Pursuing this hobby can be very captivating as you will learn how to make a yo-yo move in a certain way so that you will do these so-called tricks. I’m going to walk you through the essentials of setting up your toy and learning the main yo-yo tricks for beginners.

Watching yo-yo players on YouTube doing such amazing tricks is easy, but mastering them takes time and patience. However, it’s worth the effort, as you can impress both your friends and family.

Luckily, beginners like you have something in common with professional yo-yo players, both started small at some time. So, no worry! Stick to the habit of practising every day and soon you’ll see results!

But before performing tricks you should set up your yoyo. If you want to know directly how to

do easy beginner tricks just scroll down to the “Yoyo tricks for responsive yoyos” section.

Setting up your yo-yo

Most of the yo yoyos come with two strings, each of them having a knot with some space at one end as in the image.If the string doesn’t have a knot, you can make one.

The next thing you are going to do is to pull the string through the hole and what you’ll obtain is a lasso. Then, you put your middle finger through the lasso with the two strings coming from the knot facing the little finger like in the image shown above.

You eventually untwist the other end of the string which doesn’t have any knot and you place the whole yo-yo in the loop, twist the string again, Voila, your yo-yo is ready!

What’s the difference between responsive and unresponsive yoyos?

Yoyos are split into two large categories:

  • responsive yoyos: this type of yo-yo is incredibly easy to tug in order to make the yo-yo come back to your hand, as these have a thinner bearing that gives less space for the string causing it to wind up so much easier. This kind of yoyos are ideal for beginners and you can do pretty interesting tricks such as Walk the dog and Rock the baby about which I’ ll be talking about a little later.
  • Unresponsive yoyos: In this case, you can’t just simply tug the yo-yo and expect it to come back to your hand. What you need to do is to learn how to bind an unresponsive yo-yo. This trick will be covered shortly.

Beginner tricks for a responsive yoyo

  1. The sleeper

Just throw down the yo-yo the following way: firstly place the toy on your palm with the string going from the yo-yo passing on the middle finger. When you do this trick is necessary not to just let the yo-yo go down and spin. Throw it properly.

How? You imagine that your toy is a dumbbell and you can lift it up and down and you stop moving your hand when it is parallel to the ground. In our case, lower the yo-yo rapidly in front of you and release it at the right level so that your toy doesn’t hit the ground. The sleeper itself is represented by the fact that you let the yo-yo spin continuously.

The position of the yoyo and the string

After throwing successfully, you just pull the yo-yo and make it come back. One important aspect to consider would be the tilt of the spinning object. You should throw the yo-yo straight to stop it from doing unwanted things.

2. Walk the dog

The same as the sleeper, but before making your yo-yo come back you swing it forwards and then let it spin on the ground. You’ll see that it will move forward as if it is alive.


3. Rock the baby

First of all, you spread your yoyo-hand in the same way like a stop hand sign. After that, you use the opposite hand and “karate chop” your thumb(the idea is to put the other hand between the pointing finger and the thumb of the yoyo-hand).

Grab and pull the string up between the two fingers, point the left-hand fingers outwards and go with the hand underneath the yo-yo. You will realize that the toy can swing back and forth and there will be two strings on the sides.

Watch the video below to learn how to do the trick more precise.

Beginner tricks for unresponsive yoyos

  1. Bind (sort of trick)

Throw the yo-yo as usual (in front of you) and having in mind the fact that you can’t do the same thing as with responsive yoyos you will do the following things (supposing you are right-handed):

  • Put the string between the middle and the pointing finger of your left hand.
  • Then, you swing the yo-yo back and forth again by pulling or pushing the string intermittently.


  • When the yo-yo moves far away from your body, in that interval you twist the two fingers so that your middle finger gets slightly closer to you,
  • The momentum of the toy makes it jump and land on the string next to the fingers,

  • Pinch the string with the pointing finger and your thumb from your left-hand as shown in the left image.
  • All you do next is to lower quickly the left hand and release the string. At the same time, you raise the yoyo-hand. That’s it!


2. The Breakaway

  • Hold the toy on your right-hand parallel to your body as if you had held a doorknob.
  • Throw on the side.

3.Front mount

  • Throw the yo-yo.
  • Put your middle finger of your left hand behind the string.

  • Make the yo-yo swing towards your body. The purpose of this movement is to create sufficient momentum that your toy will fly up into the air and land on the string.
  • The toy rises up and you loosen the string. As a result, it will land easily in the right place and a V-shaped string structure will be formed.

4. Man on the flying trapeze

  • Do a breakaway or just throw on the side.



