I’ve experienced this hurdle recently and decided to post the question here since the answers will likely benefit a lot of people, both old and new. How do you guys adapt to different types of sticks (JFL, Comp, Fanta, etc.)?
Now I’ve been playing exclusively on Japanese balltop sticks with square gates for the past 15 or so years (except for one time when I was visiting my relatives in San Jose, CA and tried a V machine with Happ parts in '94). My preference in sticks reflects this as well (couldn’t be happier with the JLF in my TE). However, the only arcade with Street Fighter IV where I live has 4 cabs that all have Korean Fanta sticks (and a mishmash of OBSF-30’s and Crown buttons), so as someone who is used to working with the gate, my execution get’s thrown off whenever I play (especially since I main Blanka in SFIV). The “spring” in the Fanta (the rubber thing) is no help either.
Now the lack of a square gate I can get past, since I don’t ride the gate - once my hands know which direction is which, then I can generally hit the direction I want. It’s the feel of the rubber “spring” and the lack of a strong click that throws me off. With the Fanta, I feel like I moving around too much and am having to concentrate too much on moving the stick precisely instead of concentrating on the match. Especially when performing charge moves, I feel like I’m not moving the stick fast enough for the move to register, or I’m hitting extra stuff that I shouldn’t, I just really miss the snappiness of the JLF.