The English duo of Chris Gane and Tim Milford are looking to follow the lead of their fellow countryman Andrew Butterfield at this week’s Open Mahou de Madrid. Butterfield, who shares the same coach as Gane and Milford in Stuart Dowsett, produced the best round of the 2005 Challenge Tour season in the event last year at the Club de Golf la Herreria, a brilliant 11 under par 60, that set him on the way to a fourth place finish in the end of season Rankings.
According to Gane, Dowsett is the main reason for Butterfield’s brilliant 2005 season and is also the secret to him and Milford’s ever improving Challenge Tour form this year.
Dowsett’s teaching methods and personal approach have worked wonders for all three players, and both Gane and Milford will tackle the sweltering conditions at the Club de Golf la Herreria with their confidence sky high as a result of their work with the head professional at Sundridge Park Golf Club.
The English pair’s recent results speak for themselves and reflect well on Dowsett’s teaching philosophy, with Gane having finished 11th twice in 2006 as well as taking eight place at the Morson International Pro-Am Challenge and fourth at the Peugeot Challenge R.C.G. El Prat.
Add to that Milford’s sixth place finish in the Lexus Open, followed by last week’s second place at the Credit Suisse Challenge, when he lost in a play-off, and you have a coach who clearly knows how to get the best from his players.
“There are a few of us going to Stuart now. Myself, Jamie Little and Tim Milford have all been getting better and better results this year and a lot of the credit for that has to go to Stuart.
“He gets his point across really well and he isn’t a method teacher, he is a guy who tailors the coaching on an individual basis and he adapts to the player, rather than getting us to follow one rule and have the same golf swing.
“A few years ago, everyone wanted Tiger’s swing and it became like a production line in golf, but, for me, that doesn’t work – you never see one golf swing that’s the same so why try and teach everyone the same thing?
“Andrew Butterfield was the first guy I know that went to Stuart. I was rooming with Andy last season and he suggested that I go and see him. You just have to look at Andy’s record since he started going to see him to tell that Stuart can get the best out of players.
“Andy was nowhere to be honest and then he finished just outside the top 45 in 2004 and then he just took off last year and got his card.”
With their form and mindset coming together, the biggest test facing Gane and Milford this week could be the sweltering conditions in Madrid, with temperatures expected to reach between 35 and 40 degrees centigrade.
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