The next level is to replace the entire shifter, and the superb Sigma Shortshifters from Dieselgeek in the USA are pretty much the gold standard. These replace the entire mechanism and change both the feel and the throw length. There is no need for the above bushings from 42DD, as they are all bearings in the Sigma kit. This is available for 5 and 6 speed boxes, and fitment to non USA cars like the Skoda and Polo are currently being investiated. Both look very likely to work!!
They fit a huge array of VAG cars from MK4 and up, as they often use common shift mechanisms. I have only just taken on the distribution for Dieselgeek, and am yet to receive stock, but it won't be long now, with the first ( sold out ) shipment due for delivery to me tomorrow!