Confession: Winning-London does not do double clicks. I can do them, but they don’t agree with me so therefore they never make an appearance in any of my dances.
My main suggestions all involve drilling. If you haven’t watched my ‘heavy shoe practice video,’ watch that for some context of what I’m going to say next. If I’m having trouble with something or have a new sequence or move to master, I amp up my assignment for that particular piece. My normal maintenance assignment for my heavy pieces (when they’re already mastered, I’m just enhancing technique) is 3 hits in 5 attempts. Usually I make 3 in my first 3 or 4 attempts. For new pieces, my assignment might be 7 hits in 10 attempts. That way by the end of a practice, you know you’ve either tried (on each foot) 10x or you’ve been successful 7x on each foot. It keeps your frustration level down while maximizing your work ethic.
For double clicks I find that my feet can’t be as pointed as they would be for a high click in order for me to hit both times. I don’t know whether this is mental, true, or just me, but it’s worth a try!
Thanks for the compliment, I’m so honored, but so sorry I can’t be of more help in this area!
I hope you don’t mind be butting in - I used to be terrible at double clicks, but a few things helped me get them more consistently, they might help the Anonymous asking…
Turnout is KEY. You need to make sure you’re turned right out, so the heels of your shoes are facing each other more and have the best chance of actually contacting! If your feet are straight (even just one), or not turned out enough, you’re going to find that you end up scuffing the leather against each other. Also the more turned out you are, the more prominent the heels, the more likely they are to get a clear click sound without you managing to smash your feet against each other.
I also personally find it’s better to have the feet pointed. If they’re pointed, again the heels are as close to each other/facing each other as much as they can be, so there is more heel surface there to strike against each other. If your feet are square, you’ll find again that its leather making contact or you’ll miss.
As you pass through, you need to be careful that your not making your feet wrap around each other - it’s not like an entrechat/swizzle, but more like a scissor movement. If you’re trying to wrap, you’ll find the heels are basically moving around each other and not contacting. Whereas the scissor movement means they swing right past each other (preferably with a short sharp contact!)
Also - knees straight. If you bend one knee, it brings the heel higher, so it will basically swing through above the other heel. Knees should be locked! This is usually more a problem if your landing the click on the front foot and kicking the butt at the back - some people will pre-empt the butt kick, start bending the knee early and then miss the second click because the feet are out of line.
There’s also the key of having the feet pass close enough together that you get the heel to heel contact, without getting heel to OH-CRAP-THAT-WAS-MY-FOOT-I-CAN’T-WALK type contact. I found that doing the click movement either with chairs for support so I could do it slower helped. OR you can lye on your back with your legs in the air. Both of these allow you to get familiar with the movement as well as how close your legs need to be without being TOOOOO close.
Once you’ve got all that worked out, it’s then a case of working on how far you bring the foot through before snapping back for the second click, so you get the clear rhythmical “click-click”. Some people will snap back too quickly after the first click (not allowing the legs to come through as far) so the clicks are very fast/close together.
Hope that actually helps and makes sense and isn’t too confusing! Maybe a video would be better lol.