Tom Simpson is a highly experienced PBIA Master Instructor (Professional Billiard Instructor Association), operating the National Billiard Academy (accredited by the PBIA since 2004). With over 40 years of play and nearly 20 years as an instructor, Tom also holds the highest level instructor/coach certification in the ACS Instructor Program (American CueSports Alliance) and is active on the Instructor Committees of both organizations. He has trained over 150 instructors and over 3000 players.
Click here to learn about our 3-Day Weekend Intensives, currently offered in 12 cities in the US:
> Virginia Beach
A recent testimonial:
"I was probably the most skeptical student that ever attended the National Billiard Academy. I am a semi-professional 9 ball player and my 8 ball team has been in the top 4 of the masters division in Vegas (VNEA) 3 out of the past 4 years. So, I am not a newbie. I want to let you know that spending 3 days with Tom and his team has changed my game forever - the biggest benefit to me were the aiming systems, which I won't go into here. I have been working with one of these systems for 2 weeks since returning and I am making more balls with ease than I ever imagined possible. As a result, my speed control has improved as I am not concerned with pocketing balls.
In summary, the best money I have ever spent on pool!"
Gerry Williams, Ottawa, Canada - November 2011
Take a moment to read a few more Comments from Players. There are about 50 here at the website. Recently, Keven Engelke (Vice President - PoolDawg.com) took the Intensive. Here is his personal review of the experience, with photos.
Read three Billiards Digest columns about the Intensive, as experienced by columnist and novice player Audra Quinn (please note that Audra's errors in the Day 2 column diagram were corrected later): Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Or read an older Review of the 3-Day Weekend Intensive by
Erik Barzeski of BilliardDrills.com.
Tom was the founder of Elephant Balls, Ltd., and invented the Elephant Practice Balls and Ghostball Aim Trainer products, used worldwide since 1994. Practice Balls are finally available again. Tom's newest training aid, the Stroke Groover, was tested extensively in pool school. See a video of this terrific product in action.
Tom's book of 128 instructional columns is now shipping. Presenting 15 years of Tom's best work, the Beat People With a Stick! lesson book offers clear instruction & key insights for every player. Click for more info.
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The Pro Stinger is
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Tom was featured on the cable TV
series "The Men's Room."
On the show, he demonstrates & teaches one of the primary
ball-jumping techniques used in pool: the Dart Method. Video
footage teaching two methods of jumping is available for view here.
Click here for an article by Tom about how to become a better pool player. Click here for Tom's article about finding your Pattern of Missing, and click here for the corresponding Excel worksheets.