The simple change behind John Higgins’ sensational return to form

John Higgins’ superb form has continued this week in the Players Championship – so much so that he has failed to lose a single frame going into tonight’s semi-final clash against Kyren Wilson.

Higgins thrashed newly crowned Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown 6-0 earlier this week and on Friday beat three-times world champion Mark Selby by the same scoreline – which is not by any means an easy feat.

As well as the impressive wins, Higgins has already notched up four centuries so far in the tournament.

The results continue what has so far been an impressive 2021 for Higgins, which started with him reaching the Masters final – losing out in a close thriller to China’s Yan Bingtao.

Incredibly, the four-times world champion has not won a major ranking event since the Welsh Open of 2018 – more than three years ago.

But during the 2021 Masters, Higgins completed one of his best victories in recent years – a 6-3 faultless win over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter-finals and made a break of 145 in the process.

John Higgins. Picture by Monique Limbos

After the match a jubilant Higgins said: “I can’t play any better than that. I thought it was a great match.”

It was also at that point Higgins revealed he had been working on change to his cue action technique.

And, what may surprise snooker fans, it is a rather a simple and uncomplicated change which appears to be paying dividends.

Higgins explained: “I have heard people say I’m too far away from the white ball and at the point of contact I am too far away and losing power.

“So I’m trying to get closer with my bridge hand and my tip and it’s giving me a trigger like a golfer, and it’s paying off.”

Victory for Higgins tonight will see him play Ronnie O’Sullivan in Sunday’s Players Championship final.

O’Sullivan, the reigning world champion, beat Barry Hawkins 6-4 on Friday to reach his second successive ranking event final – following last week’s Welsh Open.

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