Performance Coaches Instructor Max Kettler Bio

Contact Max: maxkettlergolf@gmail.com
(817) 715-2839

 

I was first formally introduced to the game of golf by my grandmother when I was ten years old—and I instantly fell in love with the game. I started off teaching myself how to play, mainly by watching swing videos on YouTube of Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, and other legends of the game. My self-taught nature was just sufficient enough for middle school competition.

            After middle school, I moved from Huntersville, North Carolina, to Southlake, Texas. Golf for me in middle school was something I thought of more as an intense passion or hobby. However, when I moved to Texas and decided to attend the public high school, Southlake Carroll, I needed to make a decision very quickly on how serious I was about playing golf. Southlake Carroll is a sports powerhouse, competing yearly for state titles and garnering national recognition. The golf team at Southlake Carroll did not comprise of desperate sign-ups, instead,  they were prospective D1 college athletes. I decided to turn my burning passion into a serious competitive career.

            I played high school golf all four years at Southlake Carroll; three of those years were spent on the varsity team. I was the only sophomore on the team when we won the Texas 6A State Championship in 2015. My senior year, I was elected as captain and was honored to lead the team to a third-place finish at the Texas 6A State Championship in 2017. Along with my high school competition, I was competing nationally as a top-500 ranked junior golfer, good enough to attract attention from college coaches at the D1 level.

            My amateur career was slightly more successful than my junior career, although it didn’t nearly last long enough. I continued to compete nationally as a top-1,200 ranked amateur (worldwide), made cuts, and even broke into the winner’s circle at the 2017 North Texas Amateur. I signed to play D1 college golf at Stephen F. Austin State University, had quick success, and then transferred to Louisiana Tech University for personal reasons after the first semester of my freshman year. Unfortunately, once I got to LA Tech, I fractured a vertebra low on my spine, and that was essentially the end of my competitive playing career. I stayed at LA Tech through my sophomore year, trying to rehabilitate my back and my golf career, but to no avail. I transferred once more to the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 2021 with a degree in government.

            There was only one place my mind went after my playing career was finished—coaching. Thanks to high school and college golf, I have built a really extensive and invaluable network of friends and mentors. There are four people that have been extremely influential on my golf career:

The first is Colin. He was one of my teammates at Southlake Carroll and he taught me how to play the game at a very high level. I am also indebted to Colin because he allowed me to caddy for him at several elite amateur and professional events, furthering my coaching ability and my overall understanding of the game.

The second is Joey. He was my swing instructor growing up and he taught me everything I know today about the mechanics of the golf swing. With that being said, I am very excited to compound these lessons with Britt’s knowledge.

The third is Paige. She was my high school golf coach and really understood the intangibles of golf instruction, like maneuvering mental gymnastics and course strategy.

The fourth is Mike. He’s is the head men’s golf coach at Baylor University and he taught me how to coach the game of golf.

            Now that the golf talk is out of the way, here are just some fun little tidbits I think that you should know about me! My favorite golfer is Phil Mickelson and my favorite golf course on the PGA Tour is Quail Hallow. My favorite golf tournament is obviously the Masters, but the NCAA National Championship is a close second. My favorite sports teams are the Indianapolis Colts and the Texas Longhorns. My favorite type of music is jazz and my favorite type of food is Mexican. My favorite place to vacation is Las Vegas or Los Angeles. My favorite type of holiday(s) are birthdays and my least favorite holiday is Halloween. My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption, I am a big Star Wars fan, and I love watching horror movies.

            Lastly, I want to build winners and lower scores! Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you!