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  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

  Most free throws in two minutes - world record set by Bob Fisher

 BLUE RAPIDS, KA, USA -- Bob Fisher, 52, made 88 basketball free throws in two minutes at Valley Height High School - setting the new world record for the Most successful free throws in two minutes.

   Photo: Coach Bob Fisher (enlarge photo)

  The previous Guinness world record for the Most free throws in two minutes was 68 held by Rick Rosser, of Alabama.

   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 them.

    "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 ( 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.

   To lock in the title of "Fastest Basketball Shooter in the World", Fisher's next goal is the most free throws in 5 minutes.

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