David Gilbert has credited his coach, Steve Feeney, for the stunning improvement in his career that has led him to a World Championship semi-final.
The 37-year-old first turned professional in 2002 but had never been beyond the second round at the Crucible until this year.
He had also managed just one ranking event final in his career before this season, but now he has been to three after runs to the showpiece contest at the World Open and German Masters.
Gilbert began working with Feeney and his ‘SightRight’ system last year and the improvements are there for all to see.
Feeney has become an influential force in snooker, having worked with world champions Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stuart Bingham in recent years and Gilbert has also felt the benefits.
‘It’s definitely been my best year by an absolute mile,’ Gilbert told Metro.co.uk. ‘It’s a bit of everything, the end of last year I was a bit fed up with the game. Putting a lot of effort in but playing terrible and the results showed that.
David Gilbert is enjoying a career resurgence (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)
‘I started working with Steve Feeney in the summer, he’s shown me one or two things and that’s helped me a lot over the season and I’m playing a lot more like I play in practice now.
Shaun Murphy: Hi Everyone, Just a quick note to announce that as of this month I have started working with Steve Feeney using his SightRight tech.
Having been sceptical for many years of new sighting methods that were not in the Joe Davis book my father used to teach me when I was eight, I decided to invite Steve to my house to demonstrate how it works. Well, I was blown away! Never in my 26 years of playing snooker have I seen something that has such an instant effect on where the ball goes, and Steve and myself are very excited about the future. Continue reading Shaun Murphy Teams up with SightRight Coaching→