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ETH23

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Ok, that is great!

What cube are you using? If you have something old, like a Zhanchi getting a new GOOD cube can get you sub 20 in a few hours/days. You probably need one anyway.

A great spot to start learning and improving is CubeSkills.com I would start with the Intermediate F2L and Cross: https://www.cubeskills.com/categories/3x3
Actually, I just got a new MoYu Aolong. (My picture lol)
 

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Are you color neutral? If not, at least try to do x2 color neutral (white and yellow cross) as that can decrease your times fairly quick.
First solve, you had quite a few pauses, especially on the last pair. For the last layer, the 2-look you used is fine, though I would recommend if you do 2LOLL that you go through and learn after you do your EO, that you learn what OCLL you get after it so that you can get a little faster at that. For PLL, 2 sided recognition would have helped here. Overall, turn a little slower to look-ahead, and make sure you can solve your pairs blind.

Second solve, cross was efficient, granted it was easy. For the first pair, I would have done the one with the corner solved in a keyhole-style, with a D move insert edge, D' or something along those lines. If you don't know keyhole, learn it, it is really nice for some cases. Your move efficiency wasn't the greatest, but wasn't the worst, so if you could work on that, while looking ahead, by doing slow solves and making sure you are solving things as efficiently as possible, while also making your moves finger trick friendly. OLL, you recognized decent speed, and PLL, again, two sided recognition will help.

Hopefully this will suffice from me, if you have any questions, let me know.
 

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The main thing on getting sub 20 is to know your f2l cases very well so that you can do them without looking at them, then once you can do that you want to start out turning as slow as necessary in order to have no pauses, and slowly increase your turn speed over time, so your look ahead gets better. A big thing also is to have more efficient f2l and a good place to find efficient algorithms for that is http://algdb.net/Set/F2L , you should mainly focus on the ones where a corner or edge is already in the slot, or the cases where they're next to each other but not oriented correctly. A good cube is not that necessary for getting good times, and neither is color neutrality. Lucas Etter is not color neutral at all, and he holds the NAR average of 6.89, and used to hold the world record single of 4.90. Focusing on F2L is the main thing, as it is the longest step, getting better at last layer will just come with practice. You also want to make sure that you're planning out your cross in inspection so you can also do that without looking. This will allow you to look ahead to your first pair, so there's isn't a huge pause in between cross and f2l.

Good luck!
 

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So, I started learning Roux 2 or 3 days ago, and I am considering switching from CFOP to either ZZ or Roux. I've been busy, so I haven't learned the LSE step. I think I am learning quickly with this method, but I just want some Roux experts out there to give a few pointers, catch maybe some bad ZZ or CFOP habits, and help with the block building! I use Orange and Red opposite, so that might throw just about everyone off. I did 5 example solves minus the LSE.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoC9Dri4pcJOxoozoii8MkVSQ6GSJmC4C
 

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The big thing is you're trying too hard to turn really quickly. Surprisingly, this is a bad thing, because it means you then have to do a frantic search for your next pieces. Calm down, turn slower, and concentrate on seeing what you need to do next.

The second thing is that you rotate the cube alot. Every time you rotate, you have to reposition your fingers which wastes time. It may feel fast, but trust me, it's not. Try practising inserting F2L pieces from every angle.
 

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Im stuck in between 37-59 second times. i need help getting past that 39-59 mark. He are some solves. I use a i 3x3 any tips? Here the video:
I would try to slow down and turn softly. Also I would learn how to finger trick your algorithms, also learn Last Layer algs from Alg.db and Cyotheking.com. Hope it helps.
 

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Just got Sub 20, Quickly went averaging low 18s... how do I start getting towards sub-15?
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I am not sub 15 by any means, so take that info in. While I was watching you, I saw a few things you may be able to improve on. During F2l You rotate quite a bit, I would try to learn how to pair and insert from different angles. Also make sure to do the right rotation, I would try to rotate so you insert into the back, So that you have open slots facing you. Do like a Y not Y’. In PLL instead of doing a rotation do a U or U’ move. Then move the opposite move after PLL. Hope it helps.
 

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Would someone that's good at 2x2 please help me work on my layer building skills. I know most of CLL, but need to work on layers. If I need to do more I will be more than willing too. These are pretty good layers for me. Thanks a million.

R' F U' R U2 F U2 F U2
My layer is, Y2, F2, U', R,U,R'

U R U2 F R F2 U' R2 U'
My layer is, X, Y, U, R', U',R, U', B2, R2,

R U2 F2 U2 F U R2 F' R
My layer is, X', Y', B', U2, R2, U, R2

R U2 F2 U2 F U R2 F' R
My layer is, Z, Y', R2, U2, R,U,R'

R' U2 R F' U2 F' R F' U'
My solution is, X2, Y', U2, R, U', R'
 
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