First, before I begin, a quick apology as I know there are already many threads to this nature and because I have somewhat similar thread already. I read through quite a few and some of them seem outdated perhaps as they are older threads, and I have some confusion around responsive, semi-responsive, fixed axle etc and wanted to ask for help that fits in with my personal situation currently.
I am currently using a Dove by yoyofriends, and have a VTWO and a Ti-Vayder on the way.
All of them being an unresponsive yoyo.
While I don’t want to start a “resposnive vs unresponsive” debate, I see a lot of advice especially from seasoned throwers like Markmont suggesting that all beginner players should learn on a responsive yoyo.
I plan on learning new tricks on my Dove to make it easier to learn tricks with less to worry about and then grooving those tricks on a responsive yoyo to practice getting smoother, maintaining string tension etc. and use it alongside as a form of training aid.
I don’t want a super beginner yoyo, because knowing my own shortcomings, that would probably limit my desire to use it, reducing playtime on it, and in the end just stop using it all together making it a buyer’s remorse yoyo for me.
I would like to get a responsive yoyo that I can use constantly alongside my other unresponsive throws a little every day to groove my tricks and help me get better.
Here are what I am currently looking at but open to new suggestions too. Help me find a good fit for my needs!
- I see that Recess First Base is the most recommended for this, but it seems like it is sold out in most places.
- Sage yoyo, or the YYF Onestar (as I think I’m correct in thinking that the sage is just a rebranded onestar) but this seems like the kind of yoyo I would not use very long
- Replay seems to be another well recommended yoyo and seems like it is easier to find than most
- Neo by ThrowRevolution, this seems like something I would like
- Alleycat 650b by Core Co, only because I see one on BST for just £25 on the British yoyo association group on Facebook and the seller is also in UK.
Ideally something that is easy to source, or buy even in UK, or something from this site as I like this community and want to support @AndreBoulay, if from this site I will wait for black friday coming up soon to make the purchase.
Questions I had other than the obvious which one should I get? are:
- How is a fixed axle yoyo different, and why would one use it?
It seems like it serves a different purpose opening up new playstyles maybe but possibly not the best fit for my intended use of grooving my tricks
- Other than the fact metal responsive yoyos will probably destroy my hands at this point in time, what are the benefits or disadvantages of going for a slimline yoyo like the Alleycat or the Deep State?
- I see some yoyos described as semi-responsive? Maybe this isn’t what I am looking for given this purchase is intended to help improve my play. When would you want a semi-responsive yoyo?
I should also point out that at the moment in time and for the near future, I have no desire to learn to loop, offstring, or freehand and want to focus on getting better at standard 1A first.
[Edit] : I should also point out my current skill level, I can do most of the “Frist 50 Tricks” on yoyo tricks tutrorials and currently working on Kwyjibo (landing the second pop to D.Or.N. eludes me) in terms of yoyoexpert.com tutorials, I can do all the tricks upto intermediate and currently working on the advanced tricks. I have been throwing for just over a week now, but used to dabble before in the past so a little easier for me to pick up faster up to this point.
Thank you again, and sorry all my posts are always very long.