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About Shot Doctor Basketball

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How does your service stand out?

I am able to recognize, diagnose and fix basketball shooting flaws that many other coaches miss or do not correct properly.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love working with players who want to learn and get better and are willing to adjust how they shoot in order to be consistently good. It is very satisfying to see players I have trained in camps or private sessions perform better than they ever have before.

Location

Annapolis, MD 21401

Reviews

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  • 5/5 stars Basketball Lessons Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars

    Bob Topp with Shot Doctor Basketball is a skillful and highly effective shooting coach. Bob has worked with my daughter for a number of years and helped her become a technically sound shooter and highly effective and confident basketball player. Bob has a high degree of knowledge about the technical aspects of shooting and effective movement on the court so that a player is able to confidently position themselves for optimal scoring opportunities. He takes a kind and methodical approach to the teaching process and builds a player’s skills from the basic to the highly technical. We have been very pleased with Bob. My daughter is a junior in high school and has played on the varsity team since her freshman year. There are now a number of college coaches and scouts that have contacted my daughter as a prospective college player.

  • 5/5 stars

    Coach Topp has recently been working with my son, a Senior playing basketball locally at ASHS, and in a short period of time has helped my son to shoot far more consistently. Coach Topp immediately recognized a couple of very subtle flaws in my son's shot, corrected them and has been able to reinforce proper technique through his many drills.
    While my son has been fortunate to be coached by many excellent coaches over the years, Coach Topp specializes in shooting and was able to spend the time necessary to really analyze and correct his shot.
    Even though we are in season, we still try to do a tune up session once in a while to reinforce proper techniques - both physical and mental.
    I highly recommend Coach Topp. Our only regret is that we did not discover Coach Topp until August before Senior year. Better late than never...
    Tim Kane

Question and answer

Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

A. After a brief ball-handling warmup, I put the shooter about 8 or 9 feet from the hoop to shoot. I can determine the flaws in shooting form within 5 to 10 shots taken.

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in Physical Education. I have coached basketball teams in middle school, high school, community college and semi-pro. I teach elementary Physical Education, so my experience spans a wide age range.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. I have always been fascinated by the basketball shot and have tried to learn its intricacies. In 1992, I began working basketball shooting camps for Buzz Braman, an NBA shooting coach. In 1997, I was hired by Shot Doctor Basketball Camps, Inc. to be a shooting coach. I have grown, studied and developed ever since.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. Parents contact me when they know their kids need help becoming a better and more consistent shooter. My instruction addresses those specific goals.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. In 2006, I was the women's assistant coach at a local community college. Our team was sixth in the nation in free throw shooting percentage. As only one of numerous success stories from players I have trained, one girl, in 2013, made varsity as a ninth grader at a large private school with a strong basketball program.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Ask if the shooting coach knows how to recognize and correct shooting flaws. Beware of promises of super quick fixes to shooting flaws. Flaws are easy to point out, but they take time to overcome.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Shooting form can be improved, but not just through repetition of bad form. Flaws can and should be corrected, otherwise players just get good at being bad.

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