hello, just a question on chest
during my first year in the gym i used to bench press for the chest because as my freinds said "you're supposed to". i was lucky to have seen videos by dave tate on how to bench correctly. but when benching, my shoulder would always hurt ALOT even though i retracted my shoulder blades, kept my arms tucked and didn't bounce off my chest. then i started using dumbbells. at first it was okay but my shoulder started hurting again. now i use hammer strength incline, decline and wide chest press as they don't hurt my shoulder at all and i can actually feel my chest working.
my question is, that people say beginners shouldn't use machines, but they are the only thing i can do for chest (flyes hurt too), so is it right of me to drop dumbbell and barbell bench pressing and rely on hammer strength machines (i still overhead press).
side note: for some reason, overhead pressing, overhead squats and snatches use to heal my shoulder immediately when it would hurt from benching.