How to hold a gaming mouse?

Holding a gaming mouse properly depends on your hand size, preference and games you’re playing.

In this article we’ll breakdown some of the different mouse grip styles that are most popular with pro gamers.

Palm Grip

Palm grip is the most prevalent way to hold a mouse for most gaming enthusiasts. A palm grip is comfortable and allows you to rest your fingers on the mouse buttons.

This grip is suitable for most games, but some types of games require a different mouse grip.

On a typical gaming mouse your middle and index fingers should rest on the mouse buttons.

This is one of the most popular mouse grips with most gaming mice. It allows for playing games hours on end, in a comfortable and easy to use way.

palm grip

Claw Grip

Claw grip is similar to the previous grip, but you keep your pinky finger off the table and your thumb on top of the mouse.

You can use this if you feel that you have less precise aim with a normal grip or if your hand gets tired easily.

You can also use it to rest your palm on the table when you are not using the mouse buttons.

This grip is most popular for FPS types, looking for quick flicks. It is best suited to people with bigger palms and long fingers and the gripping style can be uncomfortable if you’re new to this grip method.

Fingertip Grip

Fingertip grip is used by keeping your fingers off the buttons and resting them only on the very edge of the mouse.

This grip provides good maneuverability, but prevents you from performing many actions with one hand – for example you cannot type while using this grip (I still recommend getting a keyboard wrist support though).

I would recommend this grip mainly to people who play fps games where positioning is important.

This gaming mouse grip provides moderate comfort. It requires lots of muscle memory to get used to.

Out of all the mouse gripping styles it seems suited to a pro gamer that plays fast paced games.

how to hold a gaming mouse

Stick Grip

Stick grip is just holding the bottom of an “ordinary” stick in between your index finger and thumb, without pressing any other keys down with another hand. If you are used to holding your forearm up or have long arms this is also an option.

Forearm Grip

Forearm grip is not suited for most games, but if you are playing a game where it is vital for positioning (e.g. Starcraft 2) and you use an ergonomic keyboard wrist support I would recommend using this grip as well. You can rest your forearm on the table without the support, but the support significantly increases accuracy over time with practice.

Closed fist grip

Closed fist grip is only suitable for players who have severe gaming mouse hand pains – resting your fingers on the buttons will decrease pain dramatically in most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome or similar issues.

Best suited for use with ergonomic gaming mice, it helps with pain free horizontal mouse movement and allows for easy mouse movements without getting repetitive strain injury.

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