There’s a bunch of different terms for spanking the monkey, whether it’s “jerking off”, “jacking it”, “tossing yourself off”, “busting a nut”, “stroking one’s salami” or “jerkin’ the gherkin”. In the UK, where I’m from, you might describe yourself as “having a wank”. Oh, the wonders of linguistics.
Although most of us masturbate in the same way, there are a ton of male masturbation methods that produce a wide range of different sensations for your cock, some of which lead to mind-numbing explosive orgasms. Here we’re going to talk about different ways to masturbate that make use of your hands, lube, household items, and homemade sex toys for men.
I’ve split these 39 male masturbation methods into easy, intermediate, and expert difficulties, making it easier for you to browse through and find self-pleasure techniques which are best for your skill level. There can always be new ways to masturbate, so here I proudly introduce the best masturbation techniques on the internet!
Part 1: Easy Masturbation Techniques
New to wanking? Never experimented with different ways to masturbate before? This section is full of easy masturbation techniques to make your next ejaculation a little more intense.
1. The Classic
First things first, we gotta start with the classic way to jack off. If you’re a newbie searching for how to jack off, this is the best place to start.
Grip your cock with your fist, wrapping your fingers around the front and thumb around the side closest to you. You’ll probably find that your thumb and fingers meet. Don’t grip too hard – just enough.
Now simply move your hand up and down repeatedly in a steady rhythm. This will create pleasurable friction on the head/glans of your penis which will eventually lead to ejaculation. Don’t grip too hard.
If you’re circumcised, I’d recommend using lube for this. Lube up your cock and dominant hand before getting started. Men with foreskin should be fine without lube, as the foreskin will usually stimulate the penis head by moving the skin up and down around it.
Place your thumb and index finger around the shaft of your penis, forming a ring like you’re doing the "okay" hand gesture. Now gently move them up and down so that the skin of the shaft of your penis creates friction.
This creates a different, more unique experience for the wanker, as most of the friction is coming from your skin being dragged up and down. It also concentrates less on the head of your cock, which makes it easier to last for longer if you’re prone to early ejaculation.
Lube is optional for this technique, but I don’t think I’d use it personally. Still, you do you.
3. The Boxer Rub
(Lube not needed)
This is a fun way to masturbate if you don’t want to get naked, but it does require some cleanup, so bear that in mind.
Wear your favorite pair of shorts or boxers (preferably soft/silky ones) and keep your erect penis contained within them. It’s easiest if the boxers are fairly tight. Now, simply rub the sensitive head of your penis through the fabric.
The feel of the soft fabric rubbing against your sensitive cock can be enough to make you ejaculate heaps of cum into your shorts!
If you’ve got a foreskin and it retracts, you’ll want to pull it back before trying this masturbation method.
4. The Grand National
I’ve seen this jockey-style masturbation technique being called the “Kentucky Derby” elsewhere, but I call it the Grand National because I’m not American. Basically, it’s all horse racing puns.
Basically, you’re forming a “hand tunnel” which you’re going to pump in and out of using your hips, a bit like a jockey bobbing up and down on a horse.
This is one of the best masturbation techniques for simulating the feel of real sex.
5. Balling the Jack
This is a bit of an unusual one. Basically, you hold the head of your cock in one hand, preferably armed with a nice amount of lube. With your other hand, you gently tug on your balls downwards, stimulating the lower half of your cock.
Doing this will stimulate the bottom of your penis and also pull the skin of the top of your penis up and down with every stroke. Holding your lubed-up penis head in your hands, you should find that it gently moves around in your hand and creates stimulation at both the top and bottom of the cock.
6. Thumb fun
This is a creative way to stimulate your frenulum (F spot) without doing anything too complicated.
The frenulum is the small V-shaped section when the glans (head) meets the skin on the underside of your cock. It is a very sensitive part of the male anatomy and is known as a male erogenous zone.
Basically, you use the “classic” masturbation technique with a loose fist, but you turn your hand around slightly so that your thumb is on the underside of your penis.
Using lube, pump your cock like normal but stroke the underside of your penis (frenulum) with your thumb as your stroke. This will make ejaculation feel very intense.
