Everyone at some point, no matter what level they’re at, wants to learn how to play yoyo horizontal.
Horizontal yoyoing is basically what it means: throwing the yoyo and doing tricks horizontally. Does it defy gravity? Sure. Which means it is more difficult than it looks.
But by following my helpful tips on how to start, you’ll be throwing it perfectly on stage in no time!
HAVE ENOUGH SPACE
Self explanatory. Definitely make sure you’re not around easily breakable objects or people. Most likely you’ll hit yourself during this beginning process, but it’s all part of learning.
LEARN HOW TO DO A BANANA TURNOVER
I know, weird name. You can start to learn this trick by practicing doing a pinwheel motion with your thumb.
PRACTICE THE TRICK NORMALLY IN FRONT OF YOU
By first practicing the trick how you normally would from a breakaway, you can easily envision how the trick will look like when doing it horizontally.
Playing horizontal is like starting yoyoing all over again. Because you’re throwing on a different plane, you must begin by doing simple trapeze combos.
You want to make sure you’re starting off easy to get a feel for throwing horizontal. Then you can work your way up to the more difficult tricks.
KEEP HANDS HIGH
The scarier it feels, the more correct you are doing horizontal. This is probably where you will hit yourself. It’s okay if you do, it fit myself plenty of times before I became comfortable with having the yoyo spinning a few inches from my face.
By keeping your hands high when playing horizontal will force the yoyo to be more horizontal. You also have more control over the yoyo than throwing and playing with your hands low.
BE IN CONSTANT MOTION
Most importantly, you must have the yoyo playing in constant motion. It doesn’t matter how fast you’re going, as long as you’re keeping a steady pace then the yoyo will stay horizontally up. Any small pause will cause the yoyo to fall and you will struggle to keep the momentum going.
This all takes a lot of patience. And I mean A LOT. It took me about a month before I could feel comfortable with throwing the yoyo horizontally. But if you follow these helpful tips, I’m sure you’ll be able to do legit horizontal yoyoing in no time. Good luck. 🙂