i don't use pads. for some reason i don't like the feel of them but i do put my foot near the very back of my board on the back fin for turns. near top fins for barrels
Is it the pad itself or the arch that you dont like?? I know I dont like the arch under my foot so I always use a flat pad. I really dont feel the pad under my foot but know i'm on it when I feel for the kick.