I just wanted to share a 5A knot (I believe I came up with…?) that I have been using for the past few years to transfer from doing 5A to 1A without having to take the string off the yoyo, and is MUCH faster. This will shorten your string about 1in with the Counter Weight on, but for me I like a slightly shorter sting when doing 5A, as I feel I have better control. All in all, its nothing to much to throw off your game, and makes for easy transitions from different play styles!
Depending on what kind of CW you use, depends on if you have to do this first step. If you use a Duncan Ball (or any other small holed CW) you won’t have to do this, but as for Duncan Dice or any larger holed CW’s this is a must. The top string is a normal knot, the bottom is a normal knot with an added over hand knot to make it a little bigger. Duncan Balls and other small holes can use a regular sized knot, Duncan Dice and larger wholes have to double up on the knot size.
You want to fold the string, about 2 inches, by the knot.
Push the loop through the CW hole.
Take the knot and thread it through the loop at the other end.
Lightly pull the bottom string to cinch the knot.
Take a finger and place it over the knot and pull the bottom string to tighten everything down.
NOTE: If the knot gets pulled all the way through the CW you need to make the knot bigger; otherwise it might fly off the string during play.
And there you have it! The string will tighten around the knot, and will not slide through the CW, and leave it looking like a “Cherry!”
To remove and go back to 1A, just pull the “stem” of the “Cherry,” and slide off the CW!
This knot isnt for everyone, but I use it on all my throws so I can switch out Counter Weights lighting fast.