On November 15, 1993, a 71-year-old man stepped up to the line
in a local gymnasium and sunk 2,750 free throws in a row. He walked
away without a miss -- they were closing the gym and asked him to leave.
This amazing feat, which took 12 hours to accomplish, was witnessed
by 10 people who submitted sworn affidavits to the Guinness Book of
Records. The record was accepted by Guinness and he is now listed as
the greatest free throw shooter of all time.
This remarkable man is Dr. Tom Amberry, known as the "Big Kahuna
of Free Throws."
Dr. Tom, now 81, coaches college and high school players and gives motivational
speeches to national corporations and civic groups. He has had "shoot
outs" against NBA players and has never lost. He has appeared on
many local and national TV shows including "David Letterman"
and "NBC Nightly News."
So, whatís his secret?
"Focus and concentration," says Dr. Tom. "When Iím
shooting a free throw, I donít think of anything else. I am 100%
positive I will make the basket. Never have a negative thought on
the free throw line."
Are there other important aspects to free throw shooting? "Itís
important to have the right mechanics. Once you learn to put your body
in the proper position and shoot correctly, then the rest is mental."
Dr. Tomís method is clearly described in his book Free Throw; 7 Steps
to Success at the Free Throw Line, published by HarperCollins. He has
also produced a 20 minute training video "Make Every Free Throw."
As a college player, Dr. Tom was twice All-American and the nationís
high scorer. His plan to become a professional basketball player was
interrupted by World War II. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy. Later,
he was offered a two-year no-cut contract with the Lakers but turned it
down to become a podiatrist.
Dr. Tom shoots 500 free throws every day in a gym in Orange County, California.
He shoots with a 99.5 percent accuracy.