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2022 True Temper Rake Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2021

Although we await more feedback, our sense is the 2022 Rake will be liked for its lighter swing and more flex on contact. Although it looks like a single-piece bat, the smoother feel may even give some kids a better sense of the bat than it actually produces. The half sizes, too, are an interesting approach. Expect to find the exact right fit.

2022 Rake Models
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10

For 2022, True Temper has two lines of hybrid bats. The lighter swinging version, which comes on in USSSA drop 10, 8, and 5 only, is the RAKE. (The other is called the HZRDUS). The rake is built with a seamless connection from its composite handle and alloy barrel. This hybrid construction is focused on a more flexible feel, a reasonably sized barrel, and a lighter swing.

2022 Rake Models

For 2022, True Temper has two lines of hybrid bats. The lighter swinging version, which comes on in USSSA drop 10, 8, and 5 only, is the RAKE. (The other is called the HZRDUS). The rake is built with a seamless connection from its composite handle and alloy barrel. This hybrid construction is focused on a more flexible feel, a reasonably sized barrel, and a lighter swing.

USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10
UT-22-RKE-X-10

USSSA Drop 10 Review

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OVERALL/10
Rake USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.5-inch
Release Date: November 1, 2021
Serial: UT-22-RKE-X-10
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
UT-22-RKE-X-8

USSSA Drop 8 Review

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OVERALL/10
Rake USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.5-inch
Release Date: November 1, 2021
Serial: UT-22-RKE-X-8
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
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UT-22-RKE-X-5

USSSA Drop 5 Review

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OVERALL/10
Rake USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 30.5, 31, 31.5, 32, 32.5, 33-inch
Release Date: November 1, 2021
Serial: UT-22-RKE-X-5
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Comparable Bats

Two piece hybrid bats in the USSSA space are somewhat rare and that is by design. Few think it is their go to. But, bats like the HZRDUS (a heavier swinging version of the same bat from the same company) and the USSSA The Goods from DeMarini are reasonable comparisons.

Previous Models

There are no version of the Rake before the 2022. This is the first time True has released the bat.


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Construction

The 2022 True Rake is a two piece bat built with an alloy barrel and a composite handle but seamlessly fuzed together to make it look like a one piece bat. Its most unique feature is the seamless construction between the handle and barrel. While other hybrids have some type of connection piece, the Rake uses some proprietary True Temper skills to make for a seamless connection piece.

Mareting Writeup

The world’s first one-piece hybrid is now optimized for maximum contact. The ALL NEW RAKE USSSA (-10) delivers maximum pop without sacrificing barrel control. The RAKE USSSA (-10) was designed for players that want to hit to both sides of the diamond. The RAKE USSSA (-10) bat features our proprietary AXENIC™ Technology that seamlessly connects the high performance EVMAX™ Alloy barrel with our SMARTPLY™ composite handle to deliver a hybrid bat with no connection joint. This unique construction removes all of the inefficiencies of traditional 2-piece bats. The AXENIC™ technology delivers the purest energy transfer from the swing to the ball on impact for maximum control. The composite handle reduces bad vibration on mishits, so it feels as good as it rakes. Finally, no connection joint means improved durability, less barrel lag, and more pop out of the wrapper.

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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