Me either. Bruce, you have nothing to worry about. My cable shifter is very precise in both my Spyder and my Cayman. It is not a "hokey" method in any sense.
My first cable shift car was my 1990 Corrado. I did break one cable end, but was able to weld it back together. It stayed together for 8 years and 98,000 miles, and still shifted like new.