It takes a lot of practice - I've been playing for about a decade now and still can't pocket a ball in any given hole reliably. Some, yes. Others, no.
Pushing, pulling, and twisting are all crucial skills when playing a bingo, and the skills transfer to flipper games as well. But bingos are the real nudging test.
Being able to walk a ball from one side to the other by passing across posts is an easy way to start learning. If the ball starts circling the pocket, pulling the game is usually the more effective way to pull it free.
Small twists can give the ball just enough spin to pull it free of the pockets' orbit.
And sometimes you just have a bad shot. Sometimes there's nothing you can do to save it, and you then have to adjust your strategy.
Plunge strength is huge, but once it's on the playing surface is when the real test begins. I generally try to plunge for one side or the other then move the ball where I want it to go +/- left/right.
It takes time and patience to learn how to do it well, but it's really a great feeling when you manage to scoop a ball into the -one- pocket you need for a really great win.
Ah, and newer rubbers make it far easier to bounce from post to post. The older the rubber, the less 'action' the playfield will have. There are two sizes of rubbers that will fit on the posts. You need 5/16", IIRC.