By Jim Gorant
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

These are busy days in the public-apology department at Gaffe, uh, Golf Channel. First Dottie Pepper choked the dogs, then Kelly Tilghman lynched Tiger Woods. Now Nick Faldo has nuked Nike.

On the air on Sunday, Faldo referred to the test results in Golf Magazine's February cover story "Revealed: The Best Ball For You!" that showed that under launch conditions meant to replicate the swing of the average hacker (90-mph swing speed, 13.75-degree launch angle, 2,900 rpm) the TaylorMade TP Black produced 259.1 yards of carry and roll compared with 239.1 yards for the Nike One Platinum. Faldo said the Nike ball "fell out of the sky." Not exactly.

On Monday, Golf Channel apologized because Faldo had failed to mention that the Golf study not only includes evidence that the One Platinum performs better as swing speeds increase but also that Nike had asserted in the magazine that its ball is designed for Tiger, who swings at a blazing 125-plus mph.

Equally egregious, Faldo neglected to disclose that last Thursday he had signed an endorsement deal with TaylorMade. Woods, apparently content to let Sunday's results speak for themselves, has yet to weigh in.

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