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[Help Thread] How should you improve after beginner's method?

Discussion in 'Cubing Help & Questions' started by iShruthi, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. iShruthi

    iShruthi Member

    Apr 22, 2018
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You should usually wait until you're sub-1:00 to start learning CFOP. But around 1 minute you should start solving the cross and the white corners on the bottom. This reduces the double rotation after the first layer. However, I didn't learn corners this way. I usually rotated the cube after the cross to solve the corners. But when you average one minute, you do want to be able to solve the cube without flipping it at all. For hardware, it doesn't matter what cube you use, as long as you're just learning. I myself, started out with a Shengshou Ling Long, which I went through two sets of stickers for, so I just decided to get a Rubik's 2.0. A big downgrade, but I was averaging 1:00 with it. But using a Qiyi Warrior W dropped my times by 15 seconds. (I was still using beginner's method.) I spent too much time with the beginner's method, which didn't show much improvement when I started to learn F2L, but it helped a lot. I learned F2L at sub-50, but learned 4LLL along with it. For F2L, I started by using J Perm's tutorial, then learned more advanced cases on legoboyz3's tutorial. There was a giant gap between these two periods because I learned 4LLL in between, but I managed to get sub 35 with all 3 of these. The key is to practice. I practice a lot of solves per day, which helps a lot. Hope this thread helps you a lot. :D
  2. PapaSmurf

    PapaSmurf Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    Also, just remember that there are other methods than CFOP. ZZ and Roux and more. Learn them and decide which one is the most fun (not necessarily the fastest) and give them all a decent chance.
  3. adimare

    adimare Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Costa Rica
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  4. LeeryLangers

    LeeryLangers Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    I waited until I averaged around 1:20 seconds before learning 4LLL, because I hated beginners last layer, and then ~45 with a 35 second pb before switching to F2L. In my opinion, that was a big mistake. Learning F2L increases cube understanding so much it’s not funny. I’m still pretty inefficient now and rely on lookahead alone to have a good F2L :p, so I’d say learn F2L as soon as you feel like you can handle it.

    I’m not the fastest though. Plenty of others with much more valid opinions.
  5. prakopw

    prakopw Member

    Apr 28, 2018
    I play it in beginner's method many times until my hand can remember movement pattern (solving time approx 1.30) then I learn CFOP and do it many times so it can help me to solve lower than 1 minute. My point is play until you hand can remember solution movement without see it.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
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