YoYo Shapes

The shape which any given yoyo has can say a lot about how the yoyo is going to behave. Certain shapes have different characteristics than others and this guide can help you out with choosing the yoyo that you actually want. Our webstore is also full of expressions which beginners are not often familiar with. This page should explain most of them as well.

Description of individual elements:

The guide bellow has a few word & expressions which can be confusing or not clear to a beginner. So here’s a diagram showing what part of the yoyo we’re actually referring to:

  1. rim / edge of the yoyo
  2. step / angle
  3. area which contains the response system
  4. ball bearing / centre of the yoyo

Different yoyo shapes


One of the basic, simple yoyo shapes. There’s a straight line from the rim of the yoyo right to the very centre of it. This shape tends to be very quick, agile and keeps the spin momentum. However it does not have that much stability. It’s also not very ergonomic and not everyone has to get used to it.

H - profile

Quite a radical shape which is very easy to identify. The yoyo has large steps near the rims and while you hold the yoyo your middle finger slips comfortably between them. Thanks to the amount of rimweight this creates, H-shaped yoyos tend to be very stable and they spin for a long time. However they can also be cumbersome and not very agile by refusing to change direction.


Round, sometimes called organic, shape is another basic and simple yoyo profile. The best known yoyo to have this feature is arguably the Duncan Freehand. The shape itself is uncomplicated and does not have any extreme properties. We think that every yoyo player should own at least one yoyo shaped like this classic…

Inverse round

This profile uses a inward curvature in the yoyo wall for reducing the friction generated from the string touching the yoyo. In the same time this reduces the amount of weight in the curved out bit and therefore puts more weight towards the rims. This improves the stability and sleep time. This shape is also very comfortable to hold because the middle finger slots ideally into the catch zone.

Step round

This hybrid shape uses the best of both round and straight profiles. It takes the comfort and wide catch zone from the round shape and the reduced string friction from the straight profile. These yoyos tend to be very stable but not as nimble as some people like. However they are not over-engineered as some more complicated profiles which makes them more likeable to more players.

Step straight

The step straight profile is a modern take on the simple straight shape. It prioritises the speed and adds a bit of stability by utilising the step/angle which puts more weight towards the rims. The angle is not as extreme as with some other shapes which makes the yoyo more nimble and agile.

Flat rim

Flat Rim shape is probably the least common of all featured in this guide. Yoyos with this profile tend to be very specific and non-standard, usually aiming to please more experienced, non-competing players and collectors. The principle is that the rims are basically in the same angle as the bearing is. Which makes the catch zone much smaller and therefore they are not as popular with performance players. The shape allows some unusual weight distribution and therefore results in very interesting yoyos.