3 Wood vs 3 Hybrid | What’s The Difference And Which Is Best?

Many players ask themselves what the difference between a 3 wood vs 3 hybrid is, and this article will explain everything you need to know about the two different clubs.

In summary, the club length is slightly different, the shafts are quite similar, the club head is smaller for a hybrid, but the accuracy is greater, although a 3 wood wins the distance category.

For more details into these discussions, just read on!

What’s The Difference Between a 3 Wood and a 3 Hybrid?

A 3 wood has a slightly longer shaft, it is typically the same shaft flex as the hybrid, the club head is larger, closer to that of a driver, the accuracy is not as great as a hybrid, but the distance is far greater than that of a hybrid. Now the hybrid certainly is more forgiving, so it is more accurate which it trades off for some distance (but it is better to be 20 yards short in the fairway than 20 yards further into the woods), the shaft flex is the same, the head is certainly smaller, and the length is slightly smaller as well.

So that’s the quick answer, but if you would like some more detail, keep on reading as I’ll break it down bit by bit so you can make sure you’re making the right choice about what to carry in your bag.

Club Length

Cobra Golf 2019 F9 Speedback Tour Fairway, Satin Black, Right Hand, Stiff, 13.5 Degrees

Cobra Golf F9 Speedback Tour Fairway 3 Wood

Cobra Golf 2019 F9 Speedback Hybrid, Satin Black, Right Hand, Stiff, 21.0 Degrees

Cobra Golf F9 Speedback 3 Hybrid

At first, when looking at a 3 wood vs 3 hybrid, the club length looks exactly the same between the two different clubs, however, you would really have to inspect or feel the clubs to determine the difference, but there still is a difference after all.

A 3 hybrid is about a half-inch shorter shaft than a 3 wood, which really is not that big of a difference. With such a small difference it is not something to really factor into your final decision. In general, if you would like to remember that there is a half inch difference in club length, go for it, but in reality, it does not make that big of a difference if any at all.

Club Shaft

Similar to the club length, the differences in shaft are also extremely small. A 3 wood is just slightly heavier than a 3 hybrid, but it does not make a big difference. Now besides the weight, the material of the shaft and the flex is no different from a 3 hybrid to a 3 wood.

Whatever type of flex shaft you use is the same between the two clubs regardless of the weight. So overall, the only difference between the two shafts is that a 3 wood shaft weighs slightly more than a 3 hybrid shaft. 

Club Head

TaylorMade Men's RBZ Fairway, Black, Right Hand, Regular Flex, 3 Wood, 15 Degrees

Taylor Made Men’s RBZ Fairway 3-wood

TaylorMade Men's RBZ Rescue, Black, Right Hand, Regular Flex, 3 Rescue, 19 Degrees

TaylorMade Men’s RBZ 3 Hybrid

Now one of the biggest differences comes with the two different club heads of the options. A 3 wood has a much larger club head than a 3 hybrid, making it look closer to a miniature driver.

While a 3 hybrid has a much smaller club head size in relation to a 3 wood, but it is still larger than a 3 iron. Hence, the hybrid name, it is slightly larger than a 3 iron but less than a 3 wood.

Besides the size, a 3 hybrid head is weighted more towards the back end of the club head. A 3 wood has weight evenly split throughout, but a 3 hybrid certainly has the weight towards the back end of the club.

In summary, as you can see in the images above, the club head is larger for a 3 wood than a 3 hybrid, but a hybrid head is weighed more in the back of the head than a 3 wood.


This is the biggest difference between the two clubs by far. A hybrid is much more accurate than a 3 wood is, because it is designed to be more forgiving.

This is why the club head has a center of gravity much further back, because it adds more forgiveness and accuracy. Now this does trade off some distance, but that is something we will discuss shortly.

This is often why newer players prefer to hit hybrids instead of 3 woods, and even why some professional players have begun putting them into their bag.

It really is the increased accuracy that makes a 3 hybrid different from a 3 wood, and is the greatest benefit you could get from making the swap in your bag.


Callaway Golf 2019 Epic Flash Sub Zero Fairway Wood, 3 Wood, 15.0 Degrees, Left Hand, Mitsubishi...

Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Fairway 3 Wood

Callaway Epic Flash Hybrid (Right Hand, 3 Hybrid, 18 Degrees, Stiff Flex, Adjustable Hosel) , Black

Callaway Epic Flash 3 Hybrid

Now with increased accuracy comes decreased distance. A 3 hybrid comes with a little less distance than that of a 3 wood, roughly about 20 yards less. Now would you rather be 20 yards shorter and in the fairway, or 20 yards closer to the hole in between some trees?

Of course, I would pick the fairway, but it depends on each player’s skill level and what their specialty is. It is a little bit of a difference, but it really affects professionals more than the average weekend golfer. So a 3 wood will hit the ball a little further, but may not be as accurate, so that is a tradeoff for you to decide.

Hitting the Ball

When you actually hit the ball there is a little difference, because of the clubhead size. A hybrid glides through the rough much smoother than a 3 wood head, while a 3 wood may be easier to hit on the fairway.

When you address the ball, you play the 3 wood slightly further up in your stance than you would for a 3 hybrid, which is played towards the middle of your stance. Overall, the 3 hybrid glides through the grass better and is played towards the middle of your stance, while a 3 wood is further up in your stance and is mainly specialized for the fairway.

3 wood vs 3 hybrid: Which is the Best Club?

If I had both in my bag, I would use a 3 wood when I was on the fairway and had a wider room for error. While I would use my 3 hybrid coming out of the rough from a far distance or a smaller area to work with for the increased accuracy.

If I could only keep one of these clubs in my bag, I would choose the 3 hybrid, because I am just a weekend golfer, so the increased accuracy is worth it for me much more than the distance. I hope you found this article helpful, and you know now the differences between a 3 wood vs 3 hybrid!

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