Ronnie O'Sullivan is road testing a bizarre new purple cue ahead of the defence of his Masters title at Wembley.
The 34-year-old has been given the coloured cue by his sponsors Premier Inn and will use it in the tournament, which starts on Sunday.
O'Sullivan believes it the type of initiative that new World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Barry Hearn will look to promote.
O'Sullivan said: “Last year I used a new cue for the Masters. I only had it for two hours and I managed to win the tournament.
“So I'm not a buyer of that philosophy that the cue is the be-all and end-all. I used to be because I got so attached to one cue that I couldn't do without it.
“If you start relying on equipment to dictate how you play then you become attached to it and that is a weakness.”
O'Sullivan feels Hearn's new job can revitalise the sport — and he is willing to help as long as his game is not compromised.
“There will be a lot less red tape now Barry has come in,” said O'Sullivan.
“Barry is up for people to be more dare-devilish and interact with the crowd.”