Quoted from coasterguy:
Probably just needs a little fiddling with. Open it up and just check it out and see if it's tight, in line, etc. It seems a few have not been from the factory. I bet it is something simple.
Thank you, as you were right. I noticed that the kickback was a little off, thus I realigned it and now the ball comes out much more smoothly and, while not always, can even make it all the way back to roll over switches at the top right of the play field! Nice!
Thankfully, though, I did not have to take the apron off to realign the kickback as I had a driver that is small with a 90 degree flip head. This was good as I do not see how the apron even comes off!