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    Howdy! I'm Cobra. I used to love yoyoing when I was younger. I was pretty much a beginner and yoyoed with cheap plastic Duncan yoyos I got from stores, that didn't last long. It's been a very long time since I've yoyoed now and decided to start again. So I wanted to get a great professional yoyo that would last me a very long time, so I ordered an unresponsive yoyo, the Beboo Yoyo L1, along with a giant pack of strings on amazon. I have the yoyo now and already learned how to bind (which I got right on my first attempt). But there are a few problems/questions I have; this is my first unresponsive yoyo and I'm not sure how everything works with unresponsive yoyos, so I decided to ask here.

    Even though the yoyo is unresponsive, if I give the yoyo a good tug, it will come right back up like a responsive yoyo. I asked this question on the yoyo page on amazon, and this is what a user replied: "I have experienced this. As this is an aluminum yo-yo, the momentum will carry the string around if the yo-yo is given a good pull upward. It will cause enough of a bind so as to cause the yo-yo to return." I believe this is true, but let me know if you agree with this or what you think. Just want to make sure if it's common with unresponsive yoyos, or is very rare.

    Another problem is that when I throw the sleeper, the yoyo will start tilting to one side, and if I try to do any tricks, the yoyo will remain tilted. The yoyo tilted causes the string to stay against one side of the yoyo, and grinds and stops the spin really early. On another site, some people said that it is common and only the yoyoer can help that with practice and throwing straight sleepers, etc. So it is not only my yoyo that does that (an unrepsonsive yoyo can tilt)? And itís the yoyoer who needs to work on keeping it straight with practice?

    It seems like this forum is dead but I hope someone responds to these two problems/questions I have about unresponsive yoyo. Thanks!
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    If the yoyo returns with a tug it's not truly unresponsive. If you want it totally unresponsive, clean the bearing with lighter fluid or some similar solvent. You can find info on cleaning the bearing etc in the YoYo Mods & Maintenance >> How To Do Stuff - The Official Mods & Maintenance Useful Info Sticky section.

    Otherwise, if you want it responsive, lube the bearing a bit. Yes, lube makes it more responsive.

    If the yoyo tilts, you can correct that to a large degree by twisting your wrist in the opposite direction. Try it with a few sleepers until you develop a feel for the position, then it should just feel natural after a bit.
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    Thanks so much for the reply!
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    The yoyo will also gradually get less responsive over time as the lube in the bearing breaks in, so if you don't mind the response as it is, you can keep playing with it and eventually it will likely stop coming up with a tug unless you re-lube the bearing. Sometimes new response pads can also be more responsive for a bit until they break in. Cleaning the bearing is the fastest way to get it completely unresponsive, though.

    Another way to adjust the tilt on the yoyo is to get into a trapeze mount and angle the string against the wall of the yoyo to straighten it back out. This takes some playing around with to get the feel of, but it's pretty simple once you get used to it. A straighter throw will come with practice, so as you get more used to throwing, it should be less of an issue, but one thing to keep in mind is throwing straighter will get you more spin time than throwing harder. So if you are throwing harder to try to compensate for losing spin to tilt, it can be counter-productive. One thing you can do to practice straightening out your throw is to stand in front of a wall and throw breakaways, so that you are force to throw parallel to the wall to avoid hitting it.
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    Alright thanks for the help!
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