Agreed. I also don't like the shift knob I have which is the bulky finger like shifter rather than a ball knob. One of my friends drove my car one night because I had a few too many and he was CONSTANTLY hitting the shifting gates because he was wrestling the shifter rather than working WITH the shifter. I think switching to a ball knob actually would help shifter feel enough for me too vs. changing out my entire assembly (even though I probably will). A new bracket helps out a lot too to make shifts more direct.
I've got the Boss 302 ball and IMO it is a MAJOR improvement over the stock stub knob.