Originally Posted by keep it simple
With only a few exceptions, snare drums have a dynamic choke point. No matter how hard you hit the drum beyond that point, it doesn't get any louder. Moreover, approaching that point, much tonality is lost. Surprisingly, you get much more volume out of a thinner head than a thick one, & generally better low tuning ability too. Strange eh?
Not really strange when you think about it. I think sometimes people mis-understand when some famous drummer claims to be a "hard hitter". It's all relative, and with good technique, you can hit a drum really hard, not hurt yourself, or the head. A well placed whip-stroke will sound better and be louder than bashing the drum with a caveman style death grip.