Spend a bit more time with the brake off pulling the gun in tight to your shoulder and with a firm grip with your forward hand. In no time you'll find you've mastered the recoil and it becomes no big deal. I don't consider myself terribly recoil sensitive, but I can't say I like being beat up by my rifles either. Another trick I've started using is to use the sling to reduce muzzle jump. With you right elbow, create tension on the sling which will also help to steady your rifle. If you put enough slack in the sling you can also wrap your right hand around the sling which will create something of a belt effect around your wrist. Give it a try and I promise you that you won't find the need to use the muzzle brake.