Increasingly I’m being asked advise on how to get into yoyoing.
Enough so that I want to keep a canned message ready when asked.
What is your opinion of this messaging (below) to a non-yoyoer that has expressed interest?
Is it too much? Is is missing anything?
My thoughts regarding inexpensive entry into yoyoing…
If you’re not sure you’re player is interested (or going to stick with it) I would buy this:
First yoyo: YYF Replay Pro
Buy some Strings: 25 Pack - 100% Polyester YoYoExpert String
If you decide the player is going to stick with the hobby, they’re several weeks in. They’ve learned to bind. They are continuing to practice. Their family should either be distinctly proud or embarrassed of the yoyoing at this point. I would recommend buying :
First metal yoyo: YYF Shutter
There are tons of excellent first metal yoyos I could enthusiastically recommend. (Not just the Shutter) For an extra $10 (if the player does NOT have small hands) I would recommend the YYF Shutter Wide Angle rather than the YYF Shutter. But either is an excellent choice.
OR Alternative First metal yoyo: YYF Shutter Wide Angle
You now have everything you need to assert yourself as a yoyoer (above). There’s no rush… but you will likely need a few minor accessories over time to maintain your yoyos (or throws as their known in the biz) :
Bearing Lube: YoyoJam Lube (THIN)
Bearing Removal Tool: YYF- Multitool
Yoyo Holster: iYoyo Holder
A few final thoughts that I wish I knew when I started :
Cheap yoyos on ebay (and some on Amazon) are utter garbage no matter how they look. Buy from a good yoyo site (like YoYoExpert)
One good ~$50 Yoyo is all you ever need to have fun and progress. Collecting is fine (and fun) but it will not make you play any better. Only PRACTICE will.
There are fantastic tutorials everywhere, look for beginner and intermediate videos as well as the professionals… I probably learn more from watching the other hobbyists (like myself) than I do the professionals
Using YouTube or a videoplayer (like SMPlayer) slow down tricks and tutorials to learn. Here’s an example where I took a 10 second trick in a video and slowed it down in increments so I could study and learn it: https://www.antonizick.com/Augie.Fash.Yoyo.Move.2.Study.mp4
When yoyoing in a public place have (or use) a yoyo yo don’t mind scratching up on the ground. People and kids will be interested and want to try yoyoing. Then they will immediatly smash your yoyo onto the ground. You job is to smile, tell them it’s OK… you don’t mind, and be a good ambassador to the hobby.