Beginning to Yoyo

beginning to yo-yo

So you say you want to learn how to yoyo, eh?  Splendid!  I’m Theferrell and I’m here to help!

This post goes out to anyone who thinks yoyos look cool, but needs some info before throwing down their hard-earned cash on a yoyo that costs more than two bucks.  This is also geared towards those who have a yoyo lying around the house but aren't sure what to do with it.

What should you look for in your beginner yoyo?  Some think the more expensive the yoyo is, the better it is.  While this is generally true, it may not be what you need in your first yoyo. Ease of use should be your top priority so don't feel compelled to buy the most expensive yoyo because it's likely not geared to your skill level.

We sell a variety of solid yoyos suitable for beginners.  The following models will get you the most bang for your buck:


You are going to want a yoyo that has either a fixed axle or a plastic transaxle.  A fixed axle is a simple metal rod that connects the two halves of yoyo together.  The string goes around the rod and the yoyo is ready to go.  Most wooden yoyos have a fixed axle system.  A plastic transaxle is a plastic sleeve that goes over a fixed axle and acts like a bearing.  The string connects to the plastic sleeve.  This allows longer sleep time since plastic has lower friction than cotton string.  Your string will also last a bit longer since friction is not wearing at it.  Most Yomega yoyos and AP’s Triple Action/Moon has this system.

One last thing to consider is getting a yoyo with a clutch system.  I actually was thinking of trying to write out and explain what a clutch system is….. and I bored myself to tears.  So I got a clip for you from Yomega of their guy explaining what the Yomega Brain is.

This system is featured on Active People’s Triple Action, and Triple Moon. However, the Triple Action and Triple Moon step it up a notch.  In addition to the fixed axle and auto return setting, the TA and TM also feature a free spin setting!

Don’t forget to get extra string when you buy a yoyo.  It’s something most people don’t think of, but it saves frustration when your yoyo goes flying after the string breaks for the first time.  (Remember- stay away from  breakable objects until you know what you are doing :p) 

Now, after you get your first yoyo, you need to know what to do with it!  That’s where my fabulous video, Yoyo Boot Camp Vol.1 comes in!!  I made this video a few years ago geared towards techniques such as putting the yoyo on your finger, basic throw technique and even starter tricks.  Once you have mastered these techniques, the youtube-sphere is full of videos of tricks you can learn with a little practice.

If anyone reading has any questions, feel free to post in AP-Club’s forum under the “Yoyo” section.  I visit the forums quite frequently and am happy to answer any and all questions.  I am also known to film video responses from time to time detailing what I am trying to explain.’s Facebook page is also a great place to post questions.

Enjoy your new yoyo and this is Theferrell, signing off!



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