3 tips to improve your aim in CS:GO

September 27 2021

3 tips to improve your aim in CS:GO
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Aim is one of the most important aspects of any FPS game, and CS:GO is no exception. In fact, it’s probably the game where aim is the most important.

The first thing you should know when you want to improve your aim is that it's something that takes time. You're not going to play half an hour of deathmatch every day and become the second coming of s1mple. Improving your aim is a long-term project. As with any sport, improvement takes practice, patience, and hard work.

Find the best sensitivity for you and stick with it

You're probably thinking “I’ve already seen 500 people say this" and that's because finding your ideal sensitivity is just that crucial. You have to find one that isn’t too slow but also not too fast. It has to be perfect for you, which means it can be a little difficult, in the beginning, to find the best one for you.

There are plenty of guides and YouTube videos with different ways for you to find the sensitivity that fits you the best, and once you find it - stick with it! Don't change it after one bad game or a tough week, normally it's going to take some time for you to feel completely comfortable with it. But once you do you will see that it has a huge impact on your overall gameplay. So, again, don't change your sensitivity all the time. Just find a good one for you and stick to it! Only then can you start to work on improving the other aspects of your aim.

Choosing your crosshair and the importance of crosshair placement

Choosing your crosshair is not as important as finding your perfect sensitivity, but it still plays a significant role. You can create your crosshair, or use a pro crosshair, by downloading the steam workshop map called “crashz' Crosshair Generator V3”. This map allows you to fully customize your crosshair or try the crosshairs of over 60 pros, but remember using a pro crosshair alone won’t make you better. Find one that you like and feel comfortable with. In contrast to finding your sensitivity, finding your crosshair shouldn't be too difficult and it's something you can do in minutes.

Now, crosshair placement is extremely important. It allows you to have your crosshair already placed where enemies might be, making it easier for you to kill them without having to adjust or correct the placement of your crosshair.

The fundamental concept of crosshair placement is that your crosshair should always be at a certain height, ideally in the middle of your screen, and preemptively positioned in the spot where your enemy is most likely to be. Movement should be as fluid as possible and it’s something that, will become more and more natural as you put more hours into the game. 

This video from CS:GO YouTuber FURIOUSSS offers a good explanation of the concept of crosshair placement and the advantages it gives you.

You can also practice your crosshair placement in several maps, including all the competitive CS:GO maps (available in the steam workshop) which gives you more insight to popular spots people use in different maps and helps you gain more practice in-game.

Learn the basics and then set up a workout routine.

It’s important you master the basics of the game. This alone will make you much better and make it easier for you to then learn the harder, more intricate mechanics.

You should first start by mastering the sprays. Since CS:GO uses a pattern spray for every weapon, focus on first mastering the primary weapons: the AK-47 and the M4, then continue to learn the rest of the weapons sprays. Don't worry if it feels like it takes a long time to learn, this is important. Feeling comfortable playing with all the weapons and knowing the best way to make that weapon as effective as possible gives you a huge advantage. For example, if you learn how to play with most SMGs, you will know that you have to fight closer range battles with those weapons, since they are not that effective at long-range. Knowing this and being able to adapt your playstyle accordingly will help you better your aim across the board.

After learning the spray, you can start to train in harder mechanics like crabwalking—which consists of shooting while moving in a crouch—learning to strafe, and learning how to wide-peek.

For those mechanics you should look for pro guides on YouTube, such as the Beginners CS:GO Guide from zorlaKOKA, a well-known CS:GO caster, streamer, and ex-professional 1.6 player. His videos are perfect for someone who wants to learn the basics and then transition to the harder mechanics of the game as he has videos for all kinds of CS.GO players. He is recognized by players like FalleN, coldzera, fox, and many others as a person with great CS:GO skills, and can effortlessly give a lot of insights into how to improve your aim and your game in general.

The last step is to set up a workout routine: 30 minutes of training your spray every day, 2000 headshots a day, playing 30 minutes of deathmatch before every match—choose what suits you best. The moral is to train, and train, and then, well, train some more. Use all the tools at your disposal from workshop maps like Aim Botz, Recoil Master, Yprac Bots Trainer, and just put as many hours into the game as possible. Only then will you be able to improve. Aim is mostly muscle memory, so by repeating the same things a lot of times, it will become second nature to you. There will come a time when you realize you’re doing certain things because they just feel natural to you due to how many hours of practice you have put into the game.

So in order to improve your aim on CS:GO, always train at least 30 minutes before you go to a match, to build up that muscle memory. Play as much as you can, for some people the results might take longer to show than others, but don’t get discouraged and continue to play and train, and you will realize that not only your aim, but your whole game, will improve.

francisco carriço

Francisco Carriço
Francisco Carriço

Lover of both Esports and Sports, Lebron James and s1mple fan, best TFT player in my house ( maybe in my neighborhood), always striving to improve both as a person and as a writer.