When we talk about the different mouse grips, we’re talking about the three common ways of holding your mouse. If you play FPS games like Counter-Strike, then you already understand the way your mouse is held plays a big part in your aim, reaction time and accuracy.
When it comes to grip-styles there are three basic types, claw, palm and fingertip. Each style suits a different situation because not one grip fits all scenarios. There are no clear guidelines to use for each type of mouse grip because it depends on the player.
Below are the three common mouse techniques everyone should attempt during gaming. It’s all about trying the different ways of holding your mouse to suit you better in accuracy, reaction time, aim and also makes it ergonomically efficient if gaming is your passion.
There’re many external factors you have to account for when you’re gripping your mouse like how many people are alive on your team versus how many are alive on the other team, your positioning, getting ready for initiation and many other things.
If you observe players on any professional teams, you’ll notice the way they hold their mouse and the way they aim fluctuates in combination of the three types of grips. But as we said, it all depends on the situation of the game.
Every professional CS: GO player has an optimized mouse for their needs. But since they're pro, they have more specific needs to increase their overall performance as a professional gamer. Check this out if you want to optimize your mouse for better balance when playing CS: GO or any FPS game.
Which mouse is best?
Because each model of gaming mice has a particular shape, size, weight and feel, they’ll fit your hand differently. If you have a bigger hand, then you’ll want a bigger and heavier mouse that’s able to suit your grip-style. Vice versa for smaller hands, you’ll want a smaller mouse for better and faster aim. On the other hand, if you have no hands and play CS, you’re a god.
There’s no such thing as the best mouse. The only difference is practicing with the mouse that suits you best. If you current mouse feels lunky or doesn't fit your hand properly, try different mouse grip techniques with different combinations and if it still doesn't work you then it's time to get a new one.
The Claw Grip
The claw grip is when your trigger fingers (index and middle) fingers are raised with your knuckles facing upwards indicating you’re ready for anything. Your thumb, ring finger and pinkie should either be on the sides of the mouse or on any extra buttons you may have.
Points of contact
Because the fingers are arched up and not straining the knuckle part of your hand, the flow of movement is easier on the wrist giving it the “glide effect”.
There should be six sides of contact with the index finger, middle finger, ring finger, pinkie, thumb and lower palm sitting on the mouse. Depending on how far your mouse is placed away from you, your wrist or forearm should be against the table to stop any straining for better reaction based movements.
This type of grip makes movement faster and more agile compared to the other two grips. It’s especially good if you use a low DPI.
Since the claw grip works off the glide effect, your accuracy is reduced because of the potential increase in movement speed. This is especially good for bigger areas requiring a larger turn-rate like de_dust2’s t-spawn to B, cobblestones bomb-site A or B, all of de_nukes outside, mirage A, and many more.
Claw grip suits who?
This grip is good for most CS: GO rifler’s because of the fast turn rate in a small area indicating a faster pull-down for recoil control, and faster aim from the “glide effect” but less accuracy. Because riflers don’t have to constantly zoom in and out, they have a wider angle view making it high movement speed more viable. The trigger fingers are more responsive due to little strain on the hand.
When it comes to claw grip vs palm grip, I would recommend using a hybrid of both at certain times or sticking with one the majority of your in-game time. Understanding which different types of mouse grip suits you will make you a better player.
The Fingertip Grip
As the name implies, this grip uses just the fingertips. With your hand flowing free, this way of holding your mouse gives the least precision because lack of support against the mouse. The turn rate of this technique is higher but less accurate compared to the other two techniques. The fingertip grip works with any CS: GO rifle, especially the SG553 or the AUG because of the scopes for erratic movements. We strongly recommend to stay away from the AWP or the Scout while using this mouse grip technique.
Points of contact
When using this technique, only the tips of your trigger-fingers, ring, pinkie and thumb touch the mouse. While this grip lacks the basic backbone for accuracy, the speed at which you can move is high, even if you kill an enemy with a fluke.
Compared to the other two, this one is less accurate but has a better rate of turning making it easier to watch multiple positions or a narrow pathway like de_dust2’s long and short or catwalks elbow. There is no proper way to use this and it all comes down to trying different combination in many areas of multiple maps.
Since we deem the this to be the least accurate out of the three different mouse grips, we suggest using this when you’re having fun and testing different things. You can have a multitude of combinations for holding your mouse. You should be testing what suits you by trying out all these techniques at different times.
Fingertip Grip Suits who?
We would recommend this for people with big hands with strong finger. This grip will definitely give you better a better reaction time but when it comes to accuracy, it’s hard to master. In most cases you would be using palm or claw grip but it truly depends on the individual and how it suits their FPS playing style.
The fingertip grip is best suited for MMO or RTS because of the quick flow of movements and has the least strain on your arm and hand.
NOTE: this is the least effective grip for FPS gaming. Find a different grip if you can.
The Palm Grip
The most natural grip of the three mice grip techniques. With a combination of the palm grip and the fingertip grip, it’s the default grasp everyone starts with. You would’ve started using this mouse-hold when you started your using PC.
Points of contact
There are seven points of contact on your hand when grasping the mouse, the index, middle, ring, pinkie, thumb, upper palm and lower palm.
Since you’re using your whole hand to hold the mouse, your accuracy and aim will depend on your wrist or arm. The more space your arm takes on the table, the further you can turn.
The downside is your accuracy has decreased because of the faster movements you’re able to do. In saying so, this technique is high in accuracy in a small area of your screen.
Palm grip suits who?
While this grip is pretty much universal for most cases, there are specific scenarios for this mouse technique. If you’re awping or scouting this mouse technique would give you the most accuracy out of all the three different mouse grips.
Due to the nature of this grasp, strain is higher compared to the other two techniques because its based off your forearm or wrist making the movements. On the other hand, it gives you greater control and better accuracy.
NOTE: this should be the first grip that automatically syncs while playing FPS games. If not, try using this grip first because it's the most effective out of the different mouse grips for FPS.
Does one size fit all?
The short answer is no. There are too many things to factor in when you’re using different mouse grip techniques. Everyone has different hand-spans, shapes and habits. Tuning to one mouse or one equipment to fit multiple aspects just won’t work. It’s also ergonomically harmful to your hand for long-term effects if you play CS: GO for lengthy periods of time.
Test different mouse grips in casual mode for a better feel of what you like and in which combination. Final words are to do what comes naturally. Your body should adjust to CS: GO requirements to be a better player. As you continue to play, you should innately understand how you hold your mouse and what level of sensitivity works best.
When you do find something that works, stick with it. Write it down. Never forgot it. It's all about testing different things and seeing what works best for you.
These aren’t the only way of holding your mouse. Listed above are the basic three, the ones that you’ll come across when you game non-stop and get bored of the same way of holding your mouse. We started gaming with one type of grip then transitioned into more and suited grips, this might or is happening to you.
When it comes down to finding the best mouse for FPS, you can only attempt through trying. There’s an ocean of different mouse’s you can choose from and the majority won’t suit you. Find the one that suits you best by understanding your hand-habits first. You can only do that by playing and testing the various grips in many combinations.
No professional gamer has the answers. Copying the way they play can only get you so far. Everyone has a natural game-sensitivity. Find yours and never forget it.