Fisher Tapes Show in China

September 20, 2011  Marysville Advocate

by Julie Perry

A trip to Beijing, China, did not net another Guinness Book of World Records entry for Bob Fisher, but it will put him in front of his largest audience next month.
Fisher and wife Connie, Vermillion, were in Beijing, from Aug. 17 to 28 to film an episode on “Zheng Da Zong Yi,” a television show that airs on CCTV and features various Guinness Book of World Records entries. The show is filmed before a studio audience and will air Oct. 7 in China to an audience of 50 million.
“The China trip was amazing,” Bob Fisher said. “I don’t know how many times we used the word unbelievable, but it was a lot.”
Fisher, who was invited earlier this year to appear on the show since he holds nine free-throw shooting records, tried to break his minute mark, but came up seven short with 43 made instead.
“I did not shoot well,” he said.
But it was fun to watch the other acts perform, he said. Among the acts was Canadian Kevin Fast, a Lutheran pastor who is the world’s strongest man.
“We met some fellow Guinness record holders from Australia and Canada who we become friends with,” Fisher said.
In the 10 days the Fishers were in Beijing, they toured the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Olympic Stadium, Hutong District, Temple of Heaven, Beijing zoo and the Silk Market.
“Connie and I mastered chopsticks and I actually put on a couple of pounds,” Fisher said. “We really loved the street vendors who sold a slice of cantaloupe on a stick. We stayed away from their cooked food, though. We mastered the subway system, which is unbelievably crowded. Actually it’s crowded everywhere. To own a car in Beijing you must win the lottery. Every month they pull 19,000 names out of a barrel of people who want a car. It is their way of controlling traffic congestion.”
The Fishers, who arrived home Aug. 28 after a 10-day stay, hope to be invited to other countries that have similar shows.

Fisher Sets 10th Guinness record, invited to China

June 23, 2011 Marysville Advocate

by Julie Perry

Centralia resident Bob Fisher keeps breaking Guinness Book of World Records in free throw shooting and it has earned him a trip to China in August.

On June 10, 2011 Fisher broke his 10th record, adding the most free throws made underhanded in one minute to a list of records that includes most free throws in 30 seconds; most made in one-and two minute attempts; most made in 10 minutes; most free throws made standing on one leg in a minute; most free throws in one minute with alternating hands; most free throws in two minutes with alternating hands; most free throws made in one minute by a pair; and most free throws in one minute by a pair with two balls.

Fisher made 28 buckets June 10th, which broke the record held by Rick Barry, who is in the NBA Hall of Fame. Barry set the record Feb. 13th, 2008, during the All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans.

Fisher, who has set these records in less than two years, has been asked to come to Beijing, all-expenses paid for him and his wife, Connie, to appear on a television show, Zheng Da Zong Yi, on China’s central television. CCTV is the largest television broadcaster in that country. The show is to be part of a prime-time series that has run for almost 20 years in China. This year CCTV officials have decided to record seven episodes, each an hour long, dedicated to Guinness World Records. The taping will be in mid-August and the show will be broadcast from Oct. 1-7.

In the previous 6 productions on world record holders, about 50 million Chinese audiences watch the show, Connie said. The shows have featured record holders like Cathie Yang, who has the smallest waist; Daniel Smith, most flexible man; Edwin Scott Bell, the longest-dash distance firewalker; Anthony Kelly, an arrow catcher; and Frank Simon, who balanced the greatest amount of weight on his teeth.

The invitation extended to he Fishers mentioned the most free throws made in two minutes. The show will be filmed in a studio in Beijing. The Fishers said they are hoping to see many famous sites, such as The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Bird Nest Stadium, and Water Cube.

Fisher Helps Youths in Documentary

March 31, 2011 Marysville Advocate

by Julie Perry

Nine Guinness Book of World Records has earned Bob Fisher, Centralia, recognition for his ability to shoot fast and pretty accurately from the free throw line.

He returned Sunday from another event that could draw more attention with the help of Court Crandall, a screenwriter in  Compton, Caif.

