So i got a chance to play someone in SSFIV in person (first time ever since i decided to try to get good at any fighting game). We had some pretty good matches. I ended up losing a few at first but then i started getting frustrated. So i started just mashing out jabs like crazy. Lo and behold it actually worked. I interrupted combos and stopped moves by simply mashing jab. Then i won a few using this tactic as defense. The guy says then half-jokingly “Aww why you gotta use them scrub tactics?”
Thinking about it i dont remember that when watching the “pros” playing at tourneys, if i saw a jab masher.
So my question is this, is jabbing really a scrub tactic? Mashing it “just in case” people screw up a link or attempt a grab. And im not talking carefully planned jabs im talking mashing. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesnt. Should i not teach myself this method and learn how to counter properly? Or is this a good last resort?