I've only been training for a couple of months and have had a few spars, but I notice that I have a hardest time trying to make my punches connect. My reach is slightly shorter than most of the guys I spar with, so it feels like a I eat a jab every time I try to close the pocket. I've had better luck recognize when the kick is open, and as such, I can usually get a leg kick or 2 to connect in. I have a feeling that it is a caused by a combination of poor judgment of distance and fear of getting hit. My questions: - Is this a common problem for beginners that goes away over time? - Any drills or tips that will help me get close the distance?