The 3 Main Types of Mouse Grips

Example of claw grip side view
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    There’s no best or right way to hold a mouse, if you don’t have any issues with pain or aim with your current grip then you shouldn’t look to change it regardless of what pros use.

    Use this post as a reference to identify what mouse grip you use so you can identify which gaming mice are best for your grip.

    No single mouse is great for all types of grips, use this guide in combination with our best mouse picks and our gaming mouse size chart to really lock in what gaming mouse would work best for you.

    Here’s a quick video showing each individual grip if you’re just looking for a quick reference.

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    Palm grip

    Example of palm grip side view

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    • Low tension
    • Good for tracking
    • Promotes elbow and shoulder aim


    • Not great for rapid clicking
    • Quick micro adjustments are a little more difficult

    The palm grip is quintessential grip where the mouse makes contact with most of your fingers and, as it is named, the palm of your hand. The mouse is cupped in your hands with a relaxed, natural and low tension grip.

    The palm grip allows for good smooth control of the mouse really good for tracking and low sensitivity gaming, it’s less suitable for rapid clicking and quick micro adjustments. The palm grip is good for FPS aiming since it promotes more elbow and shoulder aiming versus relying on wrist movements which are little more irratic.

    Best Palm Grip Mice

    Logitech G703ErgonomicL/MSee Price
    Glorious Model DErgonomicMSee Price
    Logitech G Pro WirelessAmbiMSee Price
    G Wolves SkollErgonomicS/MSee Price
    Razer Mamba WirelessErgoMSee Price
    Zowie EC2-BErgonomicS/MSee Price
    Zowie S SeriesAmbiS/MSee Price


    Claw grip

    Example of claw grip side view

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    • Allows for rapid clicking
    • Better micro adjustment ability
    • Still good for arm aiming


    • High tension
    • Fatiguing

    The claw grip arches your main two fingers on the mouse buttons reducing overall contact with the mouse. The rear of your palm is still in contact with the mouse but generally less compared to a traditional palm grip.

    The claw grip allows for the mouse fingers to be much more responsive while also providing a little more pressure and grip onto your mouse for finer tracking movements. The grip also allows you to button mash much easier and still allows for quick micro adjustments with the wrist while not getting in the way of arm aiming.

    It’s a much more fatiguing grip than the palm grip so it could prove more difficult to use if you’re not used to the tension.

    Best Claw Grip Mice

    Razer Viper UltimateAmbiM/LSee Price
    Glorious Model O / Model O-AmbiS or M/LSee Price
    Endgame Gear XM1AmbiMSee Price
    Zowie FK SeriesAmbiM/LSee Price
    Finalmouse Ultralight 2AmbiSSee Price
    Zowie S SeriesAmbiS/MSee Price
    Logitech G Pro WirelessAmbiMSee Price
    Logitech G305AmbiSSee Price


    Finger tip grip

    Example of fingertip grip side view

    Example of fingertip grip top view

    Example of claw fingertip bottom view


    • Low tension
    • A lot of freedom of movement from the wrist
    • Fast grip


    • Lots of wrist movement, worse for consistency

    Fingertip grips remove the palm from the equation when controlling the mouse relying on only the fingers to control mouse movement, it’s usually reserved for people with really large hands or really small mice.

    The fingertip grip allows for the most amount of freedom relying heavily on the wrist and fingers. It’s the loosest grip of the three and is very low tension.

    While the fingertip grip may be fast, it’s much harder to get good and consistent with tracking since arm aiming is much less used with this grip.

    Best Fingertip Grip Mice

    Finalmouse Ultralight 2AmbiSSee Price
    Razer Viper Mini AmbiSSee Price
    Endgame Gear XM1 AmbiMSee Price
    Logitech G305AmbiSSee Price
    Zowie FK AmbiS/MSee Price
    Glorious Model O/O-AmbiS/MSee Price
    Zowie S seriesAmbiM/SSee Price

    What’s the best grip?

    There isn’t one! You’re going to perform best with the grip that’s most comfortable for you and your setup, I personally switch between palm for FPS and claw for MOBAs since claw is much better at spam clicking.

    If you really just want to optimize gameplay and your hand feels okay with it, I’d try going with a claw grip to start, it has the best of clicks and tracking at the cost of hand stress, so if you find it comfortable start there and find your fit.

    One way to figure out which grip is best for you is to get two mice of similar size but with each being better for a specific grip, a good example of this would be the Zowie EC2 and Zowie S2, the EC2 is better for palm, the S2 is better for claw, both are made for medium-ish hands, use both in both grips and see which one you prefer.


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    Raymond Sam

    Raymond Sam

    Raymond is the founder and chief editor of He's been reviewing gaming peripherals since 2017 and has reviewed over 200 mice, keyboards, controllers and other peripherals. He combines the hardware experience with a few thousand hours of DOTA 2, Starcraft , Street Fighter, Overwatch, Apex Legends and Call of Duty under his belt with the intention of adding several more thousand going forward.

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