Improving your aim in-gameMaria Vera
Your ability to aim is a big deal. In order to be even vaguely competitive in any FPS title, you need to be able to hit the enemy. This short guide holds a few tips and tricks to help you get your skills up to par.
Ergonomy just for you
How you’re sitting will make a huge difference to how you perform — more even than your choice of mouse, if your posture is bad enough. You need to be sitting upright, and high enough that you can comfortably sweep your mouse over the entirety of your pad without any effort. Ideally, your elbow should be just above the surface of your desk, and you want to hold the mouse so that your wrist sits straight in line with your forearm.
With bad posture, you’ll be slower, and some angles might be hampered as you have to shift around when your arm catches on your desk. Bad wrist positioning in particular risks you ending up with RSI, which isn’t just severely unpleasant, it can also wreck your chances of being competitive.
Setting the sensitivity
Mouse sensitivity is pretty foundational to having good aim. You want your hand-eye coordination to be perfect in game, so tweaking this is going to be pretty key to getting set up. You can adjust it using multiple methods: on your Operating System settings, directly in-game (some titles even allow for different sensitivities depending on whether you’re aiming down sights or hip-firing), or, if your mouse allows it, via a DPI selector.
This last method is especially useful in certain games such as FPS, where it can be a good idea to switch between a higher sensitivity setting (good at close range for having quicker reactions) and a low sensitivity setting for long-range encounters (where maximum precision is usually more important than speed). Keep in mind that there’s not a fixed rule though: each person has their own preferences when it comes to mouse sensitivity, so make sure to experiment for yourself and find the setting you feel most comfortable with.
My recommendation, in any case, is to start slow, with a lower DPI, and then work your way up progressively. If you find yourself consistently overshooting your targets, try dialing it back a little. You need to find a setting that feels comfortable for you, and then stick with it. Make only small adjustments, and be patient. It’s easy to get frustrated after a bad match, but deciding to crank hard on the mouse sensitivity risks you losing all the muscle memory you’ve developed so far. Consistency is key.
Practicing and improving your aim
Practice makes perfect, and focused practice makes most perfect of all. There are a few things you can do that will help you to improve faster than just playing a bunch of games and hoping to git gud. Broadly speaking, there are two types of aiming in FPS titles: Tracking and Flickshots. Tracking is where you keep your crosshairs focused on your target whilst you fire, adapting as you move and they move to keep them in your sights. It’s best used with DPS characters firing machineguns or similar weapons. Flickshots involve flicking your crosshairs over to shoot at a precise point – like someone’s head – before returning to a neutral position. Reflexes are a big part of successful flickshots, and they’re used with powerful but low rate of fire weapons like sniper rifles.
There are a whole host of games online and on Steam that bill themselves as aim trainers, but it’s really best to train in the game you’re trying to improve in.
Trainers can help a lot with reflexes, but every game moves a little differently, so it’s best to practice where you’ll be playing.
Custom matches against bots form the cornerstone of any good aim training regime. Practice against actual players is better for reacting to how real people move, but it’s usually slower going – with bots and modifiers (assuming your game of choice allows for them) you can get a lot of focused practice in without constantly dying all the time. Set up a match with hard bots but have the damage turned down to 0.25%, and you can spend hours working on your aim without interruptions.
The most basic form of practice for tracking is moving around the level keeping your crosshairs aimed at a single point, no matter how you strafe or jump. Once you’ve got that down, play against a bot and see if you can keep them centered as they move about.
Similarly, for flickshots, you can jump your aim between several points, trying to land your shots on top of each other. A more advanced practice involves setting up a bot match with only headshots counting for damage. It’s worth practicing some simple tactics whilst you’re at it. Don’t just wander mindlessly around the map – try and anticipate where your enemy will appear. Keep your crosshairs where you can quickly snap to an opponent coming through a door or around a corner. Make a habit of this and you’ll find you’re much quicker to react, giving you a critical edge when fractions of a second count.
Getting the right gear
Lastly, let’s talk about gear. The most important part of the package is your mouse. There is a vast array of mice available on the market, but for precise games most players agree that you’re better off with something light. A lightweight mouse is easier to move, easier to stop moving (important if you don’t want to overshoot!), and less fatiguing to use.
A heavy mouse will feel awkward and slow, and it’ll tire your arm out. Other important considerations are the ergonomics of the mouse as well as its response time, especially if you like fast-paced games based on reflexes and quick reactions. Do not neglect your mouse durability either: it must be robust, with proper coating, and switches that can survive the millions of clicks they will be subjected to.
For example, our range of gaming mice such as KLIM Aim, KLIM Veni or KLIM Skill has been designed taking all of these factors into consideration to offer you excellent performance.
Choosing a mouse mat
Though some people do without them, it’s definitely worth getting a good mouse mat. You want one large enough to give you plenty of room to move, with a consistent surface and a comfortable finish — preferably of high enough quality that the surface won’t wear off leaving you trying to play on crusty garbage. The edges tend to be another weak spot in some mouse pads, so using one with reinforced edges will ensure you don’t have to frequently change it. It’s important to choose a model with good craftsmanship, made of good quality fabric that doesn’t cause any irritation on your skin. As I mentioned, it’s also very important that it does not wear out too quickly after just a few months.
Depending on your preferences, you can choose your mouse pad according to its size (standard or extra large) or additional features (RGB backlighting, stitched edges, etc.). I personally recommend a large mouse pad that lets you cover your whole desk and gives you complete freedom of movement.
We offer several mouse pad models for all tastes, such as the KLIM M or XL Mouse Pads, or backlit options like the KLIM Chroma RGB or the KLIM Supremacy. I’m confident that your favourite will be among them!
Using a mouse bungee
Another nice-to-have is a cable guide, also called a mouse bungee. One of these will help to manage that unruly mouse cable and stop if from grabbing and snagging on the rest of your set up mid-game. They’re relatively cheap, but you can also make do with some creative thinking and some binder clips in a pinch. To take things a little further and more functional, the KLIM Bungee is also a full USB 3.0 hub, with 3 ports and an SD card reader.
Wrapping it up
We have already checked some important factors when it comes to improving our aim: gear, mouse settings or the multiple ways of training. This last one is undoubtedly the most important: practice makes perfect.
We hope that you find these tips useful and wish you the best of luck in your games!
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