Mark Joyce has told his local newspaper that he is consulting a psychologist in an attempt to improve his fortunes this season.
World no.57 Mark, a former English amateur champion, reached the final of the Masters qualifying event last year but the rest of the season tailed off for him.
He’s wise to try something new in his approach to the campaign rather than just hoping his tried and tested formula will work.
Many sportsmen have consulted psychologists in an effort to give them an edge. The setting of goals and clearing of the mind can, in theory, have a positive effect.
Of course, there will be those who say it’s all nonsense and unnecessary but there are always people who are sceptical about things they don’t understand.
Visiting a psychologist won’t turn Mark into a world champion but it may keep some of the mental turmoil associated with snooker at bay and let him do what he does best: playing the game.