Pool HallDo you sometimes feel like a champion trapped in an amateur’s body? Most players feel that way yet only a few break through to experience the consistent execution of their intentions. Unless you’re 13 years-old and your father owns a poolroom, chances are that you cannot spend the thousands of hours necessary for improvement without help. I guarantee you will generate the breakthroughs that can shave years off of the standard pool education. Two options are available:

“Dr Cue” Tom Rossman ESPN and World Master Trick-Shot Champion

"Dr. Cue"Every so often an individual comes along with superior knowledge, communication skills, and a caring attitude so vital for the great game of billiards…with all its complexities and joys.  With the myriad of instructors in today’s expanding billiard forum, it is so good to know someone that stands out in the total educational spectrum with professional teaching skills and professional demeanor.  From solid fundamentals to advanced techniques.  Mr. Tom Ross heads the list of those wisdom presenters that any aspiring player should see to go to the next level and beyond in his or her personal game.

– Dr. Cue

Tim “The Monk” Miller World-Famous Instructor and Best-Selling Author

"The Monk"For over 25 years Tom Ross has been a Billiards Instructor.  He brings joy and success to other players. Tom previously offered a free clinic every Thursday at a pool hall in Denver.  There was something magical about Tom’s programs.  He has had as his guest, The Monk, Bert Kinnister, Kim Davenport, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, Laura Smith, and Megan Minerich teaching his Thursday night class.  He also offered personal one on one training, along with workshops each month.  Tom Ross is a Master Monk 101 and 202 instructor.  He has worked with both The Monk and Tom Rossman for several years.

Master the way you think and you become the Master

Tom Ross guided Jackie Broadhurst to the BCA National Eight Ball Championships with a specialized one on one training program he designed just for her.  She went from a novice to a world class competitor under his teachings.  Tom has had great success with his students.

He was a writer for the “Billiard Digest Magazine”.  He also contributed to the “Colorado Billiard News” and “The Monk Reloaded”.

I personally think Tom Ross is the one of the very few premiere teachers in this game today.  He is dedicated to his students and his work.  Often times you would find Tom the last one in the pool hall long after the workshop is over, helping players with their game.

Tom took his work seriously and expected his students to work hard for positive results.  His knowledge of the game and systems and strokes is unmatched by anyone in his field.  He is a well-rounded instructor.  I am proud to call him my friend.

– Tim Miller, “The Monk”

Sammantha Diep 2004 Valley National 9-Ball Champion

Samm DiepAfter witnessing the proven success that Jackie Broadhurst experienced from working with Tom, I wanted a taste of it myself.  I began training with him in July of 2003.  I was very excited and immediately impressed by his ability to assess the current level of my game.  We worked together to improve my weaknesses (my position play, my break, and my stance) and further developed my strengths (my strategy, my ambition/focus, and my stroke).  After a few months of working with him, I began winning or cashed in various tournaments where top-level local players showed up regularly.

I have since referred many of my peers to seek Tom’s expertise on the game.  I am often approached by spectators requesting tips or pointers around town.  I just send them to Tom’s free Thursday night clinic.  It’s amazing that he has run this clinic for over 10 years every Thursday night and he never runs out of topics to cover.  He always draws a crowd and keeps everyone interested.  You never walk away without learning something.  I still attend them almost regularly.

I have worked with a handful of other instructors and the most remarkable thing about Tom is that he is able to execute anything he describes.  Not only is he an outstanding instructor but he is a champion pool player himself.  With many wins from 3-cushion to straight pool to 9-ball, his experience is part of what makes him such a great teacher.  No matter what he is teaching you, he is able to demonstrate it and show you how it’s done.  Tom is also a very good communicator and is able to get his point across directly and answer any question that comes up.

I commend Tom for all his hard work in the community and for helping me strive for my goals.  This past year of working with him has been incredibly rewarding and the tremendous improvement in my game will only continue.

-Samm Diep

Jackie Broadhurst 2003 BCA 8-Ball Singles Champion & IPT Touring Pro

Jackie BroadhurstIn 2002, Tom and I set a goal for me to win the 2003 B.C.A. Women’s Open Singles Division held in Las Vegas, NV.  Once a week, Tom gave me lessons and a practice routine. I did all of his assignments and tracked my progress.  Everyone has noticed a huge improvement in my game over the past year.  My high run with 15 balls scattered on the table went from 25 to 92.  My highest consecutive run in 9-ball went from one and a half to over five racks without a miss.  So when I arrived at the B.C.A. Nationals, I was prepared.  I won the tournament with flying colors in a 497 person playing field.  There was only one person who got more than 2 games from me in a match.  Most of the scores were 4-0 and 4-1.  I never would have won that tournament if I didn’t have Tom Ross as a coach.

Something that sets him apart from other instructors is that he is dedicated to the student’s comprehension of the material.  He doesn’t just give you a memorized talk, he helps you as an individual, diagnoses your needs, and helps you work on the things that specifically help your game.  On many occasions, I’ve seen him go out of his way to help people with a shot or generously offer advice to someone struggling.  He is an asset to this industry not only because he is an excellent player but because he is a great teacher.  He is very knowledgeable, patient, and easy to understand.  I believe that over half the people who play at Shakespeare’s are there because of him.  He draws people to this game like a powerful magnet.

– Jackie Broadhurst