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The Solve Critique Thread

soldii3runit

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3x3 Solves. Please Critique


I was nervous. Any suggestions that can help me get better would be great.
 
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soldii3runit

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O never saw that thread. I'll put my next one in there. For some reason, that is the best angle I can get. I don't know how to get a better one.
 

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lol Im broke now after buying this 80$$ camera. But I guess I just found my new angle... But you will not guess where I had to hang my camera to get the angle :S Right now, it is dangling from my ceiling fan... I am making a just for fun solves video to see how you guys like it.
 

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Here we go, first new angle video. You can criticize if you want. Wouldn't hurt. Most of this solves were rushed anyway.

I should of zoomed alittle more :S

4:10 Last solve is the only real solve. The rest are rushed.
 
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Here we go, first new angle video. You can criticize if you want. Wouldn't hurt. Most of this solves were rushed anyway.
Didn't watch the entire video.
Your algorithm execution is fast.
It looks like you're pausing a lot with the cross + 1F2L. Work on solving the cross in one look. This usually requires you to plan ahead your moves before you execute them. Try and solve the cross in the optimal number of moves if possible. (I think it's 8 moves max) Also work on look ahead. A good way to practice this is to use a metronome to set your TPS. When solving you should always look at other parts of the cube for easier F2l cases/ better recognition for the next step. You can read more about practicing look ahead in Macky's website and there are also numerous excellent threads on SS.
 

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Thanks for your help.

My F2l is 90% intuitive.

I do notice my cross + Cross to F2l Transition is horrible. Do you think that if I can solve the cross blind and 1st pair blind at the same time that can help ? or is just solving the cross blind good enough it self? I do use the metronome alot while trying to solve F2l blind, I keep it at 40 - 90 bpm. Im looking at the website now.
 
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Thanks for your help.

My F2l is 90% intuitive.

I do notice my cross + Cross to F2l Transition is horrible. Do you think that if I can solve the cross blind and 1st pair blind at the same time that can help ? or is just solving the cross blind good enough it self? I do use the metronome alot while trying to solve F2l blind, I keep it at 40 - 90 bpm. Im looking at the website now.
Once you can solve the cross blind, never look at the cross pieces when solving ever again and try to track a corner. Eventually move up to predicting where the first pair will end up during inspection but this can be hard to do every solve.
 

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Here we go, first new angle video. You can criticize if you want. Wouldn't hurt. Most of this solves were rushed anyway.

I should of zoomed alittle more :S

Last solve is the only real solve. The rest are rushed.
Well the most obvious thing to point out is that your recognition is slow. Your algorithm execution is AMAZING, though, in my opinion. Maybe slow down your TPS during F2L and focus more on the look ahead. It's apparent that you know all your F2L cases well enough that you are able to look around the cube while executing them, so make sure you do so.

As for me, I'll probably post a video later for some tips, but I think I know what people will say. My F2L recognition is lacking. I can't turn fast (I used to be better about that, but after such a long break my fingers stopped working.) My cube sucks and pops all the time. Also, I need to learn more OLL's and practice alg execution, but that's no fun.
So I'll post a video maybe tomorrow.
 

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Here we go, first new angle video. You can criticize if you want. Wouldn't hurt. Most of this solves were rushed anyway.

I should of zoomed alittle more :S

Last solve is the only real solve. The rest are rushed.
You turn fast, and your algs are fine, so I recommend trying the following. It's a copy+paste of one of my old posts, but with some corrections and additions:

Do solves where you have your eyes closed during the cross, then open them and look for the first pair. Close your eyes and solve the pair, open and look for the second, etc., then do your LL normally. See if your times are much slower. If you're looking ahead while turning at all, they should be slower because you have your eyes closed. If your times are about the same, then that means you're barely looking ahead at all.

Being good at looking ahead and being good and finding the next pair are separate things. Being really good at looking ahead means you are starting to look for the next pair the moment you start solving the current one. Being really good at finding the next pair means as soon as you start looking, you see it.

So, two scenarios:

1. Really good look ahead, terrible at finding the pair. This can result in huge pauses between pairs, even with really good look ahead. The "looking ahead" happens as soon as the current pair solve is started, but it takes longer to find the next pair than it takes to solve the current one due to poor ability to find the next pair.

2. Really good pair finding, terrible look ahead. This can actually results in much shorter pauses, because even though the look ahead only starts when the current pair is complete, the next pair is found immediately.

