I’ll preface this by saying that I rarely play in tournaments aside from the ones I run. The games are in a bar, so nothing much is changed from the way they come “out of the box”. We do disable extra balls for the tournaments. With that said, I recently played at Pinburgh and was surprised at how different the difficulty was on those machines. Kudos to the people that set them up. I found them hard, but very fair.
I’m interested in what they went through to set them up, most notably the tilt and the pitch. They all had reduced / non-existent ball saves along with shortened multi-ball ball saves. I also noticed missing rubbers on outlane posts and center posts. I saw that the slings were pretty darn sensitive, but not too crazy.
Anyway, now that I’ve rambled enough, I want to set up some of my games at home in a similar manner. What I’m really interested in is how the pitch and tilts were set up. It looked to me like the pitch on every game involved lowering the front levelers all the way and then jacking up the back as high as possible. Is that pretty much the way it works or is there a standardized pitch for games in tournaments?
Also, was something done to the tilts? They were very fair, but as soon as you did anything crazy you were punished. I’ve always had an issue setting mine so they weren’t just way too tight, if that makes any sense at all.
Turning off ball saves and removing rubbers is easy, but it’s really the tilt and pitch that were different.
Sorry for the rambling…