First off, I play Pro V1s for every round that gets posted. However, in the winter, out of GHIN posting season, when conditions of low light, flat light and a washed out landscape make it difficult to follow and/or find a white ball, I like to play a yellow ball. I have played the NXT Tour S and the new DT TrueSoft. For whatever reason, I tend to like the TruSoft better.
In the winter, when the grass in the rough is mostly dormant and the high fescue and other deep/tall grasses outside the rough are mown down, I rarely lose a ball. In fact, I have not lost a single ball since late October, a period in which I have played about 35 rounds.
Back in January, about 8 or 9 rounds ago, I was ball hawking on a virtually empty course and found a yellow DT TruSoft in near-perfect condition, in some recently cut down wetlands grass. Don't know how long it might have been there, but it could not have been for too long, since the TruSoft is a new ball in 2016. I cleaned it up and put it into play on my next round. I have been playing that same single TruSoft now for 2-3 weeks. Probably 7 or 8 rounds. It has become my "lucky" ball. I have been playing quite well with it, but I have always wondered what the best functioning "life" of a ball is, before it loses some of it's distance characteristics or becomes too worn out "on the inside" to get maximum distance. With the exception of one small cart path scrape, it still looks pretty good on the outside. It's not like I don't have a bunch of brand new Titleists to replace it with. I just wanna see how long I can play this one, for kicks. My buddy keeps giving me a hard time about playing that old ball, but I still continue to beat him handily with it every time I do. (Truth be told, my handicap is about 4 or 5 points lower than his, so old ball or not, I should beat him most of the time.)
In season, I want everything to be working at its best. I am anal about that. I won't even use a broken tee on a par 3. I'm superstitious about that. Each clubface is thoroughly cleaned after every shot. I change my Pro Vs out as soon as I see any sort of mark on the cover that I think could affect aerodynamics, even if in reality, it won't. But, in winter, when nothing really counts, as long as the ball doesn't show any obvious issues, and I can't see any loss of distance or greenside spin, since the greens are in winter mode anyway, how long is too long to keep it in play? Opinions please.