Another thing that can affect the power of the flipper is a dirty opto at the flipper button switch.
I am doing a total shop out on a STTNG I picked up a few weeks ago. So with this thread in mind, I took a good look at the Delta ramp as I installed it last night. What i found was that the spring steel at the ramp entrance was sprung up. It met the playfield perfect but there was a hump in the middle.
I did a little experimenting by hand rolling the ball at the ramp and found that by pressing the steel on the side it would pop down and the ball would roll up the ramp much easier. i took the ramp back out and did everything I could to get the spring steel to stay down in the middle including heating the ramp (which was a little bowed in the middle there), but in the end I gave up and ordered a new ramp because this one was cracked and missing a piece anyway.
I just hope the new ramp steel is installed properly when I get it.