I have been watching some video on youtube, and other sites, and I am amazed at how differently people play pinball.
Now this may ruffle some feathers, and I do not mean to offend anyone, so bear with me.
I can remember when I started to play back when I was a kid, and anytime the ball would come close to the flipper I would push both flipper buttons at the same time. My wife plays like this and it drives me nuts. She's not real good but at least she is having fun, and I get a kick out of watching her and playing against her. (and yes, she has beat me a few times) Reminds me of how I was when I was young, not very coordinated.
So fast forward to now....I watch and I see a lot folks, whenever the ball hits the sling shot, the hit that flipper even if the ball is nowhere close to the flipper. So back and forth they go with each flipper in time with the slingshots. Maybe it's a nervous twitch or something, or maybe there is a strategy to this. I don't know. But for some strange reason I get a laugh out of it.
I have never seen a pinball tournament and have just been getting back into the hobby, so I guess I have never seen a really good player play. I know some people trap the ball with the flipper to make a shot and that kind of thing, but to constantly go back and forth with the flippers, seem like a lot of extra wear on the coils.