Letters From Our Clients




Letters From Our Clients: Read what others have to say about Next Level Bowling.



June, 2015

Subject: SD State USBC Jamboree
Date: June 21, 2015 9:47:42 PM EDT

I would like to thank Next Level Bowling and its staff; especially Norm Duke.  We recently had our annual South Dakota State USBC Jamboree.  Norn Duke was our featured speaker.  What a great ambassador for the sport of bowling.  Norm spoke with such passion and conviction regarding youth bowling and the absolute necessity to get our young players passionate about bowling.  We have managed to talk Norm into partaking in some pretty crazy things at our “Fun Night on the Lanes with Norm Duke” and even at our honors banquet.  But Norm puts all kidding aside when he has a chance to talk about the sport.  It is very apparent that Norm believes in the youth bowlers…just put him in a house and see which age group he migrates toward!
Again, thank you Next Level Bowling.  Thank you Norm Duke!
Chuck Turner
2nd Vice-President

September, 2014

Subject: Davis Monthan Bowling Clinic

Date: September 6, 2014 8:26:28 PM EST
Want to send a thank you message to Norm and Wendy for the excellent clinic at Davis-Monthan.  The time spent with my son James paid off heavily last weekend at the Junior Bowlers Tour event in Camp Verde, AZ.  He led the 3rd thru 5th rounds of qualifying and finished the event in 2nd place.  Both my wife and myself have never seen so much improvement in such a short time.  Please pass on our thanks to both Norm and Wendy for us, and thanks to you also, Laurie for managing such a great event.

Henry Burke

January, 2013

Subject: FW: Your Storm Bowling Lesson

Date: January 19, 2013 9:54:12 AM EST
Thanks Dale, it came through fine this time. I am very pleased with it, and between it, Norm's video, and the time I spent with Norm at the clinic, I know what I have to work on & correct. I was away from bowling 30 years, only back since I retired four years ago. I am very interested, passionate really,  in learning, improving etc. I went to Baton Rouge last year, took a session with Bill Hall, have done a Dick Ritger 3 day camp and have bought and watched the USBC DVD's as well as Norm's. I know I probably drive Chris Forry at Buddies Pro Shop crazy at times.
The session at Cove Lanes was probably, no definitely, my best bowling day ever, Norm & Rhino were terrific, the Storm/Rotogrip staff were also, the guys helping us with matchmaker were great, in my case Scott Widmer, & I already have my new IQ Tour Pearl that Scott helped me with, bought from & drilled by Chris. Bowled with it today, and have to say I really, really love it. I will no doubt cross paths with you again some day, you all made for a great day last Saturday.
Best, Dave Aldrich


January, 2013

Date: Jan 15, 2013 10:57 AM EDT

Dear Laurie,

"Laurie put together an event at the bowling center I manage and coordinated everything with so much care and detail. Both my customers and I were very impressed with her professionalism and attention to every aspect of the planning and execution. I hope to work again with Laurie in the future. Thanks Laurie! But, most of all thanks for supporting our troops."

Moira Trevisan

January 13, 2013

Date: Jan 13, 2013 5:24 PM EDT


Laurie Norm & Rhino,
My family and I would like to thank you all for such a good time at Cove Lanes in Great Barrington last Saturday.  My son Samuel has always had a great interest and enthusiasm for bowling.  We all enjoyed watching him improve his skills at the direction of Norm and Rhino.  Just a few words from them has driven his quest to be a better bowler to new levels.  More important than their bowling abilities, Norm and Rhino treated Sam and my family wonderfully. We have had the opportunity to meet professional athletes in the past, but none seemed as enthused with helping a non-professional, much less a 9 year old, as Norm and Rhino.  We will keep you informed with Sam's future progress.  I can see that Norm and Rhino's hard work will not go to waste as his experience last Saturday is all that Sam has been talking about since coming home from Cove Lanes.  We will see you again in the future!
Thank you again,

Dr Brian N Blanchette

Professor of Analytical Biochemistry
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


October, 2012

Date: Oct 22, 2012 11:53 AM EDT

Good morning Laurie,

I just wanted to thank you all again.  I had a wonderful time at the clinic.  I learned alot and will work on the techniques and drills Norm shared so I can improve my game.  It really meant the world to me to get to spend that time with a bowling legend.  It is something I will share with my sons.  Take care.

