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Some people have talked about the 1mm play in the joystick centre position as being a flaw. To my style of flying it's a bonus feature!

Yes, you read correctly. People were complaining about a 1 millimeter play in the joystick travel.
MiGMan, 2016

Here's an example of what I mean. Let's say I am going to take a typical long range missile shot in Su-27 Flanker 2.0. This is what I have to do:

Operation Controller
Trimmed for level flight Joystick
Long range radar selected Joystick
Radar transmit Throttle
Adjust cursor Throttle
Designate target Joystick
Select missile Joystick
FIre missile Joystick

Now, during all this monkeying around, what has happened to the flight path of the Su-27?

Answer - nothing - because the 1mm play lets me get away with the required hand gymnastics without jerking the plane all over the sky. When I do start to manoeuver the stick and plane respond perfectly with no noticeable lag or dead spot in the centre.

Who were these complainees? Brain surgeons? Concert violinists? Well, probably not, because virtuoso musical performers and brain surgeons know how to work in synch with their equipment.
MiGMan, 2016

If you really do want the stick to respond to the slightest earth tremor then there is a mod described by Guillame at http://cougar.frugalsworld.com - Cougar World (site gone).