Throw Revolution, together with us, will be releasing a set of 20 Trick Tutorials to get players, new or old, honed in for freestyles. This set of tricks to come include various modern elements that is worth a learn to rack up points during contests.
The trick-set for these trick tutorials was thought up by 2011 World Yo-Yo Champion, Marcus Koh, and the elements in these short tricks are still used by Marcus in his contest freestyles.
For the sixth trick in the Trick Tutorials line-up, we have a trick that absolutely must be in any freestyle competitors pool of tricks. The Black Hops is an essential trick that gets players used to hopping the yo-yo between strings in really tight spaces. This is great practice for all sorts of trick combos that involve hops! The Black Hops trick was created by 1A World yo-yo champion, Tomonari Ishiguro (BLACK) back in the early 2000s and has been a popular trick ever since.
The Black Hops has been seen in freestyle competitions around the world frequently. A few years ago, it would be tough to find a contest that had no players performing the Black Hops during their freestyle routine. This trick may look very daunting, but what we can recommend is that if starting out with a Triple or Nothing is tough, just try doing the trick from a Double or Nothing first and work your way up to a Triple or Nothing. We must say that hitting this trick with a short string is really tough, so when first learning this trick, try to use a slightly longer string.
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Have fun practicing, and keep spinning!