Hello all, Jacob here to spread my views on when you should get a metal yoyo.
Recently I saw a video of a review of the Yoyofactory Protege. It was the only one on youtube, so I watched it and it really saddened me. The kid in the video had a string on it that must’ve been up to his nipples, and he couldn’t even do a proper front mount bind. He tried to do revolutions on it and failed, and he did triple or nothing like 4 times (1 or 2 successful).
It got me thinking; when is the proper time to get a metal yoyo?
For most people, when you start yoyoing its like “ZOMG I WANT TO GET THE BEST ONE OUT THERE!!!” which leads to kids starting with a yoyo like the Dark Magic. This leads to very unsmooth play because they never learned on a responsive yoyo. There binds are usually very choppy, they pause between trick elements, and they do ridiculous jumps and if they miss the sting its usually no bid deal.
For me, I started out on a Yomega Fireball that one of my lady friends gave me one day since I bought her Ala Carte. It always came back, but since it didn’t have a bearing, I had to work on my throw to get it strong enough for me to do double or nothing, and still have enough spin for that almighty tug to bring the yoyo slapping at my hand. I learned all the way up to atomic bomb on that yoyo, and then decided to learn the matrix. I found my yoyo spinning out, I felt I needed a new one. I wanted more than anything to get a speeder, but settled for a speed maker. I played that yoyo till it broke in, and learned to bind when I needed too. I worked on that bind for about a week straight, getting it to look good and such.
About 3 months later, I felt I had maxed out the speed maker (I know now that I really hadn’t even came close) and I got a hitman. I loved the hitman and played it and started making up my own tricks. Another 2 months later I got a New Breed (unimportant) I didn’t get a new yoyo for 5 months, and when it was new it was a Plastic Grind Machine by Yoyofactory. Only then, after a year of yo-yoing, did I decide a metal would be nice. This decision was because the other yoyoer in my school got a metal, and I really liked it.
When I busted out my new C13, I loved it, and I had smooth skills to make the yoyo look good.
This is why I say, when it comes to getting a metal yoyo, I don’t think kids new to the sport of yo-yoing should go for a metal until at least a year of practice. I know that it seems like FOREVER to you guys, but trust me, if you can land spirit bomb on a stock FHZ, then you can make that first metal do wonders on the string.
Its not the yoyo that makes you look good, you make the yoyo look good.
Plus with yoyos like the 2010 FH and the Protostar, who even needs metals. I know I don’t except for the fact I am a little bit of a collector.
Please don’t kill me if you don’t agree with me, I’m just stating my feelings about metals.