For anyone interested, here's a vid of me hitting a ball into my (battered) golf net:
Actually felt like I got hold of these 2, I have tried to work my torso and arms as a single unit in my backswing. I'd appreciate your thoughts, cheers.
@boogielicious thanks for the advice - I don't know why I didn't come here earlier, you lot have answered some questions I've been confused over for a while.
edit: front-on view went a bit tits up so will try again...