Why does speed flipping make you go faster than normal flipping in Rocket League?
I understand how to speedflip, but what makes you go so much faster than just normal flipping?
What makes you go much faster than just normal flipping?
That fact that you're also boosting.
There are multiple things called a "speed flip" but the principle for all of them is the same: boosting makes you go fast, and flipping makes you go fast, so doing both at once makes you go even faster.
Unfortunately, if you just do a normal forward-flip while boosting, you'll be facing backwards for part of the flip, and thus boosting during that portion would slow you down.
To combat this, traditional speed flips have you do a side-flip (or diagonal flip) instead of forward flip. In order for the flip to still push you in the right direction, you jump, rotate your car 45-degrees, and then side-flip. Since both your flip and your boost are not pointing completely forward during this technique, both are less efficient than normal, making this technique only slightly faster than simply boosting.
However, in late 2019 Musty discovered the modern speed flip in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aCasHy0Idg . By flipping at a very precise angle and then flip-cancelling, the butt of your car will be facing almost perfectly forward the entire time, making it measurably faster than a traditional speed flip. The specific angle required makes this trick much more difficult to pull off, but high level players nowadays are able to do it very consistently.
(there is also a third one, a wave-dash speed flip, where you boost into a wave-dash. This is the slowest speed flip, but it has the advantage of giving you back control of your car immediately)
Nowadays, when most people talk about the "speed flip" they're talking about the modern, Musty speed-flip. You can practice the (modern) speed flip using this training pack:
BFAA-45A5-7A56-73CC. The other speed flips will not reach the ball in time.