5 Tips to solve a Rubik's Cube fasterThese Rubik's Cube tips will help you to significantly improve your solving time of the Rubik's cube, they are generally designated for beginners who use the beginners solving method, but they will help also to more experienced solvers. If you don't know yet how to solve a Rubik's cube or forgot it, here is the How to Solve a Rubix Cube Guide. Let's begin:
Practice, Practice and…Practice. Practicing is the only way to improve your solving time. There is no way around it. Cutting your solving time requires practicing. However, the following tips will make the practicing much more effective. Without them the practicing won't get you that far. Keep in mind that most of these tips will
show their success only after a bit of practicing.
- Get a quality Rubik's Cube. The solving time depends on two things: you and the cube. Let's focus on the other one: A Hard turning cube that stuck all the time will dramatically raise your solving time. Moreover, a quality cube will make the practice much more effective and fun and will allow implementing tricks like fingertricks much more easily and effectively. Read more about how to choose a cube in choose a quality cube article.
- Know the algorithms by heart. Practice until you'll be able to execute the algorithms without thinking about their notation. In order to do this, execute an algorithm couple of times, after some time you'll be able to execute it just with your "hands memory" and without having to think about its notation.
- Look ahead. The solving time splits into two parts: the execution time of an algorithm, and the time it takes until you start executing it (realizing what algorithm to use and from what angle). So in order to cut the 'realizing' time, while executing an algorithm, Instead of watching the pieces being solved, already start to look for the next piece to solve. Slow down a little your execution speed; it will make it easier to find the next piece to solve that way and will be very worthwhile for your solving time. For example take step 3, when solving the middle layer edges: Try to completely avoid looking at the being solved edge piece, start looking for the next edge piece to solve. Eventually you'll success finding it before completing to execute the current algorithm. And that will allow you to start the next algorithm immediately after finishing the previous one without losing time. It won't be easy at first and requires some practice and implementing tip #2, but implementing this tip will drop your solving time a lot! (this tip will be effective majorly in steps 2-3)
- Use fingertricks. This tip is aiming at shortening your execution time. This will be accomplished by using fingertricks. Fingertricks is performing a single move with a single finger instead of the whole hand (although R & L faces are usually being moved by a single finger). The most common finger trick is executing U with the right index finger. Most finger tricks will eventually come naturally with practicing, but being aware of them will shorten this process. However, There are finger tricks that won't come naturally and you'll have to learn them in order to start use them. There is a lot to learn about finger trick, read more in the finger tricks article.
Analyze your solving, this is the best way to find where you can improve your solving and that way keep a continuous time dropping.