I've been playing upright for a year and a half now, and have progressed a decent amount on the instrument. I've been bowing for a year, and I started out french bowing, but it started to hurt my hand. No matter which new grip I tried, my hand always hurt, but when I switched to German bows, not only did it not hurt and feel great, but I got so much better. I don't know why this is. It may be important to know that I play bass right handed, but I write with my left hand, I also have the tiniest hands i've come across for an 18 year old male. Could either one of those things be attributed to my inability to play French?