The basic idea of hitting mechanics is to keep all actions simple. Hitting is a cause and effect movement, and each part should benefit the next. The 6 Absolutes are not designed to teach each hitter to have a certain style (Lau, Hriniak, Williams). It is designed to take into account that all hitters have different physical and mental make-ups, to be themselves developing their own style and approach.
Whether you’re a little leaguer or a big leaguer, certain swing similarities and absolutes take place throughout the swing. These similarities and absolutes must occur during each phase of the swing to have a consistent hitting approach.
When evaluating a player’s swing, use the following 6 absolutes (things that have to happen) and teach off of them. ~ John Mallee
The 6 Absolutes of a professional hitter:
1. Go back before you go forward (lower half load)
2. Walk away from the hands (stride-separate)
3. Keep head in-between feet (maintain dynamic balance, center, axis)
4. Start swing with lower half, ground up (foot, knee, hips, hands last)
5. Take a straight line to and through the ball ( stay inside)
6. Maintain balance throughout the swing
More detailed information can be found in John Mallee’s Instructional DVD “Teaching the Professional Swing”.