition and give you the reassurance that you are competing against others on an even playing field.
Sight classifications are based on your level of vision. You will undertake a sight test, which will be reviewed by a qualified classifier.
They will assess:
Visual acuity. You will be then issued with a Classification and receive a certificate for use when applying for membership of EWBG.
Unlike some sports, field of vision is not yet considered for Blind Golf.
What are the Sight Classification Categories used in Blind golf ?
Classification categories are B1, B2, B3, B4
B1, B2, and B3 sight categories are recognised by most sports for UK recreational competitions, as well as for International events.
Sight classification categories are based on your best corrected vision. Best vision means that if your sight is different on each side, it will be based on the side where you have better vision. Corrected vision means what you can see with the use of glasses or lenses, even if this is something you do not use when taking part in your sport.
Breakdown of Categories:
B1: Golfers will have no light perception, or some light perception and the ability to perceive some movement, but an inability to recognise shapes.
B2: Golfers will have significantly limited vision acuity. (about 5% or less) This category includes being able to count fingers, or being able to recognise/read something at a very short distance.
B3: Golfers will have greatly limited visual acuity. (about 10% or less) B3 is the highest category used for most international and Paralympic sports.
B4: A few golfers who are registered as severely sight impaired (blind) may have a little more vision. (slightly more than 10% with limited field of vision). Although you will not be able to take part in International events EWBG will welcome you as an associate member so you can join in playing at our events. This will give you confidence and introduce you to the EWBG family before possible further sight loss.