All About String
I got a yo-yo! Now what do I do?
Your new yo-yo probably isn't yet ready to be played with, because the string is likely too long. You'll need to adjust the string so it's the right setting for you. If you're very tall and don't need to shorten your string, jump straight to part 3.
1. Adjusting the string length
Grab the end of the string attached to the yo-yo and let the yo-yo drop to the end of the string. Let the yo-yo touch the ground, and look at how high the end of the string is. The best setting is usually around bellybutton level to 10cm above your bellybutton.
2. Make a loop at the end of the string
After cutting the string at the proper length, take the end of the string and tie a knot at the very end, then fold the string over and tie a loop, about the same size as the original loop (about 2cm in diameter).
If any of this is confusing so far, refer to the video below. In the video, we chose to cut the string after making the loop.
Don't put your finger directly in the loop!
3. Attaching the string to your hand
Fold the loop over the string and pull it through the loop. This greates a simple slipknot which will tighten on your finger. Tighten the loop around your middle finger, between the first and second joint.
Now that we've finished adjusting the string, let's wind up the yo-yo!
4. Winding the string
On yo-yos with bearings, if you try to wind it up, it will just spin and won't wind. To wind this kind of yo-yo, use your thumb to pin down the string against the inside edge of the yo-yo whilst winding. After about 3-5 winds you can release your thumb, then finish winding the string.
5. Holding the yo-yo
You always want the yo-yo spinning away from your hand when you throw it, so you want the string coming out on the top (refer to the diagram on the right). To make things easier, you should always try to catch the yo-yo in this position.
You're ready to go! Now you can start learning Your first trick.
How do I replace my old string?
1. Remove the old string grab the string close to the yo-yo, letting the yo-yo dangle just below your hand. Looking from above, spin the yo-yo counter-clockwise, which will untwist the string, allowing you to remove the yo-yo from the string.
2. Attach a new string take the twisted (closed) end of a new string and untwist it, opening a loop. Expand the loop and insert the yo-yo, cleanly retwisting the string up to the axle.
2.5 Wrapping a string twice Auto-return yo-yos need their strings wrapped twice around the axle. Once you attach the string, and before you retwist the string, twist it once and then pull the yo-yo through the loop again.
If you don't do this, the auto return function will not work and the yo-yo will not come back on its own. To get the most out of your yo-yo's functions, always wrap the string at least twice. Don't forget to adjust the length when changing strings.
There are many different types of strings, which one should I get?
There are really only two types of string used today, Polyester and Cotton/Poly blends.
With the same feeling as the old 100% cotton strings used 10 years ago, Cotton/Poly is a very strong string, and is effective for just about any style. At REWIND, we refer to it as "50/50," and there are a couple varieties therein, but beginners need not worry about it.
Polyester string is even stronger than 50/50, thin and very smooth. Its feeling is loved by competitors and professionals alike. Just like 50/50, there are a couple different types, and a variety of colors available.
However, do not use this string if your yo-yo uses a starburst response system! The friction will melt the polyester, and it will soon break.
If you aren't sure which one is right for you, we recommend 50/50. Buying in bulk will save you money, but you should try a few different ones to decide your favorite, so buy 10-packs to test them out first.