I consider myself a very green AFC even though I've been in and out of the PUA space through a number of years. Typically in relationships I would just drop any pick-up related habits and restart after each one (which was dumb for a number of reasons). I'm a relatively attractive, tall guy, but I have a lot to work on in terms of early game (opens and attraction w/o strong social proof already).
That being said, I've been opened by 2-4 girls on a number of occasions where I was showing off a lot of social proof from generating a lot of interest with friends and other sets I would open just in the interest of getting the night going. When I screw up a typical set starting at the open, it's fairly obvious to me where I've farked up.
However, when I get opened, it's always such a jumble of states and semi-sh1t tests that I usually either completely blow the set out (hands in the face, shocked looks, etc) or totally botch transitioning the interest. I think I may also be laying on a bit too much sarcasm in my general interaction.
I've always done well building comfort and escalating in the later stages, but somehow the early steps have always been a challenge for me. Is it easy to accidentally cross from "cocky funny" to "sarcastic ass" -- and how often can you recover from that sort of slip up? I'm sure a large part of it just comes from more interactions, but any small tweaks from people with similar experiences would be great. Thanks!