GREAT BARRINGTON -- Almost 100 bowlers of all ages from throughout New England and beyond spent a portion of their the day at the Cove Bowling Lanes on Stockbridge Road on Saturday, absorbing bowling tips and suggestions from professional bowlers Norm Duke and Ryan "Rhino" Page at a special seminar.
Duke and Page, both PBA stars, gave tips on footwork, positioning, finishing and follow-through. Some of the bowlers had their form videotaped and critiqued by one of the two.
In addition, there was a rick-shot exhibition, and a handful of local bowlers got to play a Challange Match with the two pros. There was a morning and an afternoon session, both attended by about 50 bowlers.
The event was sponsored by Next Level Bowling and hosted by the Cove Lanes. Greylock Federal Credit Union was a major local sponsor, according to Cove Lanes owner Tom Hankey.
Hankey said the event was presented at the Cove, "to generate a little excitement in the area, and to help players improve their game."
"This is very helpful," said Joseph Sorrentino of Lee, who has been bowling for about 35 years. "There's always room for improvement. You can be a major-league ballplayer, and you can always get better."
His son, 14-year-old J.T. Sorrentino, said the seminar was "kind of cool to get to hear and see these pros talk about the game."
Twelve-year-old Tom Hankey Jr., son of the owner, said he appreciated the critiques he got when Duke viewed his video.
"You really can't look at your back swing when you're bowling," he said. "The video was a good way to see where I could improve."
"Tom's right," said T.J. Sorrentino. "It helps because you can't watch yourself."
"The feedback we get is that bowlers enjoy it," said Duke, a bowler who has 58 perfect 300 games on his record. "And if they didn't, I would tweak it. Because our goal is to help as many people as possible."
Duke, despite being a 30-plus-year bowling veteran, said he enjoys giving the clinics.
"Absolutely," he said. "I always enjoy coming out and helping people get better."