  • Swing the yo-yo towards your left-hand middle finger pointing outside, perpendicular to the plane determined by your body. Stopping the motion of the string will make the yo-yo continue its movement and will lift it into the air.
  • The spinning object will describe an arc and will land on the string.

Practice is key

Mastering new yo-yo tricks isn’t an easy task, I personally faced problems learning how to yo-yo, but with time I managed to overcome them. So can you!

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He is passioned about yoyoing and technology .Enjoys dreaming about the multiple possibilities the internet offers to share the knowledge gathered in 2 years of experience within the skill toys world.Wordpress comes in handy for achieving this dream and for materializing his vision.


Denis · December 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm

OMG!   This is awesome!  I have a yo-yo on my shelf and it has been sitting there for months gathering dust!  I used to be very good back in the days but lost interest and forgot all that I had learned.  This article is exactly what I needed to get me back to practice those nice tricks.  I kind of remember one of the tricks I used to do was the “shotgun”, but I don’t remember how to do it.  I have bookmarked your site to practice these “beginner’s tricks” so I can impress my friends!  


    admin · December 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I’m glad that my article managed to help you to  remember the old days tricks .The fact that my message was received represents a major breackthrough for me.Keep  practicing and the results  will show up very soon .It may get frustrating sometimes ,as you don’t understand what movement should be done in order to finish the trick.The most important thing:don’t quit.

Daniel · December 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm

I must say that this is a pretty interesting article as I don’t know the proper strategy for using yo yo. Your tips will surely help me and I hope that I would make to learn my kid to use it too as it is pretty interesting toy. I like to use it when I am nervous, it is great for relaxing.

Dale · December 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm

This brings back so many old memories and actually is starting some new memories.  I am 51 years old and when I was much younger I had what I guess are called a traditional yo yo and I used to be able to do all of the tricks in your article.  So now we fast forward many years and the other day my grandson brought his yo yo to me and asked him if I could show him some tricks.

I took his yo yo and let me tell you its not like riding a bike.  I could barely get the yo yo to come back up.  So here I am many years later and myself and my grandson are going to learn together.

Thank you for writing this fun article that brought back so many fun memories from my past and so many that are going to start.


    admin · December 27, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    I’m pleased to see that this article helped you refresh your swet memories!

    By the way you can also find a bunch of tutorials on You-Tube which can teach your grandson numerous tricks.

Euphrasia · December 27, 2018 at 2:37 pm

I am excited to try out your travel tricks for effective use of the yo yo. Many times I jad tried to use it but I was not quite successful. I love the simple and straight forward ways you have suggested. The unresponsive yo yo had always been my weakness, often got frustrated and quit, wont be doing that anymore. Thanks alot.

    admin · December 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    The main reason for getting  frustrated about yoyoing is the fact that you don’t understand certain movements of the arms and the fingers for the first time you see the trick.You need to do things in a certain way to make the yoyo move as you wish.And that can get tricky sometimes.One of the most frustrating tricks for me was Magic drop because you need and incredible amount of precision .The yoyo has to fall on the right string .If you google magic drop you’ll know what I’m talking about .

Karim · December 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm


We can master Yo-Yo tricks as any skills by learning, practice and self discipline.

I had no idea about how to sitting Yo-Yo, I’m going to show this post to my 12 year old daughter so that she can make it and play with.

Making responsive yoyos and Unresponsive yoyos need the same techniques and the same stuffs?

    admin · December 27, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    The main difference beteween responsive and unresponsive yoyos is  the bearing.The responsive yoyos have  a thinner bearing which allows you to make the yoyo came back to your hand much more easier when you tug it,but you can’ t do so many tricks with them because the string gets more cluttered and this will make the yoyo come back at some tricks.The uresponsive yoyo gives youo ore freedom .In regards to the techiques and materials they they aren’t any different .

Evald · December 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Hey there,

what a great article! I found it to be very informative and interesting. I’ve also learned a lot of new things today. As far as Yo-Yo goes, well I had one back in the day when I was little, although I didn’t do a lot of tricks with it, just used to spin it for fun pretty much. I was quite surprised to discover that there are two types of yo-yo- unresponsive and responsive, which is honestly pretty awesome, because one type suits beginners better, but on the other side the second type offers more variety, cool tricks and challenges to more experienced yo-yo enthusiasts. Such 2 type separation is also very effective at allowing people to progress with yo-yo more naturally, as well as encourage more people to give yo-yo a shot, therefore increasing the community and basically attracting more new comers.

Thanks for an awesome article and keep up the good work 😉

    admin · December 27, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you for the encouragement ! I would like to add something : there two types of yoyos and  five types of tricks (1A to 5A).Imagine the possibilities!

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