UPSCALE NINE-BALL is intended for intermediate to advanced pool players. The fundamentals are
discussed but only briefly. The majority of the book is devoted to those shots and strategies associated
most specifically with the game of NINE-BALL. For example, equipment, stance and stroke, bank shots,
and english are all included in the book. However, emphasis is placed on things like the break shot
(Chapter 6), push out (Chapter 7), safeties (Chapter 8), ball-in-hand (Chapter 9), kick shots (Chapter
11), jump shots (Chapter 12) and strategy (Chapter 14), which are all examined in detail.

There are many things in this book that have never before been examined in detail. Some examples
are; pocket difficulty, skill rating, and handicapping.

If three parameters of a corner pocket are measured (width, shelf, and throat angle) a number
representing the pocket difficulty can be assigned to that particular table. Using the pocket difficulty
number, any two tables can be compared without having to use vague terms such as “tight” or “big.”

It has always been difficult to describe how well a particular person plays NINE-BALL. Using the skill
rating system, described in this book, a person's skill rating can be quantified in terms of a number
between zero and 100. Using this system you can compare your skill with that of anyone else in the

This book describes, in detail, all the various handicapping systems. How much is the break worth? How
much is the 8-ball worth? How much is the last two balls worth? The value of each type of handicap
varies with the skill of the players. You can now determine exactly how much each handicap is worth to
you as an individual. The “skip handicap system,” (Chapter 19) is a new system that can be fine-tuned
to an extent never before possible.