I have some questions about the shapes.
Bear in mind that my experience with yo-yos is limited to a Duncan Imperial, a Duncan Speed Beetle, and a Yoyojam Classic.
I really like the Benchmarks. They don’t have any weird designs painted on them, and there’s not even a name or branding embedded into the yo-yo to detract from it. It seems simple and sleek, like it’s built to do one thing and do it well - be a yo-yo. I’m also kind of interested in the idea of side effects, but I’m not sure if this is something that’s just kind of a fun little gimmick right now, or if it’s actually important to the play of the yo-yo.
Do the side effects really matter that much? I’d think not. I mean I’m sure they affect the way any individual yo-yo plays, but I think most of any yo-yo’s performance is the thrower getting used to that particular yo-yo. Correct me if I’m wrong there.
I’m also not in love with buying a bunch of little parts I have to carry everywhere to do different side effects, and I don’t want to be having to switch them out very often to do different tricks.
I also noticed that most of the Intermediate to Advanced yo-yos don’t really use side effects very often, so I’m left wondering how much they are actually needed, as opposed to just offering a way to make your current yo-yo feel a little different than it used to.
I guess I’d like some clarity on the usefulness and value of side effects.
Also, I’m wondering which shape to use. I noticed that the 2014 models just came out last month, and they’ve switched the name of what used to be the V to the W.
The 2014 W seems to most closely mimic what I’m used to from the Yo-yojam classic, but the 2014 H seems similar as well.
Is there really that much of a significant difference in the shapes? Will any of them have any major impact on my ability to perform certain tricks?
Honestly, once you get into a metal yo-yo, don’t they all pretty much have the ability to do just about every trick out there? At this point it’s mostly a matter of practice for the thrower and getting used to whichever shape you’ve chosen for your throw, no?