@drtbkj - yes…my problem is that I’m just WAY too familiar with the RL grip!
Even when I use my WH stick I always put it in the chair with my knees/thighs against the base if I’m using it for a sim that is of a jet with a centerline stick…the WH base is wide enough to “sit” on and stablize it in a chair.
But even if I were to do that with the WH Hornet grip the reach to the top buttons is still overly far - probably only by 1/8" or 3/16", but very noticeable to someone like myself. I end up having to lift my palm to make actuations, and I don’t have to do that with a RL grip - bench mounted or in a jet. BTW - the grip should be in your lap in a RL Hornet, with top of the stick just above your thighs by a couple inches. At least, that’s how I fit.
Also - I didn’t personally note an issue with switch rotations. Once I figured out how to reach the switches they felt like switches, but again, I had to stretch my thumb in order to get to them and that felt way “un-natural” to me. I also think the grip may be/feel “fat” because of the extra position/throw on the Weapon Select switch because of it being a 5-way (though the WH grip doesn’t seem so)…which I could certainly do without, seeing as it’s not on a RL grip.