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

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Recent Examples on the Web That's likely because, like the lungs, the intestinal lining is loaded with ACE2 receptors, the sweet spot where the spokes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus attach and enter the body's cells. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Covid-19 symptoms: What we know now and what to do," 10 July 2020 The 10-speed automatic is happy to keep it in its torquey sweet spot. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Cadillac CT4 450T Suffers from a Lack of Refinement," 8 July 2020 Infrastructure has been a sweet spot for China in India, as per policy think tank Brookings India (pdf). Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India will need to step up if it wants to avoid Chinese money for its infrastructure projects," 2 July 2020 The effective sweet spot was incredibly small, so much so that Focals required every customer to show up to a physical store and have their head 3D scanned to allow a custom pair of glasses to be made for them. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Glass 3.0? Google acquires smart glasses maker North," 1 July 2020 In 2019, researchers determined Enceladus' ocean is likely 1 billion years old, placing it in the sweet spot for supporting life. Fox News, "NASA wants to use a steam-powered robot to explore icy moons that could host alien life," 29 June 2020 This Acne Solutions liquid makeup foundation, $29.50, will also put you right above the $29 sweet spot price point. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "You can get a free 7-piece Clinique gift at Macy's right now—here's how," 29 June 2020 During his 16 years as host, the Comedy Central show became a juggernaut of political satire, hitting a sweet spot of earnest outrage and playful humor that hadn't been seen before. Jacob Lambert, TheWeek, "Jon Stewart's disappointing return," 26 June 2020 Leary, who voiced Ford Trucks ads from 2007 to 2018, has a strong connection to first responders, which aligns with the sweet spot of the Ford F-150 customer, said Dawn McKenzie, Ford truck communications manager. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Actor Denis Leary, real-life customer, to host big Ford F-150 reveal," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of sweet spot

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Sweet spot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20spot. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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