I feel like we’re talking about two different things. I’m suggesting that anyone waiting 20 years for a cue because they believe it “plays the best” is kidding themselves. No cue plays the best. You’ve said as much with your comments about people having the right to have the ‘opinion’ that a searing hits the best of anything they’ve tried. That’s fine. However, I think if they actually need a cue and want to play better pool, they’d be better off getting a reputable, easily accessible brand and spending the next 20 years working their butts off, because there’s nothing a Searing cue can do that a Mezz, Predator, Meucci, McDermott, Perri can’t do.
I think you’re saying, who am I to question someone’s opinion that X cue plays the best? You’re right. Everyone has a subjective perspective on what feels right to them. 100%. But if they actually believe a cue “plays better than any other cue”, they’re wrong. Haven't you ever played with a cue, that sucked? I certainly have. I don't see any pros playing with those cheap, crappy cues with the big brass ball that screws onto the butt. A cue can look fine, but vibrate badly, often because there's an internal crack in it, that can't be seen. I also don't see any pros playing with those junky cues where the tip screws into the ferrule.