Mouse Grip Types - What's the Difference?

Mouse Grip Types - What's the Difference?

When gaming, gamers are often quick to talk about or recommend a gaming product that others can use to improve their performance, or even talking about different gaming rigs. However, the way on how to exactly use that product to improve your performance, may not be so easily said.

Today, we’re going to talk about the different mouse grip styles and which is best for you. Ultimately, it’s your decision on how you take on the game and win! With that said, let’s jump into the topic!

When first choosing a gaming mouse from Fantech, it may be a bit overwhelming! So many different designs and styles, but each has its purpose!

Let’s take a look into what these mouse grip types offer and how they’re different.

As of the time of reading this, you may have never considered how you grip your mouse - don’t worry, I was the same at one point. You are definitely NOT alone on this.

But if you really want to improve your gaming and take on the competition, then knowing about different grip types will make a big difference.




This may sound like some type of kung-fu move, or something you’ve heard in an action film. However, it’s actually something that most people do, according to recent reports. This is one of the most common grip types that most computer users will use, and many gamers still prefer this, such as myself.

For palm grip, you rest your entire hand on the upper and sides of the mouse, with your two fingers on the two buttons, and your thumb on the side. With this position, your arm will do most of the heavy work, which makes it perfect for large gliding movements, rather than precise movements.

A mouse with a medium-large shell/size is recommended to ensure your palm is rested properly on it.

Relaxed Grip Type – Perfect for long sessions
Easier Control – Great for long gliding motions
Less precise than other grip types
Not exactly the most comfortable due to arm strain

Best mouse for Palm Grip!


  • PixArt 3389 Gaming Sensor
  • Up to 400 IPS / 50G Acceleration
  • On-the-fly Adjustable DPI 50-16,000 DPI
  • 1000Hz Polling Rate
  • Omron 50 Million Clicks Lifetime
  • RGB 16.8 Million Customizable Color Options
  • Eight Independently Programmable Buttons
  • 1.8m Nylon Braided USB Cable
  • Size: 130mm x 70mm x 40mm



Next up, we have claw grip. Not only does this sound cool, it is cool as well. Claw grip is useful for fast reactions and movement speed, which makes it popular for games that require fast reaction times. Think FPS, and other games of the sort, all the way up to esports - thats claw grip territory.

As you may be able to guess from the name, this grip will end up making your hand look like a claw holding the mouse. Your palm rests on the edge of the mouse, with your two fingers arching upwards and resting on the buttons. As you won’t be resting your entire hand on the mouse unlike palm grip, this grip allows you to place less weight on the mouse, which allows for faster movements.

This grip is most suitable for mouse with a low-profile hump to allow your hand to be as comfortable as possible.

Fast gliding motion
More stability and precision than palm grip
Good middle-ground between the two other types
Possibly less precise
Higher chance of strain due to finger arch

Best mouse for Claw Grip!


  • PixArt 3360 Gaming Sensor
  • Up to 250 IPS / 50G Acceleration
  • On-the-fly Adjustable DPI 100-12,000 DPI
  • 1000Hz Polling Rate
  • Omron 20 Million Clicks Lifetime
  • RGB 16.8 Million Customizable Color Options
  • Seven Independently Programmable Buttons
  • 1.8m Paracord USB Cable
  • Size: 125mm x 62mm x 42mm


Now, this may seem odd, but I promise you, it definitely isn’t. While this may be the most difficult grip type to master, it does provide the fastest reaction times - if you can do it properly.

With this grip type, your entire palm does not touch the mouse at all, unlike palm grip. Only your fingertips touch the mouse. With such minimal contact, you’re able to make movements as fast as possible. However, it may be less agile and less precise, depending on your skill with the grip.

An ultra-light weight gaming mouse with a small size, is recommended for this type of grip, especially if you have smaller hands.

Fastest grip for reaction times
Quicker mouse clicks
Difficult grip to master due to the complexity
Less agile or precise, depending on skill level

Best mouse for Fingertip Grip!


  • PixArt 3335 Gaming Sensor
  • Up to 400 IPS / 40G Acceleration
  • On-the-fly Adjustable DPI 100-16,000 DPI
  • 1000Hz Polling Rate
  • Huano 50 Million Clicks Lifetime
  • Running RGB with 4 RGB modes
  • Six Independently Programmable Buttons
  • 1.8m Type-C Paracord
  • Size: 120mm x 58mm x 38mm

The best mouse grip is…. whichever you prefer! It all depends on the type of mouse you are using, and what you feel comfortable with. You may benefit from trying a new grip, but you may feel more comfortable with what grip you’ve been using for multiple years now. 

With MOBA and some FPS games, you need to react as fast as possible, which means fingertip or claw grip may be better than palm grip. However, you may experience more accuracy and precision with palm grip, if you’ve grown comfortable with it already.

Getting used to grips can be difficult when you’re already so used to using what you already know. If you want to improve your gaming skill by using another grip type, we recommend first trying claw grip as it isn’t too different from palm grip. It can be tricky to directly from palm grip to fingertip grip, so keep that in mind.