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On google the definition of "sweet spot" has to do with a tennis racket. I'm looking for a broader more general term, maybe it's an idiom in our culture, there's no denying that Sweet Spot means a harmonious balance for just about anything. Can you give me another word for this?

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I'm not sure if there's one general term or idiom. The concept of an optimal point, or an optimum, has inspired many words, phrases, and idioms.

Here are a couple.

(1) That [really] hit the spot.

The Free Dictionary defines it this way:

hit the spot

to be exactly what is wanted or needed

We usually use it when referring to food. For example, "That pumpkin pie really hit the spot."


(2) Hit the bull's eye.

The Free Dictionary defines it this way:

hit the bull's-eye

  1. to hit the very center of a circular target.
  2. to achieve the goal perfectly.

An example would be, "You really hit the bull's eye with your essay on U.S. politics."

  • Maybe it's just me, but the big font makes me feel like you're shouting. – aparente001 Nov 28 '16 at 2:08
  • Pumpkin pie does hit the spot -- but that has nothing to do with the "sweet spot." – aparente001 Nov 28 '16 at 2:17
  • @aparente001 Are these comments even necessary? You sound like one of the hostile ELU users who just wants to prove that he/she is better than others through snarky comments. – ktm5124 Nov 28 '16 at 2:30
  • No hostility intended, and I am sorry my comments came across that way. But would you rather I downvoted with no explanation? Please do not hesitate to raise a flag when you see a not-nice comment or answer. That will bring it to a moderator's attention. – aparente001 Nov 28 '16 at 2:34
  • @aparente001 The big font came about because I used the # character. I was trying to enumerate my two examples, and I accidentally discovered that it increases the font. I chose to keep it. – ktm5124 Nov 28 '16 at 2:36
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there's no denying that Sweet Spot means a harmonious balance for just about anything.

I am not sure about the "anything" part. In sports, sweet spot is:

a place where a combination of factors results in a maximum response for a given amount of effort. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_spot_%28sports%29

The term is also used in acoustics and in phonetics. If you want a generic term, I would suggest optimal configuration.

optimal
best or most favorable; optimum : seeking the optimal solution.

New Oxford American Dictionary

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perfect balance

Here is an example: String players find that there is a sweet spot in terms of the bow's distance from the bridge. If you get too close to the bridge, your tone could be raspy; if you don't get close enough, your tone will be wimpy and won't project. The zone of perfect balance is rather wide when you are playing in first position, because the freely vibrating portion of the string is very long. But when you're in a high position, for example fifth position (violin/viola) or thumb position (cello, bass), the vibrating portion of the string is much shorter, so the zone of perfect balance is much narrower, and you have to hit it right on the nail in order to get an effective sound.

When you don't resort to using the phrase "sweet spot," you must explain the trade-offs involved quite clearly.

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