Hi, I’m Colby Ng, and this year for In-Depth I explored what professionally yoyoing really is. Enjoy!
- A toy consisting of a flattened spool wound with a string that is spun down from and reeled up to the hand by motions of the wrist.
- To move up and down; fluctuate.
- To manipulate or maneuver (someone or something).
“It does not matter how busy or old we become, we shall always find happiness in playing with a yoyo.”
Step 1: Learn What Types of Yoyo’s There Are
Firstly, there are different shapes to yoyos, different shapes are better for different tricks. As a beginner you want lots of room to work with, so the wider the better. Secondly, there are responsive (flat), and unresponsive (curved) bearings. A responsive yoyo is best for beginners as a simple flick of the wrist brings the yoyo up. However, unresponsive bearings allow for much harder and more complex tricks.
Step 2: Learn What Components Make Up a Yoyo
Strings, bearings, spools, and wings are all the components that make up a yoyo. Combined they create our modern yoyos, just be sure not to break any of them, especially the string. Taking care of your yoyo is important if you want it to work properly. High-end yoyo’s need lubrication, string changing, and under no circumstances do you want to drop your yoyo and risk breaking parts.
Step 3: Learn Some Quick History of Yoyoing
While seen widely as a toy, in the late 1900’s yoyo’s spun into mainstream pop culture. Through the years yoyoing has evolved into many different types, but performance yoyoing still remains prevalent. Added with music, a combination of tricks are thrown together to create an alluring performance almost akin to hip-hop dance. A mix of skill, creativity, adaptability, practice, and flow are all you need to put together a great performance.
Step 4: Throw Your Yoyo and Get Started (Add Music for Spice)
See Below. Yoyoing is a throw and a spin away.
Pro-tip, don’t throw your yoyo at anything breakable!
Feel free to comment below, ask any questions, or take a look at my previous posts for more information.