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Dr Ben Langdown

Ben Langdown

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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Research interests

Ben's research interests lie within 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.


Click here to view Ben's ResearchGate profile

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


Teaching interests

Ben is currently involved in the development of module E117 - Introduction to Sport and Fitness in the sport and fitness qualifications. His teaching roles are listed below:

EXCF224 - Making your exercise and coaching certificate count.

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

E217 - Sport and conditioning science into practice

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

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.



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)
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)


The Open University joins programme promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in crisis hit countries

The Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies Faculty has announced its commitment to a new multi-million pound Government funded consortium within the UK Aid Connect programme to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

10th April 2019
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