Infinite Illusions Getting Started Non-Spinning Tricks Spinning Tricks

Getting Ready to Yo-Yo!

1. String length

the official length The "official" string length for a yo-yo is from the floor to the height of your belly button when the string is on your finger. Measure the length 3" above your belly button. Fold the string over and tie an overhand knot to make the yo-yo loop. Trim off the excess string. the overhand knot

2. Make a slip knot for your finger

the slip knot Take the loop you just tied and pull the string through it to make a slip knot. Put the slip knot on the middle finger of your dominant (writing) hand and pull it tight. Adjust it so that the loop is located between the first and second knuckle. where to put the string

3a. Setting your string on a fixed axle yo-yo

double loop/ single loop

double loop/ single loop

Beginners should learn to yo-yo with the string double-looped around the axle. To double-loop, hold the string about 4" above the yo-yo. Untwist the yo-yo in a counter-clockwise direction (to the left) until the string splits in two. Wrap one of the split strings around the axle again so that the yo-yo will not spin at the bottom of the string.

3b. Setting your string on Transaxle Yo-Yos

three/ two/ one loops

Transaxle yo-yos can be used with one, two, or three string loops around the bearing depending on th yo-yo. Two or three loops will give a more positive response, but use one loop for smooth, extended string tricks. To adjust the number of loops, hold the string about 4" above the yo-yo. Untwist the yo-yo in a counter-clockwise direction (to the left) until the string splits in two. Wrap one of the split strings around the axle again.

4. Winding the Yo-Yo

For winding, place a finger over the string groove, wind over the finger the first time around, then under the finger the rest of the way up.

winding the yo-yo

holding the yo-yo

5. Holding the Yo-Yo

Hold the yo-yo in your hand palm up with the string wrapped so it comes off your middle finger and goes over the top of the yo-yo as shown.

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