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Your Second Flip - A Rocket League Guide to Using Your Second Flip Effectively

Wolfii

Wolfii

Thu 3rd Jan 2019 - 8:14pm

If you're into Rocket League's community, you've probably seen the jaw-dropping likes of ceiling shots and flip resets. The common denominator of these two shot types is the second flip. After jumping once from the ground, you have 1.5 seconds to perform your second flip. After this, your second flip will disappear entirely, and you will not be able to perform it at all.

However, if you find a way to get into the air without using your first jump, you have an infinite amount of time to use your flip, as you have not jumped once yet.

 

Ceiling Shots

In fact, this is exactly how ceiling shots work. If you drive up a wall in the field and onto the ceiling, your car will naturally fall off the ceiling. Thanks gravity. As a result, you are not using your first jump, and this means you will infinitely have your flip while you are in the air. 

Therefore, this puts you at an advantage if you want to flip into the ball without having to worry about losing that second flip. What advanced players have mastered is hitting the ball up one of the walls and out into the field, high up in the air. Meanwhile, while the ball if floating back downwards, the player drives onto the ceiling and falls off. As there is no timer now for a second flip, the player can boost downwards towards the ball and flip into it, hopefully scoring a successful ceiling shot.

Professionals such as Mariano "SquishyMuffinz" Arruda have become renowned for this advanced shot technique and have helped in popularising the skill with clips such as the one below, which blew crowds away at the RLCS Season 4 World Championship LAN.

In terms of practicing ceiling shots, training is the best way to do so as opposed to going straight into matches and constantly attempting them. Free Play is a very good way of practicing shot types of any sort and the same definitely goes for ceiling shots.

On the other hand, there are plenty of custom training packs made by the community, for the community, surrounding ceiling shots specifically. You might want to try Free Play first, though, to grasp the mechanics regarding your infinite flip, just for that basic knowledge.

Flip Reset Shots

This term has been thrown around the community a lot, especially this year, as players have become more and more fond of the sleek nature of the shot and how professional it actually is.

For those who are not aware, a flip reset shot is where a player hits the ball into the air and aerials towards it. Just as the player reaches the ball, they will angle themselves so that all four wheels make contact with the ball at the same time, almost like it has landed on the ball. As all four wheels are touching a surface, this completely resets all the jumps the player previously had, hence the name 'flip reset'.

Therefore, as the player drops off the ball again, they have an infinite amount of time to flip, just like the ceiling shot beforehand. However, if you receive a flip reset from the ball, it would be wise to flip almost straight away, as losing possession of the ball in the air is no difficult task. Flipping straight into it causes the ball to gain a lot of momentum and is very unexpected from the point of view of the opposing team. 

An example of a flip reset is shown below

Just like the ceiling shots, flip resets have also been handed popularity by players that have come to specialise in the shot type and adding their own twists to them with even more advanced skills such as stalling in order to gain multiple flip resets. However, this is extremely advanced and is not seen commonly at all in even the highest ranks.

Flip reset shots can be scored from:

  • Wall shots
  • Air dribbles from the wall
  • The ceiling
  • Whilst dribbling

Basically, any method that makes the ball get into the air means you can position yourself to get a flip reset. However, it is important to know that flip resets are very hard to pull off, nevermind actually scoring them. Therefore, try not to go for them too often in online matches, as the probability of failing them is inevitably high, and this can cause frustration from your teammates.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't try them though! You can jump into Free Play, just like with ceiling shots, and attempt flip resets. There are also aerial packs in custom training, where you can attempt flip resets there, too. Perhaps do this before leaping head first into online matches.

Other Advantages of a Second Flip

These two techniques are very advanced, but your second flip is important for more simple skills such as:

  • Dribbles turning into flicks
  • Basic aerial shots
  • Basic dribbles

The main aspect surrounding all of the techniques discussed is timing. Knowing exactly when to use your second flip is crucial and can determine whether or not you're going to get the ball past a defender or not. As an example, if you are wanting to convert a dribble into a flick, you will need to decide when to use that second flip. If you delay the flip, it could be a lot more unpredictable for the other team.

In general, using your second flip creatively and smartly will result in greater skill and concomitantly higher ranks. To practice these skills, I highly recommend Free Play training, but custom training packs are also a very valuable form of advancing your gameplay. After this though, take your skills into ranked matches and attempt them when confident that you won't ruin team rotation or cause frustration between you and your teammates.

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