Crandall is working on a documentary called “Free Throw” he hopes to have ready by September for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The documentary is about the lives of eight students with a 3.0 or better grade point average who competed for a $40,000 college scholarship.

And Fisher was a part of the event, which Allen Guel, an immigtrant from Africa, won Friday.

Crandall invited Fisher to Compton High School to provide shooting instruction for the youths who were going to compete for the scholarship  money.

“I worked with the kids on Monday (March 21) and demonstrated some speed shooting and then we flew home on Tuesday,” Fisher said. “Quick trip, but it went very well. The kids were very receptive  and appreciative and simply great to work with. My part, the shooting instruction, was really insignificant compared to the opportunity the college scholarship provided. Eight kids lives will be changed because of Crandall’s project.”

Fisher said it was an honor to be asked. He spent time with the group and then worked with each individually.

“The kids were very receptive and really paid attention,” he said. “They really made the effort to get better, which always makes for an enjoyable experience from the teaching standpoint. I enjoyed the experience very much. Kids are kids. It wasn’t any different than working with kids here.”

More records for Fisher

Garrett Steinlage assists in two for Guinness notoriety

Dec. 1st, 2010 – Seneca Courier Tribune

by Clara Reinecke

Photo of Bob Fisher and Garrett Steinlage ShootingBob Fisher is at it again. More baskets to make…more records to break. But, this time he teamed up with Nemaha Valley High School senior, Garrett Steinlage.

Saturday afternoon, November 20th, Fisher and Steinlage set out to break two Guinness World Records. The first was in the most free throw category in one minute by a pair. The current record was 26, held by Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom of the Lakers. The duo scored 29.

The second record was for a similar category, most free throws in one minute using two balls. The existing record for this was 10, but shortly before their attempt Fisher was notified by Guinness that a new record had just been set at 20, raising the bar. Fisher and Steinlage squeaked out 21.

Fisher also broke two other records solo on Saturday. Record number three was for most free throws in two minutes while alternating hands. The previous record was 44 shots, Fisher made 62.

Record number four was one implemented by Guinness for most free throws in one minute using alternating hands. Fisher completed 35.

A fifth record was attempted for most free throws in an hour, which is held by Perry Dissmore at 1,968. “This record has been and continues to be a real challenge because, at 53, I am not the man I used to be,” says Fisher. “I gave it my best, but only managed 1,905. The next time I try this one, I think I will start with it first.”

A nice crowd of people came out to witness the attempts and three video cameras were rolling to document the records. Although the marks were achieved, Fisher says that Guinness has not yet approved them. “There is no doubt in my mind that they will, as long as they are not surpassed in the interim.”

Fisher holds several free throw records already, but for Steinlage, this was a new and exciting experience. “Bob had worked with me on my shot earlier in the summer,” says Steinlage. “He actually called me up about four weeks ago and asked if I wanted to break a world record with him. Needless to say, I was kinda at a loss for words and pretty excited!”

Steinlage, who is a shooting guard for his team, says that he and Fisher didn’t practice a lot, but then they did, he feels he got a lot out of it. “He is by far the best shooting coach I’ve ever had. The second record we broke, the two ball tandem free throws, we actually didn’t practice at all before the event. We ran through it right before the attempt, and luckily it wasn’t a whole lot different from the first record. It came pretty naturally.”

Steinlage has been playing basketball since he was in the second grade and says that working with Fisher has gained him a great amount of skill. “I can’t begin to tell you how much valuable information and pointers he has given me about shooting. Hopefully all of that will pay off this basketball season.”

As far as experience goes, Steinlage adds that this was something he will never forget. “Not just the aspect of breaking the record, but also for the time I have gotten to spend working with Bob and him helping me on my shot. While both of our names will appear on the record, it was mainly all his doing. Without his coaching and tips, there would be no way I could have helped him enough to break the records.”

