How to get faster at Speed Cubing

This guide has been written with the intention of helping cubers of all ages and abilities reduce their solving times of the standard 3x3 cube. There are many different factors that will contribute to reducing your times, of course, we will go over these one by one and also be on hand to provide any additional help via email at support@kewbz.co.uk.

How does this guide work?

We will focus on different time brackets and give you the best advice for each bracket to hopefully help you get into the next bracket (and so on). It's super important to spend time reading each step and really pushing yourself to do better, remember, practise is key.

Main Factors to consider for any speed cubers

Okay, so before you start to think you’re never going to get quicker, you need to make sure you have decent hardware. If you're new to speed cubing (or cubing as a whole) you may think that a cube is a cube, well, this definitely is not the case. There are so many different brands of cubes floating around the web these days, which one works best for you will be down to personal preference. We can’t say purchase this or purchase that as everybody has different turning styles and different likes/dislikes. However, we can give some great recommendations based on our own knowledge of the cubing world. 

The Following cubes are a great starting point for those beginners cubers looking to get decent hardware from the get go.

MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M U.K. Speed Cube Shop KewbzUK
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M U.K. Speed Cube Shop KewbzUK
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M 3x3 Magnetic Speed Cube - UK Stock - KewbzUK
MoYu WeiLong GTS 3 M Speed Cube - KewbzUK
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
Sculpted WeiLong GTS 3 M 3x3 Magic Cube - UK Stock
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3M 3x3 Magnetic Speed Cube - UK Stock - KewbzUK
Buy WeiLong GTS 3 M Speed Cube - KewbzUK UK Speed Cube shop
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M
MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M

MoYu WeiLong GTS3 M

£26.99
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3
YuXin Little Magic 3x3

YuXin Little Magic 3x3

£6.99
GAN 356 XS Buy online - NEW GAN 3x3 KewbzUK
GAN 356 XS Buy online - NEW GAN 3x3 KewbzUK
Purchase GAN356 XS Stickerless Bright - UK Cube Store KewbzUK
GAN 356 XS Buy Now from KewbzUK. Stickerless Flagship 3x3 by GANCUBE
GAN 356 XS
GAN 356 XS
GAN 356 XS
GAN 356 XS
GAN 356 XS
GAN 356 XS
GAN 356 XS

GAN 356 XS

£49.99
MoYu WeiLong WR M
MoYu WeiLong WR M
MoYu WeiLong WR 3x3x3 SpeedCube Magnetic
MoYu Cube WeiLong WR Without Ridges Speed Cube 3x3x3
MoYu WeiLong WR M
UK Stock - UK Speed Cube Store - WeiLong WR Cube
Stickerless MoYu WeiLong WR Cube KewbzUK - Speed Cube store
MoYu WeiLong WR M
MoYu WeiLong WR M
MoYu WeiLong WR M

MoYu WeiLong WR M

£27.99

MoYu WeiLong WR

£25.99
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3
DaYan TengYun M 3x3

DaYan TengYun M 3x3

£18.99
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M
QiYi Valk 3 Elite M

QiYi Valk 3 Elite M

£37.99

Now you’ve hopefully got a decent cube, the next thing to start looking into is cube lube. This may seem weird and alien to most non-cubers or beginners but this is another major factor of decreasing your times. There are again, plenty of different lubricants specifically manufactured for speed cubing. Some of these are silicone based and some are water based, which you prefer is definitely down to preference again. However, much like the cubes above, we are able to offer some great advice which may help you make that all important decision. 

DNM-37
DNM-37
DNM-37 Speed Cube Lube - Water Based Lubricant - Cubicle Labs - UK Stock at KewbzUK
Buy DNM-37 UK Stock - Speed Cube Lube
DNM-37
DNM-37
DNM-37 Cube Lube - Speed Cube Lubricant UK Stock - KewbzUK
DNM-37

DNM-37

£7.99
Cubicle Labs Mystic Lube
Cubicle Labs Mystic Lube

Cubicle Labs Mystic Lube

£6.49
Angstrom Gravitas
Angstrom Gravitas
Angstrom Gravtias UK Stock - Speed Cube Lube

Angstrom Gravitas

£9.95
Buy Angstrom Dignitas TheCubicle - UK Stock KewbzUK
Buy Angstrom Dignitas TheCubicle - UK Stock KewbzUK
Cubicle Labs Angstrom Dignitas from KewbzUK Speed Cube Lube

Angstrom Dignitas

£9.99
Lubicle Speedy
Lubicle Speedy
Lubicle Speedy

Lubicle Speedy

£7.99

So, now we’ve spoken about Cubes and Lubes the next step is going to be method. What method are you using? There are so many methods out there to solving the 3x3 it's nearly impossible to tell which one you should be using. We would probably all agree that the ‘Beginners’ method is the best one to start on, but you're not reading this because you want to learn, you’re reading this to get faster at solving it. 

Beginners Method

We would recommend starting on this method and maybe start to think about switching or trying a new method when you get to around the 40-50 second mark. Until then this is probably a good method to be using.

CFOP Method

You can start learning the CFOP method at any point but we wouldn’t really recommend it until your fully confident In solving your cube in less than 40-50 seconds as their isn’t much difference between the beginners method and the CFOP method.

Roux Method

Roux is all about block building and using the middle slice to swap pieces around (a bit of a buffer slice, if you will). Many speed cubers also use this method but it’s not as widely used as the CFOP method (especially with beginners).

There are plenty more methods but many of them are simply adaptations and extensions of the ones listed above. Now that we have looked at Methods, Lubes and Cubes, let's look at what you can do, to improve. Simply select the time bracket you fall into below and work through the tips and tricks inside.

1:30 to 2:00
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1:00 to 1:30
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50s to 1:00
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40s to 50s
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30s to 40s
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