Jon Roberts

Jon comes from an engineering background and has been conducting golf research for over a decade. He joined the Sports Technology Research Group at Loughborough University in 1998, completing his PhD in 2002. His early research studied the 'feel' of a golf shot and he worked in collaboration with Callaway Golf for 8 years.

More recently he has studied the biomechanics of the swing as part of research projects into the role of grip force and the development of advanced golf robots. Despite immersing himself in golf swing biomechanics research and state of the art technology, Jon's quest to lower his handicap to single figures remains elusive!

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Steph Forrester

Steph has expertise in the biomechanics of golf performance. Her research interests include the effect of sports equipment design (eg surfaces, footwear and golf clubs) on human performance, and the use of technology to improve elite coaching. In addition to a Masters in Sports Biomechanics from Loughborough University, Steph has BEng and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering.

She joined the Sports Technology Institute as a Lecturer in 2008. Steph also has extensive experience of competing as a professional triathlete on the Great Britain team, including at the Sydney Olympics.

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Rob Leach

Rob graduate with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University where he went on to complete the MSc Sports Biomechanics course. He began his PhD at the Sports Technology Institute in 2013 which has focused on launch monitor technologies in golf and their link to swing performance, attempting to link the swing itself to performance parameters.

Whilst Rob’s research lies within the golf area, he is an all-round sports fan, with particular interests in cricket and football and enjoys playing a variety of sports when possible.

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Aimee Smith

Aimee graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science followed by a Masters in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University in 2013 focusing on coach informed golf biomechanical analysis and continued her work at the university as a research assistant. Aimee has also worked alongside leading biomechanists as a research assistant at the University of Wollongong, Australia and gained work experience as a performance analyst for British elite teams.

Aimee is currently spending a year working at the University of Calgary but continues to work closely with ProVantage.

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