Ok. So, a buddy of mine just recently made the jump to using a joystick, leaving his old Xbox controller behind. He came to me with a question that is pondered by many yet asked by few. "Stevo," he said, "how do you even hold this damn thing?" At first, this may seem like an easy question to answer but if you stop and think about what types of motions are most problematic, the answer could be a multi-part response necessitating a whole blog devoted to the different positions one's left hand could find suitable for joystick play, which gives birth to this blog.
A quick recap of my anatomy classes from FSU: if you were to extend your arms infront of you with your palms facing one another, this is referred to as a Neutral Grip. Palms facing up would be a Supine Grip & lastly palms down would leave you with a Prone Grip.
Ok so let's apply this to joysticks.
First to be discussed is the Neutral Grip.
Forefinger and middle finger rest on one side of the joystick and are opposed by the thumb. This is more than likely the go to grip for many players as most people will simply find it has a natural feeling to it. Charge motion provide no particular problem and most circular motions are not too difficult yet some people complain of slight difficultry doing double fireball motions on the player 1 side while still adjusting to their stick. It gets better with time. You can't go wrong with this grip especially if you are just trying to get used to using your joystick.
Next up we have the Wine Glass Grip or the Supine (or Supinated) Grip.
Lastly, I am presenting to you the Hydbrid Grip.
..perhaps if I moved my thumb you could see whats going on...
In the future, I perhaps will cover some medium to advanced joystick techniques, such as double tapping, plinking, piano inputs, slide inputs, mashing (only kidding), and many other things that are indeed possible via training or a little manipulation of the Super Street Fighter IV engine.
Hope you enjoy,