final solve as a 3x3x3

now for the final solve. as there is nearly an unlimited number of pages on solving the 3x3 we won't go into great detail about that, below are links to pages that have good methods, and we provide some tips regarding the physical aspects of solving the big cube like a 3x3.


now the main thing is to be patient, rushing will just lock the cube up, and create more problems, especially since if something goes wrong when solving a 5x5x5 it usually goes really, really wrong, setting you back many steps.

you've practiced your finger tricks and it will be very hard to not apply them to the professor, but honestly using more wrist twisting is the way to go. its accurate, reasonably quick, and nearly guarantees no nasty mistakes. finger tricks are sure possible, though, i find the ones that involve my thumb work out well on professor, but some others usually result in a lockup, be sure to experiment with what your personal limits are here.

holding the inside corners as opposed the exact center like a 3x3, holding these inside corners ensures that no accidental deep layer turns happen, which can be disasterous for the solve, as well as stop those annoying inside corner twists.

Lars Petrus' page

Shotaro "Macky" Makisumi's page

Master Katsu's page

Lars Vandenbergh's page

Ron van Bruchem's page

these pages are made by the best of the best, these represent almost all the well known solving methods as well as some lesser known ones. there are many, many pages for the 3x3 so be sure to find a method and algorithms that suit your style best. What is right for one solver might not be (and probably isn't) what's best for you.

so enough's some videos of frank morris, one of the leading 5x5x5 solvers in the world, and a current world record average holder with a blazing 1:47.40 single solve and a 1:58.66 average,

download some of frank's solves by clicking here

final solve progress gauge
master final solve <30 seconds you have your 3x3 method mastered and regularly achieve sub-20 averages with a 3x3 cube.
intermediate final solve <45 seconds you have your method down, but solving is slow and clumsy. experiment with what grip and finger techniques work for you.
beginner final solve 45+ seconds you either need to work on the 3x3 solve method you use, or you just need time to get used to using a bigger cube. be sure to not rush and let the speed come naturally through fast recognition and a good method.

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