Each person’s grip and comfort is subjective, as are mouse grips and there is not one comfortable grip or mouse that can satisfy every user, be it for gaming or for office work.

Generally speaking each person falls into three types of grips when they use their mouse; the Claw Grip, the Palm Grip and finally the Tip Grip. Each grip type has different points at which the users hand is in contact with the mouse. Depending on these combination you’ll find that they may be suited for a different gaming style and give strengths to certain types of games.  For instance a claw grip player would be best suited to a claw grip mouse.

The Most Popular Gaming Mouse Grips; The Claw, Tip and Palm Style

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Palm Grip

This is by far the most popular type of grip and is used by over 50% of all mouse users. This is the most natural way which the hand rests on the mouse and so you can understand why most people adopt this method of holding their mouse, it’s simply the most natural feel. The hand and mouse are in contact the mouse out of the three methods and more contact is given, meaning a lot more control. Mice that are built around this grip are longer and have a steeper arch back to give better support of the hand.
Advantages: More relaxed position, good for gliding control, good for delicate controls

Disadvantages: Not good for games needing speed or rapid repeating movements suffer in agility

Claw Grip

With this grip the hand is arched upwards giving less contact between the hand and the mouse, forming a claw shape. These types of claw grip mouse are more suited towards RTS games. The arch is generally larger and more aggressive and usually shorter.
Finding the best claw grip mouse will five you the following advantages and disadvantages;

Advantages: Suited towards fast gliding, gives a feeling of greater control when moving back and forth.

Disadvantages: Not overly comfortable for long term gaming, stress on the hands.

 claw grip mouse

Tip Grip

This is the most extreme type of mouse grip people adopt and its the one where there is minimum contact between the mouse and the hand, giving the user ultimate control and extreme movements without the palm or wrist being a hindrance. Mice aimed around this grip tend to be made light, short and with a very low back arch.
Advantages: Ultimate speed mice and fast control

Disadvantages: Not suited for agile movements or movements which need a gliding control

The fourth type: Hybrid mouse grip

Although not talked about much in the gaming forums the hybrid mouse grip is, as the name suggests, a combination of a number of grips dependant on where the palm and fingers are in contact with the mouse. As people have unique grips a lot of people could potentially be classed as having a hybrid grip and some mouse companies have even catered for this by giving the option of multiple mouse bodies that are interchangeable.

Claw vs Palm Grip

Whenever gamers get onto the subject of mouse grips it always comes back to the question of which grip is best, claw grip vs palm grip. In reality it could be either as different gamers use the different grip types for different games and so it is completely subjective.
The palm grip is relaxed positioning whereas the claw grip appears to be poised for action and ready for fast paced movement back and forth.

Different mice for different grips

Top 10 Gaming Palm Mice

Razer Deathadder Chroma
Logitech G400
Roccat Kone XTD
SteelSeries Rival
Zowie EC1 evo
Mionix Naos 8200
CM Storm Sentinal Advance II
A4 Tech Bloody Series HeavyWeight Ultracor
CM Storm Mizar
Corsair Vengeance M95

Top 8 Gaming Claw Grips

1Mionix Castor
2Razer Deathadder Elite
3Logitech G300s
4Corsair Vengeance M65
5SteelSeries Kana
6Roccat Savu
7Tt esports azurues
8Logitech G100s

Top 5 Gaming Fingertip Grips

1Logitech G502
2BenQ Zowie FK2
3Steelseries Rival 300
4Razer DeathAdder Elite
5Tecknet Professional