Hi, I've been cubing for quite a while. I actually started around 6 years ago when I was 9~10. However, I only knew the beginner's method with a time of around 1 minute and only solved when I was in front of people. I stopped after a while and only solved my cube every couple of months. A few months ago, I found out that there was a girl who could solve one in the mid 30s in my year. Being the competitive person I am, I bought myself a Guhong v2(after lots of research) and started practising. Unfortunately, I live in New Zealand, so the only lube that was available for me to buy offline was CRC 808. I started solving and got times around 45~55 sec. I realised that in order to get faster, I needed a better method. I decided to learn 4LLL and a couple of extra algorithms. It took me around 4 days to learn 18 and about another week to be able to fluently carry them out. Now I average 31 +/- 3 sec with my PB being 24.47. I've wanted to get down to sub 25, so I tried to learn intuitive f2l, but it's just too hard and there are way too many algorithms the non-intuitive way! I also don't understand how the keyhole method will get my times down. It has less moves, but it's just complicated. Do you have any tips for me? Should I really just try to learn f2l? And can you recommend me and OLL and PLL algorithms that will be good to know? Also, how much will my time go down by after learning algorithmic f2l or full PLL? I can't put as much time into cubing now.

Hey Sungjin,

I'm currently sub 25 with intuitive F2L, 2 look OLL and 2 look PLL but most of my PLL cases are just 1 look straight ahead. I'd say try to learn 2 look OLL. Learn algs for flipping, all edges and flipping 2 edges. Refer to speedsolving wiki if needed.

Practise doing cross to F2L efficiently. Learn look ahead. Try to look for your first F2L pair while you do cross if possible. When doing F2L, if you have trouble with algs, try to learn intuitive F2L if you can. Break up the F2L pair, line them up and insert.

My 2 look OLL algs

For flipping up edges:

4 edges: F R U R' U' F' f R U R' U' f'

2 edges with left and back edges already flipped up: R' U' F' U F R

2 edges with left and right edges already flipped up: F R U R' U' F'

Corners:

Sune: U2 L U' R' U L' U' R

Antisune: U2 R' U L U' R U L'

Double sune: R U R' U R U' R' U R U2 R'

Bruno: R U2 R2 U' R2 U' R2 U2 R

Headlights: R2 D' R U2 R' D R U2 R

Chameleon: r U R' U' L' U R U'

Bowtie: (x) R' U' L' U R U' L U

Try to learn as many PLL algs as you can. I've learnt all except for G perms because they're a pain the a** for me. I'm still working on execution of half of them though, I can recognise and execute about half of them quite quickly and efficiently, other half still to learn. Find algs that suit you and are most comfortable with you. Try to find ones that you can efficiently execute and recognise. You don't have to recognise the algs as shown on the speedsolving wiki, you can learn to recognise them and execute them from a different angle like I have with a few of my algs. If the algs have 'annoying' B turns then adapt them and change them to F turns for example.

With this method I've achieved a PB of 15.81 with full method and 12.34 with a skip.

I hope this helps and I wish you the very best with your cubing.