The gap between the wood and the aluminum base seems allow some good grip there. It will not be as ergonomic as plastic mouse because there is a limit of how much wood can bend. Also it seems like there are a lot of metal towards the front, which could make it tip to the front when you lift the mouse up. They can balance the weigh with the battery, etc... There are certainly compromise on the design. But I'm not gonna use it for gaming. I'll use it to impress people and myself. Who uses artisan keycaps for serious typing anyways.