After watching the matches at Evo this past weekend it became very apparent to me how important spacing is in SFIV. I know I need to improve my spacing and spacing recognition skills, but I’m really not sure what the best way to go about doing this is other than just to play matches and gain experience. I really wonder how the good players at Evo are able to always maintain the correct spacing.
I realize a lot of this specific spacing scenarios are character and match-up specific, but I’d like to improve my spacing recognition skills. What I mean is, how do the pros know that they are actually at the exact right distance? Is it just their vast experience makes this spacing second nature, or are there some sort of visual or timing indicators that are used?
Are there any tips or shortcuts to getting better at spacing? Maybe something specific that can be practiced that will improve your spacing skills?
When an opponent jumps at you with an ambiguous jump-in/cross-up, is there any telling sign that can reveal what side they land on? When I do the same to an opponent, is there anything that would indicate to me that I am or am not jumping at the exact right distance to do a cross-up (or ambiguous cross-up tatsu)? How do I recognize a safe jump to bait a DP?
There seems like there must be a way to practice this that would help me improve more quickly than just being aware of spacing…