There are different mouse grip styles that all have certain advantages and disadvantages and they require different mice for best results. The following are the most common mouse grip styles.
It’s the most comfortable style of a grip as you place your entire hand on the mouse, lay your fingers on the buttons and use your palm to move the mouse around, feeling the movement in your wrist and forearm. It’s the most natural way for people to use a mouse and it’s very comfortable, great if you’re playing for many hours at a time as your hand will not tire easily. While it’s faster than other grips, using your wrist to move the mouse and your whole finger to press the buttons makes this grip less precise, so people who must have very precise movements, like first person shooters players, might need to try something different. Most mice work well for this grip, but the best ones have a bigger bump on the back end to rest your palm on.
The palm grip’s fault with decreased precision and speed are no problem at all with the fingertip grip as this grip is controlling the mouse entirely with your fingertips and your palm is never on the mouse. It’s basically the complete opposite of the palm grip as it’s an excellent grip when you want maximum speed and precision in your gaming session, but it’s much more fatiguing because your wrist is always in the air, your hand doesn’t get a rest like it does with the palm grip. With a lot of practice, you can master the fingertip grip and take advantage of the faster reactions, but be sure to rest from time to time. The best mice for this grip are smaller and flatter than regular.
Somewhere between the palm and fingertip grip lies the claw grip, a type of grip that gets its name from the way your hand looks when holding the mouse – your palm rests on the back while your top fingers are arched above the mouse and you press the buttons with your fingertips alone, while you use your thumb, pinky finger and ring finger to assume more control over the mouse. This grip increases your speed and control over the mouse as you’re using a lighter touch, but it’s more straining than the palm grip (although less draining than the fingertip grip), so it still takes some getting used to and plenty of practice. It’s a bit of an unnatural position for the hand and it can lead to fatigue, but it’s worth using when you want better speed and precision without having to try the more draining fingertip grip, so it’s useful to try by any gamer.
When buying a new mouse, you need to consider the size and grip of the mouse – it’s as much preference as it is finding the best mouse for your favorite grip. Smaller mice are great with the palm and claw grip both, although the palm grip could use a mouse with a larger bump on the back while the fingertip grip is best with a flatter mouse. The claw grip is great with almost any mouse, but those with high-lipped edges tend to be better than others. Take into consideration that performance is important, but so is feeling comfortable when playing for long hours.