As you all know, there are an overwhelming number of throws out there. One of the most common questions asked is “Where do I start?”. Speaking from experience; it’s very easy to just start buying everything.
Everyone is going to have their own budget, play style and preferences to consider; however, I personally would recommend the iYoYo HiDRA. For about $50, this thing does an admiral job. Even to this day, it’s one of my most used throws. There are an endless amount of yo-yo reviews online, so I’ll skip the features and specs and just focus on why I like it.
First of all, it’s got a huge gap which makes landing the yo-yo on the string much easier. This is a great benefit for those starting out. It’s also wide enough to pull out any axle knots with your fingers – another huge source of frustration for beginners.
Second, it’s small and light. This makes it much easier to work with and gives you a bit more room for error when bouncing between strings. Larger, heavier throws will also tire your arm out much sooner in those beginning months.
Third, it’s very versatile. When starting out, you’ll want to try a wide range of tricks as you develop your style. This throw does everything pretty well. Despite the engravings, it does a fine job of fingerspins and grinds. It rejects well for tension hooks and moves very comfortably across the string.
Another thing to consider is availability. The HiDRA comes in many colourways and you can usually find it in stock at every major yo-yo retailer.
If I had to start all over again, knowing what I know now, this would be my first throw…and definitely not my my last.