There are many ways to get faster in Rubik's Cube. You can lubricate or modify your cube parts and make faster rotations. However, a crucial aspect is to use more efficient methods that enable you to make fewer moves. If you are a cuber, you would have realized that people from all skill levels have different techniques. For the simplicity of this article, we have separated these tips into different sections for beginners, intermediate and advanced cubers.
1. Beginners: > 60-second average
As a beginner, you can improve your average time pretty easily. Work your way around developing finger tricks and place it where it would be comfortable for you. However, you must be careful to not develop bad habits which will eventually make things harder for you. Take a look at the finger tricks video from Feliks Zemdegs. He has also uploaded a series of finger tricks for beginners on his YouTube channel. You can try to incorporate these into your beginner's method to speed up your solve.
If you keep practising with good techniques, you can easily reduce your solve time. Another important aspect is to become colour neutral. It is easier to do this at a beginner's stage. Once you are ready, you can move on to the next level.
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2. Intermediate: ~15 to 16 seconds Average
A majority of the cubers are in the intermediate stage. This is the phase when you learn the basic CFOP (Cross-F2L-OLL-PLL) method until you are comfortable with F2L (First Two Layers) and know all the OLL (Orientation of the last layer) and PLL (Permute Last Layer) algorithms.
As you learn F2L for the first time, you should learn how to solve it intuitively. Initially, you might notice that F2L is slowing you down, but you need to be patient. With F2L you can model your own solves.
You can perform the F2L with an algorithm:
R’ F R2 U’ R’ U2 F’
1. Rotate the right face counterclockwise
2. Rotate the front face clockwise
3. Rotate the right face clockwise twice
4. Rotate the up face counterclockwise
5. Rotate the right face counterclockwise
6. Rotate the up face clockwise twice
7. Rotate the front face counterclockwise
Watch this video to see how this algorithm falls into place.
Once you have mastered the F2L, you need to move on to OLL and PLL. We would recommend that you aim to learn the PLL first and then the OLL. There are many OLL and PLL algorithms that you can learn. But you must ensure that you learn good algorithms so that you don't have to re-learn them.
Be a part of the speedcubing community – through online forums or attending events. This will give you a different perspective on the world of cubing.
3. Advanced: <~15-second average
Many cubers often finish learning OLL and PLL within the 15-second mark. However, there are so many algorithms and techniques that you must explore. At this stage, you should be open to learning and discovering advanced modules and incorporate other tricks. Consider learning from speedcubers. You can definitely observe their moves and improve yours. A focused practice will help you implement the things you learn.
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As a cuber, do not limit yourself to any particular kind of algorithms or techniques. Explore them all, whether through thorough research or by watching tutorials online. Be patient, even if new moves make you slower. With focus and constant practise, you can get faster at solving a Rubik's Cube!