sweet spot

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

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That flexibility under one umbrella may be the sweet spot between traditional cable lock-in and the new Wild West of multi-subscription chaos. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu Bundle Is the First Bomb Dropped in the Video Streaming War," 7 Aug. 2019 Some might even argue that's the sweet spot for many of the impulse purchases we're bound to make. Lee Neikirk, USA TODAY, "The best Prime Day deals under $50 you can still get," 16 July 2019 Haghayegh emphasized that the sweet spot for warm baths was in the one-to-two-hour range and that taking a warm bath 15 minutes before bed was too soon to achieve the same effect. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A hot bath 1 or 2 hours before bedtime can significantly improve your sleep, researchers say," 24 July 2019 MyndVR’s sweet spot is giving virtual experiences to seniors of any level of cognitive ability. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Why a Dallas VR company thinks its tech can help aging adults unlock memories," 3 July 2019 Resin 3D Printer for $200 ($100 off): 3D printers range from massive and expensive to small and cheap, and this one sits right in the sweet spot of price and functionality. Wired Staff, WIRED, "16 Killer Deals on iPad, Galaxy S10E, TV Speakers, and More," 8 June 2019 That’s the sweet spot for the 30 full-time drivers — first, qualify for the playoffs, and then drive in the final 10 races to advance to each stage. John Smallwood, Philly.com, "Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch have dominated, but Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season far from over," 30 May 2018 Hager brings a profound, lifelong love of literature, and manages to hit that sweet spot of quality and accessibility. David Canfield, EW.com, "How Jenna Bush Hager became the new book club queen," 24 June 2019 And cranking the heat—425°F is the sweet spot—helps to achieve exterior browning and caramelization more quickly, so that the veggies stay crisp-tender. Bon Appétit, "This Cheesy, Crispy Broccoli Skillet Might Be the Best Thing I’ve Ever Made," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of sweet spot

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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