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Mouse Grip Styles: Which One is Right for You?

How you hold a gaming mouse depends on what you want to achieve. There are many ways to wield your clicky weapon of doom, but not all of them are right for the task at hand.

There are three main styles of mouse grips—palm, claw, and tip/fingertip. How you hold your mouse can make a big difference in your reaction time, agility, and comfort. We’re going to review them all, but first, let’s answer a time-old question:

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What is the best way to hold a gaming mouse?

In short, the proper way to hold a gaming mouse depends on personal preference and what game you’re playing. Certain grips offer different advantages, and not all grips will work for you based on the size, weight, and shape of your mouse and size of your hands.

DO: Grip the mouse gently, keeping your wrist straight and your arm parallel to your body. Rest your arm on the table. Take a 10-15 minute break every hour if you can, to rest and stretch your fingers, shoulders, and wrists. Here are a few tips from WebMD to help prevent carpal tunnel.

“If you play like this, STOP. Your wrist will get owned!” - Shroud

The 3 Main Mouse Grip Styles

Mouse grip styles are essential for gamers because they directly affect how you control and maneuver your mouse during gameplay. There are primarily three main mouse grip styles.

Each grip style has its advantages, and the choice often depends on personal preference, hand size, and the type of games you play. Experimenting with different grip styles can help you find the most comfortable and effective one for your gaming needs.

1. Palm Grip

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**Photo:** Riot Games

Relaxed and up for anything, palm is “The Dude” of gaming grips. It is achieved by resting your entire hand on the mouse with your thumb resting gently on one side and your little/pinky finger resting on the other. A majority of work is done by your arm, making the palm grip ideal for large gliding motions.

  • Pros: Relaxed grip, more control for both large gliding and delicate movements in-game
  • Cons: Less precision, repeated movements can cause arm and shoulder strain

Mouse Type: This grip works best with a higher profile, such as the Rival 600 or 650.

2. Claw Grip

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As the name suggests, claw grip is achieved by resting the palm on your mouse and arching your index and middle fingers up into a pose worthy of a Kung Fu master. Like a mighty tiger ready to strike, the claw grip allows your fingers to react quickly for more precise actions.

Pros: Fast glide motion, better stability and precision

Cons: Speed compromises accuracy, high finger arch can cause strain faster

Mouse Type: Go for ergonomic with a high-to-medium profile, such as the Rival 710 or 600

3. Tip/Fingertip Grip

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**Photo:** Riot Games

If you have a need for speed, the fingertip aka tip mouse grip may be for you. With a slight arch in the hand, rest the tips of your fingers, but not your palm, onto the mouse. Minimum contact between the player’s hand and the mouse allow for swift movements like a ninja hopped up on caffeine.

  • Pros: Faster reaction time, quick mouse clicks
  • Cons: Less agility, more difficult to master

Mouse Type: Smaller mice with silicone side grips, such as the Rival 110, offer lightweight mobility and anti-slip surfaces.

There is no right way, just YOUR way.

A quick way to evaluate which grip works best for you in a controlled way is to play aim training exercises alternating between the different grips. Compare your results. Ideally you should pick one exercise, for example 3D Aim Trainer's "6T Shell Bounce Box 180" which is the first verified clicking exercise in their aim academy. Check your stats after each run and see how the different grip impacted your result.