I stumbled across this thread with a guy saying he was having trouble with the "hover" from my old materials.
Ok let me explain what it is, and what "pre approach" game is.
It is so annoying when people don't get this very valuable principle and just say "hovering is creepy" ugh.
The hover is a trick to make her think she is noticing you first, that simple. I stole it from women, when they stop in front of you and pretend to be digging through their purse or texting. That is how chicks open guys.
Anyhow, you can do the same, and it makes opening and hooking way smoother.
First I have to tell you how it works in her head, so you get why doing it is worthwhile at all.
They did a study on women rating male pictures on profiles and such, and when men aren't directly looking at the camera women like it better.
This isn't to say eye contact is bad, actually its the reverse, eye contact is one of the best things in a pua toolbox, ONCE you are interacting with her.
Before that though, it is in your interest for her to feel as if she is selecting you, as if you are of value in her environment because she noticed you. This is what the guy in the profile picture talking to his friend, or looking at the scenery mimics, is her noticing and watching a guy, because she sees some attractive quality or value in him. This is the "reticular activation system" "mystique" the new October man sequence style hype behind the scenes in the pickup community right now.
For those who don't know the reticular activation system is basically responsible for attention, and what we pay attention to, is perceived as having higher value by our intellectual mind, because of course we all think we are geniuses and wouldn't choose to pay attention to something that isn't valuable *cough*stripper*cough*. The reticular activation system in pickup artist terms and use can be used to make her feel as if she sees value in you, on the opener.
This is what the hover stimulates and the process it mimics. And it doesn't have to be a "hover", what I do now is stop and pretend to be texting, right near her, until I catch her noticing me in her peripheral vision, with my peripheral vision, I then turn AS IF she noticed me and say "oh hey, hi" then open. Versus walking in directly from across the room as an obvious pickup artist or "confronter" of some sort, I just noticed her notice me so I said hello, then I noticed something about her, and I am off and running.
When formhandle, crablouse and I developed the early stages of this stuff back in the early 2000s as paimai, no one got it. I simplified it with "the hover", but the name got dumb knee jerk reactions of course of "that's creepy, let me reword it and steal it a year from now". Now people are trading it behind the scenes like its a secret hologram card of Jose Canseco or something.
The principle is fairly simple though, don't burst in, frame the interaction "as if" she noticed you, and you noticed that, and something about her, that got you talking to her.
This is mostly a day game or small quiet lounge or bar thing of course. (P.S Anyone doing loud noisy dance club game exclusively is missing out anyway. None of the best guys when referring to "club game" are actually doing club game, it's garbage, we mean lounges and night spots, not speaker blaster extremo vibrate your fillings out of your head clubs.)