Craig McGill

October, 2012

Date: Oct 1, 2012 8:32 PM EDT

Dear Laurie,

I want to thank you Mr. Duke and Ms. Nation and Next Level Bowling for such a wonderful day at Robins Lanes, in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Our son, Lance, enjoyed himself and learned a lot.  He recently bowled a 189 and 208 during a league day that was directly attributable to the coaching and filming we took part in.

Many, many thanks to each of you!

Cindy Grubbs


September, 2012

Date: Sep 10, 2012 7:32 PM EDT

I wanted to thank you, Norm and Stephanie for the clinic at Robins this past weekend.  We had so much fun and I really learned a lot in a short time.  Ive been bowling for 50 years and never had one on one instruction so I definitely needed it.  Tell Stephanie that I changed my approach, and holding the ball in my left hand and tried it today for three games and my games were very consistant.  Thanks again.



August, 2011

Date: Aug 18, 2011 7:54 PM EDT


I just wanted to thank you for coming to Manhattan, KS this past week and putting on that clinic.  The amount of information I got from it was incredible.  Less than a week from it, and I'm already seeing improvements.  My approach is now solid, and my balance issues at the line have almost disappeared.  With my balance problem gone, all my other problems have been going away too.  Spares are much easier to obtain, my ball hits the pocket more consistently, and overall my scores have been better.  As league is about to start, my hopes of getting a 200 average are much more obtainable and the expectations of myself will be much higher this year.  I am now aiming for an average over 220.  That might seem crazy for someone who has taken 3 years off from bowling, and ended his last season with a 180 average, but that's just how much I got out this clinic.  Maybe the next time you come to Kansas for a Pro-Am, I'll be on the Pro side of the competition.

Eric Morin, KS



April, 2010
Date: April 6, 2010 7:52:29 PM EDT

I just wanted to pass along another update. Over the last 10 weeks of league, my average is 220. My overall winter league average is now 202. I was averaging around 193 when I decided to tear down my game and rebuild it using the Tech Tips. I am still working out the kinks and trying to get 100% comfortable, but the improvement is steady and practice is paying off. You all deserve a great deal of credit for my recent success. Thanks again!
Randy, Myrtle Beach, SC

November, 2009
Date: November 15, 2009 11:48:58 PM EST

Specifically this is a thank you to all and especially Norm for his Tech Tip Videos.

I just got back into bowling after 15 years off. I used to average 180 back then. This summer I averaged 199 and my goal was to average 200. This winter I am averaging 194 and my goal is to be averaging 220 by April. I am currently in a bit of a slump. I have been trying all sorts of things to break it.

I watched Norms Tech Tip Videos with Tim Schaffer and I hit the lanes today to work on those different techniques. After a release drill and the initial few games of feeling a bit awkward, I started to hit on all cylinders. I noticed much more consistency. In my last 4 games I was probably averaging 205 or so with my games being in the high 190's and low 200's with one game into the 220's. I was in the pocket much more consistently, and leaving easier spares to convert than normal.  My tendency is to throw a 250 game and then turn around and throw a 150 game. That wasn't the case today and this new way to hold the ball, new approach and release feels very comfortable and natural. I understand what Norm was saying with the left arm doing all the work and the right arm getting all the credit. In this new technique, the swing feels natural, free and straight. My only point of difficulty is a consistent release. I am hoping that continued release drill work will solve that problem.  I am going to try this new technique in league tomorrow night. I am hoping practicing these techniques will help bring me to the next level.

