F2L is the second step of the Fridrich method for solving the Rubik's cube. In this step 4 F2L pairs are inserted into their correct positions thus completing the first two layers. F2L is an incredibly important step of the Fridrich method that can be done intuitively without the use of algorithms. It takes a while to master, but when you eventually to get into it, it will decrease your times significantly. There are 41 basic cases that you can run into if you only consider a single pair and assume everything else to be solved.
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Thread starter byu Start date Jan 13, I usually average around 40 seconds, but ever since I watched the guide, I haven't gotten a single time under a minute yet. I suspect this is normal, because he said it would make my times worse for a little. But if I want to compete next week at the San Francisco Open, should I keep on working on Badmephisto's method, or should I switch back to my way for F2L until after the competition?
IamWEB Member. Practice, practice, practice. That seriously is a key step for learning Fridrich F2L. Rewatch, rewatch, rewatch. Go over them again and make sure you're not forgetting anything. Tell me, tell me, tell me. How are you doing your first two layers right now? F2L is part of the fridrich method, so if you just learned it today, you have not been using the Fridrich method thus far. I suppose you meant beginner's method? Getting 40 second averages with beginner's method is quite a feat.
F2L takes some time getting into Just take averages using both methods before the competition and decide based on that. After the competition though, stick with F2L. No, I've been using Fridrich, the thing is, I just keep twisting edges and corners until I get one of six or seven possible cases that I know instantly, and I perform it.
It's very inefficient, but it works. Last edited: Jan 13, This is great! I just got a Hm, inconsistent, but interesting. While doing speed solves is great, while learning F2L, try to slow down during a solve and watch what's happening. Find a corner and an edge pair, and work on getting them together correctly.
I spent several minutes trying to explain possibilities, but I can't stay on and struggled to do so. Until tomorrow, I recommend taking badmephisto's advice, and also rewatching his videos. If it helps, find a corner, insert it incorrectly, and then try to line up the edge so that you can form a pair.
If the edge is inverted, put the corner back down, and put the edge in an empty slot somewhere. Take the edge back out the other way if you put the edge in using the F face with the FR slot, take it out using the R face , and trying pairing them again.
Understand what's happening, so that you can do this from all angles. Don't memorize 'FR slot, R Face', just watch and try to understand what's happening. This is how algorithms are eliminated.
Keeping working at it, and there's a Get a look at some of Badmephisto's random tips and tricks. Some are pretty useful, like "corner liberation" and stuff. But, you have to realize, that nothing we say can actually reduce your F2L times dramatically. When it comes to F2L, it's all about practice.
Thanks for all the advice. I will be practicing all day and will see how I do after a few days. Also, it is useful to learn some algorithms for annoying cases. A good intuitive F2L is awesome, but refining your method by including fast algorithms that make your life easier makes it perfect. It is indeed normal that your times will go up at first. Since that is the case, take your time to solve F2L in the beginning, so you can locate your next pair while solving the first one.
Good luck! So, it's two days since I first watched that guide, if I remember correctly. I'm back to my normal average around 40 seconds but no better than that. I guess it's just practice that I need to do now to get my times lower.
Mr Cubism Member. Mr Cubism said:. That's actually not true, ive only gotten 1 10 second solve, my PB. But yeah, it was fun looking over this thread. EDIT: nevermind. Look at the date, this was 4 months ago. You must log in or register to reply here. General Speedcubing Discussion 6 Jan 27, Badmephisto posted a new video! Puzzle Video Gallery 7 May 20, Badmephisto posted a new video!
Badmephisto's Cubing Site is Gone or Not?!?!?!? General Speedcubing Discussion. Jun 5, Aug 27, What happened to badmephisto? Jan 27, Sep 7, May 20,
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FIRST TWO LAYERS (F2L)
I've published many videos on the Rubik's cube. Here is my attempt to order them at least approximately based on when you should watch them, and some helpful links. Name is badmephisto. Once you solve the cube yourself at least once even if you are still looking up the algorithms , check my intro to speedcubing video. If you get all excited at this point, and decide to give speedcubing a try, here are some more useful links:.