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2022 True Temper HZRDUS Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 2, 2022


The 2022 True Temper HZRDUS is a hybrid bat with a seamless connection built with a slight endload. The bat comes in BBCOR and USSSA in a drop 10, 8 and 5. The at competes with others in the hybrid space, like The Goods from DeMarini, Select PWR from Slugger and the CAT 9 Connect from Marucci. True Temper’s pitch is the right bat fitting–and each of the different models of the 2022 HZRDUS come in half inch sizes. The drop 10 USSSA, for example, has nine different SKUs (29, 29.5, 30, 30.5, 31, 31.5, 32, 32.5, 33). No other USSSA bat has as many options.


2022 HZRDUS Video

2022 HZRDUS Video

2022 HZRDUS Models


Our hitters like the look, load and sizing options. The bat has a great feel and design and most players pick it up thinking it is a high end bat. It doesn’t look cheap because it isn’t (at $300 for USSSA to $350 for BBCOR) it demands prices other more established bat lines also want. We are also big fans of the sizing options. While it is difficult to know exactly how to dial in the right half size, our hitters liked that those options were available and want to know how they swing half inch sizes.

BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10

General Recomendations

Those in the BBCOR space that don’t want or can’t find a The Goods could really like the HZRDUS. It feels a bit different, but the idea is the same. A slight endload on a strong barrel that can hit the crack out of the ball if you can square it up. Big hitters who like a little bit of flex and want a bit more than a balanced bat should really like the HZRDUS. Most of those types of hitters are found in the BBCOR and, possibly, drop 5 USSSA space. Younger guys in the drop 10 and 8 market will likely prefer something with less load and a bigger barrel profile than the 2022 HZRDUS USSSA drop 10 and 8 offer.

Model Recommendations

BB-22-HZR-B-3

BBCOR Review

HZRDUS BBCOR Ratings (key)
4 5 5 3 3 4 5 5 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
Few bats compete with DeMarini's The Goods as well as the 2022 True Temper BBCOR HZRDUS. It has similar stiffness, a slight end-load, good barrel size, and excellent player feedback. The familiarity of The Goods gives it the edge in a lot of our head-to-head testing with hitters. But, no doubt, the BBCOR HZRDUS is a legit contender for the best hybrid BBCOR bat for 2022. Hitters who want a primarily stiff feel, reasonably sized barrel, and a slight end load on an alloy barrel might like the HZRDUS---maybe even better than The Goods.
Sizing: 32, 32, 33, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Serial: BB-22-HZR-B-3
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
UT-22-HZR-X-10

USSSA Drop 10 Review

HZRDUS USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 5 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10

Price It

JustBats
We're usually a hard pass on a hybrid bat in the USSSA space. While this drop 10 HZRDUS doesn't change our mind completely, we still think two piece composites with their bigger barrels and lighter swings are generally better choices, if there were the hitter out there who wanted a heavier swinging with an alloy barrel then this might be it. Granted, if you wanted a heavier swing than go for the drop 8 USSSA HZRDUS. If you wanted a light swing with an alloy barrel/hybrid design then look for a bat like the True Temper Rake. Still, though, if you're looking for a drop 10 with a slight end load in an alloy barrel in the USSSA space then the HZRDUS drop 10 might be it. Or, if you really want to dial in the 1/2 options it might be a good fit too.
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 33.5-inch
Release Date: November 1, 2021
Serial: UT-22-HZR-X-10
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
UT-22-HZR-X-8

USSSA Drop 8 Review

HZRDUS USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 5 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10

Price It

JustBats
We like the idea of the drop 8 in a USSSA hybrid over that of a drop 10. The added weight plays better in alloy barrels and those who like stiffer feels, like the HZRDUS has when compared to the True Temper Rake, and a more focused barrel don't need as light a swing. The drop 8 comes in half sizes.
Sizing: 31, 31.5, 32, 32.5, 33-inch
Release Date: November 1, 2021
Serial: UT-22-HZR-X-8
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
Similar Drop 8 USSSA Bats
UT-22-HZR-X-5

USSSA Drop 5 Review

HZRDUS USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10

Price It

JustBats
The drop 5 HZRDUS is a hybrid bat with a bit of flex and a serious endload. The bat is built for big hitters in the USSSA space. Those looking for more balance should look at the HZRDUS Rake. The bat has a bit of flex in the handle---made possible by the unique two-piece design that looks like a one-piece. Overall, good to great bat for the right hitter in the USSSA space. If you want a big hitter, don't want a two-piece composite like the CF, then this drop 5 HZRDUS is as good as you'll find.
Sizing: 31, 31.5, 32, 32.5, 33-inch
Release Date: November 1, 2021
Serial: UT-22-HZR-X-5
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Comparable Bats

Two piece hybrid bats with a mild endload are also found in The Goods from DeMarini, Select PWR from Slugger and CAT 9 Connect from Marucci.

Previous Models

This is the first year of the 2022 HZRDUS. True Temper came on the scene in 2019 just in time for a worldwide pandemic. But, they’re back with the HZRDUS line and ready to compete with the big boys in this first year release of the 2022 HZRDUS.

Construction

The 2022 True Temper HZRDUS is a two piece hybrid bat with a mild endload. That is, it uses a composite handle and an alloy barrel with a swing weight that is higher, but not that much higher, than average.

It’s most unique feature is the seamless connection between the handle and barrel. If you were not told it was a hybrid, you would not know. The bat connection piece (or lackthereof) is an adaptation of the golf shaft drivers that True Sports makes in their golf division. True claims to be able to still dial in the flex although the bat looks like a one piece. The idea is that less connection parts give more freedom to develop a barrel profile and dialed in swing weight.

Overall Ratings

The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).

*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.

(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.

(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.

(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.

(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.

(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.

(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.

(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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