Jim Frank (www.theaposition.com/jimgolfrank) stumbled into golf more than 30 years ago, first picking up a club while attending a week-long golf school at Pinehurst. That experience turned into his first writing assignment on golf, and in less than four years he was Executive Editor of Golf Magazine. He worked there for more than 18 years, serving as Editor from 1990 until leaving in 2003.
In 2004, Frank helped found Golf Connoisseur, a golf/lifestyle magazine for the private-club golfer that had a short but storied life, winning two awards from the Golf Writers Association of America in its first year of publication. Aimed at a smart, upscale audience, Golf Connoisseur covered the best in golf around the world, as well as consumer goods, non-golf travel, personalities, and more. A harbinger of the hurting economy, the magazine closed in 2007.
Along with countless articles on golf—on travel, equipment, instruction, people, history, even fashion—Frank has written and/or edited more than a dozen books. Working with noted short-game expert Dave Pelz, Frank co-wrote the best-selling Dave Pelz’s Short-Game Bible and Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible, as well as Dave Pelz’s 10 Minutes A Day To Better Putting.
Frank also had the pleasure—and bizarre experience—of co-writing David Feherty’s Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup, a comprehensive report on every Ryder Cup match seasoned with Feherty’s unique observations. Not nearly as much fun, Frank also wrote books called Precision Putting, Golf Secrets, and The Golfer’s Companion, which, with a little luck, still may be found on Amazon, eBay, or in Frank’s own cluttered library.
While at Golf Magazine, Frank helped write and edit a number of books, most notably Golf Magazine’s Complete Book of Golf Instruction and Golf in America: The First Hundred Years.
Now writing, editing, and consulting, Frank has served as acting Editor-in-Chief of The Met Golfer (the magazine of New York’s Metropolitan Golf Association), Editor-At-Large of Jewish Living, and contributor or editor to a host of other national titles.
After more than 20 years living in the suburbs and putting two kids through college, Frank and his wife recently moved back into Manhattan. It hasn’t done much for his golf game, but it’s easier to get to the airport and off to see new courses around the world. And as penance for a wonderful quarter-century in the golf business, Frank serves on his apartment building’s board of directors.