I have no issues with the Hitman Pro. I did have similar issues with the DM2.
The problem? I was hitting tricks sloppy. The sidewall of the DM2 was causing me grief because I was not hitting tricks cleanly. Let’s say I take out my Code 1 and do the same trick: no problem. Using McBride’s Roller Coaster as an example, using anything, INCLUDING my Hitman Pro and even XCon Pro, I could get the trick done and have spin to spare. With the DM2, I was doing OK, until the end when you roll back out to a trapeze, and then when I would go to bind it would just spin out.
Practice makes perfect. I can do then trick just fine now with the DM2. I practice tricks with many yoyos. I’ll find something that helps me land the trick easier, then practice a lot, switch it up to something else, a few more chances, then use the DM2 to help dial it in.
Not to further distract, but the XCon Pro I found was very intolerant of bad throws. Forcing myself to use nothing but that, it helped me improve my throw. I was actually using the XCon Pro a lot to learn McBride’s Roller Coaster and kwijibo. I’ve been having a hard time with kwijibo, yet last night I did nail it with my DM2 just fine and clean. I was quite pleased. I hadn’t been working with my DM2 on that one.
Some yoyos work better for others. Not every yoyo is a perfect fit for everyone. Play style and preferences play a big part. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the 888x. I think maybe the 888x may not be right for you. Then again, if you have a yoyo that forces your play to be cleaner, maybe you should hang onto it and work harder on your tricks so you can be a better player.
Disclaimer: I’m not interested in getting an 88x or 888.11. I have nothing against, them, they just don’t appeal to me. I do have several YYF yoyos that I do like. However, if an 888.x is a yoyo that makes you have to force yourself to improve and play cleaner, I may have to reconsider my position. Anything that I can use that will make me have to improve my skills is a good thing, even if it means more hard work.