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How to be sub 20

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How i averaged sub 20- (currently sub 11)
Get a good speedcube
Learn full PLL and make sure they're good algs (Algdb.net and cubeskills.com have good algs)
learn 2 look oll and some easy oll cases (full oll is NOT required to be sub 20. I average less than a second slower using 2 look oll rather than full oll when I speedsolve. 10.8 full oll and 11.7 or so using 2 look.)
Be efficient. The top speedcubers average ~60 moves per solve. (watch lots of example solves and many different f2l cases from different angles. Even learn edge orientation if you want to.)
Look ahead. Smooth f2l is MUCH better than spamming tps. Dont just slow down f2l, but look ahead so you have no pauses.
have a good cross. Your cross should be 7 moves or less and you should be able to do it blindfolded.
Build x crosses or plan out an f2l pair during inspection. This will greatly benefit your cross to f2l transition.
Have decent tps. A 60 move solution with 5 tps will yeild a 12 second solve.
Do all of this and not only can you be sub 20, but you can be sub 10 or faster.
So cfop biased guide :(
 
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ok, I think this would be a good way to start the intermediate place so here we go!
First off I'll be talking mainly about the fridrich method. if you know another method, stay here as it will likely be beneficial anyway. So here we go!

step 1: Use the search bar for stuff (seriously) :)

ok so with fridrich you will want to know all/most PLL and you should be using 2LOLL. Seriously speaking, you can get through PLL and 2LOLL in a month. 1+ alg a day isn't hard to remember so just get it done. But please this is very important:

GET GOOD ALGS

Seriously without good algs there is not point learning it so take your time. go though EVERY alg in the speedsolving wiki and find the best to suit you finger trick.

you will want to know a form of F2L which is quick (I'll talk about Fridich here sorry other users but keep using your methods ;)) so I don't want to see any LBL. You will need to know at least keyhole otherwise intuitive F2l (highly recommend) or alg F2L (don't recommend).
Now that you have your stuff down we can get to the important parts :D

*** apply concepts from this to other methods ***
eg. 2x2x2 block = cross etc.​

So first our cross. You want it to be about 6-7 moves on average so think about inserting several pieces at the same time using more complex thinking. But in saying that you also want to keep it finger trick friendly so:
8 move finger tricky > 6 move non-finger tricky

A very handy thing to practice is doing the cross blindfolded (I am dead serious, I REALLY recommend practicing this as the results will come very quickly. The purpose of doing this is so you know the whole cross in your head as you are doing it, thus meaning you need not look at it while solving and can concentrate on the next F2L pair. This helps a ton!!!

Next thing. While doing F2L you want to constantly be looking for the next pair. NEVER think about the pair you are doing at the moment as you should of figured it all out all ready from looking ahead in the stage before. Continuous flow > speedy, stop, speedy, stop.

Track pieces. When I am doing F2L I am constantly checking out pieces and their relative partner (eg. corner-edge). Another trick is to memorize where some of the pieces are so you can be ready to use them later.

That's about it for F2L. Just keep practicing. The rest of the solve is just relying on fast algs and good recognition. This should slow down the constant flow of " how can I be sub 20" threads :p

Also, one last thing. I think that these are the most important steps in achieving sub 20:
Slow down while doing you first 2 layers and look ahead (meaning tracking other pieces.)
Get good LL algs (cos if you don't, you'll regret it)
Practise your LL algs (figure out perfect finger tricks and DRILL)
Don't look at the cross while doing it (have it planned out)



PS. you may want a DIY as they help a bit.
Thx it would help me a lot
 

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I need help with cross to f2l transition. if i can get my cross to f2l transition better and drill some ll algs i can become sub 20.

here are my splits : cross - 6 seconds (akward pause for like 3 or so seconds) f2l - 10 seconds oll - 3.5 seconds pll - 3.5 seconds
 
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I am using intuitive f2l with a few algorithms, 2 look OLL and 1 look PLL. I can usually finish the first 2 layers in around 15 seconds, and my average solve time is 25-27 seconds. Please tell me how I can improve my times to be sub 20!
 
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https://www.speedsolving.com/forum/threads/how-to-get-faster-using-the-fridrich-cfop-method.6085/
There's literally a how to be sub-20 thread somewhere but I don't feel like finding it right now.
E: found it
https://www.speedsolving.com/forum/threads/how-to-be-sub-20.14009/

I guess splits could be like this:
Cross:2
F2L pair: 2.25
F2L pair: 2.25
F2L pair: 2.25
F2L pair: 2.25
Edge OLL:2
Corner OLL:2
PLL:2

Make sure to drill your LL algs; just repeat them over and over so you can execute them in around 1.5 sec. It looks like they could use some work if you're done with F2L at 15 but finish ten seconds later.

Also just do a ton of solves.
 
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https://www.speedsolving.com/forum/threads/how-to-get-faster-using-the-fridrich-cfop-method.6085/
There's literally a how to be sub-20 thread somewhere but I don't feel like finding it right now.
E: found it
https://www.speedsolving.com/forum/threads/how-to-be-sub-20.14009/

I guess splits could be like this:
Cross:2
F2L pair: 2.25
F2L pair: 2.25
F2L pair: 2.25
F2L pair: 2.25
Edge OLL:2
Corner OLL:2
PLL:2

Make sure to drill your LL algs; just repeat them over and over so you can execute them in around 1.5 sec. It looks like they could use some work if you're done with F2L at 15 but finish ten seconds later.

Also just do a ton of solves.
Oh. Didn't know there was a sub-20 thread... thanks anyway.
 
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take you long to learn how to do ur cross blindfolded? i could place 3 parts but even when looking i cant track the 4th piece ! :(
I would suggest doing untimed solves with unlimited inspection and try to picture out the whole cross and what moves will do what to the 4th piece:)
 
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Does anyone have a list of alternate pll algs because some of them are really not finger trick friendly (e.g. all the g perms)
 
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I use Badmephisto's PLL + OLL (didnt learn even half)
I didnt like F for PLL ([R' U2 R' d'] [R' F'] [R2 U' R' U] [R' F R U' F])
So I looked through Cube Wiki, and found " R' U R U' R2 F' U' F U x R U R' U' R2 B' " Quite nice alg :D and pretty damm nice flow. So, really changing alg helps ..
If you're any good at T perm you can try this one - R' U' F' R U R' U' R' F R2 U' R' U' R U R' U R
 
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