I got the pro because I thought it would be better quality. My son was so disappointed after using it for a couple hours and noticing that it was all dented up. The ball also has splits in the wood and it wasn't sanded properly because lines and height changes can still be seen where the wood was laminated. I had to re-sanding the ball to get the dents out, seal the wood with wood hardener, epoxy coat, prime, paint, epoxy coat. My daughter got a Sweets brand Kendama and it is much better quality. The ball still has slight dents but it has a much smoother surface. The end of the string on the Sweets also has a bead on the end at the knot which allows it to spin better when doing certain tricks.
I was surprised and my daughter was happy when her kendama arrived and it had a pink ball. No problems, just glad I didn't order it for my son. The quality is indeed up to par for a professional. I think she may be hitting the circuit any day now.
The paint on this Kendama ball chips off so easily and it's not official.
-If you really want to have fun and enjoy a Kendama at it's fullest, then you should think of buying an official Japanese Kendama instead like the TK 16 Master or the Ozora JKA since these are built with much more accurate specifications regarding the size of the whole Kendama. With this one it would just get you introduced to what a Kendama is and nothing more and even for beginners it would be better to get an official Japanese Kendama instead.
-This Yomega Kendama Pro is made of all wood material, while it is better than the cheap plastic ones it still has it's drawbacks. The paint on the ball chips off very easily which is common with cheaper Kendamas. It's about the same to catch the ball (tama) and big cup (oozora), but a little more difficult to catch it in the small cup (kozora) and much more difficult to catch it in the stick or sword (ken) with this Yomega than with a Japanese one. Its' also near impossible to catch it in between the stick and the cup with this Yomega Kendama, while with the official Japanese Kendama it would be doable. Must be the size specifications.
-This should be for beginners only or just for show. Even beginners would be much better off paying extra for an official Japanese Kendama. Like I always say "If your going to buy something, then buy the best."
I ordered a red one for my son and received a bright pink. There wasn't even an option for a pink one. Pretty disappointed because now I have to send it back and order another one. This was a reward for getting all A's on his report card.