Yes, this is a thread telling you not to but high performance, long-spinning, ultra-stable, yoyo’s of doom. Now, you may find yourself thinking, “Huh? I thought they’re ‘High Performance’ for a reason…” but believe me, it will make sense here in a minute.
Now, a basic introduction. First, you may find yourself straying away from “Highwalled,” “Outdated,” “Unstable” designs that have “Run their course.” I beg to differ. These are some of the best to learn on because of this. Let me show you why in three parts.
- Gap Width
Now, older designs are going to have a narrower or “Adjustable” gap. You might think, “A narrower gap will bunch up the string,” and not get the advantage. Or, “A wide gap will let the string slide past with less resistance.” But, I assure you that if you can pull off a trick on a narrow gap yoyo, you can pull it off on any wide-gapped yoyo.
- The Highwall/Stability
You may think here that a more stable yoyo will lend itself to learning tricks easier. While this is true to some extent, it is also great to learn on an “Unstable” yoyo. Being able to do any trick with the most unstable of yoyo’s is definitely an excellent thing. If you can bust out a complex combo on an unstable yoyo early on, your already farther than some people who have been throwing much longer than yourself. Some people even go out of their way to but the most rock-solid yoyo’s available, because they can’t deal with a tilted yoyo. A highwall will even assist with this by making the yoyo MORE unstable.
- Sleep Time
Ah, I see we’ve met the infamous sleep time, or how long it’ll spin at the end of the string. This is the SINGLE most over talked about thing among many beginners. “But I heard this yoyo sleeps longer, surly it is better?” The short answer is “No.” The long answer is that if you pamper yourself with overly long-spinning yoyos, you will never develop a good throw; which is ultimately your problem, not the yoyo. Developing the throw is KEY in becoming a good player.