Presently, Steinlage says he hasn’t made any plans for college or to play ball at that level, but he does add that breaking any more records isn’t part of his plans for the near future. “Right now it’s time to focus on basketball season, not leaving me much time for other practice. I think I’ll leave the record breaking to Bob.”

Fisher Breaks Second Guinness Record

Mar. 17th, 2010 – Seneca Courier Tribune

by Clara Reinecke

Press Photo - Coach Bob FisherHe’s done it again.  Breaking the Guinness Book of World Records’ tally for most successful free throws made in one minute on January 9th wasn’t enough for Vermillion’s Bob Fisher.  Sunday he broke another record, that for most successful free throws in two minutes.

On March 7th, Fisher and his team of collaborators met again at the Valley Heights High School to attempt the second record.  “The record was 68 free throws in two minutes set by Rick Rosser,” states Fisher.  “I put up 122 shots in 120 seconds to break it.”

Being a world record breaker has found Fisher in a bit of a whirlwind of activity.  “I have recently been asked to be a founding member of a new organization which has recently been formed called the National Basketball Shooters Association (,” says Fisher.  The NBSA will sponsor free throw shooting events around the country and attempt to turn it into a sport. “The first event is planned for this summer at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.”

Bob was also visited by an AP sports writer who did an article on free throw shooting that appeared in various newspapers as well as Sports Illustrated online.

And Fisher makes it clear he has no intention of this being a stopping point.  “I applied a couple weeks ago to Guinness to attempt the most free throws in five minutes.”  He doesn’t know what the current five minute record is but is still looking down the road.  “The 10 minute record is 321.”

Fisher Breaks 2nd Guinness World Record at Free Throw Line

March 10, 2010 – Marysville Advocate

About two months after breaking the world record for most free throws made in a minute, Centralia’s Bob Fisher set another world record.

Twice Sunday at Valley Heights High School, Fisher broke and then bettered the world record for most free throws made in two minutes, shattering the former world record of 68 held by Rick Rosser, Alabama, who set a world mark of 72 in March 2009, but did not meet the qualifications for The Guinness Book of World Records. On Fisher’s first try Sunday, he made 85 and bettered it to 88 on his next try in front of witnesses from Seneca, Marysville, Linn and some Valley Heights and Marysville players.

Fisher, 52, said he hadn’t thought about going for the two-minute record till Ted St. Martin, Florida, encouraged him. St. Martin is the world free-throw champion and holds the record of making 5,221 charities in a row according to The Guinness Book of World Records. He is also a 90 percent free-throw shooter.  “I kept doing what I do,” Fisher said about preparing for this record.

Fisher, a soil conservation technician with Natural Resources Conservation Services, USDA, in the Seneca field office, practices four release techniques he has developed and is writing a book about to help others improve their shots from the free-throw line.  In the two months between breaking the world record for most free throws made in one minute with 50, Fisher and his wife, Connie, had flirted around with the two-minute record.  Unofficially, he made 81 that day.&nsbp; Sunday he was 85-of-129 from the line in his first attempt and 88-of-122 in his second attempt.  He is contemplating a fund-raiser to help make repairs to the Vermillion school where he will attempt to break the world record for most free throws made in five minutes as soon as Guinness Book of World Records officials let him know the mark.

After breaking the two-minute record, Fisher decided to take a stab at the one-minute record he set in July and matched it on his first and third attempts.

Yes, It’s a Free Throw, but It’s Not a Given

Feb. 20th, 2010 – The New York Times (originally released on

AP sports writer John Marshall traveled to the Fisher household while gathering information for his article on free throw shooting. His take on what he found? Check it out on

Centralian Angles for Record

Jan. 21th, 2010 – Topeka Capital Journal

by Kevin Haskin

One day you start thumbing through the Guinness Book of World Records and look at the marks for free throw shooting.

What qualities must you possess? Calm nerves? Dead aim? Accurate stroke? Perfect form?

Yes to all of the above.  But research into all the mechanics is also essential, perhaps as much as practice.

Bob Fisher of Centralia owns practically every book ever written about shooting.

Now, he also owns the record for most free throws made in one minute.

