Hybrids are typically shorter in length and lighter than woods. Woods are typically longer similar to the driver. For example, a normal 5-wood is 42 inches in length versus a 2-iron that is 39 inches. Golfers sometimes struggle with longer shafts in maintaining a consistent swing.
Hybrids feature a lower center of gravity than woods enabling them to be more forgiving and easier to achieve higher ball flight.
A fairway wood features a much larger sole than a hybrid making it easier to hit the ground before the ball causing an errant shot.
When hitting a fairway wood, the ball should be near the front of your stance. Hybrids are smaller and play more like irons, with the ball closer to the middle of your stance.
When swinging a fairway wood, a golfer should take a more level swing. The clubface should be “parallel to the ground as it sweeps the ball off the fairway.”
With a hybrid, a player can attack the ball at a steeper angle similarly to how they would hit an iron. A good shot with a hybrid should entail a divot slightly further than where the ball lied.