The Tornados are the
table for tourny play. 3 goalie is the norm these days and in fact you do use the side goalies to cut off angles. The old style slopped corner tables are random and sloppy, not designed for quality "fast" professional play. My group of friends always plays "clean" rules, similar to 8 ball. Essentially no sloppy shots count, and the ball cannot touch any other player on shots. Also cutbacks, intentional or not, are a big no no. It's different, but a lot more fun than "everything counts" rules. Of course at a bar, unless you're sneaky and stick your hats in the goals, everything counts no matter what. This is when that group of sloppy drunk chicks challenges you and a friend, they spin like there is no tomorrow, and somehow win.
Oh I have a Cyclone 2 as well, great table for the money.
Also, red ball> crappy white ball