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Dr Ben Langdown

Ben Langdown

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Professional biography

Ben is a lecturer in Sports Coaching on the Sport and Fitness qualifications at the Open University. Previously he was head of Sports Science at The PGA National Training Academy at The Belfry from 2005-2016. Ben has a PhD in the field of golf biomechanics and motor control, studying movement variability and strength and conditioning for golf. 


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Click here to read the Sport and Fitness team blog

Research interests

Ben's research interests lie within all aspects of golf performance, sports biomechanics, motor control, junior development and strength and conditioning. Some of his academic publications can be viewed by clicking on the 'publications' tab above.

Ben has presented his research at 4 World Golf Fitness Summits in The USA, at the World Scientific Congress for Golf and been a keynote workshop presenter for many organisations across Europe including The PGAs of Czech Republic, Spain, Ireland, and The PGA of GB&I at coaching CPD workshops.


Click here to view Ben's ResearchGate profile

Articles written by Ben on the Sport and Fitness team blog can be found here

Ben is Chair of the Sport Research group and their blog can be found here


Teaching interests

Ben is currently chairing the production of a new module E236 - Applying Sports and Exercise Sciences to Coaching.

His teaching roles are listed below:

E217 - Sport and conditioning science into practice

Module team co-chair (production and presentation): 2016/17-2018/19

EXCF224 - Making your exercise and coaching certificate count.

Module team chair (production and presentation): 2016/17


He is also a Digital Champion for the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education, Youth and Sport and is involved in innovative enterprise projects taking sports science research into the commercial sector.

Impact and engagement

Ben's research has impact upon the education material of sports coaches, most noteably on The PGA's FdSc in Professional Golf. Here his research into warm-up protocols, training behaviours and practices etc. has influenced the design of their residential and online teaching material.


Ben has completed the Medici Enterprise Training programme (2019) and is involved in enterprise projects developing sports technology using evidence from his research and publications.

External collaborations


Alongside his OU role Ben works with many elite amateur and professional golfers (since 2006) providing strength and conditioning support. Ben is the strength and conditioning coach for England Golf's West Midlands U16 squads: 2012-present.

Journal Reviews:

Ben is a reviewer for International Journal of Gof Science and has reviewed papers for other journals including Sports Biomechanics.



Sports science for golf: A survey of high-skilled golfers’ “perceptions” and “practices” (2020)
Wells, J.E.T. and Langdown, B.
Journal of Sports Sciences, 38(8) (pp. 918-927)

Acute effects of different warm-up protocols on highly skilled golfers’ drive performance (2019)
Langdown, Ben L.; Wells, Jack E.T.; Graham, Sean and Bridge, Matt W.
Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(6) (pp. 656-664)

Impact Position Variability in Golfers of Differing Skill Level (2013-12)
Langdown, Ben; Li, Francois-Xavier and Bridge, Matt
International Journal of Golf Science, 2(2) (pp. 142-151)

Address position variability in golfers of differing skill level (2013-08)
Langdown, Ben L.; Li, Francois-Xavier and Bridge, Matt
International Journal of Golf Science, 2(1) (pp. 1-9)

Movement variability in the golf swing (2012-06)
Langdown, Ben L.; Li, Francois-Xavier and Bridge, Matt
Sports Biomechanics, 11(2) (pp. 273-287)

Developing a movement culture in the first ten years (2021-04-13)
Langdown, Ben
In: Bailey, , P, Richard; Agans, Jennifer P.; Côté, Jean; Daly-Smith, Andy and Tomporowski, Phillip D. eds. Physical Activity and Sport During the First Ten Years of Life
ISBN : 9780429352645 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Practice And Tournament Volumes Of Young Golfers In Regional And National Squads (2018-09)
Langdown, Ben; Burnett, Stephen; Jones, Nicholas and Coughlan, Daniel
In : World Scientific Congress of Golf (11-13 Jul 2018, Abbottsford, BC, Canada)

Warm-Up Habits of Highly-Skilled Golfers Prior to Practice and Tournament Conditions (2018-09)
Wells, Jack and Langdown, Ben
In : World Scientific Congress of Golf 2018 (11-13 Jul 2018, Abbottsford, BC, Canada)

Injuries patterns among professional golfers: an international survey (2011-02-01)
Barclay, Caroline; West, Sophie; Shoaib, Qasim; Morrissey, Dylan and Langdown, Ben
In : 2nd Congress of European College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) 12th Scientific Conference (9-11 Sep 2010, London)