TBH, when I approach girls directly they hyperventalate(sounds bizarre I know, but they do), so usually I have to make it more innocuous by taking excrutiatingly small steps towards my introduction. So, you kinda have to be chill in the way you approach and gauge how much impact you are having and make sure to dial it back if its too much.
The better you are at getting tension right off the bat the more steps your preapproach needs.
If I see a truly cute girl across the room, and she is all dressed up, there are a few things I have to consider.
i) The makeup makes her look more confident than she is
ii) If I end up in front of her she is going to think "this guy is more my type, don't fuck up"
iii) She is going to want to check her hair, teeth, adjustment of her blouse, posture mindset, and image projection (cuz she is thinking in a normal night way, not a "night I meet a guy like that" way)
iv) The connection she is going to feel is going to send her mind blank for a bit and she might cling for life rafts
v) That mentally she wants to have the upper hand or pursuit regarding a guy that is above her usual guys
Thats not even all inclusive, but I have to consider all the surrounding contexts, such as how she must address her friends, how she must gain the clues of how to deal with me, and how she might manage a rescue operation for herself before we get started etc. If I don't do that, girls can just flip the fuck out, and they don't like being THAT out of control.
So, I have to micro step it.
Like, the first time she sees me, she might "regress" into some strange past like state, so the way she "briefly spots" me is important. And as small as that seems, for me its hugely important because if she starts on the wrong foot, she will fuck up every consecutive choice. Then the next micro step might be "how she feels me out", so it might be her kind of hovering her gaze, and if I am just static and ignorant she is gonna make assumptions, so I have to have a few ways I hold myself so that I intruige her or make her patiently wait for the truth (rather than judge me and start auto rejecting herself). The next micro step might be as she adjusts herself or as she scans the room for me (assuming I walked off or was lost in the crowd), this is when she is looking to see if I will recognise her or validate her presence, and if I play this too abrupt she will "pop" and she will sort of give up and go limp, so I need to, be very grazing with my touching looks at her, so that she doesn't get all her info at once but is genuinely turned on a bit.
This kind of "smelling him out" process is something dudes generally totally avoid. But if I was to walk in, it will totally blow her mind or ruin it, so I take lots of tiny steps until it seems very natural for her, and she feels very ready to meet me.
Keeping super low key like that is where advanced game goes. Otherwise chicks get super confused.
So I kind of warm it up from a distance so that this girl will be like "hey I was noticing you, you are a really interesting guy, I like what I saw", and then I'm like "yeah you look like a nice girl too, would you like to come with me, and blah blah blah".
Until I get those girls into a place where they sort of confront their fear or anxiety of me I don't go too direct and that helps get that kind of fruitful attitude from the girl rather than them shutting down, and they will progress things rather than make me do all the work whilst they stand their jaw agape.
Hot girls need that especially.
So, I usually find that I can't approach the girl directly, as it is often not something you can plow you way into.
My point is, that there is more sensitive stuff like that ahead, rather than trumpetting your way up to her etc, and also it is waaaaaay harder to do these tiny things than you would imagine, cuz for one thing you need to think fast, have a great memory and do it all second nature.
"Hovering" isn't merely a skilless thing, there is as much nuance to it as the nuances to touch. And just like grabbing a girl early in foreplay shows that you are a newb, the same thing applies in the introduction. The more you "mature" the introduction, the more pure the sync you get with the girl, and the more pure the sync the more you have to know precisely how to lead her. The same is true of sex of course, and the more you remove that go for the kill yet retain high arousal the more finely tuned it becomes and the more you can do with the little things.
Anyways, the finer the foreplay of the approach, the less immediately direct it is, and the less trance inducing (which is good because clarity helps her make logistical adjustments that can help you).
And if you keep this preapproach forplay crisp enough, you can actually get a girl to follow you because she naturally is curious and wants to, and when you are doing that, approaching is almost unnecessary because her attraction is so mutual that you guys just sync up as you meet and where you go, she goes.
Thats crazy nuanced though. My only point is the excrutiating detail :P
Because you actually don't "directly" approach at all when you are being skillful.
Like ij says, he mingles, and the girls get swept up into that, rather than him having a "balls out" approach he just responds to her presence when he notices her smelling him out.