Originally Posted by natsgrampy
When I loosen up / widen my range, I find I play cards I have no business playing and get pushed off the hand.
I need to learn a correct way to master ramping up, using position, how opponents are playing.
Ramping up doesn't mean turning into a maniac and playing hands that are way outside your comfort zone. It means choosing the aggressive action when it's one of the reasonable options.
For example, quite a few micro- and small stakes players tend to open-limp because they don't want to fold or raise. So for them, one way to ramp up is to eliminate limping. Either raise or fold. Since they will now raise some hands they would have limped, plus the hands they would have raised anyway, the net effect is increased aggression.
As for being pushed off of hands, that happens. It's NP to open a modest hand and fold to a 3bet, especially from a tight player. What you want to avoid is calling that 3bet with hands that don't flop well since folding to action then costs considerably more.