Re: Tune Toms to Be Punchy but Short?
Yes. You also need to tune the bottom (called a resonant....or "reso") head.
Both heads need to have even tension across them and to do this you tune them individually. But the tuning for both heads should compliment each other.
I'd suggest you read through some of those links as they are exceptionally helpful for learning the process. After that, it comes down to practice. You learn by doing and you figure out what works for you by experimenting.