sweet spot


Definition of sweet spot 

: the area around the center of mass of a bat, racket, or head of a club that is the most effective part with which to hit a ball

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That sweet spot was an elevation between 1,080 and 1,085 feet, narrowly dodging mandatory cutbacks for Arizona. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "As the Arizona drought persists, Phoenix's water use continues to drop," 12 July 2018 The sweet spot for replicating the ancient injury turned out to be between 3.6 and 4.5 m/s, Gaudzinski-Windheuser told Ars. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists armed with spears demonstrate how Neanderthals hunted," 28 June 2018 Based on these numbers, the scientists determined that the sweet spot for exercise, in terms of improving longevity among people who had survived cancer as children, seems to be about an hour of brisk walking almost every day. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "For Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Walk," 20 June 2018 Given the Giants’ and Browns’ reluctance to move the second and fourth picks, the bet here was that both guys would go in the Top 4, which meant the sweet spot for Beane and Co. was 5. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Josh Rosen: Where Most NFL Teams See an Enigma, the Arizona Cardinals See Their Future," 3 May 2018 The value sweet spot seems to be the Premium ($34,195, before options) with the multimedia touch screen, Wi-Fi and heated front seats. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Subaru Ascent: A Bigger, Better Family SUV," 12 July 2018 Teams divide and conquer Each driver is trying to find the sweet spot for his car to line up on race day in the best position possible. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 Day 2: Andretti clocks 1st 227 mph lap, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing looks to future," 16 May 2018 With every outing, every strikeout or walk, every slider that spins past a swung bat or hangs in the zone and finds the barrel’s sweet spot, Ross becomes more valuable or slightly less so to the Padres. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Analysis: Tyson Ross is a stock Padres need to maintain high value," 8 May 2018 The front zippered pocket coupled with side and back pockets hit the sweet spot between too many and too few. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Shorts for Men," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of sweet spot

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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