As far as the last sentence goes, that's not true. When the last ball goes into the drink, you get one last chance to purchase a new sleeve.
Apparently you are correct. I just wasted 20 credits to prove it out.
That is a new feature though as I’m almost positive that you couldn’t do that in the past.
I guess WGT decided to add it as one last chance to collect some $.
Kinda seems pointless to have all the other prompts to buy more balls then when you can buy more at any time via the LH menu???
Agreed, I think they may be targeting compulsive shoppers ;-) Not sure, what was like before or on mobile, but the option has been there since I started playing the NV 3 months ago (flash until its last day). And the NV options are actually a downgrade from flash, where you were able to run out of balls, choose the rock, but still were able to buy and re-equip the ball you started with at any point. A red exclamation mark was next to your starter ball icon and if you hovered the mouse over it, the pop-up would appear, askink whether you wanted to purchase your original ball and equip it. So, if you lost your last ball on hole 2, you could choose to play the next few shots (or holes) with the rock and still decide to purchase the ball you started with and play with that to the end.