I don't think you've been scammed. I too agree with the other TW that said "scam" might be too harsh. IMHO, the silicon or "putty" inside the grip tells me it's an authentic stick. Almost all fake ones do not have that stuff in it and fake one looks poorly contructed (expose nails, etc.) inside the grip. IMHO, heavy stick are much better to play than lighter ones. I'm not familiar with the Head sticks but if you have an authentic one, you should be fine. Just be aware of fake ones like what I just mentioned.