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2022 True Temper HZRDUS Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2021

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.


2022 HZRDUS Video

2022 HZRDUS Video

2022 HZRDUS Models
BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10

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 Models

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.

BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10
BB-22-HZR-B-3

BBCOR Review

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.

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.


OVERALL/10
HZRDUS BBCOR Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
5/5 Rating
5/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
5/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
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

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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.

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.


OVERALL/10
HZRDUS USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
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

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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.

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.


OVERALL/10
HZRDUS USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
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
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UT-22-HZR-X-5

USSSA Drop 5 Review

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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.

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.


OVERALL/10
HZRDUS USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
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.


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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 Key

To keep consistent ratings across years, models and brands, we’ve devloped an aggregated rating system using 6 categories. As well, we track swing weight (MOI), stiffness and profile although they do not affect the overall score directly. The explanation of each rating is below.

  1. MOI: is the swing weight accurately measured at our bat lab. We score it 1 through 5. No score is better than another. This is a descriptive value. A lower number (1) represents a light swinging bat for its class, while a higher number (5) represents an endloaded bat.
  2. Tech: The tech advancements in the bat are 5% of its overall score. We award points for innovation even if the invention encourages the industry to try new things.
  3. Durability: The bat’s lifespan is rated at 15% of the overall score. We gather this information almost exclusively from the user and player feedback. More reports of a bat breaking then the lower the score.
  4. Stiffness: Stiffness is not counted towards the overall score since it’s a complete preference. The higher the number, the stiffer the bat, the lower the number, the more flex in the bat directly after contact. This is significantly correlated to how good a bat feels on mishits and hits.
  5. Profile: The profile does not count towards the overall score. However, we do track it. A high number means the bat has an extensive profile, and a lower number means it has a small profile.
  6. Resell: We count the secondary market of a used value of the bat as 10% of the overall score. We think the demand for the bat in the secondary market (eBay and SidelineSwap) are a good indicator of how well the bat is perceived to perform. It also shows a more excellent value for the owner as their bat retains more value and no longer becomes valuable to them.
  7. Rating: This is the player rating and represents 25% of the overall score. These are gathered from our hitters and reviews we find online and those we have contact with from other reputable sources.
  8. EV: Exit Velocity is the rankings we create in our exit speed velocity tests every year on bats. This score represents 25% of the overall score.
  9. Relevance: Relevance measures how applicable and available a bat is for consumers. The broader range of sizes and the more appropriate the swing weight for the masses then, the higher the score. This metric accounts for 20% of the overall score.

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