The 3 wood is honestly the hardest club to hit in a bag. low loft and second longest shaft. Also if you are trying to hit if from the fairway it generally requires decent speed to be successful. I prefer that beginner golfers skip the 3 wood. 5 wood is fine. It has enough loft to be more successful. I see it frequently that most hit a 4 wood or 5 wood better. The shorter shaft and added loft create higher chance for success.
Plus you have to always think that a ball in the air will almost always go further than one on the ground. Gravity being equal. The club that gets the ball higher in the air will go further. Of course there are limits to that and other factors at play but I see it regularly that players hit a 3, 5, 7 woods and hybrids all the same distance.