When I started playing 5A I noticed that I flailed around a lot chasing the counterweight. I had to keep a special eye on the counterweight and ended up neglecting the yoyo. This led to a lot of mess ups and do overs. It was frustrating…
I started trying to land 360s and 720s without moving my throw hand. I needed to build muscle memory in my non dominant arm. I needed my non throw arm to be able to adjust the trajectory of the counterweight so it landed in my strike zone (the palm of my hand).
It was basically counterweight target practice. I knew if I could get my non dominant arm to gain control of the yoyo and counterweight I wouldn’t have to pay so much attention to what my counterweight was doing and could focus more on the trick at hand.
It’s especially useful when getting into more difficult 5A tricks where both hands are going to be playing off one another and the yoyo really will need your full attention. If you look at a trick like Siren, you might wonder how I keep up with everything. I’m only paying attention the yoyo in that trick. The counterweight movements are all on autopilot, so to speak. That’s getting ahead of ourselves though.
Look, even if you are a strong Level 3 player, you can benefit from practicing 360s and 720s employing the target practice exercise described above. The idea is to take control of the trick. Control is key in smooth 5A yoyo play and having strong control of the basics will allow for an easier path to Level 5.