How to Yoyo

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The yoyo, a toy characterized by two disks connected by an axle and has a string attached to it, is considered to be one of the oldest toys in history and is first invented in Greece.

Historical Names for Yoyo

The British called this toy the bandalore, the French used the term incroyable, but the term ‘yoyo’ is actually a Filipino term. This classic toy has become a favorite of many generations way back 1920s. Up to now, playing the yoyo has become one of the favorite pastimes by children and adults alike. This article provides simple steps on how to yoyo.

Step One: Modify the length of the string.

The length of the string should not be too short or too long. The end of the string should be at the same level as your belly button when the yoyo is resting on the floor.

Step Two: Wind the yoyo.

After adjusting the length of the string, you have to wind the yoyo string back. To do this, use one of your hands to hold the yoyo while the other one holds the string. Wind the string around the axle connecting the two disks until only the knot shows.

Step Three: Slip the knot in your middle finger.

Place the slip knot found at the end of the string in your middle finger and let the yoyo rest in your palm.

Step Four: Thrust the yoyo in a forward and downward motion.

Thrust the yoyo forward and downward with your hand wide open and your palm facing outward.

Step Five: Turn your hand to catch the yoyo.

When the yoyo goes down, turn your hand such that your palm is facing down. When the string is fully extended, tug the string so the yoyo will go up and be ready to catch it.

Yoyo as a Sport

There are also competitions showcasing professional yoyo players with their advanced yoyo skills. One such competition is the 2013 World Yo-yo Contest held in Orlando, Florida (USA) participated by 192 Yoyo players of different nationalities. Janos Karancz from Hungary wowed the crowd with his perfect and breathtaking tricks using his Duncan Barracuda yo-yo which earned him the first place in the said competition.

To sum up…

Playing yoyo is very enjoying once you get the hang of it. All it takes is patience and constant practice to be able to master the art of playing yoyo. This article only provides the most basic steps on how to play yoyo and there are more advanced tricks that you can do with it.

Tips:

  1. Adjust the slip knot properly so it won’t slip off your finger.
  2. Prevent the yoyo from flying off your hand by having a tight grip to it.
  3. To fully enjoy playing the yoyo, buy one with good quality.

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