Originally Posted by Pollyanna
Good point, DMC. During Sydney's halcyon pub rock days in the 80s a lot of drummers were peppering their bands' sets with big money beats (eg. Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil), lifting the left hand high and pulling the RH out of the way.
Another thing I like about playing open handed (left hand on hats and ride, right hand on snare). You can raise either hand as high or as low as needed and they will never interfere with each other.