So I spent a lot of time yesterday going through the Dave Tate bench series, studying & taking notes. I figured since my squat form was so fucked up, I really need to work on hard on my technique for all lifts. I then spent about an hour this morning working on bench form, recording video, analyzing & trying it again. I deleted the videos of my repeated warmups with 45 lbs, 95 lbs & 135 lbs so that I would have room to record the work sets. Of course, then my camera stopped working, so I have no video to post. (which I guess probably makes this thread completely useless - oh well). In the past, I have been using a grip that is about 2" outside of the smooth part of the bar. When I looked at the video, my elbows were going down maybe 4" below the pad. So today I widened my grip to where my hands are about 1" inside the grooves. The result was that the bar travels a shorter distance, but I feel a serious loss of power. For specifics, last month on week 3 of my 5/3/1, I benched 225 9 times. Today I was only able to do 230 4 times. And it felt HEAVY. Is this just a matter of me getting used to a wider grip? Where do you guys grip for bench press? Any comments from guys with long arms? FYI, I'm 6-2, 215 lbs. Arms are a bit longish, but not Jones Bones long: 37" sleeve length for dress shirts. BTW, Here's what I am focusing on for each set: - tight shoulder blades - weight on traps - wider grip, so elbow doesn't go too low - squeeze bar HARD, pull apart - legs tight - Big Air - push heel to floor Everything good & looked ok on video to my untrained eye. It was uncomfortable & hard work keeping everything tight. The grip width is the 1 thing that seemed to kill my power.