QUOTE(retep @ May 10 2012, 04:14 PM)
Anyway I was just wondering if you think I am taking the right approach in trying to learn all the finesse movements at once and taking my time during sprints trying to limit my finesse mistakes and slowly build up my speed? Or should I focus just on like S then Z or try to continue going at near full speed but try slowly incorporating as much finesse into it as possible, slowly decreasing my faults as opposed to my sprint times?
Any other advice or tips you have? Perhaps some common mistakes you know people or you yourself made when you were around my sprint times that helped you improve?
I believe it's a good idea to learn efficient 2-step finesse at the beginning if you plan on investing a lot of time in the future into the game. I played for a long time before I committed to learning full 2-step, and one of the benefits I found was less misdropping. Before, I might try to get to a certain placement utilizing 2 different ways (do I go to the wall and go back or do I just tap tap tap?). Or, I might hesitate while I try to figure out how many taps it takes to get there. I might even overshoot it and have to backtrack (try to never do this). When you commit to learning a specific way to do these things, you eliminate this problem almost entirely.
Now, that said, it is a big commitment at first. It took me a few weeks before I really had it down. Study the diagrams on the wiki carefully. Practice each one, because it's easy to overlook the subtleties, and you don't want to wind up investing a whole bunch of time practicing the wrong method. Once you have a good feel for the wrong way and the right way, then it's simply a matter of burning the maneuvers into your brain and attaining muscle memory. When you get to the point where you can consistently complete 40L runs without making any errors, I'd recommend practicing blind-style training
. This forces you to become a master of it. Once you get within around 120% of your personal record with blind style without making any errors, then I'd say you're good to go.