I'm finally at the point where I feel really confident and direct open women on the street with relative ease. It took me quite some time, but I'm there. Today I approached three hot women who were about my age or slightly older (22 - 26, I'm 22). I only direct open them, so basically it's like giving a sincere compliment. They all reacted really well.
The last one was almost at the end of my standard route, so I turned back and walked past her again. I didn't look at her at first, but then turned my head towards her and noticed her quickly turning her smiling face away from me. So I knew I made a really good entry and might be able to get to a close if I had made a conversation with her.
So today was a good day because I never approached with such ease before and when I walked back I noticed that HB8 smiling at me. Therefore I felt like it was time to take the next step: to transition beyond opening and have five minute conversations in which I practise the attraction and rapport phases.
Now, there's multiple things I can do. Sasha daygame transitions by asking women if they have boyfriends, but since a false 'no' is so easily placed there I'd rather not use it. I could say like 'let me guess... xx years old and you work as a xx' and take the conversation from there.
What's your take on it, guys? When you go direct, how do you transition? I want to incorporate the cube in the rapport stage when I'll practise closing but want to practise the attraction stage and talking about rapport topics first, just to get used to talking to women I just met that are interested in me.