Hey...not sure why my PM was posted here...cpr999 - if you wanted a review, I would have happily posted.
For full disclosure / clarity / posterity - -
Just want to go on record saying - I think both solutions have their place. I like the Swink targets (And I'm actually going to keep them in my system). However, I did still mention some airballs occurred.
Here's where I noticed the airballs still occurring post Swinks install.(see attached) (Note: this isn't my playfield, just referenced for example) The 'plastic' box area I was concerned about getting hit and the target that triggered some extra bounce is highlighted. Airballs came down at least 80%... But I have to say, while the airball protector from cpr999 is a great solution (and definitely better than the thin plastic airbal protector others have sold) - - I could be a bit 'ocd' about this.
And speaking of OCD, some folks may not like having an acrylic/plastic guards on the playfield.
The swinks target is definitely a viable solution that addresses the critical airballs.
If you're on the fence and don't mind performing the install, my recommendation is to weigh the options and try both. I am happy with cpr999's solution, but I also appreciate the work that went into both solutions and I can see why someone may prefer either type of solution.