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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062734342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062734341
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Tom Amberry was a podiatrist for 40 years, publishing many articles about various aspects of his profession. On November 15, 1993, following his retirement, Dr. Amberry shot his way into The Guinness Book of Records by sinking 2,750 free throws in a row. Since then he has become internationally known as, in the words of one announcer, "the best free throw shooter ever to touch a basketball." Dr. Amberry travels constantly, teaches shooting clinics and makes frequent radio and TV appearances. He has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, ESPN, Dateling, Day One, The Late Show with David Letterman, NBA Inside Stuff, and ABCs World News Tonight. On his college basketball team, Tom Amberry was twice the nation's high scorer. He was an All-American two years in a row, turning down a two-year, no-cut contract with the Lakers to pursue a career in medicine.

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I read the book with great pleasure.
Geert Lowet
This is a great book for both coaches and players in a skill that desperately needs improvement today!
Kevin Sivils - KCS Basketball Enterprises
She has had an improvement in her free throws!!!
Kellie Polenz

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wsimmons@surfshop.net on July 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dr. Tom Amberry and Philip Reed have provided us with the key to success at free throw shooting. This book is easy to read - I provided it to middle and junior high school boys at my basketball camp. The text is concise and enjoyable, filled with important lessons that can help in basketball and in life. Dr. Amberry teaches us how to focus and concentrate on the process not the results. This is something that is important to players, coaches, and to each of us in our lives. For those that need additional support, Dr. Amberry's video "Make Every Free Throw" provides his lessons in an excellent visual format. As a coach and teacher, I would and do highly recommend "Free Throw" to everyone. It is the most influential book in my coaching career. Not only do his ideas make sense- they work!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JAMES H. LISTER on October 13, 2002
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Dr. Tom Amberry has written one of the best books on the psychological and physical mechanics analysis of basketball free throw shooting. Unlike some instructors he doesn't over-intellectualize the free throw shot: which creates the impairment of "analysis paralysis".
He was in his seventies when he originally sank 2,750 consecutive free throws. Considering the fact that this was achieved at such an advanced age this has to be rated as one of the greatest athletic feats of all time.
I personally know Tom Amberry and I must confess to you that his story has greatly inspired me. I perform my own basketball shooting exhibition shows and Tom's sagely shooting advice has improved my own shooting skills.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
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What an unbelievable accomplishment! This is a great book for anybody who has ever tried to make a free throw. Forget what any coach ever told you about how to make free throws--any other method is a waste of time. Anybody who can do something for 12 hours and not make one mistake is somebody that is worth copying. Even if he missed a lot, the physical act of doing deep knee bends for 12 hours at age 71 is something that Jack LaLanne would be proud of! I bought the book and I have given Dr. Amberry's approach a serious try. My percentage has improved to over 90% for my last 1000 attempts, this week I made 97 out of 100. This book is priceless-see for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eamon S on February 8, 2014
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Lovely story of setting the Guinness Book of Records for consecutive free throw shooting; a great technical description of shooting a foul shot and lots of mental lessons to take away for life in general. My only problem was that it was 80 pages of text. Hard to get my fourteen year old to buy-in. A couple of pictures of the author with some College or NBA stars would have earned it the fifth star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By en on March 23, 2013
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A friend loaned me this book to read to try and help my kids. I enjoyed the book and purchased it for my 3 kids to read(2 boys, 1 girl), all basketball players since 5 yrs old and all played/playing high school ball. But they wouldn't read the book even though their respective free throw percentages have not been good. Probably would be best for very young players or players first starting to play basketball. Or maybe kids who listen to their dads (LOL).

The steps outlined in this book are very simple. Anyone can follow the steps and improve their free throw shooting.

Would suggest that a high school freshmen basketball coach require his (her) team to read this book and if any player's free throw percentage dropped below 50% they would be required to follow the technique developed by Dr. Amberry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janell on September 20, 2012
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Very informative - easy to follow for both a beginner and for a more advanced shooter. Both types of players can improve by the instructions in this book. Husband increased PR by 20% in two weeks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Sivils - KCS Basketball Enterprises on October 28, 2009
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Free throws and lay-ups win basketball games! It is that simple!

Tom Amberry holds world records for shooting free throws and shares how he did it in his book. Most products I have seen on the skill of shooting a basketball focus purely on the technique or skill of shooting a free throw.

Amberry covers this information as well as concepts often not covered by other shooting gurus. Some of his other chapters in the book cover topics such as the value of free throws in a game, the mental aspects of shooting free throws successfully, how to practice, how to trouble shoot your own shooting technique, how to use goal setting to improve as a shooter and other topics as well.

This is a great book for both coaches and players in a skill that desperately needs improvement today!

Kevin Sivils - author of Game Strategy and Tactics for Basketball: Bench Coaching for Success
Game Strategies and Tactics for Basketball: Bench Coaching for Success
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This book has been enjoyed by my daughter. She believes life is about basketball:) It is easy and quick reading. Has a lot of food for thought. She has been very excited about it. She has had an improvement in her free throws!!!
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