Stephen Hendry's decision to use a new cue for the 888.com World Championship having practised with it for only four weeks appears to have backfired.
He trails Ali Carter 12-4 and is set for a disappointing second round defeat at the Crucible today.
He will be 39 next year and, as it stands, the likelihood of him landing an eighth world title is diminishing.
He has nothing to prove, but won't want to carry on much longer if he can't find some form.
His performance against Carter was a world away from his supreme best.
What does he do now? Dump the new cue and revert to the old one or even get a new one?
Whatever, he seems low on confidence and set for elimination when he and Carter resume at 2.30pm.