At least, that's what he says. Maybe he's just been partying too much. But when I discovered this little tip from Rickie Fowler -- who happens to be a Golf Digest Playing Editor -- it seemed so out there that I thought it might have some value.
Here's the deal: It seems that Rickie likes to finish his practice sessions by hitting maybe a dozen drivers with his eyes closed. Yes, you read that right -- with his eyes closed. Apparently Rickie uses it to help him focus on his balance and visualize his swing motion.
He doesn't recommend using this technique with an iron -- as he says, "taking divots blind doesn't seem like a smart thing to do." Still, I kinda like this idea. It's tough to keep your balance with your eyes closed under any circumstances, but something like this might help you identify balance problems that you'd miss otherwise.
Of course, if you dress like Rickie, I guess you spend a lot of time with your eyes closed. Sunglasses can only block so much.