How hard to strike a Handpan

New to the handpan. Just a question about striking the pan. A lot of people say that you shouldn’t play it like a drum, Obviously you would never strike it with any type of mallet or drum stick but am a little afraid to strike it to hard.
How hard is to hard? Like hitting a bongo is to hard?

I’ve been “studying” too as a beginner and came across this Youtube below.

Just to add, I find that for the notes (tone field), it’s more than sufficient to use wrist power to get the loudest clear note, that means my hands just hover above the pan and there’s no need to punch or raise the hand much higher.

Hope it helps:


You’ll know… you will discover the perfect touch (: