I completely disagree with sparhawk; I think the Throw Monkey is an excellent choice for a “beater” throw.
The Throw Monkey is essentially a pad recessed Freehand 2 with rubber rims, so it is slightly heavier, but the feel is similar. The rubber rims are nice to have because if you are just getting into 4A and 5A, you will be dropping the yoyo a lot. The rims will cushion the plastic and make it less likely to crack.
It’s a pretty good throw for 1A and 5A if you have an unresponsive setup (I can do my tricks on it with no problem).
I learned 4A on the old non-recessed Throw Monkeys. I have never used the new version of the Throw Monkey for 4A, but I would suspect that they play similar if not the same. An added bonus for using a Throw Monkey for 4A is that your accuracy will increase because the yoyo is smaller than most offstring yoyos.
The friction stickers that come stock in the Throw Monkey are the old style rubber coated cloth friction stickers. These won’t last very long, so I would suggest picking up an 8 pack of friction stickers or 12mm silicone stickers (if you want less response). I should note also that the 8 and 48 pack of friction stickers are not like the old style. They are completely rubber and last a much longer time than the old style cloth friction stickers. The 4 pack of friction stickers that Yoyoexpert sells are the old style, so I wouldn’t bother with them.
I’ll tell you my setup for 1A and 5A just in case you decide to get one.
1 new style friction sticker
1 worn out old style friction sticker
And a broken-in bearing
I played with it right out of the package until both friction stickers were worn down to the cloth. I removed one of them and put in a new style friction sticker. The yoyo was still not dead unresponsive until I had broken in the bearing. If you don’t want to break in the bearing, clean or thin lube it and you should be fine.
I think the Throw Monkey also comes with a smaller set of spacers. I would suggest using these for 4A instead of the wide spacers.
I hope all this helps.