Hi, I’m new here… I posted a long introduction in the appropriate thread, but the short of it is… I’m just barely beyond the “beginner” stage in my yo-yo skills.
I’ve recently caught the yo-yo bug again, and have been practicing for hours each day. I’m finally making progress, but I’m REALLY messing up my right hand. My middle finger looks like it’s been through a meat grinder. Not only do I have a huge gash where I tie the string to my finger, but I also have a bruise on my palm and my middle finger is swollen very badly from having the yo-yo come back and hit my hand with too much force.
I put a band-aid on the gash, and realized that the band-aid itself helps keep the string from cutting into my hand. So, as weird as it may look, I may continue wearing one when playing, even after it heals…
But what I’m really wondering is how to protect my hand from the flying yo-yo. Even when I call it back on-purpose, it’s frequently spinning so fast that it hits with enormous force, and I’ve not found a good way to mitigate that. I don’t know if I need to work on my catching technique, or if a glove would help, or what… But, I can’t practice as much as I want to if I’m going to sustain injuries.
Does anybody have a suggestion about how to keep from smashing your hand with the force of the yo-yo, or how to keep from getting cut by the string? I’ve seen several suggestions for gloves to keep the string from cutting, but I’m not sure what I should be doing about the bruises and swelling from being nailed in the hand by a speeding yo-yo…