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I second the comments posted above. Give yourself some time. It takes a little experience to learn timing of clays and also train yourself to look for them. You will get faster on the bird the more you shoot.

Here are a couple of things that helped me acquire targets faster:

Make sure that you are looking beyond the end of your barrel. Once you have the gun shouldered, you should not be looking at the lineup of your beads, but rather out into the field where the bird will appear. The easiest way to do this is pick a spot out beyond the trap house - a bush, rock, bunch of grass, etc.- and focus your eyes on it before you call for the bird. At first, you have to force yourself to do this because the tendency is to watch the beads on your gun. As you do it more, you will automatically focus beyond the traphouse each time you call. If you are looking out beyond the traphouse, your eyes and mind are already on where the bird should be and you will start picking it up much quicker as it leaves the house.

The second thing that helped me is to shoot buddy shoots with someone who has good fast timing on clays. Both shooters take a shot at the same bird and the idea is to be the one to hit it first. You won't hit many at first but you will be training your eyes to find the bird faster than your partner.

Also, shooting doubles will help you find birds faster. Frustrating at first, but after shooting 50 pairs of doubles, you will go back to singles and find you have all the time in the world to hit just one bird coming out. You really don't have any more time, but it seems like you do because you've been training yourself to find and shoot at twice as many birds in the same time span you've been used to shooting just one.

Hope this helps
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