Golf Instruction & Our Vision

Our Team has over 250 years of Teaching & Coaching Experience. We offer Private Coaching, Group Programs, and Women's Programs, and our popular 'Swing With Freedom' teaching concepts are some of the most successful programs in the United States! Swing with Freedom is committed to shifting the culture of golf from one of tips, techniques, formulas and answers to one of exploration, discovery and freedom. It is based on the principals of Extraordinary Golf which was developed by Fred Shoemaker. Our Instructors empower you and your game by:

  • Increasing awareness and trust in your natural swing and learning abilities
  • Identifying fear and doubt and replace it with curiosity and trust
  • Discovering interference and replace it with freedom and peace of mind
  • Increase your ability to self coach
  • Discovering the real joy and adventure of learning and how it relates to life…including relationships and business

The current golf culture is replaced with an environment free of judgment or evaluation. This different approach allows for real and lasting development rich in learning, enjoyment, and improved performance by exploring what’s possible. Unlike traditional golf lessons where the student is viewed as somehow lacking, the foundation of Swing with Freedom Lesson Center is in knowing that within each and every one of us exists the natural ability to learn, develop and grow. Those innate abilities, when re-discovered and brought out, allows for remarkable breakthroughs in learning, enjoyment and performance. The current golf culture filled with tips, techniques and formulas is replaced with an environment free of judgment or evaluation. This safe and empowering environment allows the student to explore and develop well beyond what they may have ever imagined possible.


“Your view of the world, as it occurs for you, determines all your actions, thoughts, and emotions.”  – Fred Shoemaker

Meet The Instruction Team

  • George McNamara
  • Dave Linkchorst
  • Harry Hammond
  • George McNamara

    George McNamara

    georgeGeorge McNamara
    PGA Master Professional


    The Golf Zone
    1839 Horseshoe Pike
    Honey Brook, PA 19344

    Tel: (610) 942-9494
    Cell: (484) 620-9152


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    swing-with-freedom-logoGeorge has been teaching golf for over 40 years. He became the 50th PGA Master Professional in 1988. He has been the Director of Golf at Brandywine Country Club for the past 29 years. He met Fred Shoemaker at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit in 2004 and that changed both his personal and professional life. He founded Swing with Freedom which is based on the principles of Extraordinary Golf. Creating an environment where discovery and learning are possible is deeply satisfying to George. He still participates in many Extraordinary Golf programs to continually develop his Coaching skills. His intent in Coaching is to shift the culture of golf tips, formulas and answers to one of exploration, discovery and freedom.

    George is a skilled Coach who has the ability to create an environment that is safe, without judgments where accelerated development and learning thrives. George has won the Philadelphia Section PGA Golf Professional of the year award and served as President of the Philadelphia PGA in 1998 & 1999. He was named the 2011-2012 Golf Digest Delaware Teacher of the Year and was recently inducted into Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame. In 2011, George was the first in the Philadelphia Section PGA to be certified in AimPoint green reading.  He was also the Ping Club Fitter of the year in 2008. He lives in Downingtown with his wife, Nancy.

    Awards & Certifications:

      • 2012 Golf Digest –Best Teacher in Delaware
      • Philadelphia PGA “Hall of Fame”
      • US Kids Certified Coach

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  • Dave Linkchorst

    Dave Linkchorst

    daveDave Linkchorst
    PGA Professional


    The Golf Zone
    1839 Horseshoe Pike
    Honey Brook, PA 19344

    Tel: (610) 942-9494

    swing-with-freedom-logoA Schuylkill native, Linkchorst comes to the Golf Zone as a Life Member of the PGA of America.  A 1987 East Stroudsburg University graduate, BA History, he has apprenticed at Shawnee-on-Delaware CC 1988-1990, became first assistant at Chester Valley GC 1990-1993 and was the Golf Professional at Blackwood GC from 1994-2000, Linkchorst became the first Women's Golf Coach at Kutztown University in 2000, serving there for two seasons.

