Innovations from the USGTF throughout the years have helped shaped the way the game is taught and learned, and the latest innovation from the USGTF continues that theme. The International Golf Psychology Association (IGPA) began operations January 1 under the direction of noted sports psychologist Dr. Gregg Steinberg, professor of Health & Human Performance at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and longtime USGTF sports psychology consultant. Successful candidates will receive a certificate as an expert in golf psychology from the IGPA. Throughout the years, the role of golf psychology has long been noted, but in practice, not utilized as it should. This program gives USGTF members the tools to more effectively teach, coach – and play – the game of golf.Also beginning in 2016, those desiring to become USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professionals will be required to complete the IGPA course before attending the Master Golf Teaching Professional certification program held each fall. The cost of the IGPA program will be included in the cost of the certification program. Those who are already Master Golf Teaching Professionals will not be required to gain IGPA certification, but it is strongly recommended.The cost of the program is $399 ($199 to current USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professionals), and the website is www.MasteringGolfPsychology.com.