You want a taste of the high-flying, rock and roll lifestyle of the speedcuber. Well here is where your journey begins. This guide takes you through every step of the CFOP speedcubing method. Learning and practising this method can take you all the way to the top of the game - it is used by a lot of the top speedcubers to set world records, including the current staggeringly low time of 4.
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It is the method used by all 3x3 world record holders in the last decade. Make sure you know how to read move notation to follow the tutorials. Step 1. Cross You should have already learned about the cross in the Beginner Method. This video assumes you can already do the cross, and then goes into the fundamentals of making your cross faster, including: solving the cross on the bottom, ignoring the centers, and dealing with specific cases.
With the right practice, the cross can easily be done in less than 5 seconds. Step 2. F2L Instead of solving layer by layer, you can solve 2 layers at the same time. The concepts are harder than the beginner method, but with practice, F2L is much faster than the beginner method. Intuitive F2L means algorithms are not required, and the process should make sense. You can save around 20 moves per solve by using F2L instead of the beginner method.
Step 3. Other algorithms can be memorized by patterns which is a common technique for memorizing algorithms shown in the video. To organize your progress and train the algorithms, use the 2-look OLL algorithm trainer. Step 4. The edge algorithms are quite short and can be memorized visually.
To organize your progress and train the algorithms, use the 2-look PLL algorithm trainer. Advice You should focus on new things to learn, in order to maximize improvement.
It will probably take a few days to properly memorize all of the algorithms. Memorizing too much at once will make you forget them, so try to avoid overlearning. F2L is not that hard to understand at first, but practicing it is where most of your time investment will be. There are many different situations to recognize, and finding 2 pieces at once is definitely a step up. Practice is absolutely key for speedsolving. I know people who know many algorithms and take over 1 minute, as well as people who are sub seconds with the beginner method because of how much they practice.
Next Steps Learn good finger tricks to ensure you have high turning speed potential. There is no set time for when this should happen, but usually people approach this around sub second averages. Good luck!
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