4 Easy Ways to Wind a Yoyo Yoyo Trick
Learn the 4 easiest ways to wind up a yoyo and get the string wrapped back up quickly.
4 Easy Ways to Wind a Yoyo Yoyo TrickIn this video I’m going to teach you the four easiest ways to wind your yoyo up. Now this video is meant to be paired with another video we’re making about the fastest ways your yoyo up and if you put the two videos together what we’re doing is we’re starting with the easiest but the slowest way to wind your yoyo up and moving to the fastest but the most difficult. Now I’m assuming that if you’re here that’s because you’re a new player, maybe you got your first yoyo, and you just can’t get the thing to wind up. So, like an intelligent person, you went to youtube or YoYoTricks.com, you searched for the answer, and you found this video. Nice work on that.
So, if you want to wind your yoyo up, typically the way people start is they just start doing the normal wind up, but the problem is is that a lot of new yoyos, like the Fizz Yoyo, even though this one is made for a beginner, it has a ball bearing on the inside. Now those ball bearings allow the yoyo to sleep for a very very long time, which is what allows you to do the tricks, but it can make learning how to wind the yoyo up at the beginning a little bit more difficult until you learn the tricks that I’m going to teach you in this video.
So, the first thing that you want to do if you’re gonna wind a yoyo up, and the string is slipping around the axle, is you need to find some way to interfere that so that it won’t slip out of the groove. And the best way to do that is to just take your opposite hand and to grab one of the yoyo, make sure all of your fingers don’t go over the whole yoyo, just grab half of it, and what you want to, see how the string is twisting like this? I’m going to get to why that’s happening, and teach you a way to deal with that too.
So, what you want to do is you want to take your first finger on your opposite hand and just lay it over top of the whole yoyo because you want to wind over that finger one time so that it’s kind of gripped in there. And then what you want to do is lift it up just enough so that you can wind UNDER that finger three or four times. Now if you pull your finger and you don’t pull too hard, you’ll notice that the string is not going to slip, If you pull really hard it will probably still come out, so don’t pull too hard. And then you can just wind that loop right back into the yoyo. Now you might think that has caused a knot, but actually, if you throw your yoyo one time, it just comes right back out, and then when you pull your yoyo back up, it’ll wind up perfectly and then you won’t have that loop in there anymore.
So that’s the first and the easiest way to wind it up, but that can be pretty tedious and one of the things that I already pointed out is that that can cause your string to get really twisted like this. Now, if your string is very very twisted, the easiest way to get that out is to take the string off your finger, hold the yoyo, and pull the string down and watch, when you let the string go, it just untwists like this. And then when it’s all done, you can wind the yoyo back up. As long as it’s not on your finger, it’s not going to add any more twists to the string, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Now, the other three techniques I’m going to teach you in this video, they don’t have that same problem. So you don’t need to worry about that if you learn these other techniques. So the second technique is called the trapeze windup technique. And that’s because it is very similar to the trick “The Man on the Flying Trapeze”. But in this one, the yoyo is not spinning, we’re gonna use it to get the yoyo back. So what you want to do is you want to take the yoyo and hold it in the same hand as your yoyo string is on your finger, and then you want to put the first finger on your opposite hand, you want to come from the front, and put it in-between the string from your yoyo finger and the yoyo, and just split the string apart just like this.
Now what you want to do is you want to take the yoyo, and this can be a little bit tricky at first, so don’t get frustrated if this part is kind of throwing you off, but you want to take the yoyo and set it right onto the string coming off of your yoyo finger. And then to, if you were to just let the yoyo go right now it would fall right off. So what you want to do is you want to lift your opposite hand and then bring your yoyo hand just above the yoyo, and you can see that the yoyo is sitting right onto this trapeze mount just like this. Now what you want to do is you want to pinch the string up here, and you’re going to change the height of your hands, and you can see that that actually wound half of the yoyo string into the yoyo. And what you can do with the rest of the string is you can just continue to wind it up if you want to do that. Now another thing you can do when you get better at this is if you kind of slowly build the momentum as you’re bringing the yoyo up, so you start slow but just get fastest and faster and faster, you can actually toss the yoyo and the string up in the air and the yoyo will be spinning, and so there is a chance that you will be able to get the yoyo to wind all the way up and right into your hand. You see I didn’t quite get it that time. But, with a little bit of technique, some practice, you can get the yoyo to wind all the way up, and then you don’t need to wrap the string around the yoyo, which will cause a couple of twists in the string, not as many as the first technique.
