Basic adjustments and string replacment
A string is a very important part of your yoyo. If you try to play with an old, dirty string full of knots you’re not going to be very successful. It just doesn’t work and you’ll get annoyed. You should change one as soon as you’re not happy with it, ideally when it looses it’s elasticity. Another sign that you should replace your string is when your yoyo stops returning into your hand or if you manage to make a know which you simply can not untangle. This usually happens within a couple of hours of using a string. Some people change it after 20 minutes, some after a whole day of yoyoing.
- string should measure the distance between your belly button and the ground
- make a slipknot at then end of the string, than pull the string itself through the slipknot and put the self tightening slipknot you just created on your middle finger
- at the other end of the string simply unwind the two parts of the string and place it over the yoyo
- never make a knot at the centre of the yoyo. It’s not going to spin.
Perfect lenghet of the string is crucial for easy yoyo learning. So we’ve made a video about it:
Yoyo strings differ, primarily in material used to make them:
1, 100% Polyester – most common, most used and the most popular yoyo string nowdays. The string is usually made from six individual polyester threads. These strings have a bit of elasticity to them, they’re quite stiff which means that they last a long time and they make great yoyo loopholes. They also do not tangle as much and they’re fast. They’re produced in many colours and the quality varies from one maker to another. We recommend these for string tricks (1A, 3A, 4A, 5A) because they’re going to melt if you put them on a looping (or wooden) yoyo. That means they’re going to break and your yoyo might fly very, very far away 🙂
2, 100% cotton – these strings are made from cooton and they’re being used mostly on wooden or looping yoyos. They are very elastic and they wear out pretty quickly. Do not use them for metal / 1A yoyos, they break quite easily on some yoyos.
3, 50/50 – strings made from 50% cotton and 50% polyester. They are less elastic than cotton but stronger but slower than polyester ones. Again, they’re used mostly for looping.
4, Nylon – nylon strings are much stiffer than polyester ones. Which means that they can create even larger loopholes and they hold their shape more. They’re also a bit faster than polyester. Not everyone likes the hardness that they have and most people still proffer the polyester ones. Mostly because of the string burns 🙂
5, GT – strings made from 30% cotton and 70% polyester. We like these very much, especially the yellow version. Very close to the poly strings but not feeling as artificial.
6, Others – there’s a whole world to discover in yoyo strings. People like to experiment with kevlar for example. There’s plenty to choose from or you can make them yourself at home. Most companies making small runs of alternative strings don’t last very long though.