Quick Definition: The process of establishing a desired relationship by controlling your effort and action to produce the outcome. A PUA must use calibration to be flexible in his strategy to game the target depending on circumstances rather than sticking to a script.
The concept of calibration extends to all schools of thought in pickup, and beyond into other subjects. Calibration is the ability to determine the appropriate action or response for any given pickup based on experience.
For example, if the HB looks at her phone as soon as you give an opener, you can calibrate by throwing out a false time constraint. Mystery’s BHRR has a deep element of calibration involved in its performance.
Calibration can be achieved by exploring the opposite extremes of an interaction and gradually toning it down to find the optimum level necessary for the particular situation. For example, an aspiring PUA might push physical escalation to the extreme using caveman techniques, until he develops a sense of a woman’s escalation limits and is able to calibrate properly in future sets. Recovering AFCs often need to push their behaviors to the opposite extreme before they are properly calibrated for pickup situations.