“His downstairs is like a library of basketball, with gadget books and more information than most public libraries have literature,” said Valley Heights girls coach Ryan Noel.

Results of Fisher’s instruction are what Noel can attest to first-hand.  Fisher, 52, played for Centralia High School, where he graduated in 1975, and was formerly the head boys coach at Onaga and Axtell.  He also coached at Nemaha Valley and Baileyville B&B before joining Noel’s staff this season.  Shooters at Valley Heights have shown marked improvement in accuracy.

In turn, those players formed the assembly process used to help Fisher break the Guinness record.  On Jan. 9, Fisher topped the mark by canning 50 free throws.

The effort, which came on the third of four tries by Fisher that day, broke the record of 48 set in 2001 by David Bergstrom of Sweden.   Fisher needed 59 shots — only makes, not misses, matter on the timed Guinness count — during his record-setting flurry, though he fired 84 on his last attempt.

“I was just hitting the front of the rim by then,” Fisher said.  “I was gassed.”

Everyone still celebrated.  The Valley Heights team even posed for a group picture to commemorate the occasion.

As part of the certification process, however, Guinness required the event be filmed (it is up on YouTube), still photos be shot, and two respected witnesses be in attendance, along with an official referee, scorekeeper and timekeeper.

When you line up that many volunteers, you better promise some results.

“The number one thing was relief,” said Fisher, who is confident he can bump the record into the mid-50s.  “It wasn’t, ‘I’m going to attempt.’ It was, ‘I will be setting a record.’ The old Joe Namath approach.  So I was feeling pressure.

“There’s no doubt in my mind I can do better just because of that.  I was hoping I could get it on the first attempt, just so the pressure would have been off.  Then, I could have relaxed, had some fun, and said, ‘OK, let’s fire some up.”

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.

The Guinness record for consecutive free throws made first captured Fisher’s interest.

His best attempt — yes, practice is a must, and prompted Fisher to spend many an evening at his old grade school gym in Vermillion — was 246 in a row.  The record is 5,221 set by Ted St. Martin.  That mark required 7 hours, 20 minutes.

“I don’t have that kind of time,” Fisher said.  “I do have a little bit of a life.”

Attempting to break a record in 60 seconds flat introduced new variables — 49 by last count — into Fisher’s precision.

“The last few years I hadn’t done anything and in September, before I started (practicing), I was up to my all-time high weight-wise and I was terribly out of shape,” Fisher said.  “I’m still not in great shape by any means.  I don’t enjoy running.  I do enjoy shooting a basketball and that’s about it.”

Shooting and studying.

Fisher met both St. Martin, and another record free thrower, Tom Amberry, and tapped their knowledge.  Several books also influenced the techniques Fisher made into a 2008 video, most notably, “The Physics of Basketball,” written by John Fontanella.

“It wasn’t until this year that I do have a different mindset,” Fisher said.  “I’m the only one I know that carries surveying equipment into the gym.”

Noel doesn’t mind.  The angles Fisher calculates for proper shot release have eventually generated appreciable gains in the shooting percentages for both the girls and boys teams at Valley Heights.

“At first I thought, ‘Gosh, this is killing us,”‘ Noel said.  “The first two weeks I was giving up 20 to 30 minutes of a practice.  But our girls were very receptive.  I was really pleased with that.  Since then it’s just taken off.  Most kids get five to 10 minutes in practice where Bob does some things with them.”

All for $1 — the compensation Fisher was offered, and accepted, as a Rule 10 assistant.

“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.

“They paid me already and I’ve been over there enough times, I think they’ve gotten their money’s worth.  …I’m far enough away that nobody knows me, and if you get far enough away from home, you’re an expert.”

Kevin Haskin can be reached at (785) 295-1159 and

Fisher Breaks Guinness Free Throw Record

Jan. 20th, 2010 – Seneca Courier Tribune

by Clara Reinecke

Bob Fisher, Centralia, says he knew as a child that he could accomplish any feat he put his mind to; his mother said so.  “The instant my mother said it, it was a life changing moment for me,” adds Fisher.  This past week he proved he could, in fact, do whatever he sets his mind to.

