If you don't or have never have had problems with your shoulders when it comes to benching, this post might not help you. My deadlift has always beaten my bench press by more than 300 lbs, and, while your deadlift should be more than your bench, a 300-350 difference might be extreme to some people. I have long arms and big hands, so I am better built for deads than the bench, but that hasn't been the only reason my bench has lagged behind other lifts so much. A couple of months ago I figured out that, despite never having a serious rotator cuff injury, I had weak rotator cuffs for a guy my size. I started to look up RC articles when I noticed a slight twinge in my shoulders while I was bench pressing. Something just didn't feel right in there. I basically followed the advice of this article I've posted several times in the Forum --- http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459454 only I modified it slightly in that I did a few differenct exercises to work on the RC's, not just one. The most important thing I did, however, was to STOP BENCHING while I worked on my rotator cuffs. I've been doing RC exercises at the end of my workouts, slowly getting my RC's stronger. I haven't really benched since a powerlifting competition around the beginning of August, neither flat nor incline. The only pressing movement I've been doing is the 90 degree shoulder press. I've been doing flyes for chest, both flat and incline. My chest has responded much better to the flyes than it does to benching, even while I've been cutting. Anyway, my shoulders have been feeling really good and I decided to give the incline bench a test today. The weights were flying up like they were made out of air, I couldn't believe it. There was no twinge or any kind of precarious feeling in my RC's at all. I did my previous 1 rep MAX on the incline 5 times, and I think could have done a couple more reps, but just didn't want to push it. This is a HYUUUUGE leap for me. That article on t-nation was correct, my RC's were slowing me down GREATLY, and all that time I just thought it was the fact that my pecs/rhomboids/lats just weren't strong enough to push the weight up. If you are having any kind of RC issues in relation to your bench press, I strongly advise you to read that article. You'll see my name down there in the comments section where I said I was going to give it a try. That was in July. Just give the bench up for awhile, and slowly work on those RC's. You might be surprised at what you can do once they catch up to the rest of your body.