1. Buy a speed cube.
In case you do not know what a speed cube is, long story short, it is basically an original Rubik’s Cube that has more durable stickers and smoother faster turning. It also has corner cutting and an anti-popping mechanism to keep it together. These are higher quality puzzles that can be acquired for wide varieties of prices ranging from prices of $4 USD to $80 USD. If you are wishing to solve a Rubik’s cube under 10 seconds, I wouldn’t bother spending more than $10 considering that cheaper ones are just fine and are not at all terrible.
2. Watch a video tutorial.
There are wide varieties of different video tutorials from different content creators spread throughout YouTube about solving Rubik’s cube. If you search the Internet, you may also find many online tutorials in an article form. My recommendation is to watch a video tutorial because it gives you the freedom to see the puzzle with several different angles, keep track of the cube, and copy the moves that they’re doing in the video. Also, if you forget an imperative sequence of moves that are used to solve you can go back to the video, and watch it over again until it gets glued to your mind, and sticks like a magnetic to your muscle memory. Some of the tutorials that are of the most terrific quality, but they make solving the iconic puzzle straightforward. I recommend a tutorial on the TheCubicle.us called “How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube: An Easy Tutorial.” I also recommend Noah Richardsons tutorial and RedKB’s tutorial, which are not as good, but still are good. If you wish to follow the advice of many world class Rubik’s Cube Solvers (and mine) watch these videos. I wish you the most brilliant of luck with it!
3. Learn Fingertricks.
This tip is simple, yet challenging. You must learn to manipulate the three dimensional cube with your fingertips rather than your wrists. When I learned this tip my times dropped dramatically. Limiting yourself to just using your fingers decreases the number of times you regrip the puzzle, and regripping takes up many valuable seconds.
4. Find the perfect turning speed.
Most people follow the myth that the faster you turn the puzzle the faster you will be, but this is actually wrong. When you solve too quickly you won’t be able to keep track of the pieces, which results in hated long pauses. But, if you turn too slow you won’t be able to be fast enough. So, you should try to discover the perfect speed with lots upon lots of trial and error.
5. Practice your Finger Tricks.
Knowing how to execute finger tricks is one thing, but knowing the best and most efficient ways is another. If you know the best ways to perform your algorithms your times will drop even more.