The opener has a simple purpose – to open a conversation with a girl. Ten years ago, the most common opener would have been “What’s your sign?” a pickup line that now permeates our culture. “I need a female opinion” is quickly becoming the new “what’s your sign?” but it serves its purpose of opening conversation. Anything can be used as an opener, even the universal “Hi”, but there is a purpose to using a longer, more complex opener. The reason that so many people use a pickup line as their opener is because the more complicated openers tend to get the women very involved in the topic, investing enough attention in you to continue conversation.

The routine is similar to the opener but is generally used later on in the interaction. They can be very short or fairly long and can be used to generate laughter, escalate touch or simply cause an emotional spike in the girl. Care must be made to make sure that the routine is dropped at the right moment in the conversation though. For example, saying “Hands of the merchandise, this shit ain’t free y’know” can create a laugh and get some touching going if it is one of the first few times she’s initiating kino with you but if you use it inappropriately, it can make you look weird and socially inept.

There are many schools of thought on pickup lines. Some consider them to be key, using what is known as a “stack” of openers and routines to get a woman. As the lines have all been calibrated to give specific responses, people find that they are getting a lot of attention from women, especially when performed well. However, as pickup becomes more and more mainstream, there is the danger of generic openers and routines catching on amongst women. If you use the same opener on ten different girls in the same club, some are bound to catch on as well.

Others consider natural game far more important, since you essentially have an infinite routine generator in the form of your personality. There is far less chance that you will “run out of things to say”. However, natural game doesn’t give the instant emotional spikes that routines have and can either hit or miss, depending on your skill.

For the most part, I believe that both natural game and pickup lines have their part to play. A solid foundation of inner game lends to having the flexibility and personality needed to maintain long interactions and relationships but sprinkling that with a few tried and tested pickup lines can really get you phenomenal results.

If you’re starting out, pick up lines can give you the confidence to approach women. If you’re more advanced, the lines can be a deadly weapon in your arsenal. Whatever your skill level, don’t simply write off pickup lines. Learn to use them well and you will have a valuable tool that can help you through numerous situations.