What Is Aiming?
First of all, what is aiming, what are the fundamentals and how can it be broken down?
Aiming is the moving of the computer mouse to move a crosshair onto a target within a game. Every inch that you move your mouse directly correlates to a certain amount of movement within the game, this depends on your sensitivity, DPI and windows sensitivity. The higher you have any of these three settings, the more your in game character will look in a certain direction in correlation to the moving of the mouse. The lower you have any of these settings, the lesser your character will look around in a certain direction.
What Are The Fundamental Skills Of Aiming?
Target switching: This is the ability to recognise a target and then adjust the crosshair onto the target’s head from any place on the screen. First your body has to recognise the target. Then you have to move your mouse the exact distance on the mousepad to correlate perfectly in game and land on the opponent’s head.
Tracking: Tracking is essentially keeping the crosshair on a target accurately while it is moving or while you are moving. Targets are not always still, in this case you have to first recognize the target, move your crosshair onto the target and finally track the moving target across your screen. This will require you to move the mouse the correct distance at the correct speed to correlate with the moving target in game.
Flicking: This is the skill required to see a target on your screen, quickly react and flick your crosshair from it’s initial position on the screen to the target as fast as possible and with complete accuracy.
Spraying: The ability to control the recoil of a weapon spray pattern and manipulate it onto a target accurately.
Crosshair placement: This is when you correctly place the crosshair to ensure the target will step into it. This can either be placing your crosshair next to a corner where an enemy will appear or placing it beside a strafing enemy and cause them to move back into your crosshair.
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All of these skills combine together to aim at different targets in different situations. There are macro and micro adjustments which are big or small adjustments of the crosshair onto a target. Different lengths of mouse movement will require you to switch between your wrist or arm aiming. Wrist aiming is only having the base of your palm pivoting while arm aiming is pivoting from your elbow or shoulder.