Saturday, January 9, 2010, Bob, along with his team of helpers, set the world record for most successful free throws made in one minute following the criteria for the Guinness Book of World Records.  Fisher made 50 out of 59 shots taken in one minutes time – that’s nearly a shot a second! The previous record of 48 shots was held by David Bergstrom of Sweden and was accomplished on October 2, 2001.

You could say Fisher has been working towards this for quite a few years.  At either youth or high school level, he has been coaching basketball for much of the past 20 years.

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.

He has continued to study the dynamics of staging the perfect shot.  All this led him to his goal of breaking the world record.  “People ask me ‘who do you think you are – what makes you think you know anything about shooting a basketball when you work for the government?’ I tell them that my job definitely helped me in my goal to set the record.  As a soil conservation technician, I am involved in surveying, designing and laying out conservation practices.  I simply apply that knowledge to basketball shooting.”

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 September of 2009, Fisher made arrangements with USD 380 to use the Vermillion gymnasium to practice his shooting.  He began shooting an hour or two a day, experimenting with drills based on his latest research.  “I then designed a blueprint, which was customized for me.  My build is not conducive to being a great shooter, so conventional shooting instruction did not work very well for me.” Fisher adds that in each practice section he would vary his shooting technique because recent studies show that rather than learning one technique and trying to perfect it, performance is enhanced when you are able to engage more neurons in the brain.  “Looking back, I would say this was the key to my success.”

In October, Fisher contacted Guinness about the criteria for breaking the record.  “They require that I submit film, photos, a news story and any other documentation that would authenticate my record claim.  They also require at least two witnesses of outstanding character, an official referee and timekeeper and official scorers.”

Fisher and his group of more than a dozen volunteers gathered in the Valley Heights gymnasium to set about breaking the record.  On his first attempt, Fisher tied the existing record, making 48.  “I would have had 49 if I would have gotten the last shot off, but it was still on my fingertips as the horn sounded.” His second attempt he switched to a different release and had a couple of variables wrong.  “I got up more shots but I missed more.”

After taking a five minute break and making what adjustments needed to be made, Fisher slowed his pace and concentrated on accuracy.  The approach worked and Fisher succeeded at making 50 of his 59 attempts for the record.

“Bob was looking to break the record because his studies of shooting are beyond what others in the world have figured out,” says Ryan Noel, head girls’ basketball coach at Valley Heights High School.  “This season we have employed him as a shooting coach for all of our basketball teams/coaches.  He takes an individual approach because not all athletes are built the same and have the same variables that affect their shot.  He has pinpointed these variables in our athletes to perfect the motion necessary to repeatedly make baskets.”

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 Guinness 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’.

“I couldn’t have done this without my support team,” adds Fisher.  “I appreciate all their help.”

To view a video of Fisher breaking the record go to and type in “Bob Fisher”.

Fisher Sets Guinness Record

Jan. 14th, 2010 – The Onaga Herald

Former Onaga basketball coach Bob Fisher made 50 free throws in one minute this past weekend beating the Guinness Book of World Record mark of 48 held by David Bergstrom of Sweden.

“I was very relieved actually, in part, because I had told people beforehand that I was going to get it done,” Fisher, said.

With the help of about a dozen volunteers Fisher achieved the record mark on Saturday at Valley Heights High School.

“I slowed down.  Well I say that, 50 out of 59, it was a slower pace than what I did on the others.  Normally I shot a little faster on the others, but fatigue is such a factor,” Fisher, said.

Fisher said that he hopes to hear back from Guinness within a month to recognize the accomplishment.

A report by Channel 27, KSNT-Topeka may be viewed on the Internet at

Fisher Breaks Guinness Record from Free-Throw Line

January 13, 2010 – Marysville Advocate

Press Photo - A World Record TeamMonday was the second day Bob Fisher, Centralia, awoke as a world record holder.

