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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
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.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.