So this has probably been done to death, this is more of my preference has suddenly changed so much, wow! Thread rather than a thin vs fat debate.
So apart from when I just started I never used thin strings, back then my hands were a lot softer and it hurt as the string cut into me a little.
Also, my binds were, even more, sloppier than now so I didn’t like how they made things more slippy.
Since then I have been using fat strings (which is basically standard thickness these days it seems) and now I am a massive Airetics fanboy as most that know me well already will know.
I have just over a 100 Airetics standard (which is quite fat and chunky) left in my personal stock.
Yesterday I received my new YYR POM Draupnir that I bought from BST, and it was a bit snaggy at first, so I thought why not try and put in one of the thin strings that a friend gave me (a pack of 10 Original Throw Standard) and I was like wow…
Since then I have spent hours today trying it on all my yoyos and in 1A and 5A.
Personally I didn’t expect to like them, but they seem to give me a lot more feel and feedback. And maybe that’s why but I feel like for me personally I am getting a lot more control over the yoyo, and my tricks are landing more cleanly, sharper, and controlled. Also I like how when throwing multiple strings in the gap it doesn’t seem to bunch up it feels very clean and I find it binds much better.
Perhaps it’s not binding as easily, but I can tug on the yoyo hard to get a nice tight bind, no tails or any of these spaghetti binds I sometimes get and it just feels so clean to bind on, might even get a better throw it seems.
I know, I know people will tell me strings doesn’t matter, go practice more, but you all know me I practice all the time.
My preferences might change again in the future as I get cleaner with my tricks and binds and then I end up going back to fatter strings.
For now, I am really digging the thin strings, even for 5a (or what basic tricks I can muster so far).
I think I had a revelation, I might convert to standard thickness strings for a while.
Not sure what strings to try, maybe OT will be a good place to start as I like what I am using, (just hate the fact it’s white lol, I like it highly visible and yellow).
Just a PSA to throw it out there that your tastes change over time, maybe try out strings or yoyos that you didn’t like before and give it another chance, you may be surprised and even doubt your previous choices!
Personally, I never saw myself ever preferring a thinner string. On paper, thicker string binds better, whips better, slacks better, softer, more comfortable, why would you ever not? Doesn’t make sense, but right now a thin string feels much nicer for me and giving me the confidence to go hard on the tricks and go hard on the binds.
I might be honeymooning but it is what it is, and now suddenly I am all excited to try an organic yoyo again, I wrote this off as not my thing, but fortunately, I do have a raw grail on the way!
Maybe I should even give flat bearings another shot