There are so many different ways to solve the popular 3×3; you can speed solve it, solve it one-handed, or even solve it with your feet (although that might stink a little). One such method of solving is the blind solve, and it tends to be one that a lot of cubers and non-cubers admire.

The thing that scares cubers from attempting it though is the challenge of memorizing so much to be able to solve it without looking. When you think about how much work that goes into learning how to blind solve, it can definitely deter someone from giving it a shot.

That’s why this post is here. I want to give you guys a deeper look into what it takes to blind solve and see if that is a direction that you would be willing to go in.

To be honest, the fun of attempting and the sense of accomplishment that washes over you after successfully solving the 3×3 blindfolded is one of the greatest feelings you could have. There are no words to describe how awesome it feels, but you just have to do it once to truly feel how great it is.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not blind solving is something you should tackle, then read on for the answers you’re looking for, and hopefully you can have some direction.

Should You Learn How To Blind Solve?

Why You Would Want To Learn

Speed cubers are always looking for ways to challenge themselves, and blind solving is one of those things that you could put in that category. If you are looking for something new that you can learn, then you will want to give this a try.

Not only will you learn so much, but you will have a clearer understanding of how the cube works. There are some variables that you will discover as they become very important to know if you are going to solve the cube correctly. Not all of it is applicable to your everyday speed solving, but it can help you see something that you didn’t notice before.

This can go without saying, but blind solving is a lot of fun. You are really testing your ability to memorize the cube and making the 3×3 become a much more challenging feat. If you enjoy the process of becoming a better cuber in many areas, then you will definitely want to take the plunge.

Not only will you learn so much, but you will have a clearer understanding of how the cube works.

Why You Wouldn’t Want To

If you are really working on perfecting the art of speed cubing and trying to reach that next best personal time, then you may not want to add another series of algorithms or methods that you have to learn. It can be hard enough trying to memorize all the algorithms for whatever method you are working on.

Also, if you have too much time in other areas of life and not a lot of time to dedicate to the mastery of blind solving, then you may want to sit out until you do. There is a lot of work and time that has to go into the memorizing section and it wouldn’t be beneficial if you couldn’t practice that effectively.

If You Do Decide To Learn

If you still feel like you should learn how to solve the cube blindfolded, then you are in for a fun ride. It won’t be easy, but it is a lot of fun and the sense of accomplishment is definitely worth it.

There are plenty of methods out there that you can choose from, but the tried and true method that a lot of people still choose for blind solves is the Old Pochmann method. Its use of algorithms used commonly for PLL’s make it easy for the average speed cuber to pick up quickly.

I want to point out that the hardest part isn’t learning the algorithms, but the ability to memorize the cube. It can come across as being unattainable, but you need to just concentrate on getting it down. Don’t worry about how much time you take to memorize. You will get significantly faster over time.

The tried and true method that a lot of people still choose for blind solves is the Old Pochmann method.

Also, don’t assume that you are going to get it figured out right away. Your first attempt at solving the cube blindfolded will more than likely be wrong. My first few were not solved correctly. It was my fourth or fifth try that was finally successful, and I still messed up after that.

If You Decide Not To

Just because you say no now doesn’t mean that you can’t pick it up later. Take the time that you have now and work on what you can. You can always pick up the blind solves in the future.

Focus on what you’re working on to become a better speed cube in other areas, and most of all, have fun. You may be in a better position later because of all the knowledge you learn down the road.

Whatever your choice may be, there are so many great variations of cubing that you can find and conquer. Just enjoy the process and make the most of what you can do. Blind solving is fun, but so is every other cubing challenge that exists. I encourage you to try them all!

Did you or have you already started learning how to blind solve? How was the experience? What other awesome cubing challenges have you done before? Let us know in the comments!