Allthough i don't FEEL old i AM an old fart compared to most here i think (35 years of age) and it is a known fact that speed decreases with age.
I've been cubing for a little less then a year now i think, and my current pb non lucky is 23.68 but i still can't get my average under 30. (avg is between 30.5 and 34 now) I use friedrich's method, full PLL, 2look OLL and use intuitive F2L.
My cross+F2L is in general between 18 and 24 seconds and i have a couple of questions about my F2L approach because i think that's the area where i can improve most. (correct me if i'm wrong)
When searching for F2L pairs, what's the mental process you go through? What i'm doing so far is this: while i'm turning and i try to go as slow as needed to be able to look ahead i scan for f2l-pairs, when i recognize either an edge or a corner i start searching for the corresponding part.
Would it be faster to always first search an edge and then find the corresponding corner (because the white makes them stand out more)
Metronome practice. When i'm solving to the speed of a metronome i very often feel like i could go much faster but setting the metronome speed higher doesn't work because there is allways one moment where i DO need the time. So while practicing i keep with the beat. But while solving to a clock, i'm quite sure i'm rushing to the next pair only slowing down in time to not screw my lookahead. Would it end up being faster to keep going slow, even though you allready see the next pair, or even the next 2 pairs?
I know this has been discussed in depth over and over again and there is no real consensus about it but i am wondering if learning some algorithms for the harder f2l cases would help. I currently do everything intuitivelly and the argument about less moves when using an algorithm does seem valid.
Which F2L algorithms did you learn?
Well, a lot off questions, i hope to hear from some oldies saying "I'm 50 years old and have a sub 20 average" :-)