Mark Selby has shortened his cue action for the new season.
He has mainly eradicated the ‘swaying’ action that made him so distinctive and does not feather the cue ball as much as before. This means he has quickened up.
The new action was in evidence during his 5-1 victory over Andrew Higginson at the Northern Ireland Trophy in Belfast yesterday.
However, Selby did not need to be at the top of his game as Higginson, playing his first match on TV since he appeared in the 2007 Welsh Open final, struggled.
Selby was never slow in the Eddie Charlton mould. He was merely slower than most of the other top players.
One of the reasons he changed his action is because he is shortly to make his debut in the Premier League where there is a 25 second per shot limit.
He may also have felt himself becoming tired as tournaments wore on because he was expending so much mental energy.
It’s a risk to change something that has been successful. Selby’s gamble is that it will make him even more successful.