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 The constraints of staying out of the MCU, plus staying separate from the ongoing X-Men film franchise managed to create the perfect avenue for Deadpool to find its sweet spot as an adult superhero series. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 22 July 2022 Use a split-top bun or a standard sausage roll, whatever relish is nearby, and whatever pickled pepper hits your Scoville sweet spot. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 3 July 2022 So, basically, the Heat are back in their sweet spot. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 28 May 2022 This new moisturizer from Namesake hits my sweet spot of not too-too heavy, but a little goes a long way. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 12 May 2022 Anker finds the mid-tier sweet spot with its Nebula Mars II Pro that’s suitable for both your home entertainment setup and backyard (or rooftop!) excursions. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 July 2022 EDPs are the popular sweet spot on the fragrance levels chart, containing between 15 and 20 percent perfume oil. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 30 June 2022 Hank hit the sweet spot that raised country music’s postwar profile. Richard Selden, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 The sweet spot in tech is determining how an organization can leverage its resources to solve actual business problems—solutions that resources alone can’t guarantee. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sweet spot

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Last Updated

28 Jul 2022

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“Sweet spot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20spot. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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