This is not meant to start a war. The answer or answers to these question are beyond me. A properly set up and maintained Gold Crown seems to me to be the perfect platform -- I detected no deficiency or need for improvement. Maybe I am wrong, but if I am correct, I cannot understand why Diamond would come along and change the essential element of the game. Why not just make tables that played like Gold Crowns? To my way of thinking, what any player in any sport seeks is consistency -- knowing that I can cause the object ball to hit a rail at a point in a certain manner and it will go in the chosen pocket, from table to table to table, is a thing of beauty. Pool is difficult enough without having to adjust for substantial differences which could have been avoided. What did we gain from Diamond's changes? Were the changes really necessary?