Samm is a great instructor with a deep knowledge of the game. She came out and taught 4 beginners some great mechanics that has already made us all significantly better players. I would highly recommend Samm as an instructor for any level ranging from beginner to expert. Great to work with, fun experience, and very educational!
Samm Diep is a great coach. No matter your skill level, she can help your take your game to the next level. She will start with your stroke (the foundation for anyone's game). Once you stroke is second nature, the sky is the limit with Samm as your coach. I look forward to continue learning with her, and highly recommend her for anyone looking to improve their game!!
I am so lucky I've gotten the opportunity to work with Samm on my game and future goals! Samm is extremely personable and open-minded, and she possesses all the knowledge needed to elevate her student's play. Samm has given me all the resources I've needed to succeed. Thank you Samm!!!
Elsie Cash Lance
Samm is excellent. Sweet, personable and caters to what you need in order to grow as a player. If you are wanting to play better you can't go wrong getting a lesson with her!
I started playing pool in my teens. I studied, I practiced, I competed, and then I took 10 years off to raise my family. I picked my cues back up about 7 months ago and some weird stuff was happening. First, I was getting a TON of feedback from my community: “Your fundamentals are perfect. Your stroke is beautiful! Once your mental game catches up, you’ll be unstoppable.” Okay. I just need a new brain. Super easy. Now where to find... While I know my community is behind me, it’s difficult to work with feedback like this because it’s nebulous and there’s no concrete advice for corrective action. To me, missing makeable shots regularly, not running runnable tables, and going home feeling defeated every time I head out to compete is certainly not doing my “mental game” any favors—it’s likely just making me feel worse about my abilities, which just makes me miss more shots and lose more matches that I should have won. But here is where the story gets SO much better… I met Samm many years ago before my hiatus when I was an active pool player in Denver. I took a lesson with her once and even attended a local clinic during which she was a guest teacher. When I started playing pool at Felt in Englewood in 2022 and was wallowing in my own self-pity, I saw her face up on the wall and I thought, “Before you give your cues away to the guy on the corner, call Samm. You may be beyond help, but at least she will give you some solid and candid advice.” I met with her four days ago on Tuesday. The good news? I don’t, in fact, need a new brain. What I DID need was to fix my grip on my cue, the length of my bridge, and my elbow from resembling what she gently called a “chicken wing.” Samm gave me concrete exercises to retrain my brain to make these three minor adjustments in the way I handle my cue, all neatly packaged in bite sized bits that were easy to digest, and even easier to put into practice (plus there’s a rhyme to help me remember—a lovely touch). I walked away with videos of what it should look and feel like, with a study plan, with concrete goals and exercises to do at home on my table to achieve those goals. Four days later, I can report something that is nothing short of miraculous. After following her guidance, my shot percentage is up by nearly 50%. Read that again. I am making almost TWICE as many shots as I did five days ago on Monday. After just two hours with Samm. It may sound funny, but you can think of Samm like a personal miracle worker. She is methodical, deliberate, focused, and committed to seeing me reach my potential as a billiards player. She has faith in me when I don’t have it in myself and best of all, she has a lovely sense of humor, and makes it so much fun to do the work. I’m so incredibly thankful for the gifts that Samm shares with students like me. It’s for the first time in decades that I feel inspired and capable. While I still have a long way to go, I honestly can’t stop marveling at my shot making ability that happened literally overnight. Samm is what we are all missing when we rely only on our own personal methods and nebulous, but well-meaning advice. It is without reservation that I recommend her as a teacher of this inspiring, heart-breaking, passionate, maddening game we love called pool. I'm already looking forward to my next lesson.
Hay pool players. I just finished a 4hr lesson with Samm and I wanted all of you to know just how great she is. Samm is the type of instructor that can improve your pool game regardless of where you are at in your game. From beginner to advanced player, she has the ability to take your game to the next level. So, if you want to get better at playing pool, and we all do, taking lessons from Samm is a must. Good luck with your game! Thank you for all your help again, Samm. I'm already seeing positive results.
Samm is extremely knowledgeable and passes that knowledge along with appropriate drills and personal instruction while maintaining a friendly respect for the student who, like myself, spent the last 50 years doing it "my way". I look forward to implementing these "tweaks" into my practice routine and see where I can up my game. There is always room for improvement in everybody's game and we should allow someone like Samm to give us the opportunity to be the best we can be and not be just good enough.
Great lesson! Samm has a wealth of knowledge and is good at breaking it down and making it easier to understand. I saw noticeable improvements after practicing for only a week. I liked the personalized notes and packet she sent me home with to practice. Thank you!
Samm is an awesome person to work with. I totally recommend her, she gave me some quick tips on how to improve my stance and it immediately improved my gameplay
I've been playing pool semi-regularly for over thirty years and have remained at roughly the same skill level for, well, almost thirty years. I finally decided that it was time to actually try to improve my game. I started with Youtube videos and quickly found the Dr. Dave offerings to be among the best of the lot, many of which also featured Samm. I started watching her videos as well and discovered that she was based right here in Denver and offered reasonably priced private lessons out of Felt Billiards in Englewood. After many months of trying to improve on my own, I finally pulled the trigger and took a two hour lesson, and I can say without reservation that there is simply no substitute for having a skilled professional evaluate your mechanics, strategy, and overall mindset in person. Samm was cheerful, well-prepared, deeply knowledgeable, and entirely focused on my game and my goals for the entire session. She sent me home with a binder full of useful materials, and then followed up the next day with an email of detailed notes about our session, listing out the key items we worked on along with several homework assignments. I will definitely be returning for more lessons in the future. Thanks Samm!