Inverse: I also share your sentiments.
I played SFIV during loketests and well after its release in Japan. Currently, I have played over 2400 matches and only have a 41.5 win ratio with a very low Battle Point total of 12,500. To be considered a good player in this game, you’d have to be in the 30,000 range and at least a 60% win ratio. I am nowhere near that and I have lost to many players… some who are extremely good and some who beat me by doing the same stuff over and over, but I fail to figure out how to beat their tactics.
I have debated over quitting the game permanently about 4 times during the time I played SFIV. My execution is not great compared to other players, either. I will have days where everything I do comes out awkwardly.
But through all that, I still play. I just love the game too much.
Like Azrael said, and like a local American friend advised me (FBT from SRK), work on the execution. I plan to practice as much as possible at home.
In terms of strategy, a person by the nickname of Young Hav (used to play CvS2 online) told me that you need to treat your character like you’re writing a thesis. You need to figure out what you want to do with this character, and how to accomplish that goal. Back then, I was using a lot of random moves to attack the opponent. The success was very limited, needless to say.
You need to have a purpose in playing a character. You need to set up a gameplan to have the opponent play to your style of game and to your tempo. It’s okay to be a little patternistic if what you are able to do is safe, but be able to branch out and flow to different options to mix up your game and confuse the opponent.
I cannot emphasize how important it is to play with purpose and to set up correctly. It’s so much easier when you are making the opponent make a split decision and force them into errors. You end up being more prepared to punish than you would have if you played a random style.
NEVER PLAY THE GAME ON REACTION ALONE. I do that from time to time and it kills me.
If you are getting beat down, take a step back… grab a soda or something, come back with a fresh mind.
You can hit me up for games online when SFIV comes out, most definitely. If you have X360, I’d be glad to spar with you and talk with you on the mic to help you out. I’m not a great player, but I know where you are coming from and I might be able to help.