Let's assume we have a suitable bow speed and contact-point !
For the physicist, what counts is the vertical force exerted by the bow-hair on the string, visualised by the diminished space between bow-hair and stick. All violinists must exert this force by a combination of thumb and finger action.
The words "weight" and "pressure" refer not to science, but to how we imagine our playing.
"Pressure" makes us bear down on the string with an awareness of the (necessary) muscular tensions in hand and arm, and can constrict our movements.
"Weight" gives us the impression that the arm "hangs" on the bow, allowing us to "swing" the bow arm – whatever the "school" of bowing we adopt ! We can thus "shape" the stroke as we wish : louré, marcato, collé, spiccato, legato etc, etc,
I shall not mind a bit if everyone disagrees with this analysis, because I am still absolutely right !! (And very modest..)
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