“I told my wife it feels pretty good,” the 52-year-old said.

Saturday in the Valley Heights gym, with about 12 volunteers and two witnesses present, Fisher made 50 of 59 free throws in one minute to beat the Guinness Book of World Record’s mark of 48 set in 2001 by David Bergstrom of Sweden.

Fisher has worked for 22 years as a soil conservation technician with Natural Resources Conservation Services, USDA, in the Seneca field office and is the fourth of 10 siblings, six boys and four girls, born to the late Lawrence and Helen Fisher.

With the help of the Valley Heights girls’ basketball team feeding him balls, Fisher’s record was recorded on his third try.  He has put together a “Secret to Shooting” video in 2008 and is writing a book on shooting.  He used two of the four release techniques featured in the video.

On Fisher’s first attempt, the ball was coming off his index finger.  He tied Bergstrom’s record.

“The ball was in my hand when time ran out,” Fisher said.  “I was a tenth of a second too slow to make 49.”

On his second try, Fisher switched to releasing the ball from the middle and ring fingers.

“I was going for volume,” Fisher said.

He took 72 shots, but made less than 48 of them.

Still using the middle and ring finger release technique, Fisher said he concentrated more on accuracy and slowed down on his third attempt at the record.  After he broke the record, he tried a fourth time to better the 50 charities.

“I went for speed,” he said.  “Fatigue became a major factor.  I started throwing it like a shot put.”

The two witness statements need to be sent stating that the Guinness guidelines were followed and Guinness could take between four and six weeks to validate Fisher’s feat.  In the meantime, Fisher may try to break it.

Fisher played for Centralia High School, where he graduated in 1975, and is an assistant coach with the VHHS girls’ team.  He works on shooting with both Mustang squads.  He’s well known in the Twin Valley League, where he has spent most of his last 20-plus years coaching.  Fisher was at Onaga, Axtell, Baileyville and Nemaha Valley.

Fisher’s interest in shooting stems from a desire to get into shape and meeting Dr.  Tom Amberry, who formerly held the Guinness book’s world record in free-throw shooting, and Ted St. Martin, the Guinness record holder for most consecutive free-throw shots made.

In September, Fisher started going almost nightly to the Vermillion gym one or two hours to work on shooting and getting into shape and he thanks Unified School District Superintendent Richard Flores for letting him use the gym.

“That was a major factor,” Fisher said.  “Without that there would be no record.”

Fisher’s research into shooting techniques included reading John Fontanella’s book, “The Physics of Basketball”; Daniel Coyle’s “Talent Code”; Matt Fitzgerald’s “Brain Training for Runners” and others, and quizzing doctors who tended his wife Connie’s broken leg.

“The first time I did that, Connie got a little upset,” he said.  “She laughs about it now though.”

Fisher does not claim to be an expert of anything.  He says he is smart enough to listen to the medical experts and use Google.

He has compiled lots of information on the mechanics of shooting and included variables.  Practicing provided considerable insight into the variables involved in shooting, he said.

“Shooting is difficult,” he said.  “At last count I had 49 variables, which can affect the shot.  Anybody who says shooting is easy simply does not know what he or she is talking about.”

Fisher’s video demonstrates four types of release and last summer Fisher tried to provide his findings to high school and college coaches to help other players and programs.

“Nobody was interested,” he said.  “The only person who understood the value of what I was doing was Heights girls’ coach (Ryan) Noel.  His emphasis is on doing what he can to help his team improve and he does not allow his ego to get in the way.  I am finding that this is a rather rare quality in coaches.”

Fisher’s research covers range and motion and many technicalities about releases.

Breaking the record has brought him considerable attention, he said, but added he feels he can do better.

“I understand how shooting variables interact and that has been the difference,” he said.  “This knowledge has accelerated my improvement.  I have been practicing for a very short time compared to previous record setters.   Now practice is more fun, because I understand what is going on when I miss and can adjust accordingly.  Now that the pressure is off, I will do better.  Shooting has been passion and a hobby for me.”