Many yo-yo tricks begin with this simple thrown-down maneuver, or a variation of it. If you do not get it right the first few times, don't panic. All it takes is a bit of practice.
Step 1: Hold your hand out in front of you, palm up. Stand the yo-yo on its edge, placing it between your thumb and middle finger, in line with your shoulder. The string should curl up over the top of the yo-yo, ready to flow out in front of you.
Step 2: With a flick of the wrist, whip the yo-yo to the ground in a firm, overhand motion. Be sure to throw the yo-yo straight down. Don't let it lean to one side or the other.
When the yo-yo reaches the end of the string, give a slight tug on the string, and the yo-yo will return home.
More than 90 percent of yo-yo tricks incorporate the next move in some form. Learn The Sleeper in the following section.