Need advise on an open guard
So the other night in class during our roll time, my instructor comes over and watches me roll with one of the blue belts. A solid 3 minutes of that roll was me working a closed guard, until I was able to take the blue belts back off of a failed pass attempt.
At the end of the 5 minute match, my instructor tells me he wants me to start working on open guard. He says I'm advance enough for it, and that it's gonna suck because I'm gonna get passed a lot, but I'm ready.
To be honest, that put me on cloud nine. I've gotten very few compliments from him, or even seen him give them out to others, and I've been putting in a lot of hours since I started there 2 months ago.
Due to my raised pride after that comment, I didn't even think to ask him where I should start.
I've worked a bit in spider guard, and like the control I have when I have both my partners sleeves and feet in bicep and hip. Downside, after a couple matches, my fingers are so cramped that it's hard to hold on to a sleeve once they start pulling it.
I've also tried butterfly guard, and love how I can get sweeps on people that can block my closed guard sweeps. Downside, the bigger guys and blue belts are able to pass pretty quickly, and I have to escape out of side control and re-guard a lot.
I've gone for rubber guard a few times, but I was stacked and passed before I could lock it on.
And I've only been able to get x-guard once, and that was on a guy that had no idea what it was. I swept him and took his back, but I've not had another chance to get someone in it.
I know that all 4 of these guards will be great once I learn them, but which one should I devote a massive amount of time with at my noob level? Is there a different one that I should be looking at? Or would it be a mix of all since they can be used during the same match as my partner changes levels?
Also, what would be a good drill to work to start developing a game? (I plan to talk to my instructor about this, but that's not until Tuesday.)
Thanks for the help