51 sec solve

I guess the F2L practice is starting to pay off.  I just got this 51-second solve, using F2L.  My personal best to date, which means that (on a good day) my F2L times have converged with my Beginner’s Method times.

(cube: recently re-stickered Type F-II; music>: Medeski Martin & Wood playing “Rise Up”)

Still, videos like this one remind me that my pattern recognition and fluidity still need a lot of work.


4 thoughts on “51 sec solve

  1. deadesq February 18, 2012 / 8:36 am

    Okay, notwithstanding my 52 second yesterday, you’ve convinced me to start learning F2L. That just looked too easy. Your last layer is so much faster than mine, so it will take me some time to catch up, but I’m still hanging about 3 weeks behind your progress, so maybe in 3 weeks I’ll be doing 52 seconds with F2L. And you’ll be in the 30s.

  2. Adventures in Cubing February 18, 2012 / 9:39 am

    When you first start doing F2L, you’ll get slower. A lot slower. But then it will start becoming second nature again. I’m at the point where the moves come to me quickly, but I still have to hunt for a second or two for each pair.

    Check out the tutorials I made: https://adventuresincubing.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/tutorial-intuitive-f2l/

    There are plenty of others out there, but I tried to strip out anything extraneous to make these approachable for beginners. They don’t address the more complicated cases, such as some of the stoplights. But the tutorials will get you there on probably 2/3 of the cases.

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