That and how in the hell do all these criminals get so quick? It is about impossible to hit those guys with webbing after you get close. They can dodge a ton of times! Come on! Are they all superheroes too?
Use impact webbing first; (left trigger then Y.)
Rather than dropping in to the fight and button mashing, I like to do spiderman-esqe stuff like do most of the fight while hanging on the wall (use the camera lock to impact web and web yank the thugs up to you.) And fight while swinging on your webbing most of the time.
Dropping and the ground and just scrapping it up is so "Batman".