Peter Wright revealed he is now modelling his throw on Phil Taylor in a bid for more world glory.
The Livingston ace powered past Rob Cross to set-up a thrilling quarter-final against Dave Chisnall in the BoyleSports Grand Slam tonight (Friday).
Snakebite, now second favourite, admits he has changed to a more deliberate throwing action in the style of legend The Power.
He said: “I’m placing my darts like Phil Taylor and he ruled the world for 20 or 30 years. He’d still be ruling the world if he was still playing.
“It's nice to get into the knockouts so well and to beat Rob Cross is a bonus because he's such a great player who's done fantastically well this year
“I'm happy and I was confident coming into this. I'm using the heavier, 26 gram darts, like when I reached the World Championship final in 2014, but I've changed the stems and it's working for me.
“I'm aiming every dart and throwing properly and it's a pace I feel comfortable with. I feel good and I know there's lots more to come with the darts, and hopefully that's in this tournament.
“It’s not going to be easy because Dave is probably the best player in the world right now.”
Chisnall, the 2014 finalist, breezed past Ryan Harrington to secure his last eight spot in a fourth successive televised event.
The 39-year-old has reached the World Grand Prix final this autumn to follow up three ranking victories - and is now hoping to go all the way to a maiden TV title.
He said: “I'm happy to be through. I’m playing okay and I hit some good shots - it could have been closer but that's the game.
“Luckily for me I'm starting to play well again and hitting my doubles, and I can look forward to Friday now.”
Friday November 15 (1900 GMT)Quarter-Finals x2
Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright
Glen Durrant v Michael Smith
Saturday November 16 (2000 GMT)Quarter-Finals x2
Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)
Photography courtesy of Taylor Lanning (@taylanningpix)