Xander Schauffele Used New Hi-Tech Golf Balls to Win Gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/04/2021, 5:45 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 4 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 1, 2021. Xander Schauffele of the United States sets down his ball. REUTERS/Toby Melville


Xander Schauffele won the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and secured a gold medal for Team USA. He finally broke the unwanted tag of not performing on big stages or under pressure. However, this was not a major championship, but still, a prestigious golf event. Xander had new equipment in his bag for the Olympics, which assisted him in his victory.  

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The 27-year-old American stood on the 18th tee with a driver in his hands and was just one stroke ahead. And a straightforward par on the 500 yards par-4 would have been enough to get him a gold. But he smashed his driver into the right rough, leaving himself in a spot of bother. However, he punched his second shot back on the fairway and then made an unfathomable up-and-down from 82 yards to get the gold. 

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Xander Schauffele used high-tech golf balls at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 4 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – August 1, 2021. Xander Schauffele of the United States in action. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Xander Schauffele’s equipment partner, Callaway, is known to produce some top-quality equipment. And just before the Olympics, Schauffele underwent a slight equipment change. He swapped out a Callaway Chrome Soft X ball for the company’s brand new Chrome Soft X LS. 

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The LS stands for “low spin,” and they have used this technology in quite a few of their equipment. Recently they even introduced an LS driver, which Xander Schauffele currently uses. The primary goal of the LS products is to reduce the spin rates and help players to boost distance and gain more control. 

By using the Chrome Soft X LS, Schauffele’s spin rates dropped close to 200 RPMs throughout his round. This, in turn, helped him execute shots with more confidence with suitable numbers. He used the Chrome Soft X LS and shot four consecutive days in the 60s, including the final gold medal-winning round.

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When Xander was under pressure to make an up-and-down from 82 yards on the last hole, he leaned on his equipment to execute the shot of the tournament. He flushed his wedge and smashed an absolute dart to give himself an easy final winning putt to clinch gold.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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