Many golfers are often confused when trying to decide if that want to play with a 5 wood or 3 hybrid
Answer: Because both clubs have the same loft, it comes down to what area of your golf game you need to strengthen. I have found it best to use a 5 wood off the tee as the fairway wood has a larger sweet spot for my consistency. If you are struggling hitting longer clubs in your bag when in the fairway, I recommend using a 3 hybrid to improve your contact.
Fairway 5 Wood
A 5 wood is generally 19-24 degrees in loft and is a higher lofted fairway wood. (compared to a 3 wood) Compared to a hybrid, a 5 wood has a larger club head which may cause some frustration when first learning to make solid contact hitting out of the fairway. Off the tee however, a 5 wood is very reliable because of its light weight and large sweet spot.
A 3 hybrid, like the 5 wood, is generally around 19-24 degrees of loft. The design of a hybrid allows more forgiveness than irons as the club face is larger and has a wider sweet spot for miss-hits. Because of this, many beginning to intermediate golfers elect to use a hybrid clubs instead of having a 3 or 4 iron. So if you are struggling off the tee, I recommend that you try out a hybrid at your local driving range or golf store to see if you can improve your consistency.
To learn more about what golf clubs you need in your bag, check out my article here where I go over all of the essentials that can help your game!