Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – How to Practice Recoil Control

A guide on how to practice recoil control in CS:GO 2022 – the most effective methods!

Welcome to this CS:GO guide where I explain the best ways to practice, and get better on recoil control in CS:GO.

This guide will include:

How the recoil mechanic on CS:GO works.

Best ways to learn how to get better in spray control. the ways and tips will include:

  1. My personal choice of practicing recoil control.
  2. Useful console commands to start practicing with, and their explanation in both text and visual explanation.
  3. YouTube guides and tutorials that explain: How to learn recoil control from CS:GO pro players, as well as tips useful console commands to start practicing with.

Recoil Mechanics

When you fire a gun in CS:GO there are two essential factors that affect where your bullets end up – recoil and inaccuracy. Recoil is when you fire your gun and the bullets travels in a upwards pattern and from side to side. With the right training you could learn to compensate for this by knowing the spray patterns. While a spray pattern is always the same, inaccuracy is what makes the bullet not land in the same place every time, putting a random element on sprays.

Example of AK47 spray pattern:

How to Practice Your Spray Control

So now when we all agree practicing your spray control is important, lets start with a way on how to train and practice to improve your spray control!


Personally, I think the best way to practice on spray control is going to a local server and start training and practicing for yourself.

Here’s a GIF of CS:GO spray patterns for most popular weapons:

Console Commands

  • sv_cheats 1
  • sv_infinite_ammo 2
  • sv_showimpacts 1

Extra Commands

  • view_recoil_tracking 1
  • weapon_recoil_view_punch_extra 0
  • weapon_accuracy_nospread 1

Commands Explanation

sv_cheats 1

sv_cheats is a command used to enable cheat console commands, and it enables you to use the above commands.

sv_infinite_ammo 2

This command gives you infinite ammo, but you still need to reload after shooting all the bullets you gun can hold.

sv_showimpacts 1

This command enables bullet impacts being shown. This command shows both client and server impact locations. Client impact locations are red squares, server impact locations are blue squares.

It can be difficult to exactly explain what these commands does, so here’s a short video demonstrating it:

How to Compensate

When you shoot, the bullets will end up above your crosshair depending on the spray pattern – this is because of recoil. What you want to do is compensate for the recoil, by moving your mouse in the opposite direction of the spray pattern. For most guns this means, that you can start by moving your mouse down a little bit. Just by doing this, you have already improved your spray control a lot. I would say that if you play on lower ranks, you would not have to know the exact spray pattern. Knowing how much you need to move your mouse down for the first 10-15 bullets to land in the same spot, should really be enough. If your aim is to compete on a higher level, then learning the exact spray pattern and controlling it well, might be something you should learn. Remember each weapon has a different spray pattern and inaccuracy, so you would want to practice with the weapons you use the most – for most people this includes the AK-47, M4A1 and maybe some of the pistols. Also, how much you need to compensate depends on the distance from your target – even pros can’t hold mouse 1 down and spray down everyone from a far distance. Instead they use tap shooting, where you shoot 1 or 2 bullets at a time which improves the accuracy on distance.

Example of AK-47 compensation curve:

Check out all spray patterns and compensation curves.

Friberg from NiP and n0thing from Cloud9, has made some very interesting videos about recoil training, that I recommend you to watch.

Friberg – How to Spray

n0thing – Recoil Control

Helena Stamatina
About Helena Stamatina 2689 Articles
My first game was Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation) back in 1996. And since then gaming has been my main hobby. I turned my passion for gaming into a job by starting my first geek blog in 2009. When I’m not working on the site, I play mostly on my PlayStation. But I also love outdoor activities and especially skiing.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.