I believe that most golfers sell themselves short by not knowing their club distances. It is hard to determine which club to select for various golf shots if you are not certain how far your ball will travel 7 times out of 10. You will notice that I did not say every time because we rarely hit the ball to maximum distances on every shot. Hence, know how far we hit a ball 75% of the time is a very good thing.
If you are wondering how you determine this important tidbit of knowledge, well there is really only one place to go:
Learning how to hit to distance 7 out of 10 times is best accomplished at the range. This practice time is probably one of the most important skill you can develop as a beginner. Of course it does not hurt for seasoned players to hone this skill, but the playing abilities (and lower golf scores) beginners will grow exponentially if they know the distance they can hit a golf ball with the different clubs they carry.
I learned the distances I could hit each club about 25 years ago. This was my first step to playing better golf. As my game improved, I would reestablish my club yardage. Over the past 5 years, I have pretty much plateaued, but I still remain cognizant that yardages could change. It is the nature of my golf journey.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!