I Whenever I watch pros and they constantly keep a quarter or eight note count whilst playing ridiculous stuff, I'm just like 'how?!'. So back to basics for me, playing eighths on the ride, quarter pulse on the hats, simple kick drum patterns (no e's or a's). Just alternating between different beats, but importantly, I've realised, making sure I know which beat I am changing to the next bar, rather than just playing whatever feels natural.
The thing is, what I am discovering is that using the left foot to keep time (once you get it down) makes everything else so much better. Your time really improves, especially when doing more complex fills.
I remember taking lessons back in the seventies, my teacher had me doing open hi hat stuff while playing on it, but we never used the left foot while playing on the ride or doing other patterns, probably because he couldn't do it.l
For some reason, I can't seem to adjust my foot properly either. It may sound like bad advice, but don't limit yourself with one technique. If you like to use your hats while playing ride patterns, I reccomend playing heel up and playing the notes with leg strokes as appose to ankles. And when you want an open hi-hat sizzle, play heel down and simply raise the ball of your foot. In some songs it'll be neccesary to switch back and fourth, but it works for me. Hope it helps you man.
And also, when you're holding your hi-hats closed with your foot, try to keep pressure at the top of the pedal using the ball of your foot to hold the pedal down. This takes a bit more energy, but I've found it's a much more efficient way of getting solid notes from closed hats.
My hihat foot technique is terrible. What is the best foot position to use? I thought a post here would be better than a search on youtube.
Also any exercises you could suggest would be appreciated.