My good lady bought me this for Xmashttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Japans-Ultimate-Martial-Art-ebook/dp/B006TKIAZC/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333108020&sr=8-2-spell
a very good read I would recommend it.
Whilst reading it I noticed a small details which has improved a couple of my throws immensely. When I was initially taught Major Hip and Sweeping, I was taught to put my right arm around Uke's waist. This meant I only had my left arm to use to draw them. I have always found this a little difficult.
However, in this book the right hand is placed up the back, with hand finishing between shoulder blades. I found last night after a couple of trials that with my hand here I could push Uke with my right hand, as I pull with the left, and it was much easier to draw them forward onto their toes ready for the throw. You can grab onto the GI, or just push on the back.
Not sure if other people are already doing it this way anyway?
If you can't do it with a fag or a shot glass in your other hand, it's not a proper judo hold.