sweet spot

noun
plural sweet spots

Definition of sweet spot

1 sports : the area around the center of mass of a bat, a racket, or the head of a club that is the most effective part with which to hit a ball If the bat connects near its sweet spot … it vibrates very little, much as a tennis racket feels solid if you hit the ball on the racket's sweet spot.— Sharon Begley The shape of the clubhead has a pronounced effect on [golf] shots that are not hit out of the sweet spot of the club …— Steen Winther
2 : an ideal or most favorable location, level, area, or combination of factors for a particular activity or purpose Many doctors have concluded that there is something of a sweet spot on the age-education-experience continuum. They seek out clinicians who are no more than 10 years out of residency, old enough to have some mileage, young enough to be up to speed.— Nancy Gibbs, et al. To seafood men, Fulton is the jewel of the Atlantic coast, the sweet spot on the seaboard, and the best fish from Maine to Florida rolls into the markets in refrigerated trucks.— Jonathan Gold "We are considering a lot of options with the site," says Zach Nelson, executive vice president of marketing. "I think we are right in the sweet spot of what's required to make e-business happen."— Daniel Roth The winery in Rutherford, best known for its loamy Cabernet Sauvignon, has a sweet spot of 8 acres for Chardonnay, which has produced spectacular wines.— James Laube

Examples of sweet spot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clad in the same steel used for the fireplace, this wet bar and wine storage cabinet is a sweet spot for preparing drinks for friends and clients. David Nash, House Beautiful, 9 June 2021 But my sweet spot is from 8:30 in the morning to 12:30 in the afternoon. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 7 June 2021 The sweet spot for the Lions to add a linebacker is probably Day 2 of the draft. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2021 For Flannery, the sweet spot is around 30 to 35 days. Mary Squillace, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2021 Revered for its photogenic fro-yo mountains and decadent vegan cookie dough, the sweet spot is a West Los Angeles staple among locals who have enjoyed its chilly treats for more than three decades. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Sent Me to the ER rabbit hole), but her sweet spot is scammers, elaborate cover-ups, and scandals like American Greed. Michelle Lee, Allure, 12 May 2021 Our business idea of fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way is really our sweet spot. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 6 May 2021 In addition to finding a global sweet spot in terms of timing, there are also Disney+'s servers to consider. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sweet spot

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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22 Jun 2021

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“Sweet spot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20spot. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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