I play every round like it’s clutch. I play every situation like it’s clutch. If T. Hawk taught me anything, it’s freaking clutch lol. I need patience w/ Hawk at all times normally anyway, so when it comes down to a few pixels, while my heart rate goes up, I’m still remaining cool. The thing to remember is, the person on the other end is going to do the most simple and effective thing to kill you. Close range pokes, fireballs, uppercuts, walking up to you and throwing you (which is embarrassing).
Any kind of combo kind of goes out the window because it’s most likely too risky for them to try, so turtle up and don’t be ashamed to play lame as hell. You trying to stay alive and win, any kind of respect toward that other guy needs to go out the window right now – doing any kind of stupid ass shit to style om 'em is just that – stupid. Trust me, I had to learn that the hard way. Trying to finish off with an ultra or super just to say the final “F— You” when a poke would do the trick is not smart at all because your opponent is expecting that final ultra or super and will anticipate accordingly (if they mess up and you can land an ultra, then by all means, go for it, but don’t TRY to set up your ultra)
Watch your positioning though, and that’s just something you have to learn from the specific match up you’re playing over time.
I know sometimes you can just be mentally off and there is not much you can do about it, but I find it helpful to play music in the background, have a beverage near by, and never play while hungry or if you need to use the bathroom soon lol.