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The mechanism is well understood. A good starting point is the wikipedia article:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_lockingThe same mechanism is responsible for the increase in the moon's orbital distance. Note that the lock is not precise, so that over a period of time we can see more than 50% of the lunar surface.If you think you have another explanation it will have to match or exceed, quantitatively, the current explanation in order to be treated seriously.
The Moon is not unique. It is expected that an orbiting body close to a much larger body will tend to become tidally locked, over time.Mercury is in an orbital resonance which is almost tidally locked to the Sun, having a day which is longer than its year.
Now what causes the moon to spin in the first place at birth?
If the moon was a perfect uniform sphere then there would be no obvious reason for it to be locked. Do you agree with that?
...Now what causes the moon to spin in the first place at birth? I believe it to be a space time force. ...