Depending on how much you play with your yo-yo, there may be times when you'll need to change the strings. If you play it all the time like the pros, you can change the string several times a week. Luckily, a new strap costs only a few thousand rupees, so you can keep your yo-yo in tip-top shape for a very low price. We will cover everything. Starting from releasing, adjusting the tightness and length of the rope, even experimenting with other materials. With the right knowledge, the rest just depends on one's skill.
Part 1 of 3: Untie the Old Rope
Step 1. Let your yo-yo hang freely
Untie the string until nothing is wrapped around your yo-yo except for the first knot. About 3 inches from the top of your yo-yo, grab the string with your non-dominant hand.
For some yo-yos, you can twist one side to release it and take the string off your yo-yo. However, it can damage your yo-yo. Therefore, we will discuss how to remove the rope from the yo-yo without separating it
Step 2. Rotate your yo-yo in the opposite direction of time
A yo-yo rope is actually a long strand of rope that is late folded in half and twisted with both ends of the rope tied together. Therefore, twist it to remove the twist and separate the two halves. This will allow you to slip it out. As the rope rotates, you will see the base of the rope form a knot that grows larger and larger.
- You just need a knot big enough for your yo-yo to come loose. Once you see it, you can stop playing it.
- Counterclockwise means that your yo-yo will rotate to the left.
Step 3. Remove your yo-yo from the strap
To get your yo-yo out of the loop, place your finger between the two strings, separate them, and pull the bottom of your yo-yo off the string.
If the rope is still good (if it hasn't been damaged), it just needs to be re-wrapped. You can do this when you put it back on your yo-yo
Part 2 of 3: Wearing a New Strap
Step 1. Choose the type of rope you want to use
There are several different types of yo-yo straps that you can buy at hobby shops. Having a few, even if just to experiment, is a good idea. Here are the details:
- Cotton/polyester blend. This rope is also known as 50/50. It is a very strong and effective rope for any yo-yo playing style. If you're not sure which one to buy, this strap can become your regular strap.
- 100% polyester. This type of rope is a stronger form than the previous one. This strap is slim and very soft; because of this, most professionals choose it.
- 100% cotton. These straps were popular a decade ago, but have been replaced by blended and 100% polyester straps.
Sometimes you see other variants, such as nylon straps. This type of rope is uncommon and less popular.
do not use polyester straps if your yo-yo uses a starburst response system. The friction that occurs can melt, damage your rope and potentially damage your yo-yo
Step 2. Separate the two strands of rope at the untied ends to make a knot
If you've bought a new yo-yo strap, you'll notice that one end of the string has knotted for your finger and the other that hasn't. You can also see that the rope has been wrapped around; A yo-yo strap is actually a long string wrapped around the center. Place your thumb and forefinger around the non-knotted end and untwist the loop until a knot the size of a yo-yo is formed.
Step 3. Tuck your yo-yo into a knot on the string
Place your fingers inside the knot to keep it wide open. Place your Yo-yo in the center on one side of the rope, with the rope on the axle. Then, wrap the rope in a criss-cross manner and let it wrap around the axle of your yo-yo.
If you don't have an auto-return yo-yo, you're done. Rotate your yo-yo to the right to re-wrap the string and help it gain balance. Just that; your yo-yo is installed
Step 4. For an auto-return yo-yo, wrap the strap at least twice
Yo-yo auto-return requires two or even three times the rope wrapped around the axle. Once you've placed your yo-yo in the knot, and before you re-tie the string, loop it once and then pull your yo-yo through the knot.
If you do not wrap the strap at least twice, the auto-return function will not work; your yo-yo won't come back to you by itself
Step 5. Tie the rope
A yo-yo with a bearing will only spin and won't kink if you just try to wrap the string around the yo-yo. To finish, use your thumb to hold the string to one side of the yo-yo as you begin to wind the string. After a few twists, release your thumb and you're done.
Step 6. Change your yo-yo strap as often as possible
If you're a beginner yo-yo fan, it's a good idea to replace your yo-yo strap every three months or at least when you notice your yo-yo strap is broken or your yo-yo is becoming difficult to control. Broken straps can have an effect on your performance, so always keep an extra strap or two.
On the one hand, professionals change their straps at least once a day. The more you use your yo-yo and the stronger you use your yo-yo, the more often you will need to change the strap
Part 3 of 3: Setting and Fastening Your Straps
Step 1. Cut to get the ideal length
People over 5'8" may be able to use the rope straight away. However, for those less than 5'8", cutting the rope is essential for easy and skillful play. Here's how:
- Release your yo-yo, drop it to the floor, hold it in front of you.
- Place your index finger on your belly button and wrap the top of the string around your index finger at that point.
- Make a knot on the rope.
Carefully cut the remaining rope and throw it away.
There is no correct length of rope, but your belly button is a good guide. Some players choose a shorter rope, while others choose a longer one. Experiment to get the length you want
Step 2. Make a knot for your finger
A yo-yo strap has a knot at the top which, contrary to popular belief, isn't for your fingers. The knot won't match your finger size; You need to make a knot to get the best out of your yo-yo. It's easy and fast. Here's how:
- Fold the knot over the rope
- Pull through the knot
- Place it on your middle finger and adjust
Step 3. Adjust the tension of the rope
To function properly, a new yo-yo strap must first be tightened. To start, slip the knot into your middle finger, just like you would play. Let your yo-yo fall and stay down. Look what happened; if the string is too tight, your yo-yo will turn left. If it's too loose, your yo-yo will rotate to the right.
To justify, untie your yo-yo, hold your yo-yo and let the rope dangle freely. The twist in the rope will disappear on its own
- Buy yo-yo straps in bulk if you want to participate in yo-yo contests or if you're going to be practicing for a long time. Depending on the tricks you do, the yo-yo strap can wear out quickly and you'll need to replace it more often. For normal use, you can wear it for several months without having to replace it.
- The type of rope you use is up to your preference, but if you're going to be doing a lot of tricks, you can use polyester straps because they don't break as easily as cotton ropes.