I'm right handed, so at the right hand end of my swing the coil is plenty far away, but it sweeps in an arc, so at the left hand end of my swing it can be fairly close to my left foot due to the stem then being across the front of my body. I have tried shortening the swing so that I don't sweep so wide that way, and also timing it with my steps so that the coil gets there at a different time to that foot, but the wide sweep is muscle memory and I lapse back into it and trying to time my steps is like trying to pat my head and rub my belly at the same time, it's quite hard to do without really concentrating!
I have a standard stem on it currently so the s stem won't add much weight, and it will help the balance so I think it will be an improvement due to the stem being shorter and starting from a point level with the top of my hand rather than an inch or two below it.
Maybe I detect weirdly, never really thought about it until now, but that's what has worked with every other machine and I think if I use that stem I can just detect normally, rather than having to relearn everything only for when I use the nox, at the moment it's a minor irritation, when I stick the 15 inch detech coil on it will be more of a problem.
It's not currently something that will stop me using the machine, but it is something that makes it slightly less pleasurable and comfortable to use, the S Stem should fix it, but if it doesn't it'll still be easier to pack the machine down to fit in my car so won't be a waste of money, but I only have this problem with the nox, not the deus or explorer and they both have s stems, the deus also has a couple of inches advantage as the stem attaches at the back of the coil rather than the centre so that pushes it away from me a bit, but the explorer is an improvement over the nox even though the stem attaches at the centre of the coil and it also has a bigger coil on it currently as I have the 13 inch ultimate coil for that one.
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