Knowing what to buy and where to start in yo-yoing can be a bit confusing. A lot of people starting out feel that the more the product costs the better it will be for them. This doesn’t typically work out for someone who is starting out. Expensive yo-yo’s are generally made for experienced players who know how to use them and how to make them return to their hands. Without the experience gained from use of more basic models these expensive yo-yo’s will cause only confusion and frustration.
It is important to note here that it will save the beginner trouble in the long run to start them on a fixed axle yo-yo and then graduate them to a transaxle yo-yo. The reason for this is that fixed axle yo-yo’s teach the beginner how to throw their yo-yo smoothly enough to keep it from bouncing at the end of the string – allowing it to sleep – but hard enough to get a long sleep time out of it – allowing them to perform tricks. Fixed axle yo-yo’s will also help to teach a beginner yo-yoer to throw the yo-yo straight, without tilting, allowing it to spin longer because the string wont be touching the inside wall of the yo-yo.
If you are just starting out and don’t know what yo-yo to start with I can make a few suggestions for you. I have a few yo-yo’s that I’ve learned on and taught people with that I have found to be amazing learning and teaching aids.
Beginner Fixed Axle Yo-Yo’s:
The Duncan ProYo
The Duncan ProYo is a wooden axle yo-yo with a modified shape. It’s not entirely round like the duncan imperial but it’s not entirely flared like the butterfly shape. It’s an amazing yo-yo to start out on because the shape of the yo-yo forces the beginner to learn how to throw the yo-yo straight and correctly. If you throw this yo-yo at a slight tilt it will cause the inner walls of the yo-yo to rub on the string, which generally cause the yo-yo to spin out of control by the time it reaches the end of the string. I generally start all my beginner yo-yoers out on Duncan ProYo’s before moving them onto more sophisticated models.
The Duncan ProFly
The Duncan ProFly is a wooden axle yo-yo with a butterfly shape. It’s an affordable and effective way to start off a beginner in learning how to throw a yo-yo and it’s a good next step to take after using a ProYo for a few weeks because the butterfly shape of the yo-yo will cut down on how often the string touches the inside walls of the yo-yo (which slows it down). It will enable the beginner to throw longer sleepers which will help them pick up tricks like rock the baby, walk the dog, and elevator.
Beginner Ball Bearing Yo-Yo’s:
The Duncan Dragonfly
The Duncan Dragonfly was the very first ball bearing yo-yo I got when I decided I really wanted to learn how to yo-yo. The thing is tough and durable, I’ve had mine since 2003 and it hasn’t broke yet, the bearing is still good and the cork based response system lasts a looong time.
This is a great yo-yo to get a beginner who has mastered the use of fixed axle yo-yo’s like the Duncan ProYo and ProFly and is ready to move onto a yo-yo that sleeps a lot longer because of it’s ball bearing transaxle.
Note: This article will receive updates as time goes on and better beginner yo-yo’s become available. Also, if you click the links to the yo-yo’s and buy something I get paid like 30 cents or so and I’ll use it to buy coffee, Thanks for your support 😉