7. The Arm Slide
The arm slide is a pretty simple jacking off method which requires you to slide your penis head down the length of your forearm. This skin-to-penis gliding motion should feel very pleasurable and relaxing if you use a decent amount of lube.
You can experiment with different rhythms and directions of stroking – I’d recommend stroking the underside of your penis in long downwards motions. That’s what I think works the best anyway.
This is one of the best ways to jack off if your arms are relatively smooth. If your arms are very hairy, it might be like grinding a carpet.
8. The Pincher
Don’t worry, you’re not going to be pinching your cock.
This men’s masturbation method is all about performing self-pleasure on the head/glans of your penis. The head is, after all, the most sensitive part of your cock, so it makes sense to concentrate your efforts there.
Place your fingers and thumb around the head of your penis, meeting around the section where the glans meets the shaft. It’ll look a little bit like you’re “pinching” your cock head from above.
Now massage up and down, allowing your fingers/thumb to meet when they get to the top. Get ready to explode with cum!
9. The Helmet Polish
This very simple technique focuses on pleasuring the very tip of your penis, leading to a gradual and very sensitive-feeling ejaculation.
Simply grab the base/middle of your penis with one hand and place the palm of your other hand on top of your cock head. Make sure you use a ton of lube for this because it will be VERY sensitive.
This is one of those wanking techniques for men which always sends chills down my spine!
10. Livin’ on the Edge
I’m not sure if this technique is what Aerosmith were singing about. They were into some kinky stuff, so who knows.
This technique requires “edging”, the art of bringing yourself to the brink of orgasm but stopping just before you reach it.
Pick your favorite masturbating technique (this will be easiest with the “classic” or something simple) and then masturbate until you feel like you’re about to ejaculate, then STOP! Don’t touch your cock, just ride that “wave” of orgasmic pleasure.
If you can do this 3 or 4 times, it will make your eventual orgasm even more intense. It can be easy to “accidentally” cum though, so it does require some restraint.
11. Double fisted
If you’re well-endowed enough to be able to masturbate with two hands, then why not? The more surface area of your cock that you touch, the closer your masturbating can feel to real sex.
If you’ve got a foreskin, double-fisted wanking is a great way to stroke the base of your cock and your foreskin too, creating an all-over masturbation sensation.
If your cock is cut, this technique will be similar to a “classic” wank, but you’ll feel pleasure over every inch of your penis rather than just most of it.
12. The Lefty
If you’re one of the 90% of people in the world who are right-handed, why not try switching to your left hand next time you jack off? The unusual sensation helps to make the masturbation experience much more novel.
Obviously, if you’re left-handed, then vice versa. But you know… you live in a right-handed world :p
13. Don’t neglect the balls
(Lube not needed)
As noted by magazines like Cosmo, a man’s balls are very sensitive and playing with them during sex/masturbation can definitely heighten sensitivity and improve the overall experience.
While using your favorite one-handed masturbation method, use your free hand to play with your balls and massage them a little. You could try cupping them, tickling them, or massaging them in slow circular motions.
14. F Marks the Spot
This technique is all about gently rubbing and caressing the F spot (frenulum), the sensitive V-shaped part of your penis when the skin meets the glans on the underside of your penis head.
Put some lube on the end of your index finger and simply massage your frenulum and the underside of your penis with simple circular motions or gentle up and down strokes. You might feel your toes curl up with this technique!
Water-based lube is great, but if you’re looking for something which doesn’t dry out so quick, coconut oil or silicone-based lube could be great. Our lube guide goes into more detail.
15. Twisty Nipple
Although male nipples are largely useless by-products of human biology, they do have one use – sexual arousal. Your nipples are heavily linked to sexual arousal; it’s actually possible for men and women to have a nipple orgasm. Yes, you read that correctly.
Next time you’re jacking it with your favorite one-handed wanking technique, try playing with your nipples with your free hand. You could gently flick them, rub them, twist them, or tickle them to your heart’s desire.
They will get sensitive if you’re playing with them for a while, so it might be wise to use lube on them and reduce the friction.
16. Drummer Boy
(Lube not needed)
Got a pair of tight boxers that your erection is just begging to spring free from? Instead of taking your cock out and wanking it, why not play with it through your tight boxers.
