PhD Studentship - Development of a Measurement System for Golf Swing Analysis

Loughborough University

Start date: 1st October 2018

Closing date: 9th March 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Jon Roberts

Secondary supervisor: Dr Steph Forrester

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD Studentship to research and develop a measurement system for club and golfer kinematics during the golf swing. Traditional biomechanical assessment of a golf swing has primarily focused on the golfer, whilst the motion path and deformation of the club have been less well captured. MOCAP hardware is widely established but bespoke software algorithms are required for processing, management, analysis and interpretation of the data collected. An advanced measurement system will enable club kinematics to be related to the characteristics of a golfer’s swing, enabling manufacturers to better customise equipment for the individual golfer.

This research project is sponsored by a leading golf equipment manufacturer and will be carried out within the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University as well as within the laboratories of the company in the USA. The Sports Technology Institute has a long history of research collaborations with global companies that have produced high quality research which has both underpinned future product development and resulted in publications in leading journals and presentations at international conferences.

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Further information about the activities of the Sports Technology Research Group can be found at

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as engineering, computer science, maths or a physical science. Some programming experience is essential; knowledge of biomechanics is desirable but not a requirement.

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, the studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Jon Roberts

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 1509 564803 

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select  Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS16

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