Aim Not Improving 10 Mistakes To Avoid

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Aim not improving no matter how much you play?

We’ve got you covered. This article will show you the critical mistakes you could be making when training your aim.

Improving your aim is tricky and for it to truly improve you need the right recipe of things to make sure your aim is steadily improving.

I know players that play for 10 hours a day and don’t improve! I also know players that just jump on a couple times a week and have crisp clean aim. Aim is a complicated thing, many factors can make your skill plateau or even decline. So what is the secret, why is my aim not improving?

Well here are 10 reasons why your aim is not improving.

1 Reason For Aim Not Improving: Not Sticking To The Same Settings

The first reason is that you are not sticking to the same settings.

If you change any setting whether it is in game or a gaming peripheral then you have to wait a long time to readjust to the change you just made. There are only a few pro players that can consistently change their gear or settings and this is because they have over 15,000 hours in those games.

When you have that many hours it doesn’t matter that much if you change something because they are so used to the game. So what does changing settings include? This includes:

Changing any in game settings

Sensitivity: This is the most important setting that you should try to avoid changing. Changing your sensitivity is everything! When you change sensitivity you change your whole world of aiming, your body has to readjust so much to get used to precisely aiming again.

Only few players can change their sensitivities but these players are the ones that have godlike aim and can change settings because they can adapt fast.

DPI: Means Dots Per Inch, DPI can be changed on the bottom of your mouse, the lower the DPI the lower the sensitivity feels.

This is similar to sensitivity, if you change this then your body has to adjust. This adjustment could takes months depending on how much you change DPI. For example if you just increase your DPI from 400 to 800 then you would have doubled your sensitivity.

Resolution: Make sure you don’t change your resolution constantly if you want to have good aim. Especially if you change between aspect ratios.

For example changing from 4:3 stretched to 16:9 will make your aim feel so much slower because it is not stretched and the resolution shows more of the game world to your view. Changing resolution can have a giant impact on your aim.

Field of View: Also known as FOV, if you change this setting it will also affect your aim. For example if you lower the FOV, it will zoom the camera into the game more and change the feel of your sensitivity.
Changing any out of game peripherals

Mouse: Very important that you don’t change your mouse often because this is the main tool you are aiming with. If you have to change the mouse then make sure you give yourself at least 2-3 weeks to adjust. Sometimes you can change to a similar mouse and it will only take a couple days.

Keep in mind when changing your mouse to change to a mouse of similar shape, weight and size. If you change from an ergonomic mouse to an ambidextrous mouse you could have a lot of getting used to.

Also if you change from a heavy mouse to a very lightweight mouse you will find yourself over flicking your aim. It acts the same way sensitivity does.

If you rely on aim assist in certain games, if it gets nerfed, you will too.
Keyboard: This peripheral is not used for aiming but it can affect aim. Certain games like CS:GO have a movement mechanic that requires you to counter strafe before shooting.

Counter Strafing simply means pressing opposing movement buttons to stop quickly and shoot. If you are moving and shooting in CS:GO you will be inaccurate. If you change to a mechanical keyboard that has a different type of switch then you can have a hard time getting used to movement again and this will affect your aim.

Mousepad: Changing mouse pad is changing the surface under your mouse and this can have a big impact on how your aim feels. Everyone’s mouse pad has a different speed even if it’s the same model of mousepad, this is because of wear and other facts such as dust.

Since mouse pad speed varies so much, it’s important to keep consistent by not changing it.
Mouse feet: Mouse feet are small plastic pieces that go underneath the mouse to allow for freedom of glide.

Some mouse feet are faster than others and newer mouse feet are much faster than worn in ones. If you ever change from stock to hyperglide mouse feet which are much faster then you will need to take a long time to adjust because your aim will be different.

Some people can adjust very fast and it will feel better, it also depends on the game. For example in Fortnite it may not matter as much but in CS:GO aiming is pixel perfect and changing something small like mouse feet changes your aim a lot.

2 Aim Not Improving Because You’re Not training enough

The second reason you may not be improving your aim is because you simply are not training your aim enough. Here’s a guide on how to aim train.

The amount of time required for you to train your aim is different person to person because it depends on how many total hours you’ve played of FPS games and many other factors.

If you have been on the same settings and sensitivity for years then you may find that you don’t need to train your aim that much. However, if you haven’t been consistent with your settings for long periods of time then you might have to train your aim more.

If you don’t have a lot of hours to play games everyday then you should focus more attention into training your aim. You can train your aim for as much as 2-3 hours a day with sufficient breaks if you really want to improve your aim.

Training your aim for only 20minutes a day won’t improve your aim for most people especially if you are doing other factors that decrease your aim comfort such as playing other games or not training everyday.

The bottom line is if you don’t have a lot of hours, don’t play everyday, don’t aim train everyday, don’t have a lot of previous FPS experience or don’t have consistent settings then you must double how long you train your aim for if you want to see improvement.