Make sure the boner is facing upwards so that the underside of your cock head is pressing up against the fabric of your boxers. If you have a retractable foreskin, pull it back and make sure that your bare cock head is pressing against the fabric of your boxers.
Now repeatedly tap on the underside of your cock with your fingers. The combination of the tapping with the resistance of your boxers can often lead to orgasm.
Part 2: Intermediate Masturbation Techniques
These techniques require a little more masturbation experience, but they’re not quite at the expert level. If you’ve been wanking for a long time and you’re looking for slightly more advanced masturbation, this is the section for you.
17. The Milker
This men’s masturbation technique is a little tricky, but feels amazing once you get used to it.
Interlock your fingers together so that the palms of your hands meet at the top (if that makes sense). Now, bring the bottoms of your palms together with your thumbs facing up.
This will create a hole which you can use to milk your cock. Depending on the girth of your cock and how tight you like it, you might have to slightly loosen your fingers so that they’re crossing at your middle knuckles area instead.
I’m sure there are medical terms for all these parts of your hands, but I’m not a doctor.
18. The Belly Rub
This one’s pretty simple – you can probably guess this male masturbation technique from the title.
While lying on your back, lube up the head of your cock and the part of your stomach where your cock rests. Now try rubbing your helmet from side to side on your belly, stimulating the nearside of your glans.
To intensify this, use your thumb to get rub the underside of your cock head too, taking advantage of all the sensitive nerve endings there.
This is one of the best ways to jack off if your stomach is flat (not mine, sadly) or if you’re not very hairy. Just make sure you can clean up after!
19. The Vintage Wine
When searching for new ways to masturbate, you probably didn’t think we’d mention a nice vintage Bordeaux, but here we are.
This technique is like pulling the cork out of a wine bottle with a traditional corkscrew – you use a twisting and pulling motion.
Place your palm over the tip of your cock and grasp the shaft with your fingers at a spiraling angle. Now move your fingers up and away from your cock while twisting them at the same time. Repeat this stroke to climax!
It’s an unusual technique, but I’ve experienced very strong ejaculations from this advanced masturbation method for men.
20. The Waterfall
(Lube not needed)
Next time you’re in the shower, here’s a fun one to try. Put your head under the water and allow it to trickle don’t your face in such a way that it becomes a solid stream of falling water as it drips off your face and onto the shower floor.
Now carefully position your erect penis so that this solid stream of water is falling onto your cock head. Combined with some gentle wanking or stroking, this can lead to a really relaxing and pleasurable orgasm. Plus, if you cum, then it’s pretty easy to clean up.
It goes without saying, but make sure that the water pressure and temperature are safe for your penis before trying this! If you do decide to use lube, go for an oil-based lube like Vaseline or coconut oil which won’t wash away too easily.
21. The Pretzel
I call this technique “The Pretzel” because it’s one of those complicated motions that can turn your brain into a pretzel… a bit like when you try to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time.
Use your dominant hand to jack off your cock as you would normally, but keep your fist fairly loose so you’re not tugging at the skin/foreskin (if applicable) too much.
Now use your spare hand to massage the tip and head of your cock at the same time. It sounds simple, but it’s surprisingly difficult to keep up.
22. The Pillow Pumper
(Lube not needed)
This one’s pretty simple actually, but it requires your bed to be the correct height. Kneel next to your bed, putting a cushion underneath your knees if it’s more comfortable.
If your cock is around the same height as the top of your mattress, place your erect penis on top of the mattress and put a spare pillow over the top of it, holding it down at the sides. Now gently pump back and forth into the fabric and enjoy this hands free masturbation with your homemade male sex toy!
If you’re lucky, this hands free masturbation method can lead to the coveted hands free ejaculation. Perhaps wear a sock or condom if you don’t want messy sheets!
23. The Frosty Balls
You often hear about people using ice cubes for sensory play in sex, but guys masturbating can use them as a new way to jerk off too.
This one’s fairly simple, but I’ve put it in the “intermediate” section because you need to be careful of the cold temperature.
Basically, jack off using your favorite solo male masturbation method, but when you’re about to ejaculate, place an ice cube (or 2) on your balls for a second before pulling it away.
