maxandcato wrote:ive learned to solve the cube about a month and a half ago and i have lubed it with silicone and broke it in pretty well,and i want to get really fast. so far my fastest is 1min and 37 seconds. are there any methods that i can do to get faster at cubing?
Just break in your cube REALLY well, and, at random times, perform R U U' R' (R U Ui Ri) several times (about 5 min.) Use your full hand to do the R and the Ri, and the finger trick (single-finger 90 degree turn) for the U and Ui.
After you do that for a while, you get really fast at doing the finger trick. Then practice (R U R' U R U2 R' U2)3, using your full hand for Rs, R's and U2s. That's what I did for a couple weeks and it improved my times from ~2min to ~1:15.
Also, if you're using the basic LBL method, two of the algorithms can be improved by one turn, and that means one less edge to fiddle with if it gets stuck. U R U' R' can become F' U' F. U' F' U F can become R U R'. Just that small change saved another 3-5 seconds per solve!