Chau Tran and Larry Silverberg, two N.C. State engineers, have come up with some tips for making free throws.
1. The shot needs three hertz of back spin.
That translates to the ball making three complete back-spinning
revolutions before reaching the hoop. Back spin deadens the ball when
it bounces off the rim or backboard, the engineers assert, giving the
ball a better chance of settling through the net.
2. Aim for back of rim.
the rim, leaving close to 5 centimeters — about 2 inches — between the
ball and the back of the rim. According to the simulations, aiming for
the center of the basket decreases the probabilities of a successful
shot by almost 3 percent.
3. Shot must have a 52-degree arc.
horizontal. If you don't have a protractor in your jersey, that means
that the shot should, at the highest point in its arc to the basket, be
less than 2 inches below the top of the backboard.
4. Release point must be high
ground as possible, without adversely affecting the consistency of the
shot; release the ball so it follows the imaginary line joining the
player and the basket; and release the ball with a smooth body motion
to get a consistent release speed.
Well if I'd known it was that easy, I wouldn't have been a 70% (69.46 to be precise) free throw shooter in college.
Is it safe to say anyone who has these calculations running through their mind at the stripe will be worse off?
(Courtesy: Ball Don't Lie)