Norm is a passionate and effective instructor and I thank him greatly for taking time out to do these videos. Any words of wisdom form the expert panel would greatly be appreciated.


Myrtle Beach

October, 2009
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 1:17 AM

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Subject: bowling clinic

My name is Jeff Moroney. I just attended the bowling clinic at 5 Star Lanes in Michigan. I had a great time and look forward to seeing everyone again next year. I just shot my second sanctioned 300 not even a week after the clinic! keep up the good work and thanks again.

April, 2009

Hi Laurie,

OMG what a day and evening we had here in Rochelle. Everything went realley well and Brian could not have been a nicer and more energetic person to have for the event. I talked to the participants in the afternoon clinic and all were pleased and felt that they learned alot and had fun which is the most important thing anyway. I just wish that I would have participated myself but had to make sure everything went smoothly all day. If he ever puts out a instructional video on bowling please let me know as I would be interested.

Although I am sure Brian would have liked to had a little more sleep Saturday night before leaving early Sunday morning, he came over to the other center and bowled with the owner's wife on a challenge and had alot of fun doing it. We all had fun watching. He is a great interacter with people and that is a great asset to have to do these type of events. We all had a great time. I know that I thanked Brian, but pass on that I said thanks again we all had alot of fun and am sure that he did to.

Now I want to thank you for all that you did helping me get him here, the phone calls and the emails and help with everything else, he could not have a better person setting these type of things up. As I have been in charge of getting the speaker lined up for the last six years none of the past speakers had someone that I would go through to get information from and feel good knowing that things are in order and something is not going to go wrong. I know they are all busy but sometimes I would get a little nervous because I would be told that they would do our event and then not hear anything until maybe a week before the event. Laurie you are a great asset to nextlevel bowling and I know Brian and his associates feel the same.

Thanks Again,

Ronald Hall

President Rochelle USBC

Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 4:03 PM
To: Laurie Romano
Subject: Next Level Bowling

Hi Laurie!

Wow!!! What a day we had on August 18th!!! We received so many positive comments about the
clinics Norm and Brian conducted. Everyone was thrilled as were Dean and I.
Norm and Brian are wonderful (as I'm sure you already know). They are so personable and down
to earth. I've never seen so much energy over so long a period time as we did with Norm and
Brian. I felt bad that they had to leave and drive for 4-5 hours after conducting our two clinics.
I'm sure we will be in touch again. Norm and Brian stated they would like to be at our center on an annual basis.
Thanks for all of your help over the last year.

Barb & Dean Speer

My name is Bonnie Wright and I am the Youth Committee Chairperson for our local association. I was able toattend the Qubica’s International Family tournament held in Michigan with Florida’s Parent/Teen division winners. I can’t begin to tell you how fascinated I was by the showmanship from the professional bowlers (Norm Duke, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi and Bob Learn, Jr.) that where there on Saturday.

I spoke to Mr. Duke after the event and he provided me with your website for further inquiries. I would like to explore the possibility of having some professional bowlers come and speak with our Saturday morning youth program.
Can you provide me with the information relating to what you offer?

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter,

Bonnie Wright

May, 2009

Hello Laurie,

My name is Shannon Barham. My son, Jay Barham, attended a bowling clinic at Thunder Alley in Wilmington/Leland, NC over spring break. We had shared some exciting news that we feel was totally related to the assistance that Mr. Duke had given to our son at his bowling clinic.

The staff at Thunder Alley has e-mailed me asking that I forward our home number and email address to Mr. Duke. Our home number is 910-XXX-XXXX or my cell number is 910-XXX-XXXX. Our email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I was very excited that Thunder Alley shared our news with Mr. Duke. It has been incredible to see our son meet some goals that we didn't think were in his near future. Norm has made a lasting impression on our family and we thank him so much for his true kindness and extra support shown to our son!! He will never know the impact he has made on Jay and for that we are truly grateful!

Shannon Barham