The sudden temperature change will send a jolt of shock through your body which can feel tantalizing if you time it right before orgasm.
24. The Underdog
Wanna know how to jerk off and feel like someone else is doing it?
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair or bed and reach your dominant arm underneath your leg so that you can grab your cock from the underneath. You might have to bend over a little awkwardly.
Now simply use your favorite wanking style from this position, although your mobility is a bit limited so keep it simple.
This is among the best masturbation techniques for feeling like someone else is pleasuring you – now shut your eyes and think of England. Or someone you wanna screw. Whatever.
25. The Potato Masher
(Lube not needed)
This is one of the best ways to masturbate if you have problems with cumming too quickly or if you just want to have a long jacking off session.
Simply grab your cock as you would normally, but hold it by the base and stroke up and down in relatively small strokes.
The idea is to reduce glans stimulation, which makes it easier to last longer.
You might be able to ejaculate via this technique if you’ve not wanked for a while. Otherwise, switch to a different wanking method when you’re ready to climax!
This technique is all about stroking your cock from a slightly different angle – it’s a different way to masturbate which distributes pressure across your penis differently than normal.
Hold your penis “overhand” with your wrist bent down to grab your cock from above rather than below. Now stroke your cock up and down as you normally would, using lube if you think it will help.
27. The Play-Doh
Remember when you were a child and you’d roll Play-Doh (or plasticine) into sausage shapes between your hands? Well, now you can adapt that motion into a fun way to masturbate! Yay!
Make sure that your erect cock and hands are lubed up. Now simply roll your cock between your hands as though you’re rolling a sausage out of Play-Doh!
It’s definitely one of the most different ways to masturbate on this list, producing relaxing sensations up and down the length of your cock. Just make sure that you’re not too rough on your dick!
28. Take it slow
This one’s pretty simple – take your favorite men’s masturbation technique and SLOW IT DOWN! It’s common to jack your cock like you’re shaking a cocktail, but often there’s no need for it.
Slowing down your strokes not only helps you to last longer; it also helps to intensify your ejaculation and feel the sensations up and down your penis more noticeably.
Treat it like mindfulness meditation for your penis – appreciate every tiny sensation and detail.
29. The Stranger
(Lube not needed)
You know that feeling where you sleep on your arm and when you wake up it’s all numb and you can’t feel it for a few minutes? It’s weird, right?
With this advanced masturbation technique, you purposely cause your arm to “fall asleep” or “go numb” and then use it to jack yourself off. The easiest way is to sit or lean on your arm for a while.
This wanking method can obviously take a while, and your hand is quite inaccurate and hard to control in its numbed-out state. Lube probably isn’t a great idea, as it will get all over the place.
This technique is probably best reserved for men with foreskin.
30. Perineum Pleasure
(Lube not needed)
You’ve probably heard of the prostate, otherwise known as the "Male G Spot". This gland located inside your bottom is capable of producing very powerful climaxes and even multiple orgasms in men.
By rubbing your perineum, you can massage the prostate without sticking a finger in your ass. Rub the area between your cock and your asshole, sometimes known as the “taint” or “gooch”.
Eventually, you’ll find a spot which feels very relaxing when you rub it. Combined with normal masturbation techniques, this can send you well over the edge! I would recommend small circular motions which change direction every 30 seconds or so.
31. The Magic Bullet
(Lube not needed)
Okay, I’m gonna talk about sex toys for a moment, but we’re keeping it very simple. Try purchasing a cheap bullet vibrator (they’re very small and discreet) and use it to massage the head of your penis when you’re feeling aroused.
Using a vibrating bullet on the underside of your glans (the frenulum) will be very intense and pleasurable, with the potential of toe-curling orgasms if you’re horny enough. Otherwise, combine this vibrating glans stimulation with regular wanking to amplify your masturbation session.
32. Couch Gagger
(Lube not needed)
Do you have a couch with large cushions that have gaps in between them? Try kneeling on the floor, putting your erect penis between the cushions, and pumping your cock in and out till you explode.
The unique pressure around your cock comes mostly from the sides, which gives a different jacking off experience for sure. This wanking technique will be easiest for men with foreskin, as I assume you don’t want to lube up the cushions of your couch!
