Srixon AD 333 Golf Ball Reviews – New and Used
- May 28, 2011, 8:08 pm
- In Golf Balls
Srixon has slowly been climbing the golf ball rankings year after year with great quality golf balls that appeal to any handicap. A close friend of mine gave me some Srixon AD 333 golf balls to try out, so I decided to compare them with Titleist NXT golf balls to see how they perform.
The Srixon AD 333 golf ball is a 2-piece ball made with a state of the art Rabalon elastomer cover. It supposed has a softer feel and more durability than Surlyn, which is another popular cover used on golf balls. It has a 333 aerodynamic dimple pattern, which is unique in that most golf balls these days have an even numbered dimple pattern. With that said, how does it compare to the Titleist NXT?
As far as the long game (driver, woods, high to mid irons), the Srixon AD 333 performed above average compared to the Titleist NXT. I was most surprised at the distance difference of the two golf balls. The Srixon golf ball went an average of 10 yards further than the Titleist golf ball did. A lot of it had to do with the launch angle and roll. The Srixon AD 333 certainly a high launch angle to say the least, and this lead to greater carry and roll with the driver. The woods and irons were mixed when it came to the Srixon golf ball. The distance control for the irons and woods was great, but the spin on the golf ball was below average when compared to the Titleist NXT. Where I could reasonably expect the Titleist golf ball to release a little and then stop on the green, I could hardly get the same result with the Srixon golf ball. It always seemed to just hit the green and keep on running off of it, as if it were being chased by something. This was surprising given that the launch angle was generally higher with the Srixon AD 333 as opposed to the Titleist NXT golf ball. I also found it difficult to hit low stinging shots into the wind with the Srixon golf ball. For a low handicapper like myself, it is a must to be able to adapt to the environment and hit particular shots when called for, and I was able to do this as well with the Srixon AD 333.
As stated earlier, the golf ball does not have a lot of spin to it when approaching the green (at least during the few golf rounds that I played with it). However, it still compared favorably to the Titleist NXT when it came to the short game (putting, chipping, low irons). What surprised me the most concerning the short game using the Srixon AD 333 was bunker play. I was hitting great bunker shots consistently with the Srixon golf ball, as opposed to sporadically using the Titleist golf ball. I generally hit explosion-type bunker shots where the ball just lands on the green and runs to the flag, and the Srixon golf ball performed beautifully in this area. Nonetheless, it was below average when it came to chipping around the green though. If you need to hit a flop shot or have the golf ball stop immediately this is not the golf ball to do it effectively. Another bright spot however came when putting, as the Srixon golf ball had a better and much softer feel than the Titleist golf ball. It was much easier to gauge distances putting when using the Srixon AD 333.
My overall view of the Srixon AD 333 is that it compares well to the Titleist NXT golf ball, for both long game and short game. The ball offers great distance off the tee, while having below average spin on incoming shots to the green. It is a mid-handicappers ball at best, as it doesn’t offer the performance that a low handicapper needs around the greens. It could be a great alternative consider if you are playing a Titleist NXT or similar golf ball.
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