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True Baseball Bats

TRUE Baseball Bats Reviewed

February 20, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

We write this review after several hundred swings on the T1 and T2 bats of TRUE Baseball Bats fame and talking to well-known vendors who sell TRUE. We measured exit speeds, swing weights, and gathered player feedback from their top-end balanced T1 and end-loaded T2 hybrids for both USSSA and USA. We’ve never seen a bat company come to market as prepared as TRUE Baseball. These bats are ready to compete in a very competitive market. Their half-inch sizes make them unique, and TRUE Baseball Bat’s message is clear: using the right size bat in youth baseball is all the difference.

Our hitters like the half-inch sizing options.  Considering they had never heard of TRUE Baseball, they were surprised how the bats often graded out as well as more well-known bats. Although a few bucks more than the bat we though it the most like (the DeMarini Voodoo balanced), the T1 and T2 he… Jump to the full review.


2020 TRUE T1 Video Review

We write this review after several hundred swings on the T1 and T2 bats of TRUE Baseball Bats fame and talking to well-known vendors who sell TRUE. We measured exit speeds, swing weights, and gathered player feedback from their top-end balanced T1 and end-loaded T2 hybrids for both USSSA and USA. We’ve never seen a bat company come to market as prepared as TRUE Baseball. These bats are ready to compete in a very competitive market. Their half-inch sizes make them unique, and TRUE Baseball Bat’s message is clear: using the right size bat in youth baseball is all the difference.

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Our hitters like the half-inch sizing options.  Considering they had never heard of TRUE Baseball, they were surprised how the bats often graded out as well as more well-known bats. Although a few bucks more than the bat we though it the most like (the DeMarini Voodoo balanced), the T1 and T2 held their own. The half-inch sizes could make all the difference for the right hitter looking for a hybrid bat with a dialed-in swing weight in the USSSA and USA drop 10, 8, and 5 space.

Recommendations

At its core, the T1 and T2 bats are hybrid bats (composite handle and aluminum barrels) with good sized barrels and legitimate exit speeds. But in our never-ending quest to separate fact from fiction, we urge you to keep reading.

The significant advantage of TRUE Baseball bats is their ability to cover nearly every aspect of the swing weight chart. The T1 is the balanced version of the bat, and the T2 the more end-loaded version. Both T1 and T2 lines come in a drop 10, 8, and 5 as well as half-inch sizes on a sizeable range of bat lengths.

The DeMarini USSSA Voodoo Balanced, for example, comes in only nine different sizing options across its drop 10 and drop 5 USSSA options (it doesn’t have a drop 8). The T1 USSSA comes in twenty-four! The USSSA T2 adds another nineteen. (Those numbers might not be precisely accurate, but our point stands because we lost count at some point).

True Baseball Bats

The USA versions have the same disparity. You can find only 8 different sizes in the USA Voodoo but something like 672 (or something like that) in the T1 and T2.

If a dialed-in swing weight in the Hybrid youth bat space is your cup of tea, then the TRUE baseball bats are worth a close look.

Just so we are clear, the TRUE Baseball line of T1 and T2 bats are not offering swing weights that are not available in other USSSA bats. See, for example, the range of USSSA swing weights provided in and around the 31/21. (We show a couple of the TRUE bats on this list. But, with their numerous sizing options, you can basically dial in a TRUE T1 or T2 to match any swing weight of any bat on this list).

What TRUE baseball bats are doing is offering their bat in more swing weights than any particular model—and it isn’t even close.

USA T1 Recommendations
2020 TRUE T1 Review

Barrel performance-wise, we found the Voodoo Balanced in USA to be the best hybrid USA performer. The Easton Fuze also did well but no better than the T1 and T2. Like the USSSA, still, we would not buy a Voodoo Balanced in the wrong size over a Fuze, T1, or T2 in a more appropriate bat size.

To date, USA bats with an aluminum barrel have performed as well as ones with composite barrels. (With the newfound exception of the 2020 Easton ADV 360 drop 11). Considering aluminum barrels and hybrids are usually a factor less expensive than composite barrelled ones, our sentiment to date is towards hybrids and aluminum bats. The fact you can dial in a specific swing weight with a TRUE bat is a real plus.

Price Check
USSSA T1 Recommendations
2020 TRUE T1 Review

Hitters looking for a hybrid bat with a particular swing weight, one that’s not offered in the Voodoo Balanced or Fuze, will like the T1 or T2 as legitimate USSSA options. We prefer the lower price and durable history of the Voodoo more than any of those three. But, we wouldn’t buy the wrong size of a Voodoo or Fuze before the slightly more expensive T1 or T2 with a dialed-in size. Most players in the youth USSSA space prefer composite barrels found on bats like the CF, Quatro, or Easton ADV. The barrel profiles tend to be larger, but the price also tends to be higher. As well, they don’t have all the swing weight options that come on a T1 or T2 USSSA bat.

Price Check

Comparable Bats

2020 Voodoo

Compare the Voodoo Review

2020 DeMarini Voodoo Review: Best Hybrid. Proven. The DeMarini Voodoo has long been one of our favorite bats. Last year it was our favorite USA Bat. We contend there, as we will here, that a hot out of the wrapper USA performing bat with a CF like connective feel is a perfect fit for the USA player. In BBCOR the Voodoo is our favorite hybrid bat with a top end exit speeds regardless of price or design. The only lackluster Voodoo is in USSSA which is overshadowed by its more expensive CF kin. Our Score: 9.9/10 (BBCOR); 9.9/10 (USA); 8.0 (USSSA).

