I always had a 5W until I got my current set of Adams A7 Idea irons with 3h and 4h. No reason for the change, it’s just what came with the set. I don’t have any issues getting the 3h out of the rough versus my past 5W experience, so I’ll probably test them head to head when I build my next set.
I currently have a 4w and a 3h in the bag, but those spots rotate quite a bit. I have been swapping out the 3h with a 7w and even a 2 ironwood, depending on how I am playing. Right now the hybrid is working for me.
Long time 5W ho here. I've been playing a 3H in that spot for the last year or so and haven't looked back. Actually looking to replace my 3W if the super hybrid works out.
For me it came down to consistency off the deck. Off the tee, it's a wash as I can stretch either out to about the same distances with a similar dispersion. But off the deck though, I've found that the 3H is more consistent for me from a distance perspective, giving me a chance to extend my go range a bit on open par 5s and be reasonably confident that I won't crush one and fly the green. It also gives me a longer option on some recovery shots out of the rough as I find the 3H easier to play from most rough lies than a FW. Doesn't mean I always pull it, but it's nice to have the option more frequently if needed.
Not saying it will stay this way forever, but currently where I'm at.
I go back and forth between the two, depending on the course. My hybrid is in the bag for my home course, because there is a par 3 that can measure up to about 235 yards and the hybrid is more precise. If I don’t need the hybrid for a tee shot into a par 3, the 5 wood is much better for me as a fairway club on par 5s.
Give me all the hybrids. Not quite the same, but I just took a 16* 3/4-fwy out in favor of a 16* 2/3-hybrid. I like the shorter shaft better, so far. Much better contact and ball flight, in limited swings.