Now the third technique, this is where things start to get even faster, this one you could call it the, we call it the walk the dog wind up, but if you don’t want to get it mixed up with walk the dog, you could call it the drag the dog technique, not everybody will love that name, so you’ll have you make a personal decision in your life what you want to call it. But it’s actually pretty straight forward. So what you’re going to do is you’re going to take the yoyo and what you want to do is you want to set it right next to your foot, just like this, and you want it to be lined up the same direction that you want to walk, you need a little bit of space in front of you just like this, and you are just going to pull the yoyo straight, and then you’re going to come down and you want to grab the yoyo as the string winds up. Now, the first thing time you try this, the string probably isn’t going to wind up, and that’s because there is a little bit of technique to get this to work. Now the first thing that you want to do is you want to get the yoyo moving pretty quickly. You know, not super fast, you don’t have to run, but you do want to be walking a little bit. And as soon as the yoyo starts moving at a good pace, then what you need to do is you need to lower your hand toward the yoyo. And it’s that lowering of your hand that allows the string to start winding into the yoyo. If you just keep your hand at the same height the whole time, the yoyo will never wind up. And so don’t forget that key, make sure you lower your hand just a little bit.
Now the second thing that will happen to a lot of people is the yoyo will only wind about half way up. And that’s because they did get the yoyo moving fast enough at the beginning and this actually causes a second problem because if the yoyo stops and the string is now completely wound into the gap of the yoyo, you can’t get it started again. In fact, if you try to get the yoyo moving again the same direction, it will just unwind the string which is obviously very irritating. So the key to this is get it moving pretty quickly at first, and then once it’s moving quickly, then start to lower your hand and keep walking with the yoyo until the yoyo until the yoyo winds all the way up, and you can just pick it up off the ground. Now it should go without saying, but I’ve seen a lot of people make this mistake, you have to move the yoyo one direction. Some people they, I don’t know if they feel like, they get a little bit of momentum, and then they pull it back the other way, you can’t move it both ways, okay, you just have to move it in one direction as soon as you start pulling it the other way, if you want any string into it, it’s going to wind, if the string was moving quickly it’s going to stop before it can start spinning the other way, I don’t know, some people don’t want to move their feet so they just go back and and forth, terrible idea, just move one direction, give yourself some space, get the yoyo moving, slowly move your hand toward the yoyo, and this one is a pretty fast, very easy way to get the yoyo to wind up.
Now just a heads up, this technique WILL NOT work for unresponsive yoyos, most metal yoyos are unresponsive yoyos, but there are some plastic yoyos that play this way. These are yoyos that are designed to not come back up when you pull on them so you can do more advanced tricks, to get one of these yoyos to come back you will need to perform a bind, and we do have another video that teaches you how to do that, but this technique as well as the next technique in this video will not work on an unresponsive yoyo. So at this point we recommend that you just skip again, go to the second video about fast ways to wind your yoyo up, and that will teach you all the other ways to quickly wind your unresponsive yoyo.
Now the last technique is called the foot stomp technique. And that’s because what a lot of people do is they actually stomp on their yoyo to get it spinning, and it does work pretty well, but there’s actually a way to do it where you don’t have to stomp of your yoyo, you don’t have to grind your yoyo into the ground, and it works, it still works pretty well and it’s pretty fast. So what you want to do is set your yoyo on the ground, similar to how we did in the previous technique, except instead of laying it right next to your shoe, what you want is for the yoyo to be right in front of your, and you want to put your shoe right over the yoyo, and just barely touching the yoyo or just above it. So you’ll see that my hand is right here, because the yoyo is on the ground, and what you’re going to do is you’re going to pull straight up, maybe even a little bit toward yourself because that will pull it into the shoe even more, which will cause will cause a little bit more friction, cause the yoyo to wind up. And you can see that the string winds right up.
Now, like I said, a lot of people call this the foot stomp technique because it what they do is they actually stomp on the yoyo once they get it into position, that can cause the yoyo to rotate and then you can pull the yoyo up, and that allows the yoyo to come back, but the thing is you don’t even need to stomp as long as your foot is in the right position and you pull your hand back and towards you, that will get enough spin on the yoyo and then all you need to do is position your hand directly under the yoyo with your palm up, and then yoyo will just roll right down into your hand. But like I said, this is probably the most difficult of these easy technique, because when you pull up, if you don’t pull up straight, if you pull up to the side, or a little bit out of control, your yoyo will move that way, so make sure that you pull straight up towards yourself, the harder you pull obviously the fastest will spin, you’re going to have to find a balance so that it doesn’t go too high, just work on it. It’s a little bit difficult but you’ll find that one is pretty impressive, especially if people have never seen yoyoing, they’ll really like that technique.
So try each of these in order as you learn them, the faster you can get your yoyo to wind up, the more fun it’s going to be to learn tricks, so those are your easy ways to wind up your yoyo.
Well, yeah, I guess if you really wanted to I suppose you could, you know, get it spinning and then just perform a bind, and that’s not too bad, doesn’t really seem to fit the spirit, you know, of the trick, I know this one can probably work too, just get it going and, oh that one actually worked really good.
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