About Tom & The National Billiard Academy
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 50 years as a pool player and 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.
Tom has trained over 3,000 pool players and 175 instructors. His pool school offers billiard lessons for every skill level. Tom is a Founding Professor at Billiard University, and has published 200+ billiard instructional lessons.
We’ve been evolving and refining the National Billiard Academy 3-Day Weekend Intensive for over 20 years now. It’s the real deal. Your pool school experience will give you the tools, skills, and knowledge to break you through whatever is holding you back.
You’re welcome to check out about 50 more Comments from Players here at the website. Keven Engelke (Vice President – PoolDawg.com) took the Intensive recently. 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 available at this link, directly from the inventor. 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 129 instructional columns is now shipping. Presenting 15 years of Tom’s best work, the Beat People With a Stick! billiard lesson book offers clear instruction & key insights for every player. Click for more info.
We are the exclusive distributor for the original Jerico Stinger Cues. The Pro Stinger is the world’s best jumpbreak cue. Stinger Pro Player Representative Shawn Putnam was selected in 2007 as the world’s best jumpshot artist. These cues are endorsed by seven PBIA Master Instructors, and are being used by top pros such as Kid Delicious, Mike Massey, Tony Robles, Buddy Hall, Jeanette Lee, Ewa Laurence, Tom Rossman, Stefano Pelinga, and Jennifer Barretta. Try one for 30 days. You’ll be astonished! Click for more info.
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.