Hi- I am a jazz player but I am practicing with and trying to master arco. I originally used a German grip because of my teacher but now many years later I have been trying to develop the use of an overhand grip with a french bow. When I use the classical french grip form, I notice that the bow tip wants to dive towards the floor and I must use much more effort to hold the bow and keep it perpendicular to the strings than when I bend my pinky and position it on the "back" of the frog as shown in the attached photo. In this position, the bow tip does not want to dive toward the floor because it is stopped by the knucke of my pinky. Logic tells me that the standard french grip works fine with a violin because gravity is pulling the hair into the strings but my little modification works well with a bass because the bow is oriented differently to gravity than with a violin. My mirror shows me that my bowing is much more consistently perpendicular to the strings, my hand and arm are relaxed, and my tone production seems quite good. Am I on to something here or are there reasons why I should avoid this hold. I would appreciate the opinions of folks who have far more experience and expertise in this subject and because I live in a very rural area, I don't have access to much advice about this subject. Thank you all in advance for your comments. P.S. I am an orthopedic physical therapist and my expertise tells me there should be no pain or injury caused as a result of this modification but I am curious if anyone can think of one or if musically there would be some downside to this technique.