Shakespeare, under the direction of Ernie Root, produced
excellent competition and target bows. The Model X16 (1963 - 65) was introduced in 1963 as a fine target bow. It was a 66" bow with exotic Benge hardwood and ivory white fiberglass. It came with a feather rest and calf hair arrow plate. It was available in right or left had and in weights of 30-50 lbs. In 1966 the new Supreme X16 was introduced. The design of Shakespeare Supreme X16 stayed fairly consistent during its
production from 1966-1971. Competition bows from the 1960-70 are generally
longer AMOs and lower draw weights. A longer bow allows for a smoother draw,
less string pinch and stable release. The AMO was 66 inch but in 1970 only it
went to 64” inch then back to 66” in 1971. The draw weights fluctuated from
year to year but were between 20-50 pounds.
Shakespeare Supreme X16 1967-71
Shakespeare Supreme X16
was a top flight tournament bow at an entry level price. The bowmaking art and craftsmanship of Ernie
Root is apparent in this beautifully sculpted recurve. His style earned the admiration
of the most discriminating archer. The Supreme
came in seven draw weights to fit all needs. With excitingly stable shooting
ease and pinpoint precision, it easily exceeded any other bow in the price
range. Fine features include Exotic and Maple wood riser, white glass, three
layer exotic and maple wood. In 1970 Supreme was designed for the Junior
Olympics, with lower draw weights and shorter drawlengths.
There really isn’t too much information available on this
fine bow. Competition Bows are usually available in auctions and tend to go for
a higher price than hunting bows. I think most traditional shooter will benefit
from shooting a competition bow in the off season. It is on my “Want List” but
as a left-handed shooter has been waiting a long time for a nice example to add
to my collection. So I live vicariously through my right handed friend Lewis Kent.
He has a great collection and he does a great job restoring bows. He got this
beautiful Supreme and was kind enough to share it. Thanks Lewis!!