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 practicing every day and soon you’ll see results!
But before performing tricks you should the following thing should be done:
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 left
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 responsive yoyo
- 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.
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 as 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.
Beginner tricks for unresponsive yoyos
- 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.
- 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!