Originally Posted by hilmar2k
3 wood off the tee is a different swing than driver. If you try to hit a 3 wood like you hit the driver, it's not going to go well. For a 3 wood, you need to swing slightly down on the ball.
I disagree completely. A 3 wood swing from a tee can be very similar to a driver swing. You definitely do not have to hit down on it when the ball is up off the ground.
OP, it sounds like you have similar issues to the ones I've had. A little psychological issue with the head of the 3 wood looking so tiny compared to the driver. Up until recently, if I felt I couldn't hit driver on a certain hole, I had to be OK with hitting 4 iron, because I didn't trust my 3 wood or hybrid.
But now, I've finally gotten pretty consistent with the 3 wood (off the tee and off the ground) so I use it a lot more. If you're hitting it even somewhat solidly, your dispersion is going to be a lot smaller than with a driver, so if you don't need the extra 15-20 yards on certain holes, then it's definitely a useful tool.