In short, I’m addicting to buying yoyos. I like playing just fine, but for whatever reason my OCD brain can’t get enough of trying out “just one more”. Over this time, my preferences for shape, size, and other qualities have changed, largely because one or a few throws were so surprisingly good that I had to rethink my whole game plan.
So, instead of a “your favorite throw?” thread that we’ve seen quite a few times, I’d like to know if there were any throws that really surprised you by how they played, how much you liked playing them, or anything else…and why.
My short list:
Phenom: I went in expecting this should be good. It has a good reputation. But, I also thought it was a little thinner than I usually like, a little taller than I usually like, and not the shape I tend to prefer. I bought it only because of its rep, expecting that I might be able to sell it when I didn’t like it. But, it all came together despite those things and now I can’t stop picking it up.
Oxy 5: This is a really strange yoyo. I don’t know if I can even recommend it for any good reason. But, it’s just got “something”. It doesn’t feel like anything else. I just enjoy playing with it even if no part of it performs as well as other throws I have.
LaGoutte: This throw singlehandedly turned me on to lightweight full size throws, and it was the weight that made me think twice about buying. I’ve probably bought at least 5 or 6 similarly spec’d throws in an attempt to find something else that feels like this.
Albatross: I’m not sure what I thought going in. I wasn’t ever excited about it but a trade offer popped up and I thought I’d give it a shot. Regardless, I just can never get over how this “full size feeling” throw moves so fast and light. It’s one of those yoyos that makes me feel like tricks are easier to hit.