As always, consider wearing a sock or condom if you don’t want your couch cushions to have babies.
Part 3: Advanced Masturbation Techniques
These advanced masturbation methods are for experienced wankers who have already tackled many of the intermediate masturbation styles in this guide. If you want to know how to jack off like an absolute pro, read on!
33. Kneel Armstrong
This one’s all about body positioning. Kneel on the floor, maybe using a cushion for your knees if it’s more comfortable. Now, spread your butt cheeks apart with your heels, exposing your butthole to the world in your kneeling position.
Stay in this position and masturbate normally using your favorite jacking off technique. When you ejaculate, you’ll find that this position stimulates the perineum, the sensitive area of your taint/gooch.
Some advanced masturbation enthusiasts have reported feeling faint or weak when holding this position for a long time, so be careful. Wanking is fun and all, but try not to end up in hospital.
34. The Blowjob Simulator
On the surface, this one seems very simple, but it actually takes a fair amount of skill.
Join your thumb and index finger together in a ring shape, a bit like you’re doing the “okay” hand gesture. Now use plenty of lube as you slowly slide them over your glans, simulating a pair of lips performing a blowjob.
The trick with this advanced wanking method is the self-control. If you really want to simulate a BJ, don’t go super fast and hard – be soft, slow, sensual, and really picture the lips of someone you like gliding over your cock.
35. Skinning Le Coq
This is another advanced wanking technique which can turn your brain into a pretzel if you’re not careful!
With one hand, grab your penis in an “overhand” position with your wrist flopping down and your fingers spiraling down your shaft. Stroke your hand up and down while twisting it like you’re using a corkscrew on a bottle of wine.
Now use your other hand to fondle and massage your balls at the same time. This combination is very powerful, trust me. It takes some practice, but soon enough you’ll have this complex technique down.
36. The Giddy Frog
Here’s another expert wanking technique which is all about body positioning!
If you can, squat down on your haunches so you’re in a frog-like position with your knees wide apart. This might be difficult to do freestanding, so consider leaning your back against a wall or bedframe while you do it.
Masturbate as normal, and when you’re about to cum, try to tighten up your leg muscles in anticipation. The resulting climax can be VERY intense, but this position is hard to stay in for extended periods of time, so use caution.
37. The Banana Spanker
Ever wanted to fuck a banana before? This technique requires you to turn a lovely ripe banana into a homemade male sex toy. Who needs Fleshlight when we have fruit, right?
You are now left with a banana skin which can be used as a homemade Fleshlight! The banana juices inside can be used as a natural lube, but feel free to add extra lube of your own in too.
38. Cock Ring Fun
Have you ever tried masturbating with a cock ring? It can help to heighten your orgasms and make you last longer when masturbating or having sex.
Once your penis is erect, slip on a cock ring of your choosing to enjoy a more pleasurable and lengthy wanking session.
Cock rings restrict blood flow to your penis, so once it’s already erect and filled with blood, wearing a cock ring makes it more difficult for that blood to flow back to the body.
We have a guide to cock rings if you’re looking for more detailed guidance!
39. Prostate Play
(Lube is necessary)
I would expect a serious wanker like yourself to know that the prostate is the “male G spot” which is capable of producing very intense full-body multiple orgasms if it’s rubbed in just the right way.
The prostate is located around 2-3 inches inside the anus, on the anterior side of the body (the front side). It is around the size of a walnut.
The 2 main ways to reach this male G spot are with your finger (though it will be awkward) and with a purpose-built prostate play sex toy, of which there are many.
It’s possible to have “dry orgasms” (without cum) and regular orgasms entirely through prostate play without touching your penis at all! These NSFW gifs show you what I’m talking about.
Our prostate milking guide goes into more detail. Prostate play is too complex to sum up in 100 words or so… but that’s why it’s the best way to masturbate!
Well, there we have it! 39 male masturbation techniques for beginner, experienced, and professional masturbators! Remember to always use common sense and stop if you feel faint or uncomfortable during the more complex techniques. Have fun trying all these different ways to masturbate! Try not to faint or break your arm.