I've had a lot of luck with a very firm forward nudge, to get it to bounce off of SOMEthing before it gets in there. Side to side on the slings is absolutely terrifying in this game. Most lethal I've ever played. Except for when I'm trying to build up a nice score on Nokoro's Star Trek Pro. When I'm trying to do that his outlanes magically grow more sizes than the fucking grinches heart on Christmas morning.