At Pooldawg.com, we are all about helping out pool players. Whether it is finding the right equipment or providing instruction on how to improve your game, we’ve got your back! Billiards is an extremely technical sport that requires a combination of physical and mental skills to play properly. If there is any part of your game that you are having trouble with, the best way to correct it is to get advice from an expert. That’s why we recruited PBIA Master Instructor/Billiards Alchemist Tom Simpson, one of the best and most respected minds in billiards, to answer your questions with the Ask The Master Q+A articles.
Tom Simpson is one of only 9 PBIA Master Instructors worldwide as well as a top rated Instructor/Coach with the ACS (American Cue Sport). Tom founded and runs the accredited National Billiards Academy out of Columbus, OH and also travels to do weekend intensive classes at premier pool halls around the country. As an inventor he brought the pool world some of the best training tools on the market including the Elephant Practice Balls, Ghost Ball Aim Trainer and the Stroke Groover. With over 40 years of playing pool and nearly 20 years as an instructor, Tom has developed the unique ability to clearly explain his technical understanding of the game to help amateur and professional pool player alike.
Ask the Master allows you to email your questions and get free, professional advice from one of the best in the business. Tom is an amazing resource that you can consult to get help with your personal billiard mysteries so be sure to send him your questions at: Askthemaster@pooldawg.com.
One of the biggest nightmares for travelling pool players has finally come to an end. Today TSA announced that as of April 25th, pool cues are once again fine to bring on airplanes as carry on luggage.
“From April 25, airline passengers going through US airports will be allowed to take onboard small Swiss Army-type knives provided the blade is no longer than 2.36 inches, or 6 centimeters, and does not have a locking fixed blade or a molded grip. This will bring US airport carry-on security rules in line with European Union rules.
Bats weighing less than 24 ounces and no longer than 24 inches will also be allowed onboard, as will lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, pool cues, ski poles and up to two golf clubs.”
This is really great news and was a long time coming. There’s nothing more stressful for a travelling pool player than to send your pool cue through as luggage and spend the next 2-4 hours (or longer) hoping that when you get off the plane, your cue will be there.
Over the past couple of months, many of you have seen a new badge on our site and product pages that looks something like this:
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As with everything, there are restrictions with the program (which you can read about here), but ultimately the goal of this is to create a safer, more secure, more worry free shopping experience.
Check it out and let us know what you think!