After reading about 3-4 reviews on the MS Sidewinder FF
Wheel, one of the main complaints was that the pedals moved about quiet a bit, i.e., they
were very stable and they tend to slip depending on the type of flooring they are sitting
"... the ball of the heel should
always be on the pedal base and not lose contact with it."
In actual fact, the foot pedals are quite light. This presumably
explains why they tend to move about a bit. There are some rubber stoppers on the bottom
of the pedal base and these will help in preventing the pedals from slipping away when you
step on them. Fortunately for me, my foot pedal lies on tiled flooring and the rubber
stoppers do a good job in securing the pedals base to its spot. I think it also
helps if you get the pedal action correct. I believe the pedal action should be like this
one should rest the ball of the heels on the pedal base and use the upper half of
the foot to step on the pedal while leveraging on the ball of the heel. This means that
the ball of the heel should always be on the pedal base and not lose contact with it.
My wife had a go at the wheel and she complained that
the pedals were shifting about. When I looked at how she stepped on the pedals, I realized
why the pedals were shifting about. She was moving her entire foot up and down on the
pedal as if she was stamping on a cockroach. Obviously, that kind of action would make the
pedal base move about based on the uneven force pushing at the back end of the pedal base.
When I explained to her that her action was wrong and told her the correct way, the pedal
base stopped moving.
"This two-legged approach will
probably be disastrous in real-life driving but I find that it gives me better control in
racing games... this mirrors the "toe-heel" action of professional race car
drivers which serves to maintain power to engine when braking into a corner."
The pedals "throws" were not too long. Both the brake and the
accelerator pedals were angled at about 45 degrees and had about another 30 degrees
movement arc. In essence, the pedal becomes nearly horizontal were depressed fully.
There are also two ways of approaching the brake &
the accelerator pedals. In real life driving, I use only the right leg for both pedals.
This means that one pedal can only be pressed at a time. However, when I am using the
wheel to play my driving games, I tend to use my right leg for the accelerator and my left
leg for the brake pedal (more often than not, the brake pedal also serves as the reverse
function for the car). This two-legged approach will probably be disastrous in real-life
driving but I find that it gives me better control in racing games. Perhaps this mirrors
the "toe-heel" action of professional race car drivers which serves to maintain
power to engine when braking into a corner.