Want to know how to start Yo-yo-ing? Read on!
Choosing a Yo-Yo
There are many Yo-Yo’s out there. Prices range from $2 to $200. I have compiled a list of recommended Yo-Yo’s here. (Note prices may be different from the ones listed.) Also, remember, a Yo-Yo doesn’t have to be costly for it to spin longer or for you to be good at it. Just practice.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that these Yo-Yo’s are unresponsive. That means that they will not come up with the tug of a string. You must perform a “Bind” for them to return. Although I don’t think the Bumblebee is unresponsive.
$10 * For just wanting to try out the sport
- Classic “I recently just started and a friend who’s been throwing for quite some time told me to get the YYJ Classic. I absolutely love the thing and he is very fond of it as well. It’s also insanely cheap, $10 for the Yo-yo and you can just pick up a bearing for cheap to make it unresponsive.” - LuckyBogg
$15 * For just wanting to try out the sport while buying a better Yo-Yo capable of more tricks
$20 * These Yo-Yo’s are great because they can achieve more tricks. This is pretty much where your Yo-Yo does not affect your skill level.
- Trigger “For $30, a better choice in my humble opinion is the YYJ Trigger. It doesn’t “feel” like a metal (it’s still a plastic after all!) but it performs the same as many metals… stable, long-spinning, etc.” - GregP
- Grind Machine
The Grind Machine is practically a $20 Yo-Yo, just that it has hubstacks. Hubstacks are bearings on the side of the Yo-Yo which allow the player to grab the Yo-Yo in mid air.
There are lots more Yo-Yo’s out there, these are just recommended. If you really can’t decide, try looking for some friends near you who Yo-Yo. They might let you try their Yo-Yo out. If you wonder what I started with, I got a DV888. It costs $50 dollars. (Yes pretty dumb of me but it turned out fine as I learned how to bind in a day)
How to Yo-Yo
There are a lot of people who make tutorial videos on Youtube. Here is a list of tricks in increasing difficulty.
-Rock the Baby
-Split the Atom
-Double or Nothing
After learning these tricks, you should start experimenting by thinking of your own, or making combos. A combo is a series of tricks put together. For example: Sleeper+Trapeze+Eli Hop+Braintwister= Combo. I personally only learned 9 or 12 tricks before making up my own tricks and combos.
(This concludes today but I’ll be back)
(Thanks for suggestions GregP and LuckyBogg)