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An obstacle usually refers to a person that is preventing the PUA from closing his target. This can be the BF, a CB, a AMOG/AFOG, or another PUA trying to pick up the same girl at the same time. It is important to identify obstacles correctly early on (they could be allies!) and decide on a game plan to either diffuse them or blow them out.
Sometimes, obstacles can be entities. For example, a moving target/set is naturally an obstacle, as objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and the PUA must break their pattern of movement to stop and start a conversation with a stranger.