    Currently he divides his time between golf instruction at Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville, PA and Pro Shop assistance at the Golf Zone.

    Linkchorst is most proud of being the Schuylkill County Commissioner's Champion in 1972 at age 15, to this day the youngest winner of the county championship.  Linkchorst and his wife Mary, reside in Exeter Township, Berks County with their cat Sherlock.  Linkchorst lists as mentors besides his Father, high school golf coach Hugh "Wink" Gallagher, and PGA Professionals Dick Farley, John Poole, George Skomsky and most recently, George McNamara.

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  • Harry Hammond

    Harry Hammond

    harryHarry Hammond
    PGA Professional


    Penn Oaks Golf Club
    150 Penn Oaks Drive
    West Chester, PA 19382

    Tel: (610) 399-0501

    golf-zone-instruction-teamHarry Hammond served as Director of Golf at Whitford Country Club for 38 years.  He had an opportunity to join a group of businessmen in purchasing Penn Oaks Golf Club in 2005 in which he currently serves as a partner and Director of Golf. Harry has built his teaching reputation on the success of his Junior Golf program and the hundreds of juniors he has taught over the years.  For the last 20 years, he has volunteered to teach a program offered to the children in the Phoenixville area at Meadowbrook Golf Club. This program grew to over 200 participants.

    Harry has been recognized by US Kids Golf as their “Top 50 Teachers for junior golf in 2005 and 2009 and 2011”. In 2012 Harry was presented with the US Kids Master Teacher award.

    Harry was recognized by the Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America with their “Junior Golf Leader” award four times.  In 1999, he was recognized by the PGA of America with their “National Award” for Junior Golf.  He also has received the Philadelphia Sections “Bill Strausbaugh Award” in 2005 and 2009 which is given to a section professional that has mentored his fellow professionals as well as his involvement within the community. In 2012, Harry was again recognized by The PGA of America with their National Bill Strausbaugh award. Harry serves as the men’s golf coach for the last six years at Division II West Chester University. He was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Coach of the year in 2011.

    Harry is proud to have been a Class A member of The Professional Golfers Association for 50 years and a PGA Master Professional since 1991. The Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America elected Harry into their Hall of Fame in 2001.

    Harry is married to Sally Fackler Hammond. Their daughter, Laura, played Division 1 golf for Penn State University under Coach Denise St Pierre. She is also an eight time Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Champion.

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You Ask. We Answer.

What distinguishes Swing with Freedom from other teaching models?

  • By creating a safe learning environment, participants have the freedom to explore without the fear of failure. This allows individuals to stay in the present and not place judgments that inhibit their ability to feel and thus allows them to achieve rapid learning.
  • Swing with Freedom coaches look to learn from the individuals they are coaching to improve themselves as well. This can only happen when there is an absence of a teaching hierarchy. Coach and participant collaborate as equals to uncover one’s ability to learn and perform.
  • Our coaches have no agenda. Coaching sessions are built around what the participant wants to learn. This is achieved by asking questions that provoke deeper thoughts than “I want to get better.”
  • Our coaches believe real breakthroughs are achieved by changing the way in which we approach an activity, not by increasing the time and effort that is exerted
  • When was the last time you were coached on how to learn or concentrate? In addition to the full swing, putting, chipping, etc., Swing with Freedom coaches explore a variety of factors that can increase your awareness and performance more rapidly than most think is possible.

Do you work on mechanics? Do you have a method/swing you ask participants to adopt?

Yes, we explore mechanics (swing plane, club face, solid contact, ball placement, etc.) but not in the way you might imagine. Through years of experience, our coaches have found that each individual has a swing unto themselves as unique as a fingerprint. Our goal is to strip away the band aids, swing fixes, and other distractions currently preventing each person from making their most proficient, graceful, and powerful swing possible.


Where are lessons/instruction given?

Each coach has availability at various clubs in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Please see the Contacts page to view the facilities for each coach.


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