If you like Augusta, the Masters, azaleas, dogwoods, courtesy, manners, and $1.50 egg salad sandwiches, you have to choose April as the best month for golf.
It represents the true start of the golfing year and it fits in between the end of college basketball and the beginning of major league baseball.
Some liken it to the Resurrection at Easter. Exaggeration? Yes!
But how else do you justify all the folks who gave up golf at the end of the year mustering the courage to try again in the spring? New beginnings!
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Some debate Augusta's place among the world's elite courses, but few would argue there is a better maintained, groomed, or acoustically intense course when cheers and applause lifts eagles to soar over the pines from Amen Corner to the par five 15th.
Should we have already crowned Tiger Woods this year's champion? Maybe so. Then again there is a list of those who should have won a Master's jacket and that list is headed by Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Some believe that Geoff Ogilvy belongs in green, as do some for Sean O'Hair.
Maybe I just like April because I was born in April. This year, April has special meaning because A. J. Bonar will be making an appearance in Charlotte at the Renaissance Park Golf Course at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19. His book, "The Truth About Golf" has been a golf best seller among insiders and we all know the truth sets you free.
Maybe I like April because I can go to the Masters and video the greatest players in the world as they use the club properly. Video offers proof that some fundamentals, like handle ahead at impact and axial rotation of the club shaft, can't be denied.
I have some video proof of this last week when I went and caught Angel Cabrera, last year's U.S. Open Champion hitting to the par three sixth hole. Easy to understand why he is one of the game's best and longest hitters. He exemplifies handle ahead and rotation of the shaft through impact.
The Masters is behind us now, but the golf season is just getting started. Don't miss out on all the fun. Why not let Augusta launch your golf career this summer?