I have been playing SF4 a long time, almost since vanilla, and I consider myself to be a pretty decent player. There is one thing that alludes me, and that is getting to and staying at ranges to play footsies as a character without fireballs.
From Gouken to Guile, my footsies are strong, even without the fireball, because I know I always have it there. For instance, with Guile, I can safely stay behind my wall of fireball and antiair, walk up, throw out a cr forward, a fierce, what have you, and sort of dance around, because if things get tough I can head backwards and throw out a fireball to reposition myself.
And someone like Ryu, whose footsies are very easy (not to master, before the Ryus are all up in arms), cr forward to fireball.
However, once I lose the fireball I tend to… lose. I have no idea what to do. With Dudley, Abel, anyone, I know what I should be doing, but I still can’t fecking do it.
How do I get the correct mentality to play without fireballs? How do I get and stay in ranges to play footsies? How do I even think about spacing without being to chuck an ol’d qcf.
It bothers me that these seem like such beginner questions. I would rather not ask this, but it has been years and I can’t seem to change my mindset. Any help at all is appreciated.