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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Or head for more of a sweet spot like the 8900 ($150). Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Choose the Right Electric Shaver," 26 Oct. 2018 Big, bulky, and colorful kicks continue to be a favorite of the hyper-fashionable crowd and hypebeasts alike, and the Yung-1 falls right into that sweet spot. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Adidas's Hardest-To-Get Sneaker Can Finally Be Yours," 28 June 2018 San Diego County should be in the temperature sweet spot today: not too warm, not too cool. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pleasant weather Thursday, but temperatures swinging back up," 3 May 2018 Baleen whales are much larger than the magic 1,000 pounds sweet spot. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why Are Whales So Massive? It’s All About Energy," 27 Mar. 2018 Dance music trio Cheat Codes really found a sweet spot in the pop crossover lane. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Cheat Codes Tease Little Mix Collab 'Only You': Listen," 18 June 2018 Ash was durable, light and had a sizable sweet spot. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Ashes of an industry: A Pennsylvania tradition is dying, one baseball bat at a time," 14 June 2018 Why this matters: Amazon’s Fire HD tablets are among the most popular budget Android tablets around, and the 8-inch model hits the sweet spot for price and features. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet sacrifices battery life for always-on Alexa," 6 Sep. 2018 Short, unpaved runways of 3,000 feet are their sweet spots. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sweet spot

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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