I've been a ssf4 player for about 6/7 months now, slightly on and off a few years back but im only now gettin my teeth sunk into the technical aspects of the game such as plinking, techs etc.
I'm becoming increasingly frustrated however, with no matter how hard i try even if i land basic bread and butter combos in training, i find them impossible to land on actual players. If i try to start the combo its either blocked, or i cant get close enough to start the combo, and if i do they immediately counter-hit me or have this innate ability to hit me first before i can even start ANY input.
I sit in training for hours and hours performing combos but i cant even land basic links against players unless i focus crumple them first. It seems as if every other player knows something that i'm missing completely.
I know i'm still relatively new but i'm sure by now i shouldnt be subject to such beatdowns when im sure what i'm doing is correct. Am i the only one who thinks there's a massive gap between training and online play?