Quoted from FatPanda:
Happens on my game. It's probably normal as theres probably tons of spin introduced into the ball with a lightening fast shot and it whips around the horseshoe. That's why Eric put the short ball saver when a ball goes through the horseshoe to keep cheap SDTM drains from happening.
Quoted from Kevlar:
I think it's always going to be variable depending on ball speed, sometimes balls exiting left on my machine cut all the way across to the right flipper.
Quoted from ziz:
Happens for me too, it’s a shot to avoid. The flooblecrank shot is so important and is consistently one of my highest priority shots, both for powering the anti-gravity, and in this case to set up a lock so that the horseshoe is closed and doesn’t just fire the ball back at you. Lots of strategy and setup shots in this game which I really like.
Thanks guys! I figured it was probably typical. Ive found that shooting the left side of the horseshoe with the lower right flipper is almost always safe regardless of speed. Just need to remember to be careful and make strategic choices when shooting from the left when it's open.