What's a good beginner yoyo?

(Derek) #1

I know somebody who wants to start yoyoing, they have basically no experience and can only do the sleeper. they are looking for a responsive beginner yoyo (can’t bind yet). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestion of a good yoyo for them?


I would recomend the Journey and a 100% Poly string pack of 5.The Yoyo is $14.40 and the string $1.50.He will need the string in 2-3 weeks.The journey is unresponsive and it has a good spin time.He could use the journey untill String tricks and for 5A :slight_smile: :wink:

(JonasK) #3

There are a lot of good beginner yoyos out there. A good choice is the Journey, but the Kickside will work out as well. And not to mention the Velocity. The Velocity is very adjustable, but don’t forget that the YYJs are adjustable aswell, just not to the same grade. So price matters here while the Velocity is about 5-6 dollars more expensive than YYJ plastics. So look after those three yoyos, they will work, and that’s all that matters.

Addment: Great that you help others to start. Now get them to join here.


Depends on your skill level. Here is a guide to help you with your first purchase:

Buying Guide:
First timer? Learning to throw? Can you already throw, and are just working on tricks? Are you advanced and ready for the next step? Or are you an expert, and just want to see the choices for you? Check this out!

First Thrower:
There are several good yoyos out there. First of all, you will want to learn how to get a good throw, and sleeper. This yoyo is right for you. It can give you god control of the yoyo, and will teach you how to throw: http://yoyonation.com/product.php?productid=16165&cat=0&page=1

I have a good throw - What next?
At this point, there are several good yoyos out there for you. Most people will recommend the YoYoJam Plastic yoyos, and that is a great start for you! Here they are:

The YoYoJam Kickside: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/kickside/

The YoYoJam Lyn Fury: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/lyn-fury/

The YoYoJam Journey: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/journey/

And possibly the best choice, and one of the best beginner yoyos of all time, and one heck of an advanced player as well, The YoYoFacory Velocity: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyofactory/velocity/

I am more advanced, and I feel I need something more:

In this case, there are several yoyos for you. If you want an upgrade, YoYoJam Bi-Metals are for you! Check out some of the great yoyos here:

First, the very popular YoYoJam Dark Magic: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/dark-magic/

Next, the YoYoJam Hitman: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/hitman/

Up after that, a good precedent to the Speedmaker, the YoYoJam Speeder!: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/speeder/

A great yoyo designed by Johnnie Delvalle, the YoYoJam X-Convict: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/x-convict/

Like small yoyos? Try the YoYoJam Mini-Motu: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/mini-motu/

However, there is also a variety of high-quality plastic yoyos NOTE these plastic yoyos will require a bind return to get it back to your hand, as do the Bi-Metal YoYoJams after time.

The YoYoFactory Plastic Grind Machine: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyofactory/grind-machine/

The YoYoJam Legacy: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/legacy/

These yoyos are really all you need. You may want a metal, and that is okay, but these yoyos can preform the same tricks.

Remember, a metal yoyo won’t make you a better player. Still, if you want to buy them, look below:

Well, I want to look into buying metals. What now?

Well, there are several good all-metal YoYo Manufacturers out there. I feel it is out of my duty to pick the yoyos for you, so I will simply name some good yoyo companies that make great all-metal yoyos.

Caribou Lodge YoYoWorks (CLYW)


There are several more, but those are the main companies that spring to mind.

Strings, Lube, and Bearings

Don’t forget - You will always need string. Usually, there are many different varieties of string. You will first notice about the string is the material. In most occasions, cotton will be a horrible choice for you because it breaks easily and doesn’t last as long. We recommend you use either 100% Polyester Strings, or 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester string. They last longer, and are better for doing the new style of complex string tricks shown here at YoYoExpert. If you want to buy string, check here: Note Right now YoYoExpert doesn’t have 100 packs of string, and they only have 5 packs. Don’t worry - over time, they will have 100 packs of string.

Lube is not as needed, but is a good edition to have. If you want professional YoYo Lube, try some YoYoJam lube. If you want less response on your yoyo, use Thin Lube, however if you want more response, use Thick Lube.

Thin Lube: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/thin-lube/

Thick Lube: http://yoyoexpert.com/product/yoyojam/thick-lube/

Here is a video to show you how to apply luberication to your yoyo bearing: http://yoyoexpert.com/learn/410-maintenance-lube.html

You are all set to make your first purchase!

(Derek) #5

Ya, definately ;D

(Chris Allen) #6

The YYF Velocity is beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best yo-yo for beginners.


what I started on and still is great. I would recommend it over any begginer yo.