I think scenario two is the one that most people naturally end up with. This is because no ones starts CFOP with knowledge of every F2L case, and therefore needs to watch and think about it as they're doing them. Then, they look for the next pair. So, not only does the habit of focusing on their current pair become very strong, but they're only practicing pair finding when the cube isn't turning. I say habit because even once a person is familiar enough with F2L no not have to focus on the current pair, they will still tend to.

My tip now would be that, since you are clearly at a point where your hands just know how to solve each case, do a lot of solves with this process:

1. Inspect cross, look for a corner edge pair to follow.

2. Start solve and track the pair trying to focus on them as much as possible, and on your cross solve as little as possible. If this is very hard, solve the cross with your eyes closed slowly. When you only have two or three moves left on the cross, open your eyes and find a pair, then track it during those last few moves. Eventually work your way up to tracking throughout the whole cross.

The important thing is that if you do need to focus on the cross moves, do it without looking. If you can do it in your head, then you can do it without looking. Break the habit.

3. As soon as your cross is done and you see where the corner and edge ended up, take note of the color of the pair (the two side colors) and where it's slot is. The idea here is that, ideally, you want to be able to instantly know what to do as soon as you have the bare minimum information to do so. If you have seen the corner and edge, and you know what slot they go in, that's all the information you need.

4. Close your eyes and "feel" the muscle memory while seeing the solution mentally. If you don't know what to do, or you feel your solution isn't good, just look it up and practice it while following the corner and edge to learn the solution, and then practice it with you eyes closed, and then practice it in your head without even touching the cube. The goal is to learn to "feel" the solution without having to either look at the cube or make any moves. This results in being able to feel it coming while tracking pieces, and being able to start execution automatically during look-ahead.

5. Open your eyes and, as soon as you do, start doing what you "felt" in your head, while focusing 100% on looking for another corner and edge pair. Again, this is a matter of breaking free from focusing on what you're currently doing.

6+. Repeat the process for each pair, including the fourth while looking ahead to the OLL as it forms. Do the same for OLL -> PLL if you can do two sided PLL recognition.

The idea behind the process is that you are forcing yourself look ahead while the cube is turning, so you gain practice in finding the pair while it's turning, but you also get yourself into the good habit of "feeling" the next muscle memory instead of focusing on it.

All this helped me break break sub-11 avg5 recently, and since practicing this way (since just barely sub-20) I have yet to experience a plateau or "barrier". I actually turn at about your speed, probably a it slower, I just have almost no pauses at all.
 

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To MattMcConaha:
The advise you gave me, I'm going to use the practice tip that Dominate gave. Thanks all for tips.

My cube is alittle broke. Been like this for the past week and a half. The yellow center cap is broken not to the point of not making the cube usable but right now the cube locks up alot more, corner cutting is reduced, speed has not been affected but the cube feels alot more bumpy on the yellow side. More like wobbly. I'll post a video of what is wrong with it along with a video of one last set of solves.
 

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Critique please!

I have 2 filmed averages of 5
This one was taken in March.
14.38
15.39
13.38
(12.84)
(16.14)
Avg= 14.38
This one was taken today
17.47
15.15
14.61
16.18
16.36
=15.90 second avg of 5

I haven't really taken a break from cubing, but for some reason this week I have slowed down significantly. I have a competition tomorrow so I was practicing but I am not consistently getting sub 15 avgs like I used to. I was wondering if someone could tell me what I really need to work one, even though I need work all around.
Also in the second video I used 2 cubes for the avg. Which do you think suits my style better? The bright sticker cube is a Zhanchi and the standard sticker cube is a Guhong V2.
Also sorry for the blurryness of the second video. My iphone is kinda messed up.
 
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This is a good solve for me for double parity. I haven't been improving.

I have gotten better at 3x3 though:

Average would have been wayy better if there hadn't been a bunch of unfortunate PLLs.

Advice is welcome.

EDIT: Someone should look at samchoochiu's videos. I don't really feel qualified.
 
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Hi guys.

I read through the last page and I would like to give some feedback but everyone on this page is better than me so I really do not have anything to say.

Here is a (kinda slow) 5x5 solve that I did.


What do you guys think I need to work on?

Thanks in advance,

Hunter


-By the way, Noahaha, have you completed your Perplexes Epic?
 
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