Everyone needs a trusty 3 wood. And you may hang on to it for many years. I think more people should play 3 woods but they need to practice off of a tee and off the ground.
3 woods are shorter in and length and have more loft so in theory should be more forgiving and easier to hit, but you have to find one you like. And it doesn’t have to match your set.
Find one that fits your eye and feels good. Practice off of a tee hitting different shots and get comfortable off the fairway.
Then when you bring it out during the round, you will have the confidence to make a good swing.