Getting good at daygame pickup means you’re relying on less theory and more intuition. You’re taking away rather than adding on as you’re reaching a flow state. Simple beats complex as you drill down to the essence of what matters. I discuss this more in my Occam’s Razor podcast.
After a year or two of models, structures and learning you’ve got to ditch the stabilisers, let go of the theoretical framework and rely on your muscle memory. Being in your head with daygame, just like with any other contact sport, is detrimental to your performance.
So what does “advanced theory” look like? A white page. A hike with no map. A freestyle performance. An improvised riff. You’ve become unconsciously competent, as I discuss in this video: