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Manchester Evening News: Matt Nixon on the way forward
Article posted: 28 November 2018

I’ve been here before and talked about it but if I want to stop having to go back to Qualifying School and move into the top 80 or top 60 in Europe I need to get longer. 

- Matt Nixon

My 2019 season starts this week at the Australian PGA Championship and I know the one thing I have to improve in the new season.

On my day, on a golf course that suits me, I feel I can beat anyone but over the year there are some courses where it’s more and more difficult to make up for the distance that I hit it.

I’ve been here before and talked about it but if I want to stop having to go back to Qualifying School and move into the top 80 or top 60 in Europe I need to get longer. 

If I could be 15 or 20 yards longer, and, at the same time, not neglect what I’m good at, I think I could be a lot more competitive and although I’ve done well this year, there’s a lot of scope to get better as a golfer, a lot of untapped potential. 

I missed the cut at the final stage of Tour School and it was a bit of an eye opener. The course was soaking wet and playing really long. Last year was firmer and bouncier but this year I was 50 yards behind my friend Laurie Canter off the tee because there was no roll at all. That’s a lot of distance to make up. 

Simply, I didn’t play very well. It’s the second time I’ve gone there and not done it in seven attempts which is a bit annoying and the previous time I was in a similar position, where I’d just lost my card, and unless I finished in the top 25 I wasn’t going to be that much better off. 

Sometimes I’ve been there, and it’s been all or nothing and maybe that’s what I’ve needed to do well at Q School. 

The answer to getting longer is pretty simple and I’m hoping I can start working with a fitness coach Kevin Duffy again. Kev works with people like Tommy Fleetwood and Jason Day and is so knowledgeable. 

In golf if you put ‘x’ amount of practice in, you’re not necessarily going to see the return but if you go the gym, you will get stronger and that translates to more distance. I know what I need to do.

I played this tournament last year and the Gold Coast is unbelievable. I came over a little early with my girlfriend Rachel and Tom Murray to make sure we got adjusted to the new time zone. 

This is my ninth season and you get used to it all rolling into one and even when you have a little bit of time off, golf is always in the back of your mind and mentally I feel ready to go again.

We’re also buying a house at the moment which isn’t easy when you’re not at home too much. I had a week at home and I’d say it took up most of our time, getting one thing or another sorted, and then you’re away for three weeks. It’s a big distraction, whether that’s good or bad, but it’s an exciting step for us.

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