# How to Speed Flip in Rocket League: Easy Tutorial

### What is a Speed Flip?

**A Speed Flip is the fastest way to accelerate in Rocket League. When it comes to gaining forward momentum, it is by far superior to any other kind of mechanic or to boosting while driving forward. The main reason for that is because the speed flip lets you boost through the flip which adds to the momentum gained by the flip itself.**If that sounded confusing, don’t worry because we are about to dissect and simplify it.The essential component that stands out in a speed flip is something called a “Flip Cancel”.

### What is a flip cancel?

In short, a flip cancel is the process of initiating a flip and then canceling it before it completes. Rocket League is designed in such a way that even when the flip (or the animation of the flip) is canceled, the forward momentum gained from the canceled flip still applies to your car.This is the idea behind mechanics like wavedash and speed flip.The 3 steps to performing a speed flip are1. Initiating a front diagonal flip 2. Cancelling the flip 3. Recovering smoothly i.e. landing on all four wheelsAdditionally, since the animation of the speed flip is one where the nose of your car always points forward (unlike a side flip or front flip), you have the added advantage of being able to boost through the flip.So the 2 benefits of speed flip over other forward flips are1. The ability to gain forward moment from a diagonal front flip without having to fully do a diagonal front flip 2. The ability to boost through the flip because the nose of the car points forward throughout the flipThe combination of these two factors is what makes a speed flip the fastest mechanic to make your way around the field in Rocket League.### Flip Cancel only works on Pitch Axis

Since we’re talking about flip cancels in speed flips, I think I need to quickly indulge in a much-needed digression about the axis of cancellation. There is a right way and a wrong way to flip cancel.Many tutorials will tell you that you must cancel diagonal flips by pulling the stick to the opposite side i.e. if you flip 45 degrees to the front left, you must cancel the flip by pulling your stick 45 degrees to the rear right. While this is a common claim, it is 100% incorrect.The game code in Rocket League only registers flip cancels on the pitch axis i.e. leaning forward or leaning backward. Any flips on the roll axis (left/right) cannot be canceled. Therefore the correct way to perform the flip cancel in your speed flip is by pulling your left analog stick straight backward.### Why use a Speed Flip?

A speed flip is the quickest way to go from point A to point B on the field in Rocket League and so it has some obvious uses in offense, defense, and rotations. Besides, it is also useful in scenarios where you are trying to beat an opponent to grab boost or in strategic demolitions.But the most popular use of the speed flip still remains the kickoff.Prior to the days when speed flips became common in kickoffs, the players that knew how to do some premature version of it would arrive at the ball a whole staggering second before their opponents.In medium to high level ranked games, speed flipping at kickoff still continues to remain an advantage because it easily lets you start by getting the ball in the opponent’s half of the field.### Two methods of performing Speed Flips

There are many variations in how different players perform the speed flip. Some players like to hold the free air roll button all the way through their flip, some like to hold powerslide upon landing, some like to cancel the flip diagonally while others swear that a backward 180 flip cancel works best.All these variations can be categorized as minor subjective differences in car handling and control because predominantly the end results are pretty similar. However, in recent times, an alternate easier method of speed flipping has actually emerged. This means we now have 2 methods of doing speed flips.#### Traditional Method (without dedicated air roll)

Here are the steps involved in a traditional speed flip. In this example, I’m writing down the steps for a front left diagonal flip. If you want to speed flip the other way, simply adjust the steps.**Step 1:**Hold boost and drive forward

**Step 2:**Point your left analog stick diagonally at 11’o clock

**Step 3:**Jump twice to initiate the left-diagonal flip

**Step 4:**Snap the analog stick back to 6’o clock to cancel the flip

**Step 5:**Once you see supersonic trails on your car, stop boosting

**Step 6:**Release the analog stick and let it fall back into neural position

**Step 7:**Hold down powerslide upon landingHere is a nice video tutorial on learning the traditional method of speed flipping.

#### Easy Method (with dedicated air roll)

The easier method of speed flipping utilizes a simple trick. Someone discovered that instead of doing a front diagonal flip, the same effect can be achieved by holding air roll left or air roll right while front flipping.When properly implemented, the steps of easy front flipping look like this**Step 1:**Hold down air roll left or air roll right throughout the flip

**Step 2:**Drive forward and boost throughout the flip

**Step 3:**Perform a front flip cancelAs a bonus step, you can powerslide upon completion of the flip to make sure your landing is smooth. Here is a nice video tutorial on how to perfect the easy method of speed flipping.

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