Earlier studies have demonstrated that postural control is worse in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) than in control subjects, whereas little information is available about the postural control in patients with hip OA. The aim of this study was to investigate the standing balance in different test conditions in men with hip OA and to compare the results with those of age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Twenty-seven volunteers 47-64-year-old men with hip OA and 30 randomly selected, healthy age-matched men were tested using the sensory organisation test (SOT). The center point of force velocity (CPFV (cm/s)) was also determined during one- and two-footed standing. There was no difference between the patients and controls in the SOT test, in the strategy analysis or during one-footed standing. There were no significant differences in CPFV values between the better and worse hip side. Fatiguing exercise had no effect on two-footed CPFV with eyes open, but when the eyes were closed both two and one-footed CPFV values were significantly increased (p<0.01-0.05) in both groups. No differences were found in fatiguing exercise between control and OA subjects with eyes open or closed or in one-footed trials. In OA patient's subjective pain was related to increasing CPFV (p<0.05). In conclusion, the hip OA had no effect on static balance in men.