The winner of this basketball is a champion to every exiled sports fan

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Presented by Wilson Sporting Goods, official basketball of NCAA March Madness and creator of the C200 irons, the world’s most innovative golf clubs which you can demo for just $10. If you think we’re joking, think again

The technique in a free throw is strangely similar to that of a golf swing (Shutterstock)
The technique in a free throw is strangely similar to that of a golf swing (Shutterstock)

 
March Madness was a traumatic month for many Americans, whether you spent the time sleeping in a lucky jersey or perhaps burning effigies to appease the basketball gods, you love sport. Alan Larson represents everything that comes with being a sports lover.

Alan describes himself as a “displaced Michigan boy” now living in Easley, South Carolina. He is everything that is good and pure about fandom in modern sports because he remains connected to his beloved Wolverines. This isn’t easy when you live nearly 700 miles south of Ann Arbour, but that’s the challenge you’re prepared to face as a dedicated fan.
 

BUT WHAT HAS MARCH MADNESS GOT TO DO WITH GOLF?

This March Madness season, Wilson selected a special winner out of participants in their C200 iron demo program. Alan Larson sampled Wilson’s new irons in order to become the proud owner of the most high-tech basketball on the planet. This is an appropriate way to salute a man who carries a passion for multiple sports:
 

“They are super easy to hit, and the launch is really fantastic.”

Alan Larson.

 
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TRY THE C200 IRONS FROM WILSON GOLF FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN THIS…
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Why a basketball prize for golf fans? For those that haven’t yet discovered the analogy between basketball and golf, you’ve been missing out. Practicing your basketball skills with the Wilson X basketball is guaranteed to not only pump up your performance on the court but on the course too.
 

WAIT, WTF DID YOU JUST SAY?

The margin for error in basketball is just as small as in golf. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The margin for error in basketball is just as small as in golf. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

 
With a slew of the top basketball players in the world showing their skills on the golf course, basketball and golf are more similar than you might think. Here’s how:
 

THE RIGHT GEAR IS CRUCIAL TO VICTORY

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The C200 irons from Wilson are both deadly accurate and powerful from all lies.

 
How often do you see players come up short because their retro Js malfunctioned or a shooting sleeve popped? Not a lot, because they’re properly geared up to change direction on the fly and get above the rim for epic dunks. Similarly, golfers are faced with the same need for equipment insurance. While comfortable clothing and footwear is a must, the biggest tool in a player’s arsenal is the clubs they play.

Use a high performance iron like the C200 and the result is extreme distance and TOUR precision control. Featuring FLX FACE™ TECHNOLOGY, the C200 irons by Wilson Golf minimize face contact to only 24% of the perimeter, freeing up 76% for maximum face flex and ball speed upon impact.
 

SHOOTING A FREE THROW IS LIKE NAILING IT FROM 150 YARDS

Consider a right-handed shooter for a moment. Their power is generated from the release of the right wrist while the left hand serves as a directional tool. The purpose of each hand are exactly the same in hitting a perfect shot with your C200 irons, providing you’re right-handed and everything you do in life is carried out with the right side of your body. By allowing the weaker left hand to guide the club and the right side to create speed (and therefore power), you will see extraordinary consistency develop in your iron play.
 

Padraig Harrington is one of the best ball strikers of his era (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

 
Sheldon Jeter of the Pittsburgh Panthers shoots a free throw against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion on January 9, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Sheldon Jeter of the Pittsburgh Panthers shoots a free throw against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion on January 9, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

 

A DEFENDER’S BALANCE IS THE SAME AS A GOLFER’S

2015 Quicken Loans champion, Troy Merritt. Photo courtesy Wilson Sporting Goods.
2015 Quicken Loans champion, Troy Merritt. Photo courtesy Wilson Sporting Goods.

 
Ever watch a defender on TV and marvel at the way they’re able to smother their opponent, shadowing their every movement while evading screens? They do this by standing on the balls of their feet, knees flexed with their feet planted shoulder-width apart. Sound familiar, golfers? The key to a good golf swing is exactly the same. To make a smooth balanced swing, you need to be on the balls of your feet — not the heels, not the toes — THE BALLS!
 

ONE SMALL MISTAKE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUCCESS AND FAILURE

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Unlike tennis, soccer or baseball where there is greater margin for error when going for the “big shot”, golf and basketball don’t offer the same luxury. Whether it’s a clutch iron shot on the 72nd green Augusta or a three-pointer to win Game 7 of the NBA finals, golfers and basketball players must be ready in terms of balance, technique and gear to ensure they can pull off the big shot. A small fraction off can be the difference between winning or losing.
 

 
The Wilson Staff C200 irons are made for the Crossover player seeking a midsize head shape and moderate offset. Players who put the C200 irons into their bags in 2016 will expect to see greater distances that are not available from traditional irons, while still offering best-in-class feel.

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