Price Check
2020 Fuze 360

Compare the Fuze 360 Review

2020 Easton Fuze Review: We like the Easton Fuze as an entry level single piece aluminum USA bat and a new Hybrid BBCOR version (there is also a DSG exclusive hybrid USA version we review here). In the USA space the Fuze still trails the Solo drop 11, we think. But it isn’t far off—and the unique Power Boost knob might be just enough to convince several to try it out. The Fuze (like the Solo, Velo and Vandal) uses an extended composite end cap to help drive down the swing weight and increase the barrel size. Our smaller hitters who need bat speed liked it the most.

Price Check
2020 Select

Compare the Select Review

This comprises our 2020 Louisville Slugger Select and 2020 Louisville Slugger Select PWR review. The former (no “PWR”) is a balanced swinging drop 10 and 8 USA hybrid bat as well as a VERY end loaded drop 5. The later (with the “PWR”) is a BBCOR version of the bat that is the next generation of the end loaded 719 Select. Both bats, the Slugger Select and Slugger Select PWR, comprise Sluggers’ 2020 two piece hybrid line. We hit both bats for this review, compared exit speeds and swing weights to previous years and write this 2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review.

Price Check

Research: 2020 TRUE T1

TRUE Baseball Bats Reviewed

Is Bat Fitting the End All be All of Bat Buying?

If you’ve spent any time at a TRUE bat fitting event or on their website, you’ll know they are all about bat sizing. TRUE claims to run a proprietary equation that uses many of their metrics to spit out a perfect bat size bat for any player. As variables, they use grip strength, height, weight, skill level, and more.

Then, they compare your gamer bat to their algorithm decided bat and do a head to head exit speed comparison. According to what we’ve heard, TRUE’s AI bat chooser delivers superior exit speeds 3 out of 4 (or so) times when compared to your gamer bat.

We appreciate the attempt to size the bat correctly. But, let’s not allow bat marketing to get in the way of bat science.

We’ve captured thousands and thousands of exit speeds over the years. We know that exit speeds increase as a bat’s swing weight increases, especially when the mechanism for pitching is predictable. A predictable ball presentation (like a tee, soft toss, or machine) means a bat that’s easier to control becomes much less valuable. That is, if baseball were played off a tee, on soft toss or with a predictable pitching machine, then every baseball player should increase the weight of their bat because they’d increase their exit speeds. But, since baseball is played with curveballs, fastballs, and random pitch locations, then bats with a lighter swing weight might mean all the difference.

In other words, if we are going to be scientists about bat fitting, we need to compare bats with the same swing weights. Our thousands of hours of experience tracking exit speeds is that a 33/23 will almost always perform better than a 32/22 when hit off a tee or from soft toss. And a 31.5/21.5 will outperform a 31/21 most of the time.

To their credit, TRUE’s distinct advantage is that they offer a bat in many more swing weights than other brands. They’re at least acknowledging the idea that swing weight matters (even more than barrel performance, but that’s for another post).

As such, they offer the ideal swing weight for more players than any other specific brand and model. With that said, we caution any who think their gamer bat should be tossed when they find out a heavier bat can hit the ball harder off a predictable pitch.

Success with a bat is an on-field practical problem that no algorithm can solve for you.

If you like the idea of groupthink and believe the mass averages huddle around the TRUE number, you’ll find our survey of 2700 players and the bat sizes they prefer to be helpful.

T-Star and T-Double Star Review

TRUE Diamond Science also makes a single piece bat called the T-Star and T-Double Star. The double star is to the T-Star as the T2 is to the T1. That is, the Double-Star swings heavier.

True Baseball Bats

2020 T1 Construction

TRUE baseball bats come in hybrid versions called a T1 and T2 as well as a single piece versions called the T-Star and T-Double-Star. The T1 swings lighter than the T2 as does the T-Star swing lighter than the T-Double Star.

Hybrid bats (like the T1 and T2) come with composite handles and an aluminum barrel. The single-piece T-Star and T-Double-Star are single piece aluminum bats.

Most who prefer aluminum barrel bats (like all TRUE bats) prefer their durability and hot out of the wrapper nature. Aluminum barrels often swing a bit heavier than similarly sized composite bats and their barrel profiles are usually smaller. However, they are also less expensive to make and, in most cases, buy.

Bat Sizing Options

The USA and USSSA versions of the T1 and T2 come in the most sizes of any model or brand. They’re committed to creating a perfectly dialed-in swing weight for every customer gives them a reason to make every bat in every half inch with every drop. Although we will likely miss one, here are the current sizes:

USA

True Baseball Bats

Drop 5: 30 – 33 on the half-inch
Drop 8: 30 – 33 on the half-inch
Drop 10: 28 through 33 on the half-inch

USSSA

True Baseball Bats

Drop 5: 30 – 33 on the half-inch
Drop 8: 30 – 33 on the half-inch
Drop 10: 28 through 33 on the half-inch

8.5
Pop
8.8
Durability
9.3
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8.5
Feel on Mishits
8
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