Interested in hearing the thoughts of the forums...
At what point, if any, does a player need to become competent at working the ball both ways.
I hit a natural draw shape, and lack some confidence in alignment with an intentional cut or fade. I understand the concept of hitting the fade, and can do so on demand, but from a directional point of view it can result in a straight pull or too much of a push fade. I feel as though half of the problem is confidence in the shot, and whilst 1 in 2 shots will end up with a reasonable result, I almost make excuses not to hit a fade even when it's the obvious shot shape required.
Many pro players have their stock shot flight, and just become so good at it that they almost never have to bother with changing it, Dustin Johnson would be the perfect example here, where he will hit a fade off the tee almost regardless of the shape of the hole. He mostly gets away with it due to his power and precision. Other players like Jason Day will draw it much more frequently than bothering with a cut.
So I suppose the questions here are:
How important is it to have confidence in hitting both draws and fades?
At what point should a player focus on developing that part of their game further, rather than focusing on other things (putting, chipping, pitching etc)?
Do we ever become fully confident in our non-preferred shot shape?