I’ve noticed KME and a few other top players use this type of shot over the last year or so, but not really seen any discussion of it. Maybe there has been and I just haven’t seen it. Regardless, here’s a perfect example:
The move seems to be to hold the flipper up as a ball is rolling through the inlane to the flipper, not as an attempt to trap it and bail out when you realize it won’t stop, but to slow the ball and give it a hop, drop the flipper and make a shot that’s a little more on the fly, but seems to be surprisingly more in control than I would have thought.
In the Andromeda match, it seems pretty clear that the angle of hitting the multiball start was much more doable from this move than from a trap or normal rolling shot from the inlane, due to the pop being in the way given the angle of a normal shot. The angle of the shot from the flipper seemingly would be different if the ball has downward momentum going into the shot instead of horizontal momentum. I didn’t go through and count, but Keith seemed to have a much much higher percentage at hitting the multiball directly when doing it this way than from a trap. Or maybe this move doesn’t really change the angle, but it slows down the ball enough that you have a wider timing error margin to hit the shot?
This also seems to be a good way to set up an alley pass when the ball is on the fly as well, as was seen before the multiball start.
Anyways, taking shots this way seems valuable in a number of situations, but there isn’t a commonly used name for it, and don’t really see the tactic discussed on streams. So, is there a name for it? Or what should it be?