3 Playing Other Games Too Frequently

This is something nearly every player does, playing other games. Some people think this can be beneficial to your aim if you transfer your sensitivity across all games.

However, for many it just messes up your aim in the game you are maining and requires you to train your aim for about an hour to get the muscle memory back for that game. If you want to play other games you should aim train a lot.

This can mean playing an hour of aim training on your main game if you’ve played another game recently. If you want to play other games then make sure you transfer the same sensitivity and resolution across.

Also try to match the FOV as best you can. Keep in mind each game is different and has a different FOV value that can be locked which means even if you have the same sensitivity in two games, your aim will be different.

4 Aim Not Improving Because You’re Not Aim Training Daily

If you are not seeing improvement in your aim then you should consider training your aim everyday. By training your aim everyday it means you will be much more used to your sensitivity and your gear especially if you only play 1 game.

A good routine to follow is to do at least 30minutes of aim training before you start your day on your main game. Training your aim everyday is important if you don’t have a lot of hours played in FPS or that game in particular. If you haven’t stuck with the same settings that is more of a reason why you should train everyday consistently. Tips to aim better.

5 Humidity Changing The Speed Of Your Mousepad

Humidity is greatly overlooked when it comes to the effect on aiming. A humid climate can turn a mousepad with smooth glide to one that is muddy and grippy.

It depends on the mousepad, some mouse pads are more affected than others. Some countries become more humid than others. Have a sluggish mousepad? I highly recommend you read this article.

So this one really depends where you live and what mousepad you have. The GSR-SE for example is a mousepad that has been reported by the community to be extremely affected by humidity, so much so that it becomes swamp-like.

Also humidity affects older mouse pads that have a lot of dust and sweat accumulation than it does to new mouse pads because there is nothing to effect in the fibres. If you have sweaty palms when you play games combined with a humid environment this will make your mousepad much slower on some days and inturn make your aim feel bad.

6 Not enough playtime on your settings

This is one of the most important reasons why your aim may not be improving. If you simply don’t put in the hours and don’t have enough playtime on your current settings, which include all ingame settings and peripherals, then you simply won’t have good aim.

Having good aim means you are extremely comfortable with your mouse, mousepad, sensitivity, DPI, resolution and most importantly the actual game.

For you to be comfortable with all of those at once means you need a lot of playtime with all of the same things combined together. Good aim comes with consistency and giving your body sufficient time to get used to the combination you’re using. Sometimes this can be months for some people.

7 Too High Of A Sensitivity That You’re Not Used To

If your sensitivity is way too high, then it will take a long time of dedication to the same settings, combined with a lot of aim training to allow control of the sensitivity. The higher a sensitivity is the harder it is to control broadly speaking.

A medium to high sensitivity that requires you to use your wrist compared to your arm could be a big improvement in aim because you are using more fine muscles and tendons. However, if you are using a very high sensitivity that means you must have superb wrist control to be able to handle it.


8 Not Training All Aspects Of Aim

Another big mistake is that you train your aim, but you don’t train all of it. Aim isn’t just one package, it consists of flicking, tracking, target switching and spraying at its core. Tracking is the ability to keep your crosshair placed on a target while they move.

Flicking is the ability to flick your crosshair with your wrist onto a target as fast as possible.Target switching is the ability to place your crosshair accurately and efficiently on different targets.

Spraying is the ability to control the recoil pattern of a gun and manipulate it onto a target accurately. If you don’t practice all your aspects of aim, then when it comes to the game you will face a lot of situations where your aim is extremely weak.

9 Not Training Aim In Effective Environments: Aim Trainers

Since aim trainers are so popular it allows for this mistake to happen to a lot of people. Sometimes aim trainers don’t simulate the game you are playing accurately. This is because every game is on a different engine that has different movement, fov, character models, physics etc.

Things are simply different in two different games. Aim trainers are definitely good to train different aspects of your aim which makes good aim, but if you simply rely on aim trainers then your aim will suffer. Aim trainers can simulate a game well but not perfectly.

If you only play aim trainers and have bad aim you should try mixing aim training and training your aim in that given game.

10 Aim Not Improving Because You’re Overtraining

The last reason that could be affecting your aim is that you are overtraining. If you train your aim for more than 1 and half hours a day it can be classified as overtraining for some people. It depends on the person and how much your wrist can handle. If you over train your wrist then it will be too tired to have the perfect fine motor skills for your aim. Training your aim a lot requires lots of breaks and scheduling your aim routine properly so it’s cut up into chunks.


There are a facet of different reasons to why your aim may not be improving. Training aim isn’t easy and it’s all about dedication and building up hours. Having good aim is about being consistent with settings, peripherals, playtime and showing up everyday. Follow these 10 steps and your aim will improve dramatically no matter what game your playing and how inexperienced you are.

Grayson Uppington, a former professional CS:GO player, has channeled his expertise into creating insightful content for Aimprac. With ten years in the gaming industry, he crafts detailed guides on aim training, game strategies, and tutorials.