This is Fisher's second world record in
two months after he set the most free throws in one minute
with 50 on January 9, 2010. Both records were set at Valley
Heights High School in Blue Rapids, Kansas where Fisher served
as a shooting coach this past season.
"Bob was looking to break the record to
demonstrate the effectiveness of his methodology," says Ryan
Noel, head girls' basketball coach at Valley Heights High
School. "His studies into shooting have really taken him beyond
what others in the world have been able to figure out."
He did it by calculating the 48 factors that
affect a shot, from the strongest position of his wrist based
on the bucket-carrying angle of his elbow (about 7 degrees
ulnar deviation) to the digit ratio of his index and ring
fingers to determine which of the four release points - and
corresponding hand position - fits best.
"It's all mechanics,'' said Fisher,
who runs Fisher Sharp Shooters from his home on the Kansas
plains. "The reason people struggle with free-throw shooting
is because they're trying to steer the ball into the basket.
That wrist snap in the last .15 of a second, they're deviating,
trying to steer it. That is not a repeatable motion.''
Basketball shooting has long intrigued
Fisher, who is a soil conservation technician by trade, working
the last 22 years out of the USDA's Seneca field office for
the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Problem is, we're human beings, not
robots. Precisely repeating the same motion is impossible,
even for the best shooters. There are just too many variables.
One way to minimize deviations is to take the same approach
to every free throw.
Golfers have routines when they putt or
hit a shot, and a similar tactic works for free-throw shooters,
giving them a way to block out everything else going on around
"It goes back to the consistency aspect
- you want to do the same thing every time you shoot one,''
Sims said. "Doing the same routine every time helps me shoot
the same way every time.''
His efforts even led him to studying anatomy
and how it pertained to shooting. Fisher read books and did
internet searches to learn more on the subject. “I applied
the same approach to physics,” states Fisher. “I know nothing
about physics other than how it pertains to basketball.”
When establishing his formula, Fisher studied
the works of Dr. John Fontanella, a retired physics professor
who authored the book, The Physics of Basketball.
“I found the most natural movement of the
wrist, strongest position of the wrist, the bucket-carrying
angle of the elbow and the strongest position of the shoulder
from these studies. Once I had this information, it was simply
a matter of applying basic trigonometry to determine what
position worked best.”
Fisher also knew he needed to make his
shot as efficient and natural as possible. “I believe the
more natural the movement, the more repeatable it is. Shooting
is as simple as A-squared plus B-squared equals C-squared.”
In 2008 Fisher developed and produced a
video “The Secrets of Shooting” that teaches his theory of
the physics of perfect shooting form per individual.
"Money's never been an issue with me," said
Fisher, who lives about 30 miles east of the school. "Not
that I'm rich, because I'm not. It's always been my hobby
and it's what I enjoy doing, working with kids on their shooting.
I'm far enough away that nobody knows me, and if you get far
enough away from home, you're an expert."
Fisher abides by the quote ‘People may not
believe what you say, but they will believe what you do’.
He looks forward to seeing his name in the 2011 Book of World
Records and by accomplishing this act he says it will add
to the credibility of his approach, which he has termed ‘The
Multiple Method Shooting System’.
In addition to shooting free throws,
Bob Fisher is the CEO/President of Fisher
Sharp Shooters . Fisher is also a founding member
of National Basketball Shooters Association (www.nbsafreethrows.org)
and is a member of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
Fisher is the first to pinpoint four release
methods and finger placement based on the individual rather
than a standard one-size-fits-all approach.
Fisher does not plan to stop at two
world records. He is currently working to set up a fund-raiser
in conjunction with his next attempt to help raise money for
much needed repairs to a gym in his local school district.