As the ball is headed down the inlane, it may be moving fast enough such that the player can simply hold the flipper up to allow the ball to carry over to the opposite flipper.
This is a skillful way to bring speedy orbit shots back under control. As the ball is heading back towards the flipper from an orbit, the player drops the flipper just as the ball hits it.
Sometimes when a player has a ball trapped on a flipper, they really want it to be on the opposite flipper to attempt a particular shot. One way to accomplish this is to flip quickly so that the ball bounces off of the bottom of the slingshot and over to the other flipper.
A live catch occurs when a player successfully stops the ball on an upraised flipper as the ball is heading towards it.