" I use a pad. It works fine for what I'm doing, and I seem to be able to compete online. There have been some input problems, but whatever. good luck man. "Same deal for me. I own a stick, infact it's modded out with Sanwa parts and all that beeswax yet I prefer the controller. It's much quieter (you ever hear the racket a stick makes!? I sometimes have to play at like 3 in the morning cos that's when I'm up and that's when I can play the USA and Canada guys and that stick is too loud) and it's more comfortable for me in long sessions. I sometimes have trouble executing moves sometimes but I execute enough to get me by.