Ok, I really wouldn't do it, but I feel I am at that point. I just got this machine two weeks ago, it's my first pin i have played in a few years. I am new to the hobby and understand that I have to figure out strategy and ball tips, but I am going crazy! So, ball 1, shoot it into play field, first mission is to start one of the six modes, no problem. I start the mode, and EVERY, not sometimes, EVERY time I play a mode the ball drains. I have literally played about 35 games or more today, and this is ongoing. The ball either somehow gets shot down the center, or hits a slingshot, gets kicked back and forth and drains out the sides. I can understand if somehow I accidentally knock the ball in, but these are things I don't think I can control, especially when drained out the sides. This game is supposed to be fun, but this ongoing issue is really knocking me down. I mean statistically by now I should at least be able to keep one ball from draining during a mode. Am I missing something? Is there a certain tip I should be doing to prevent this? I just don't know what to do!! What is the purpose of the slingshots anyways? Seems like 96% of the time the ball hits the sling and gets kicked back and forth the ball drains...while I sit back helplessly watching.... This post is more of a venting. Anyone else feel this way about some of their games? Is this just the norm for a pinball game?