I always used the directional buttons until I started using my G27 wheel a week or two ago. I am doing OK with the wheel on the snow but not as well on the other track, Tsukuba on bitumen. Don't think I tried this one (snow) with the DS3 buttons but I can still do better with it at Tsukuba. Incidentally I'm 67. PS, I did OK with the buttons, usually around pos #500 mark and often better. Currently I'm sub #300 with my wheel on the snow.