(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - My Stick is Better

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    This is a much more focused effort than the Equipment shark. It is designed to compare the quality of your stick against the obviously superior cue stick of your opponent.

    At every good shot he makes, he brags up that it is the stick that makes it easy. At every bad shot you do, he blames your poor quality equipment for causing the problem.

    Eventually, these continuous comparisons start putting your attention on your cue stick, rather than on each shot. And, of course, your game starts getting worse. As you shoot worse and worse, you get even more frustrated. Eventually, you no longer have the ability to play effective.

    Here are some praises of his equipment:

    • "My Bulka is designed to completely eliminate deflection."
    • "My cue has a sweet feel when I use low speeds."
    • "Did you see the spin on the cue ball? That's the special tip I put on. Cost me $75."
    • "Did you see that stop shot? That's the perfect follow through that my stick almost forces me to use."
    • "Look at that draw. That's from the perfect curve on my tip."
    • "See that break? That's the embedded steel in the cue butt."

    He blows off any taunts if he messes up with, "Didn't set up properly," or other similar excuses. But when you miss, he mentions something about sub-standard equipment. When you blow a critical shot, he pounces with comforting words, "You can't help it. It's your stick." Any attempt to defend your equipment only proves that this shark is working.

    Response

    A reasonably excessive, "Shut up." might work - but, probably not. Instead, politely tell him, "You are just trying to justify throwing away your money." Then, on every bad shot he makes, taunt him for using inferior equipment. (Extra points when he winces.)

     

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