Golf is very much a game of the mind. Everyone knows that trying to hit the ball really hard isn't going to lead to long-term success, yet when we feel the wind blowing into our face or see one of our playing partners hit one miles down the fairway, we give ours that extra little bit to try and find those all-important few yards. How often do this result in a good shot?
One of the reasons we fail to connect properly with the ball in these scenarios is because we 'sway' as opposed to 'coil' during the backswing. A swaying motion - as shown on the right - means you not only lose a consistent contact with the ball, but also any power built up during the backswing.
Instead, you should try to coil - as shown on the left - which happens when you achieve maximum shoulder rotation and minimal hip rotation in your swing. This results in more width on your backswing, as well as a much more athletic movement through the ball.