After months of frustration I have officially graduated from pad to stick.
By this, I mean I am now more comfortable on a stick than with a pad. It took about 4 months in total. Numerous times I almost gave up. Even after I felt somewhat comfortable on a stick, I still could play much better on the pad (PS3 controller) and wondered if I would ever equal or surpass this on the stick.
I stuck in there and eventually upgraded to a TE Round 2 form a cheaper Hori stick. This helped a ton. Anyone who is having trouble with the transition that is not using a quality stick should make the upgrade as soon as possible.
Just today I picked up my copy of Super before going to work. I was anxious to play so I popped it in on my break (I work in the game industry, so we have consoles on hand). I played a few matches with some coworkers using a pad and it felt horrible (the pad, not the game). I just felt crippled on that thing. Can’t wait to get home and play the game the way it was meant to be played.
If your in transition and having doubts, hang in there. I can testify that it will come eventually and when it does it will feel wonderful.
Happy Super Day!