Now I know you've all read this kinda stuff before, I've even gone as far as to read a couple articles like this myself but I'm really out of options here.
I've decided to get back into sfiv a couple of months back and that I was actually going to get good at it once and for all. I picked up Ryu so that I could practice all the basics, I've watched all the videos tutorials, read all the guides and I've been practicing consistently for more than a month now. Litteraly spending days trying to improve. On some occasions it seems like all the training is paying off. Beating B+ players and scrubs alike, pulling off my links and even an fadc here and there. But on most days...
On most days I can't manage a basic hit confirm, my anti-airs don't come out, I DP instead of fireball (or even a basic medium punch sometimes), I even drop cancels sometimes. Now I understand that there's a learning curve but this is really getting to a point where I feel like I just won't get any better. I even feel like I'm getting worst. Scratch that. I am getting worst. My win ratio has gone down drastically and my best friend whom I used to beat 50/50 beats me 8/10 now and he doesn't play nearly as much as I do.
I've been trying to change my training methods a bit so that they might pay off a bit more and it seems like they kinda have but not nearly enough. Here's some of the stuff I've been doing:
-Instead of spending hours in training mode I've decided to limit my time to 1 hour max before I hit online. I only practice a combo for about 10-20 minutes so that I don't saturate myself. I try to do this every day. I practice basic combos and add a little more to them as I go.
-I decided to pick up another character for when I feel stuck with mine. I decided to go with Fei Long since I have a lot of difficulty doing Rekkas from the right side of the screen.
-I noticed the little yellow line around the enemy life bar for when I mess up my timing. It helps but I'm not sure I understand how it works exactly. Is that supposed to be your window into a link or do you have to wait until the bar reaches the end of the life bar to follow up?
-Spending more time actually playing instead of just training all the time.
-Setting up scenarios in training mode.
-Setting the dummy to Random so I can get better at hit confirming.
-Trying to remember to end my motion when I finish a combo.
-Getting better at reading my opponents. This has actually helped me beat some pretty high level players now and then. Especially considering my level. A lot of them seem to think that because my execution sucks I won't be smart enough to bait their dps or grab them on wake up when they're constantly blocking.
In spite of all this I still see my points dropping below 300 now and again. My Ryu who is C+ has about 1800 points which is quite embarrassing and I know enough about the game to know that most players I go against are not taking me seriously. I've been so dedicated in the past few weeks and it's just not paying off. I don't know if anyone has any tips or if I'm on the right track. Just a disclaimer, I play pad. I might invest in a stick at some point but that's not going to happen before a little while.