Some BrickBreaker boards feature a long row of unbreakable metal bricks. Sometimes these bricks will have descended down so far that there isn’t much room left above your paddle:
Here are some instructions on getting out of trouble if you find yourself in this situation. I call this technique “Walking the Dog”. I think this name is inspired somehow by the yo-yo trick of the same name.
Start by launching the ball two or three clicks to the left, making sure to launch the ball using the space bar instead of the trackball, for better control. Immediately reposition your paddle 2-3 places to the left.
Watch the ball closely as it rebounds off the unbreakable bricks. Focus on striking the descending ball with the left half of your paddle, which will send the ball further left. After you make contact, reposition your paddle another 2-3 places to the left. If the ball ricochets off the unbreakable bricks a second time, hit it again with the left half of your paddle.
Of course on some levels you want to start the ball off to the right, in which case you just reverse the directions.