Agree with virtually everything said by OP (inc. slightly lacking in the directional control dept.), and also agree with David above that it takes a bit longer than a lot of frames to get fully to grips with it.
I'm surprised that in all the reviews that no one's mentioned wanting to rebalance this stick with a bit more weight in the handle. Or that the point of stick, to have a lot of head weighting?
Torres, could you say more about what you mean here. For me, the balance seems a bit off. Could well be QC issue on my rac. Anyhow, a few too many UE on serve and ROS makes me sometimes think mine could do with being a bit more h/light.