The more I play the more I realize how bad my timing is. A simple example is blocking and then punishing unsafe moves—how do I get better at timing the punish consistently? I am thinking about sf4 in particular but my question probably applies to all fighting games.
To take an example, suppose I’m playing Rose and I just blocked Bison’s Psycho Crusher so I’m at +8 frame advantage. I’d like to do her standard cr.hp xx spiral punish (200dmg), which starts up in 5, so there’s a 4 frame window for me to land it. 4 frames would be easy for a combo, but this isn’t the kind of timing you can get in your “muscle memory”, because your muscles aren’t doing anything; you just have to look/listen to the game to judge when to start.
Two additional problems is that if I miss the timing (in either direction) I end up doing a point-blank spiral, and now I’m the one at -8. Also, unlike combos, I think there’s hundreds of these to get right because every character has multiple unsafe moves with different frame disadvantages.
So how to you guys approach this? Here are some possibilities:
Just take one move at a time, go into training mode, and practice each character/move separately. This sounds ideal, but is impractical.
Use a reversal move. Punishing with hp shoryuken (and then maybe FADC ultra) is pretty easy because of sf4’s reversal window. Unfortunately I play Rose and she has no applicable reversal moves.
Just mash throw. This is easier but does less damage. Also I doubt anyone can hit throw every 4 frames by mashing (you’d have to mash 15 times a second) so you could get reversaled through it occasionally.
Look at that little sparkle/glint around the health bars that tells when you are coming out of blockstun. Does anyone find that helpful?
Double tap the beginnings of all punish combos. I don’t really see the downside to this, other than I can’t do it. Also this would help but you’d still need to know the timing.
Use a hit confirm instead of a punish combo. It would do less damage, but at least it’s safe if you miss it.
Do you do one of the above, or something totally different I didn’t think of? Thanks for any ideas!