Spring golf fitness program begins Thursday in Vail | VailDaily.com

Spring golf fitness program begins Thursday in Vail

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado

VAIL – It’s nearly golf season in the Vail Valley and that means it’s time to start training. Just as cyclists and runners adopt special springtime regimens to reach peak performance once the summer season is underway, golfers can train to enhance their golf game and improve their play. Vail Integrative Medical Group founder and director Dr. Joel Dekanich will host a four-week golf training series, beginning Thursday, designed to help serious golfers maximize their potential and prepare for a long, enjoyable season. The series is part of ongoing wellness programming at The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa.The series will focus on golf-specific muscular strength, stability and balance, flexibility, postural control and the development of power. Participants can expect to hit the ball straighter and farther with TPI-designed exercises and stretches that directly correlate with the most common swing faults. The course also will help golfers realize a balanced set up and a more consistent and stabilized swing.Dekanich has 15 years of experience in sports medicine and lectures around the country including the Olympic Training Centers in both Colorado Springs and Chula Vista, Cali. He is dedicated to treating typical spine-related injuries, and also specializes in sports and extremity pain. Dekanich offers “swing fault analysis” by appointment.The spring golf training series is offered four Thursdays in May: May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost for the four-week session is $100 for Vail Athletic Club (VAC) members and $200 for VAC guests; the guest rate includes May 2011 membership at the VAC. Guests may continue membership after May and join the VAC with no initiation fee. Golfers may also participate by class at $30 per day.For more information or to register contact The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa at 970-476-7721 or visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com.