By Andrew Pastor, portfolio manager
The greatest game of basketball anyone ever played took place on March 2, 1962. Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points in a single game. His whole 1961-1962 season was remarkable as he averaged more than 50 points a game. Both records remain intact five decades later and may never be broken.
So what happened that year? Chamberlain did something unusual – he decided to shoot his foul shots underhanded. It’s often referred to as the “granny shot” because it looks like you’re shooting the way a granny would (no offence to grandmothers out there).
If you ask the experts, they will tell you that shooting underhanded is a better way to make foul shots. Your arms hang straight down, which is more natural, and your muscles don’t tense up. The granny shot has a larger margin of safety because the ball lands softer when it hits the rim, giving it a better chance of bouncing into the basket.
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