Beginner's YoYo Buying Guide by YoYoNation

Uploaded by yoyonation on 18.02.2010

One of the most frequently asked questions from new yoyo players it what kind of yoyo
should I get? There are many factors to think about when buying a new yoyo but today we
are going to focus on three of the most important ones for beginners: shape axle and response.First
we are going to talk about the different kinds of shapes. The first and most popular is the
Butterfly. The Butterfly is the widest of all the yoyo shapes. It comes in a round form
like the Freehand 2 or a flared shaped like the Yomega Firestorm. Beginners and professionals
alike enjoy the butterfly shape, because the butterfly shape is wide and good for single
handed string tricks. It also works well for young players because shape fits well into
the hand.However, while butterfly yoyos are good for string tricks they're not as good
for looping tricks. This next shape is the Imperial shape. The Imperial shape is the
complete opposite of the butterfly shape. To compare, the butterfly shape is wide and
Imperial shape is much more narrow. We would only recommend the Imperial if you are only
interested in the classic or beginner tricks. If you want something more advance you might
want to look else where.What I would recommend instead is a yoyo that has what's called a
Modified shape. This last shape is a hybrid between the Butterfly and the Imperial. The
Modified shape is like the Imperial shape except it has the rounded gap. It's mainly
used for looping tricks or two handed yoyo tricks like more advanced players do, but
it can do some string tricks. So we would recommend this for beginning yoyo players
and advance yoyo players alike. The next thing we are going to talk about is the Axle system.
The Axle system is important because that determines how long your yoyo will sleep.
For beginners we recommed either a Fixed axle or a Transaxle. Without too much detail I
will discuss the mechanics of how this works.This is a Fixed axle yoyo. What that means is that
the Axle and Sides of the yoyo are bound together. When the yoyo spins at the bottom of the string,
everything spins with it. This adds a lot of friction between the axle and the string
so the yoyo will not sleep as long. Basic thing to take away from that: if you have
a Fixed axle yoyo, you might get a 10 or 20 second sleeper if you throw a good sleeper.
The next we would recommend for a beginner is a Trans axle yoyo. The Trans axle has one
extra piece that sits around the main axle. And this allows for longer sleeper times,
say 20 to 25 seconds, even for an average player. The last system we are going to talk
about is the Ball Bearing system. The Ball Bearing system is the most complicated but
also yields the most sleepers. Most Ball Bearing systems use at least three pieces so they
are not as user friendly for beginning or younger players. However for advance yoyo
players, they can do just about any trick you need and will sleep from 1 to 5 minutes
or even more depending on the yoyo. The last thing you need to be aware of before buying
your yoyo is your yoyo's Response System. What we mean by "Response System" is how well
your yoyo comes back to your hand. Without getting too technical, there are yoyos that
are Unresponsive and yoyos that are Responsive. This is an Unresponsive yoyo. Meaning no matter
how hard I tug, it will NOT come back to my hand. These yoyos are meant for more advance
players. We do not recommend them if you are just staring to yoyo. What we would recommend
however is a responsive yoyo. These yoyos will still sleep, for the most part. But they
will come back to your hand with a simple tug. They can also do Looping tricks which
are essential to most beginning yoyo players. The bottom line is: If you are just starting
out yoyoing, we recommend a responsive yoyo. As you shop for your first yoyo you will see
many other features besides the three mentioned here. However, Shape, Axle, and Response system
are the three most important features for beginning yoyo players. There are hundreds
of yoyos available but we have a few of our own suggestions to help you get started. If
you are buying for a young child we will first recommend the Duncan Dragon Fly. The good
things about this yoyo are that it is Butterfly shape, so it'll fit well into the hand, AND
it is one of the cheaper Ball Bearing yoyos. However, because it is a Ball Bearing yoyo
it will also have some small parts. The second yoyo we will recommend is the FAST 201 by
YoYo Factory. The good things about this yoyo are that it is Adjustable, Easy to Use, Low
Maintenance. However, the negatives are that it is noisey and people might find that distracting.
These next three yoyos are recommended for a beginning teenager or an adult. The first
we will recommend is by YoYo Jam. It is called the Journey. It has the classic Comfortable
Shape, is Durable and Low Maintenance. However, it is slightly Unresponsive out of the box
and may require Binding or Lubing. This next yoyo is from YoYo Factory as well. It is called
the Velocity. The pros are that it is Adjustable for any level of response. However, it is
more expensive than the other yoyos listed. This last yoyo is the Duncan Freehand Zero.
This yoyo is hugely versatile, Responsive and Unresponsive with different types of Pads,
and can be used for different styles of yoyo play. However, it is complicated to set up
and may require some extra parts.