Types of Mouse Grip

One way to begin thinking about the computer mouse that will work best for you is considering how you hold the device. Believe it or not, there are three common hand positions people use to grip the mouse. They all come with their own unique advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take a look at all three now.

Most popular types of Mouse Grip

  • Fingertip Grip

fingertip grip mouseThe fingertip grip is fairly-self explanatory in that you’re really only touching the mouse with the tips of your fingers. This grip allows you the best range of motion because you can move the mouse simply by extending and retracting your fingers. It works great for playing RTS games or working in a desktop environment.

  • Claw Grip

Claw grip mouseClaw grip is similar to fingertip grip expect for the fact that your palm is connected to your mouse at all times. Your ring finger and pinkie will most likely wrap around the sides of the mouse a bit too. While this grip won’t offer you the same kind of mobility that you’d get from the one above, it will definitely afford you more control. It’s also easier to access the fourth and fifth buttons if your mouse has them.

  • Palm Grip

Palm grip mouseWith palm grip, practically your entire hand is making contact with the mouse. Your fingertips may not be touching it though because extending your fingers out means that they might be slightly off the mouse or facing forward instead of down. On some mice, however, you may have to draw your index and/or middle finger back so that it connects with its left and right clickers, as some models don’t have them wrap over the edge where your fingertips would otherwise lie. Palm grip will let you move your mouse at higher speeds, measured in Inches Per Second (ISP). It’s also the best grip for reducing fatigue.

Depending on the size and shape of your hands, you may find that some hybrid version of these three grips works best. Obviously, what you’re using the mouse for will play a large role too.