shoot first bird as fast as you can and still break it, if you see it break you spent too much time on it, first shot is kind of a trick shot,see it through the gun and where it is going to be, you should be moving towards the second bird as you break your first bird, your eyes find second bird and you swing towards it and shoot. Practice, practice, practice. Work on speed drills, miss the first bird in practice occasionally, but not in the program they still count the first bird. I agree the most legal thing you can do with your clothes on!! and the fastest way to go through shotgun shells you ever found! Find ways to slow your mind, control anticipation Any more Q's pm me!
First off shooting doubles gives you twice as many empties to reload and you save your voice! Bring lots of shells! The more you shoot 'em the more you'll like 'em! A good coach will save you a lot of frustration but you'll figure it out. Have fun!!
For the first shot in doubles I hold a level gun on the flight path of the target. When I see the bird come out of the house I pull the trigger. I break the bird about 5 yards out of the house without moving the gun. I use 1 oz of shot and a skeet choke. This technique is called trapping the bird.
There are 2 advantages to using this method. The first is shooting the first bird quickly and moving to the second target while it is still rising and relatively close in. The second is it allows you to adjust the POI of the second barrel of your O/U in order to center your hits on the second target. Having your gun set up to hit the second bird consistently, is probably best way to improve your doubles score. HMB
With a K-80, different hangers at the front of the barrel are employed to change the separation of the barrels.
You can also send a "normal" gun to a barrel-smith to have the POI changed. In some cases, only tube work is needed if you have choke tubes.
Over thinking is the worst thing a good trapshooter can do. A good 16 yard load is a good Doubles load. Some guys use a lighter load and/or smaller shot size for the first shot. Others (like me) use the KISS system and use their 16 yard load.
I am too lazy to set up for another load, and carry a third type of ammo. I just know I will eventually put the "wrong" shell in the wrong barrel - or at least worry about it before calling for the bird.
Pheastmaster pretty well nailed it.
Your desired POI may change depending on how quickly you get to the second bird. Newer shooters typically spend too much time on the first shot and are slower to the second bird. Thus, they may benefit from a lower POI on the second shot. Many good shooters are fast, and use the same POI for both barrels.