Quoted from DRDAVE:
What impedes that right orbit shot is that thin flexible metal "gate". I've seen someone mod it to a curved metal rod gate with spring instead as the original was missing. I think it helped that shot a lot.
I don't have any problem with attacking that right orbit shot and have read of some using that Lightning flipper. I use those Williams style narrow-nose aluminum flippers from Pinball Life. It is a hard shot to hit.
My problem with that metal gate is that it is not built correctly, IMO. What I noticed when I first got my Seawitch is when I made the left hand orbit and that ball would be traveling clockwise, when it hit the metal gate the gate would flex due to not enough tension and this flex would mess with ball trajectory and maybe I could hit the ball with the right upper flipper and maybe I could not.
I have thought about making a curved spring loaded gate of which you speak. I have not got that far with figuring out what kind of torsion spring be suitable. But I have some ideas. Just no time to chase the engineering.
What I have done is make a gate from .030 polycarbonate (Lexan) and I made the gate a little longer. This extra length allows me to put a little more tension on the gate. There is not so much tension that ball cannot leave the shooter lane but there is enough tension that the gate does not deflect with a clockwise orbit shot.
The result is the ball will come into range of that upper right flipper a lot more. This gives me a good shot setup to go for a double orbit. I get quite a few double orbits, which is thrill, and I even got a triple orbit one time.
I sent my gate to Kerry Stair with the proposal that he was going to tool up and make some gates with a longer metal piece. But when he learned Cliffy was already making the gates he backed away.
While my poly gate works well, it is still a prototype and looks crappy.