I was looking at Phil Rudds set up again.
He uses a very forward hi hat position. This it the best advantage for the right. It allows right hand playing on the hats without crossing the hands or arms.
Check out Phils set up and physical approach.
I find that unless I have three toms up front, then I need to go for the forward hi hat position as it offers to me a better ergonomics and ability to hold a AC/DC type pocket.
Take a good look at his hi-hat placement.
I noticed this on the SARS video. His hands never cross.
This makes a better pocket IMHO.
For me it does.
I love it.
Open hands, open mind.
Phil has perfect stage presence.