The goal for any speed cuber is to achieve their next personal best time and to potentially win in a speed cubing competition. Anyone that is trying to improve naturally goes to finding every method or algorithm that can help shave off a few more seconds, and though it will help, you want to find the area you need to work on the most. How do we do that?

I was in the same boat for some time when I wanted to improve my time, and it was really hard for me until I found a great way to analyze my solves, and I would like to show you the methods that I’ve used to help me maximize my learning experience. Here are a few methods on how to analyze your speed solves.

Time Each Step Separately

A really great way to track how well your speed cubing process is going is to time each step separately (ex.Cross, F2L, OLL, PLL, etc.). Take the time to only practice one set to see how fast you are in each process. If one area seems to be longer than the others, then that might be the area where you need to work on.

There are plenty of timers out there that you can choose from to help you with this process. Some of them can track “laps” so you can just tap as soon as you solve a step while continuing to solve the rest of the cube, or you can find a standard timer that you focus on just one step at a time. The key here is to see the times of each step in your solving process to evaluate your next area to work on.

Grab A Fellow Speed Cuber

If you have a friend or two that know how to speed cube, then they can be great allies in helping you see what you need to work on. They can watch to give some pointers and/or they can time each step to allow you to focus on just solving the cube with no interruptions.

Having a friend watch you can really help you both become better. They’ll see where you are slowest or what may be holding you back from getting faster. And who said you can’t add a little competition every now and then?

Record Yourself

This one is a fairly common practice and for good reason; it is one of the most effective ways to see what you are doing during your speed solves. In the moment, you are focused on solving the cube, so it’s hard to put your attention on something else without sacrificing something.

When you record yourself, you get a really clear picture on what you do during your solve. You’ll see good or bad habits that you didn’t know you had, you’ll see what takes up most of your time, and you’ll see how good your look ahead truly is.

You can also use the slow motion on your phone if it is supported to see things down to fine detail. Take the time to see if there is anything that you can improve on, but don’t be too hard on yourself as you will need plenty of time to practice.

Pattern Recognition

Recognizing patterns and performing algorithms based on their case can vary on the ones you know well and the ones that you are struggling with. It’s a good idea to make some flashcards or find some software that other cubers have created to practice recognition AND execution. You’ll find out pretty quickly how proficient you are in certain areas.

I like to go through a list of patterns that I have either created or found online and go through the algorithms that I know for each case that I look at. I even like to focus on one case at a time and time myself for about 20-30 executions and see where each of my cases stand. If one of them is taking more time than the others, then I either see if I can increase my speed or learn another algorithm that might be better for me to execute.

The best thing you can do is to try each of these out and see what works best for you. You can do all of them too to really pinpoint what you need to work on the most. The important thing is that you work towards the area that you need the most practice on. For most people, it ends up being the cross and/or F2L. That’s not to say that others have to work on something else.

When you can always better your areas of weakness, you will inevitably improve your times with speed solving the cube, and that’s what is what counts.

So what do you do to help you analyze your speed cubing abilities? Do any of the methods we mentioned help you already? Let us know in the comments!