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Toroline Toro Pro String Review

by GP

This Toroline Toro Pro String Review is written by fellow tennis nerd and TN patron Robert James. Thanks, Robert, for the contribution!

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Introduction

It’s undoubtedly challenging to be a Tennisnerd without hearing the excitement surrounding Toroline strings over the last few months. I have played with Toroline strings for a while, having played with a full bed of Toroline Caviar over the last year or so. When all the excitement about K-Pro and K-Pop started, I had some red Wasabi around from my initial Toroline order, so I decided to make a pseudo-K-pop with red wasabi and caviar. I liked the increased spin on offer, which was particularly noticeable on my kick serve. I, therefore, ordered some of the pink wasabi. I played with this for a month and enjoyed the spin and control it offered. However, I found that the string lacked feel, so I spoke to Toroline, and they suggested I try a new hybrid, the Toro Pro. It is Toro Pro that I will review in this article. I paid for the string and am not receiving any inducement for writing this article, although I have spoken to Toroline to get some of the information I’ve used in this piece.

Who am I?

I am a 40-year-old all-court player with an extreme Eastern forehand grip and an OHBH. I hit with heavy spin off both wings. I live in the UK and play first-team club tennis in the highest league in my region. We don’t use NTRP ratings. However, I suspect I am around 4.0-4.5. I use the 2023 VCore 95 and have strung them up at 52lb in both the mains and crosses.

What is Toro Pro?

Toro Pro is a poly-poly hybrid with Toro Toro in the mains and Enso Pro in the crosses. Toro Toro is a 1.23mm hexagonal string that is only available in neon pink. The edges are noticeable without being sharp. Interestingly, the string has “Super Toro” printed, and the company admits that it is similar to their Super Toro string. MP Tennis mentions that the two strings are similar in one of their recent YouTube videos.

The Enso Pro is a round, 1.25mm string. Its available in pink and carbon grey. This hybrid uses the carbon Enso Pro. Toroline say that the carbon version is a bit crisper than the pink. 

Toro Toro is described as having “massive spin and precision” whereas the Enso Pro is designed for “pure put away power”.

Both strings have the slick coating that seems to be common across the Toroline range. Stringing was straightforward, certainly no more challenging than other medium soft polys. I’ll split the rest of the review into Spin, Power, Control, Feel and Durability.

Spin

I could generate heavy topspin with this string. When hitting with those with whom I play regularly they commented on how heavy the ball I was hitting was. I generate more spin with this than with other well-known spin-friendly strings such as Hyper G. My kick serve, usually a strength of mine, had noticeably more jump, both vertically and toward the right hander’s backhand. 

When I hit my slices properly, they also seemed to bite and stay low. Some occasionally floated but this was often when I was out of position and couldn’t get my weight through the ball. In short, more of a technical issue than a problem with the string. 

Power

Despite Enso Pro being a power string, this hybrid erred toward control. I could hit more than hard enough, but I don’t feel I got additional power out of this string. Personally, I am very happy with this balance, and is part of the reason I use polys. I want control and spin rather than additional power out of my string beds. However, if you are looking for a very powerful string, I would not look here. A multifilament or natural gut would be more suitable. 

When volleying I could get a good amount of controlled power out of this hybrid, particularly, when getting my feet through the volley. Volleys bit and stayed low, making them difficult for my opponent to return.

Control

Another strength of this string. Obviously, I’m playing with a relatively controlled racket with a semi-open pattern. However, I always crave more control, particularly with respect to depth. The consistent spin on offer with this string meant that the ball was dipping inside the baseline giving me the confidence to take big cuts at the ball. I also found the string bed to be uniform, I didn’t find any dead nor lively spots. I didn’t find any difficulty with directional control, unless there was technique error on my behalf. Sadly no string is going to correct that! 

Feel

For me, this was the standout improvement over the K-Pop. Despite many of the advantages of K-Pop, it had a very disconnected feel. The VCore has a reputation for being relatively dampened, so the combination of the two exacerbated this problem. This was especially problematic on volleys; I was often unsure exactly when I was contacting the ball. The Toro Pro has a much more connected feel. I’d compare the difference between the two to the difference in feel between the pleasant crispness of tour bite and the dull, plasticky feel of hyper-g. Despite this crispness, there’s still enough ball pocketing with Toro Pro to keep me happy. I certainly much prefer the Toro Pro feel. 

I’m not someone who suffers with tennis elbow. However, I have had issues with wrist tendinopathy. I’ve had no concerns at all about comfort with this string in my rackets. 

Durability

I have been surprised at how long this string has maintained its performance. I tend to break multifilament strings and thin polys rapidly. However, with strings of this gauge, I tend to cut them out before they break; they’re usually deeply notched by this point. I string for myself, so I don’t mind replacing the strings every 10 hours or so. Toro Pro seems to notch less deeply than other strings I have used. In addition, it maintained its snap back well up to 15 hours or so of use, at which point the snap back diminished. This compares very favorably to other strings I’ve used; the duration of good snapback is about 50% longer than most other strings. More subjectively, I’ve not noticed any drop-off in the performance of the string either. Spin seems to be maintained.

Summary

For me, this string is a keeper. Its strengths are its spin, durability (especially longevity of good playability) and control. The feel is pleasantly crisp, and the power is around the level I want from my strings. My major drawback is the shipping cost from the USA to Europe. However, Toroline often offers substantial (20-35%) discounts on their strings, which largely make up for this. Reels of the carbon Enso Pro are now available on Toroline’s website. I’m told that reels of Toro Toro are coming shortly. Currently, there are only packets available.

Thanks, Robert, for this excellent Toroline Toro Pro String Review. We hope you come back with more detailed string review like this one. / TN

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2 comments

Ryan Solomon March 7, 2024 - 04:09

How would you compare this to wasabi?

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Robert James May 22, 2024 - 21:24

It’s a much crisper feel than the wasabi. I think it’s probably a little stiffer so even though the edges aren’t as sharp the improved snapback gives it equal spin personally I prefer it

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