For certain games or activities, the traditional “cover with your palm and slide around” grip won’t be as effective or efficient as other methods.
And, in some competitive gaming environments, you need every advantage in terms of response time for pushing buttons or moving rapidly.
Along with quick actions, many gamers may also want something more suited for prolonged use.
After a multi-hour gaming session, hands or digits could get tired and sore using traditional mouse grips, so it’s nice to find ways to briefly relax cramped muscles without stopping the game.
These reasons are why some mouse manufactures have created devices with different configurations especially for gaming use.
But a conventional mouse can also work well if you utilize it in different ways. When trying to figure out how to hold a gaming mouse effectively, try some of these methods.
The Claw Grip
Instead of laying your palm flat against the mouse surface, your hand perches over it.
Although your fingertips are always near the buttons, you don’t have as much pressure on the actual mouse surface. This can provide a good deal of precise movement and ability to control where your mouse is pointing rather than roughly sliding around.
This lighter touch may be uncomfortable at first, and may cause muscle strain over prolonged periods of gameplay.
But it does have advantages in that you can simply drop your hand onto the mouse during periods of rest.
Rather than covering the mouse completely with your hand or hovering like in The Claw, this grip requires players to push buttons and provide direction with fingertips only.
This avoids strain to the rest of the hand and can offer quick, responsive reactions.
While it might be handy for situations where small ‘micro’ movements are beneficial, it might not be great for larger motions where fast scrolling and action are required. Some ergonomic devices also can be difficult to use in this position.
This is considered the most traditional grip option, where you provide direction from the bottom of your palm, which lines up against the bottom of the mouse.
Your fingers stretch out to reach the buttons.
This position doesn’t produce the hand strain of some of the others but can be uncomfortable for people with shorter fingers.
It also may not work well in situations when small motions are encouraged, so reactions may be slow.