Mouse Grips Comparison – What Should I Use?

by | Jul 22, 2019 | Beginner Guides

When using a gaming mouse, you may have noticed that you grip the mouse in a specific way. You can look at mouse grips as a stance, as a fighting stance, and each stance has its pros and cons. But no specific stance is better than the other, it comes down to personal preference.

It is helpful to know that there are different gaming mice made to adhere to a specific mouse grip. Knowing this can prevent you from buying a mouse that doesn’t support the grip you use.

With that said, we can finally get into the differences between the 3 main grips: Palm, Claw, and fingertip.

All About The Palm Grip

PalmGrip

Palm Grip
PROS
  • Precise.
  • Relaxed, less fatigued.
  • Very consistent
CONS
  • Restricted Movement , especially vertically.

The palm grip is the most natural mouse grip, your hand rests on mouse covering most of it.

The reason why the palm grip is so popular comes down to the consistency is offers. This grip will allow you to make more consistent hand movements compared to the other grips. Using this grip comes with limited dexterity, so you will find it hard making swift had movements.

The palm grip offers aim advantages that are uniquely used in Shooter/FPS games. It could help make you more consistent shots aiming for heads in games like CSGO and Fortnite. But it is all personal preference, and you should find what works best for you.

The palm grip is also popular among those with smaller hands or larger gaming mice.

When looking for a gaming mouse that is palm grip compatible, look for a mouse that curves in a way to support your entire hand. These mice tend to have more surface area to help the hand rest on the gaming mouse.

Palm grip users lack dexterity the most, this is a problem when trying to make swift and precise shots. The reason why they lack this dexterity is that they use the forearm instead of the wrist. That’s why it’s said that this grip is very restrictive.

All About The Claw Grip

Claw Grip

Claw Grip
PROS
  • Moderate movement speed.
  • Good for flicks.
  • Good for small mice.
  • Micro fingertip movements.
CONS
  • Hands may get fatigued.

The claw grip falls in the middle and is often said to be a hybrid between the palm and fingertip grip. When you use this grip, your hand must resemble a claw with the palm resting on the rear end of the mouse.

The gaming mice on the market that exist to help the claw grip user tend to be narrow and less heavy. You need a narrow & lighter mouse to reduce tension a heavy wide mouse can cause. The main reason why tension even occurs is because of the aggressive nature of the claw grip.

This type of grip offers a mixture of control and speed. Your hand is less restricted, but still retains parts of the hand for control.

With this grip, you also have extra verticle movement due to the release of restriction from the palm grip.

You can find when using this grip that your fingers allow you to do micro fingertip movements, perfect for fine adjustments.

You may find when using this grip that your hand might fatigue more than the other grips. This is because this grip increases tension in your hand.

All About The Finger Tip Grip

Fingertip grip

Finger-Tip Grip
PROS
  • Low tension.
  • Wrist freedom.
  • Lots of speed from wrist and arm movement.
CONS
  • Inconsistent.

The tip grip is the complete opposite of the palm grip, only your fingertips are with contact with the gaming mouse. Using this grip means you have less restriction, therefore maximum speed when using the mouse.

When using this grip, you also have wrist movement freedom, this is good for speed but bad for consistent aiming and tracking.

This grip is best used with light mouses. If you have a heavy gaming mouse, it will be difficult maintaining a grip as the mouse can easily slip out your hands.

If you’re going for a fingertip gaming mouse, its best to go for a mouse that weights less than 100grams. I find that when using a gaming mouse that weighs in at 100grams, it slips out of my fingers easily, even when using the rubber grips.

It may be hard finding a wireless fingertip gaming mouse, not in terms of shape, but in terms of weights. Wireless gaming mice usually weigh more than their wired counterpart, this is because they have a battery inside which increases the overall weight of the mouse.

The best mice for the fingertip grip are the mice that are not overly large, adding unnecessary weight to the mouse, wired, and feature rubber side grips so the mouse doesn’t slip out your hand easily.

Remember, using this grip means you will have as much speed as possible, you don’t want the mouse flying out your hand when you need to perform a quick sudden movement.

Conclusion, What Grip Is Best?

There is no best mouse grip, although they do all have their benefits. You should probably get familiar with all the grips to find what’s best for you.

If you like consistency then the palm grip is best for you. But remember that you will have limited dexterity.

If you like a balance between speed and consistency, then the claw grip is for you. Remember that the claw grip has a reputation for creating high tension, and medical problems like carpal tunnel.

If you like speed, low tension, and wrist freedom then the fingertip is good for you. Pick up a light gaming mouse so your mouse doesn’t slip out your hands. Also if you go for the wireless option, make sure the mice weigh at most 100grams.

Also, adjusting your DPI for the type of grip you use could also help improve your mouse movement. For example, the palm grip suffers more with mouse speed, perhaps increasing the DPI could help compensate.

I have written an article about mouse DPI, you can find it by clicking here.