It was hard to discern much about the potential of the ‘Super Sixes’ version of snooker by watching the Crucible final between veteran Tony Knowles and young Ross Muir but still possible to make a few general points.
The first would be that six reds snooker is invariably a faster form of the game but not necessarily that much faster. For instance, Stephen Maguire and Mark King spent something like 25 minutes on the green in their second round match last week. There’s no reason why this couldn’t happen in the six reds version.
Six reds snooker levels the playing field a little, but why is this a good thing? Top level sport is the survival of the fittest.
Six reds snooker may encourage attacking play but this negates much of the skill of the game, namely the tactical duels.
Of course, many people find these dull and it’s certainly true that snooker can’t stand still.
But I would argue that its chief problem is not a stuffy game or lack of ‘characters’ but more a lack of tournaments and the way the sport's media profile has declined, at least in the UK, so that TV viewers find it harder to relate to the players in the way they once did.
As I wrote last month, six reds may be the way to go for seniors tournaments as the old boys obviously aren’t as good as they were but plenty of people would still like to see them play.
Maybe it would also be a good way of getting kids into the sport.
But snooker, and in particular the World Championship, is popular largely because of the slow burning drama it provides.
Perhaps not everyone has the attention span for this but that doesn’t automatically mean that if you take away nine reds they will suddenly flock to the sport.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with trying something different. But why not be bolder?
If you really want to speed up snooker, you will have to change the rules.
You will have to introduce a shot clock or, as Steve Davis suggested on the BBC, introduce the rule used in 9-ball pool where players have ball in hand after every foul.
I think six reds snooker is fine if it remains in the background as a novelty variant of the established game.
But of all the things wrong with snooker, the game itself is not one of them.