Tired of bad free throw shooting in the NBA? Me, too. It stretches the games out too long and often puts the best players on the bench when we’d rather see them play. And because of Hack-a-Shaq, sometimes players get injured in the rush to foul them and get them to the free throw line. It’s time to fix free throw shooting, at all levels of the game, once and for all.
To paraphrase Mark Twain’s quote about the weather, everybody talks about bad free throw shooting but nobody does anything about it. I’m here to change that. Not only can I do something about bad free throw shooting, I already have. But I did it before Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, so most people don’t know about my work or its results. And bad free throw shooting continues when it doesn’t have to. An assist from you will help NBA players make their free throws.
“Last year, Matt Watts was a 40% free throw shooter…He’s now hit 25 out of 28 [89%] in WAC play, so the influence of Art Rondeau has done him a lot of good.” – Bob Carpenter, announcer, ESPN’s Big Monday ESPN Television (2/18/99)
Because of a number of unique experiences, while I was playing basketball in high school I discovered the actual problems that cause most missed free throws, problems that are very different than what basketball folk lore mistakenly thinks causes all the bricks. After developing a program to fix the actual problems and getting chronically-bad high school free throw shooters to quickly shoot over 70% from the line, I began working with NCAA players in 1989 and worked with my first NBA player in 1999.
“[Knicks center] Chris Dudley, who once missed 19 free throws in a row, made 4-of-4 in Thursday’s 86-78 loss to the Magic to extend his made streak to nine. Having worked with another shooting coach, Art Rondeau, during the summer, Dudley is shooting without a hitch in his stroke and says he feels good. “I feel confident up there. I feel comfortable.” Bergen (NJ) Record (3/19/99)
Every player I’ve ever worked with has improved quickly and dramatically from the free throw line – NBA, NCAA men and women, high school girls and boys. On my program, terrible free throw shooters become very good free throw shooters and excellent free throw shooters become outstanding. And it’s never taken me more than two weeks to turn a bad free throw shooter around.
“Rondeau had developed a reputation for helping out free throw shooters after turning (Rhode Island College’s Troy) Smith from a 59 percent to an 80 percent foul shooter in about two weeks, then helping (Providence College’s Dickey) Simpkins and (Michael) Smith improve their shooting from the charity stripe to about 75 percent, including key shots in upsets over Boston College and Georgetown in 1993. [Rick Barnes, then] PC Coach…wrote Rondeau a glowing letter of recommendation at the time.” Pawtucket (RI) Times (12/17/02)
Had my clients’ successes taken place in the bright light of today’s social media, we’d be well on our way to having all NBA players shoot lights out from the free throw line. Instead, erroneous “solutions” that never actually make players shoot any better are still prolific throughout all elite levels of basketball.
Since my free throw program is based on physics, biomechanics, and psychology and has a lot to do with what’s happening with a player’s body and mind before he even starts to shoot, any solution that begins with “change the player’s shooting mechanics” is pretty much doomed to fail. Changing a player’s mechanics should be the last resort, not the first. In fact, changing a player’s mechanics often makes things worse, not better. That’s not my opinion, that’s a proven fact. My unique knowledge and solutions are why my program works, and works quickly, when so many other programs fail. And it’s time that my program becomes more widely used so that bad free throw shooting gets fixed, not coached around for another few seasons.
“Art’s knowledge of the problems that big men have when shooting free throws is extensive…The improvement in free throw shooting directly contributed to two of our four upsets of Top 25 ranked teams…” Rick Barnes, (former) Providence College Head Coach (3/25/93)
In order to get my free throw program out there in book and video form, publicize it, perform a verifiable study, and get that program used throughout the NBA and NCAA, I’m looking for some funding. Please take a look at my GoFundMe page, share the link with your friends, and donate if you can.
Let’s make this past season the last season that free throw shooters are helpless to fix their problems at the line. Let’s make this next season the first season that we actually look forward to some of the best athletes on the planet taking, and making, their free throws. In an age of advanced analytics, it’s now possible to get an assist on an NBA free throw. Click here to get yours. Thanks for reading this and for any assistance you’re able to provide.