I suck at pot control
So here's the thing. Yesterday I played 2-table NL2 and made pretty awesome winnings (100BB+/hour). However one thing that kept those earnings from increasing was TRYING to pot control.
Say I have A2, flop comes A8K without any flush draw, I bet, 2 players call. Then turn comes a card that doesn't change anything, say a 4. Here I try to pot control because I have a bad kicker. So my plan is to check; if everyone checks back I will check/call river, if someone bets I will call and check/fold river if that same person bets again.
In this example, everyone checks. Then comes another card that doesn't seem to help anyone, say a 6.
Now I check, someone bets, and I call. Then that person usually wins. This call I make here can be of absurd value. In my mind, even if someone makes a pot-size bet, I have a better hand with top pair, and I call, because I think "Well everyone checked turn so he is smelling weakness and trying to win with a weak hand". The bigger the bet, the more I think he's trying to get everyone to fold.
I know pot control is easier in position, since you know what everyone else did and you have few people acting after you, so for the sake of the discussion let's say I'm OOP. 1st or 2nd to act. This way it's tougher to make a decision. Any idea on how to improve this?
Thanks in advance