Basic Types Of Yo-Yo's

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Learn about the basic types of Yo-Yo's in this free video on Yo-Yo basics.

Part of the Video Series: How To Do Basic Yo-Yo Tricks
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Alright, in yo-yoing there's 2 basic shapes. You have something called an imperial shaped. It's kind of a rounded shape like this one here. This is called a butterfly shape. It kind of tapers open from the gap. There's 2 main reasons why we have 2 shapes of yo-yos. The imperial shaped yo-yo is actually made for a style of tricks called looping. A lot of times in a competition setting people will be doing it with 2 hands. They look like this. The reason they're shaped like that is it's easier for the string to grab the gap because the gap is all the way tight from the bottom to the top. It's also easier to control when you're shooting it back out. You're going to see that in the next segment. The butterfly shape tapers open like so simply because it's more made for string tricks where you're actually going to be landing the string into the groove of the yo-yo. You can do tricks where you're bouncing it around a string. You're going to see a lot of that stuff in the next segment. That's what we're going to be focusing on throughout these yo-yo segments itself. There is also, this is called the off string yo-yo. Notice it has a rubber edge to it. It's a similar shape to the other butterfly yo-yo, but with this one here, with the rubber, makes it a little bit wider so it's a little bit easier to catch because this one you actually play with not connecting to the string. If it falls to the ground it'll bounce, easier to catch, and it's more durable. That's for the most part, the 3 basic shapes in yo-yoing today.

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