4A Division aka Offstring Division
In the 4A or “off-string” technique, the yo-yo’s string is not tied directly to the yo-yo’s axle, and the yo-yo is usually launched into the air by performing a “forward pass” to be caught again on the string. However, some players can ‘throw down’ off-string yo-yos and catch it on the string just as it leaves the end of the string by pivoting the string around a finger as it unwinds, so that the yo-yo is caught on the string. This is exactly the opposite of a “forward pass”, but with the same result.
It takes quite some times for a beginner to start to learn 4A but once you get the feel and able to do the toss, you will find it intriguing and it keeps you going on to try some crazy tricks. Plenty of videos are available in youtube, vimeo, you name it, for you to learn and be amazed by the 4A players.
The yoyos are optimized for off-string tricks have flared designs, like the butterfly shape, which makes it easier to land on the string, and some have have soft rubber rings on the edges, so minimum damage is inflicted on the yoyo. Moreover, they are designed to be over-sized from the standard yo-yo size in order to increase the chance for it to land on the string. If you wish to start learning offstring, make sure you get the perfect size for yourself. Here are some of the offstring yoyos that we carry in our 28spin Store.
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