I've been reading about several different ways to use a mouse for gaming, including palm, claw, and fingertip grips. I understand that the claw and fingertip grips allow for more precise movement and faster button presses than the palm grip, but how much of a difference in game-play performance can I expect, as measured by K/D ratios or other similar metrics? Is this worth the additional fatigue?
I (being a great Razer fan) looked this question up on the Razer website. THIS is what I found.
In a nutshell:
Advantages of the palm grip: the user is able to move the mouse at higher speeds, and achieve higher Inches Per Second (IPS) ratings. The palm grip is also considered one of the most comfortable grip styles for gaming where the gamer is able to continue playing for extended hours without experiencing fatigue.
Disadvantages of the palm grip: in order to keep the point of contact with their palm and the back of the mouse intact, users will find it difficult to perform fine tuning with their fingers.
Advantages of the claw grip: Precise and quick movement, fast access to the 4th and 5th mouse button.
Disadvantages of the claw grip: Does not feel natural, your hand gets tired faster.
Advantages of the fingertip grip: Same as claw grip but with more agility.
Disadvantages of the fingertip grip: Most hand fatigue of any technique hardest one to learn.
Personally I started off using the claw grip method on a fingertip designed mouse and after I got used to the claw grip I switched to the fingertip grip. This probably took me around 2 weeks.
I also would like to add that if you don't use a high sensitivity setting for example under 6/10 I would suggest the palm grip, otherwise you would have to move your wrist while turning around and that is not the most enjoyable thing to do with fingertip grip. I use a sensitivity of 9 so I only need to move my mouse for 1 or 2 inches and I'm across the screen and turned 2 circles.