The easiest way I’ve found to cope with them is to not give a ____ about pinpricks.
A big mother clobberin’ on a yoyo, I might have some initial concern over. If I reel it back in and it throws fine, no concern. If it doesn’t throw fine anymore, I understand that I can’t change the past and it’s no concern anymore.
These conversations will happen as long as there are yoyo forums, and I’m not trying to convert anyone or anything… but the most liberating thing I think you can do when playing a skill toy that you’re meant to hurl around… is have fun with it and not care overmuch about some incidental damage (it goes without saying, don’t go out of your way to damage it; but don’t go out of your way to be too precious with it, either!).