So i decided to try my (free)hand at 5a. It’s only been a few days, but my biggest problem is that i dont feel like im getting enough momentum while doing some tricks, (double on trapeze release, double or nothing release, 360)
I’m still using the yoyofactory ONE, as its the only sleeper yoyo that i own at this point. I fear that this might be the reason I’m not doing so well with it, being that it’s so light and all. Also, i’ve been keeping the string a little longer than I’m used to just to compensate for the extra length of string in my hand. Could either of these things be the reason why I’m not getting enough momentum, or are these things all just a matter of preference?
I’ve been on the fence about getting the metal drifter unresponsive kit, just because duncan seems to have a lot of decent mid-level freehand yoyos.
My one concern is my string length. No one seems to address what a proper string length for 5a is. I got some 100% poly strings from this site, kept it the length it was, and attached a counterweight. (im 6’3)
Could a string length that is too long be a general problem, or is string length all just a matter of preference?
What kit? Clean out the bearing in acetone(my preference) and it will go completely unresponsive. I’ve done this with my Metal Drifter that uses spacers and my son’s Metal Drifter that is a newer design and does not use spacers. No need to remove a silicone response sticker.
String length is a matter of preference. I prefer a string that’s the same as my 1A string length, which is about 3 inches above my belly button when measured from the ground. However, I’m 5’6", so we have a height differential.
My advise matches this to the letter:
Also silicone or use YYJ silicone o-ring response pads.
At this point, no sense in spending loads of money. If you want to consider other models I would recommend for 5A and under $20:
YYF Stackless Grind Machine.
AdegleYoYo PSG(Gem preferred due to extra weight)
Lyn Fury with shims, cleaned bearing and siliconed response.
I’d even recommend the Alpha Crash.
I am not recommending the ONE, WHIP and ONEStar because I feel they are just too light.
I also find the YYJ Pinnacle to be too light, and it’s packaged for 5A.
Another option might be the Duncan Freakhand, which is selling for around $10 at a certain national big box chain store, and is actually pretty decent for 5A AFTER you clean out the A-bearing. Before cleaning, it’s responsive. After cleaning, it’s pretty much dead unresponsive. No messing with the silicone response stickers(which last a LONG time).
I cleaned out my bearing with lighter fluid a week or so ago. It helped with the spin, but i found no difference in the responsiveness factor.
And thanks for that bit of clarity about string length. The weight on my yoyo comes only about an inch and a half above my belly button, so I guess it is all a matter of preference.
If you think those options would play better than the 30 dollar kit im looking at right now (metal drifter- unresponsive), then im willing to give them a shot. But if the metal drifter is better than those, im gonna stick with that option.
You don’t need a kit. Remove the shields and clean out that bearing acetone and then don’t lube it. I’m suspecting there may be other issues at play if it’s still responsive. I’ve done this many times before, so I know it’s true and works.