Option 1: The ProZ tends to be too light and will need spacer replacements and/or a bearing cleaning and/or change(centertrak works for me) to be unresponsive. Silicone stickers help as well. You’ll need to get a counterweight. They aren’t bad loopers either. They aren’t great, but they aren’t bad either. If you’re not sure about 2A play in general, they are pretty good.
Option 2: The FHZ, while great, needs a bit of help to be unresponsive. For some, cleaning a bearing and removing a sticker is all that is needed. I did that, it didn’t work out so well for me. Having them modified isn’t expensive and there are plenty of great FHZ modders. Another option is the Terrapin X A+ Beefcake kit for FHZ, which works really good, and even better if the FHZ is modded with silicone recess and schmoove rings. The weight of the FHZ is pretty good though. The FHZ comes with 3 counterweights.
Option 3: I’ve seen Jayyo use the PSG for competition for 5A twice. The PSG and Asteriod are great throws and I do think the PSG makes a better 5A throw due it’s shape, while the Asteroid seems a bit more 1A oriented. You will need to acquire a counterweight.
Option 4: A Metal Drifter with a cleaned bearing went dead unresponsive on me. Plus, it has a counterweight in the package. A cheaper but equally fun option is the Freakhand or FH2, which also include a counterweight. These tend to stay semi-responsive even after a bearing cleaning but I haven’t tried mine with a Centertrak yet or an A+Beefcake kit or removing a sticker. You can get the Metal Drifter for just under $20 or the Freakhands on sale for $10 at Toys R Us. I know YYE carries both.
Option 5: The YYJ Pinnacle, after the bearing is cleaned, is an amazing “out of the box 5A starter set-up”, and at under $20, it’s super affordable too.