- Jun 29, 2016
My best average of 5 is 16.6 so perhaps my ruminations are pertinent.I need some help getting sub 15. I've been practicing look ahead and it has improved but nothing really happened. I'm pretty sure it is because of full OLL which i learnt just last week.
I average 16sec:
cross - 1.5
f2l - 6.5
LL - 7
Should I work on improving my last layer or continue with f2l? And how'd I go about improving my last layer?
I have spent the last year focusing on my last layer and every oll and pll is now sub-2, most are a lot closer to one second. I’m now ready to dive in to a year focusing on f2l. It sounds like you have done things the other way round, like most people do.
So, I would say, it is definitely last layer you should now focus on. You could get that down to four seconds, to bring your average down to 12 before thinking about what to do next.
Learning full oll, and learning them all well, is one of the least attractive features of speedcubing for many solvers because the ratio of time committed to reward is one of the least favourable. Consequently, many cubers postpone this indefinitely. Many cubers then rationalise this retrospectively such that “I’m sub-something without full oll so there’s no point in learning it” has become a memetic cliche.
Having taught it to yourself, this is just the beginning of a long journey. Reaching seamless recognition and execution is a long and winding road. I would also recommend knowing a good ten to twenty of them from two angles.
Furthermore, you will also want to learn two-sided pll recognition (if you haven’t yet) and also learn to auf-pll-auf as one algorithm. The crucial part here is arguably the final auf, which you should recognise before starting pll. Again, maybe you have already done this but I find that it doesn’t get much press and that some videos on youtube (by great teachers) represent some of their worst efforts.
And perhaps you already know all of that and it’s just practice and execution required. Given your f2l times, you should be able to get the last layer down to four seconds, no problem.
Good luck, enjoy and take my words lightly as I am nowhere near your f2l standard!