The Srixon AD333 continues to be the best selling 2-piece ball in the market, so it is not surprising that when Srixon release a new version, the differences are small tweaks rather than wholesale changes.
Inside the ball the Energetic Gradient Core has been improved with a firmer outer layer that gets softer as you head towards the core and this helps reduce some of the spin on tee shots.
However most of the tweaking has happened on the cover with the introduction of the Spin Skin Technology that is also now on the 2015 Srixon Z-Star golf ball.
Thankfully the AD333 Spinskin is much more durable and blends well into the performance of the ball to give a decent level of control around the green, especially on shots under 30 yards.
The dimples on the cover have also had a makeover with 344 of the darlings arranged in a new Speed Dimple design to cover more of the surface area and reduce gaps between dimples. The mixture of large and small dimples almost looks hexagonal, but it is an optical illusion as they are round.
You can see how this works when you find the wavy seam that shows the join of the two halves of the cover as it randomnly snakes across the surface of the ball.
On the course the Srixon AD333 played as well as the previous version did, but with the added benefit of a little more responsiveness around the green. It spins a little more off all clubs than balls that are marketed as soft, so that will help with the control.
Compared to the 2-piece balls of old the AD333 feels softer, but in reality this is not a soft ball, but a firm and controllable one and that is probably the key to its success.
On the greens it felt very good to putt with. It felt firm but not clicky, so if you are a mid to high handicapper and have been using a firmer premium ball, then the cheaper AD333 would be worth trying out.
What I think will play well in this market is what Srixon call 'High Visibility Technology', or what I would call 'choice of white or yellow'.
It is good to see one of the best balls in the market being offered in an easier to see colour for those who prefer it.
Overall, it's as you were, but better. If you are a Srixon loyalist then the 2013 AD333 will give you a little more control and if you aren't part of this large family then give them a try.