Whenever your ball lands in a hole in “Mario Golf: Super Rush,” your special meter fills up until it’s maxed out. At that point, the color will pulse and you will see a flame next to the meter. Pressing the “L” button gets your character ready for a special shot, where they will perform a unique move to help you gain an edge. Depending on your golfer, your ball will either cause shockwaves that push opponents’ balls further away from the hole or shove any other ball out of its way.
IGN provided a video breakdown of each character’s special shot and what it looks like. Mario has “Super Star Strike,” in which he touches the titular power-up for a hefty swing. Luigi uses “Ice Flower Freeze,” where he takes on his icy form for a ball that freezes the ground behind it. Wario summons “Lightning Blast,” which absorbs his ball into a thundercloud and fires it directly down. Waluigi, in all his glory, uses “Slim Stinger” to get that ball closer to the hole. Peach’s special shot is “Spiral Stinger,” and it covers quite the distance. These are just a few examples of the character-specific power-ups you’ll encounter in “Mario Golf: Super Rush.”