[quote=“Heavyarms336, post:563, topic:150977”]
So I’m kinda a noob at SFV and a little bit of a noob at SF altogether. I played a little 3rd strike and a little SF4 vanilla. I’m trying to learn Balrog and looking for some critiquing. I’m playing against a LVL 9 CPU Cammy because my PSN subscription ran out and its all I’ve got right now. Any and all help is welcome!
I’m terribly sorry to say this but aside from general hitconfirming, punishes and the occasional anti air, the CPU teaches you very little. Playing against the CPU will teach you the moveset of a character but it won’t teach you the flow of the game. Mindgames is 90% of playing againt the opponent, if the CPU doesn’t do that or doesn’t adjust then you won’t see real improvement aside fromt he “technical” stuff. With technical stuff i mean doing your hitconfirms, punishes, meaties and occasional anti airs. It is literally helping you to play in a very flowchart way.
If you don’t constantly have to think about what the opponent does then you will also never improve.
If you genuinely want to improve, get PS+ or play offline with some buddies or if you have a scene visit that.
Another thing is that giving any indepth feedback, and this goes for any feedback on new players is always going to come down to the same things:
 Trouble punishing? Go in training and find theproper punish
 Trouble with hitconfirming? Go practice hitconfirming
 Trouble anti airing? Focus on just anti airing
 People keep walking and dashing into your space? Protect that space with throwing out buttons
 Trouble blocking crossups? Just focus on blocking crossups
 Trouble throw teching? Focus just on throw teching
A lot of the stuff i mentioned above requires you to have an opponent just like how with Tennis you can only do so much on your own. Any problem you have now is very easily addressed, the answer is obvious and straightforward when you are still new. Difficulty lies in prioritizing, what is more beneficial for a beginner? Focusing on practicing combos is a waste if you don’t know how to open people up and if you cna’t stop people from jumping or dashing into your space.
In the beginning the only things you should be doing is simply throwing out your buttons in neutral, anti airing, focusing on good defense(throw teching, blocking crossups, using v-reversals at the proper time, knowing when to crouch and when to stand block, when to press buttons and when to not press buttons, etc) This all can’t be really learned from the CPU either unfortunately.
The most important aspect for a beginner is focusing on defense, playing against the CPU you hardly learn this unfortunately