How to choose a Yoyo
Choosing a yoyo is very important and since there are hundreds of yo-yos today, we have put together some tips on how to choose the right yoyo
The first thing you need to consider when choosing a yoyo is your level and experience with yo-yoing . If you are starting out with a yoyo, or if you have been trying out a yoyo with a friend for a while, then the yoyo you have chosen must be from the category of beginner yo-yos . These are characterized by returning to jerk (responsive). In our e-shop, we have a wide enough selection of such beginner yo-yos. All yo-yos in this category are of high quality and with each you can handle the beginnings of yo-yoing without any problems.
For the very beginning, we definitely do not recommend the second category of yo-yos, ie yo-yos that do not return to jerk (non-responsive) . These yo-yos come back through the BIND trick and you need to know something to yo-yo with them.
Definitely, the more expensive the better, the better. Yo-yoing is about what you can do, not how expensive yo-yo you use to do it. Advanced yo-yo have different properties and each yo-yo likes something different. Some people will have a more yoyo that is heavier and smaller, while others will have a yoyo that is wide and light. Therefore, it is also not possible to say which yoyo is the best. It is best to try the yoyo, either with a friend or in our stone shop, and choose the one that suits you best. For starters, however, we most recommend yoyo ONE or Arrow
How to select a string
The first and most important thing about a string is the fact that all the strings fit into all the yo-yos. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, you will always be able to yoyo with them, no matter what yoyo you have.
Another important property of strings is the material from which the strings are made. The most used are artificial cords made of polyester. Most brands use pure polyester strings. These last longer than, for example, cotton strings, which are currently less used. Occasionally there are still strings that are mixed from both of these materials. A special case is strings made of nylon.
The color of the string is also important. You can choose the color according to your yoyo or just what you want. But we recommend choosing a color that is very distinctive . It’s good for you, because you’ll see the string well against a dark floor, for example. But it will also be appreciated by others, who will see so much better what tricks you do. This recommendation becomes mandatory if you are shooting a video or going to compete. In this context, the choice of clothing is also important. If you have a white T-shirt and white strings, no one will see anything. For this reason, by far the most used combination is the yellow color of the string and the black or very dark color of the T-shirt . So always choose contrasting colors.
5 styles of yo-yoing
The basic style is 1A . All yoyers start with him. One yoyo is attached to a string, the other end of which is again attached to a finger. This is the most popular style of yo-yoing. In this style, so-called string strikes are made.
2A or looping is a yoyoing with two yo-yos at once, each in one hand. These yo-yos have a special, narrow shape that is very suitable for this style. Both yo-yos are responsive and are attached to the finger. In this style, so-called looping tricks are done.
3A is a style where two string yo-yos are used, each attached to one hand. This is one of the most difficult styles ever. For those interested, we recommend using two identical yo-yos and shortening the strings.
4A or offstring is a style where the yoyo is not attached to a string and can thus fly around independently. Yoyas for this style are significantly larger and made of plastic because they often fall to the ground.
The last basic style of yo-yoing is 5A or freehand . A string yoyo is used here, but the string is not attached to the finger, but at the end there is a counterweight, with which it winds and flies around the yoyo in various ways.
Finally, we will mention the spinning top , which also counts for yo-yoing.
Yoyo in hand first
You just got your first yoyo and you don’t know how to start with it? Here are some tips.
When you unpack the yoyo, a string is usually wound on it. If this is not the case, the string is still packed somewhere in a box. The string has two ends. One is with a loop and the other without it. Pass the remaining string through the loop to create a tightening loop, which you attach to the string on your finger, preferably on the middle finger behind the first joint. We recommend tightening the loop properly so that the yoyo does not fly off your finger and break or even injure someone. After a moment of yo-yoing, you will have the part of your finger where your loop is tight, pretty sore. That’s normal. Over time, your finger will get used to it and then it won’t hurt. From the beginning, you can try to wear this place with a patch or a yoyo tape. The other end of the string without a loop belongs to the yoyo, around the bearing. It is important to set the length of the string. It is ideal from the navel to the ground.
The yoyo is ready in your hand for the first hour. But before you do, you must check whether the string from your finger leads to the yoyo up, not down below the yoyo (see video) . This is very important, so from the beginning you have to check this rule every time before the throw. Roll Yoyo as far as he can and grab him in a clenched fist. Adjust your hand as if you were showing muscle, but leave it in front of you. Now comes the first roll Swipe your hand down so that you put the most swing in your wrist. It is important to throw the yoyo straight. Yoyo unwinds and spins at the end of the string . At this point, turn your hand palm down and jerk lightly with your hand, the yoyo will begin to wind and move up the string. Now all you have to do is grab the yoyo’s hand. Yoyo is then ready to throw again. The most common mistake is that beginners swing too little. Yoyo then spins a little and can’t return to his hand. So don’t be afraid to flick hard. Yoyo will spin longer, you will do more tricks and it will return to your hand better.
Sometimes everything doesn’t work out the way it should, and the yoyo stops. Since there is a bearing inside, the winding of the string has one small trick. Put the first turn of the string around your finger, wind the others in the yoyo , but you still have to hold the first loop around your finger. After a few turns, you can twist the first loop into the yoyo. Don’t worry, the loop doesn’t matter. Then, if you throw the yoyo strong enough, the loop will unwind on its own and without any problems.