Pre-flop betting in the home game is very difficult, so don't feel like you're alone. If you feel like you're horrible, you obviously need to change your strategy. If you're in a casino, pre-flop betting is pretty straight-forward and requires knowledge of the position and general strategy. In general, good hands will go 3x the big blind, right? In a home game, that doesn't tend to work. It really depends on your home game. Home games really come down to a calculation about how many people you want in any given hand and why. Is your home game aggressive or passive? If it's mostly passive, then aggression is going to pay off. If it's mostly aggressive, then waiting in the weeds is going to pay off. My general observation in the home game is that most people do not bet enough pre-flop with good hands and they end up destroying their odds of winning.