It's significantly more exciting to chase new, shiny tactics than it is to study the basics.
But mastering the basics is a long term play that wins every time.
While someone who chases the shiny tactics may appear to be ahead initially, it is nothing but an illusion.
Fortunately, you understand that you are in this for the long term and are willing to sacrifice being ridiculed temporarily for winning permanently.
The basics are the basics for a reason. Ignore them at your own peril.