I am new here, and thought I would write out some observations of mine and see if I can get some interesting comments in return
So its been 17 years since I first got my Yomega X-brain and shortly after a Yomega Fireball. I learned to do a couple simple tricks (walk the dog, around the world, baby’s cradle) and shortly got bored of the sport a month or so later because I didn’t know more advanced tricks existed.
So a month ago I picked up a Yomega “Pro-Mod” while taking my two nieces to a toy-store. I wanted to go down nostalgia lane I looked up what some of the modern tricks looked like and was blown away… Double or nothing, which seemed like magic to me when I first saw, now seems so simple, even though I still have problems with execution ;D
for some reason the “Pro-Mod” worked well for me for the first couple days because it returned (it is an unresponsive yo-yo, I didnt know what that meant- and its not supposed to respond at all) Once it stopped responding reliably, for who knows what reason, I figured I needed to get a beginner Yo.
So I picked up a “Fast 201” because I heard it was a good beginner Yo. This was a terrible decision … I had outgrown that yo-yo before I even did my first throw. The “starburst” system makes it extremely hard to do even a trapeze.
Then I got the replay responsive. To me, this thing is so slick- a bright, translucent green that weighs much less than the Yomega, spins almost as long, and is much more stable on the string.
That lasted for about two weeks before the spins seemed to lose their effectiveness. I picked up some high speed lube (I wanted to tone down the responsiveness as I started to get into string tricks), and applied very little to the bearing. I dont know if its because it didnt need oil or what, but now this Yo is really hard to do any string tricks on… The max I can sleep it for is about 15 seconds, which is too weak to be stable on the string. And it also responds TOO easily… causing me to have quite a few bruised up knuckles. >:(
Now I just got the replay pro and all of the tricks I was struggling with before are so easy to do. Split the Atom, Double or nothing, drop in the bucket, double trapezes, remounting, etc. I am on such a high.
I guess now I just need a couple friends to play with. I am doing this alone at the moment- and none of my friends are interested in trying to Yo, despite my attempts.
I also suspect, though I will get a metal yo down the line, I will always play with plastic. To me the fun is in the show, and the bright translucent colors look really cool in motion.
Are anyone elses beginner experiences as crazy as mine? Four Yo-yo’s in a month to settle in?