There's always time to be made up.
The thing I like most about shuffle steering, is my hands are always in a position to react to the situation at hand (pun intended)
IOW, with the hands at 10-2/9-3, you can either add or reduce steering input as required.
I've seen far too many people get their hands locked all the way over in one position, and they can't turn any tighter if they needed to.
As with any thing else...practice, practice, practice...it'll eventually be second nature to you before you know it.
Originally Posted by Juantron
but at pivot cones, I've been known to go under-handed.
That's a quick way to break a hand if things go south in the middle of a turn.
There's no way you can pull your hand out fast enough before the spokes hit it if something goes wrong.
You also can't turn very fast or react quick enough if you need to turn in the opposite direction mid-turn (I.E. oversteering, and need to unwind the wheel).