When I am driving normally (like 95% of everyone else on the road) it always sucks shifting into second as my car gets the hicups. The only way ive been countering this is my "feathering" a butt load as i slowly give it gas. When i do this i feel like i am riding my clutch to much...
Funny you mention the 1-2 shift. My wife actually laughed at me the first couple of times I did this shift during our demo ride (**lurch**). I actually found that they key to a smooth 1-2 shift is this car is a very slow, LIGHT movement with the stick. Trying to force the shift through the little bit of notchiness in between 1 and 2 only seemed to make it worse. Go light and slow (picture only using your finger tips) and see if that helps.