What is your opinion on touching the chest with the bar during benching?
-I personally do not like dropping the bar all the way to my chest.
-If i bench with a useful close grip and have the elbows tucked, my elbows drop below parallel before the bar touches my chest.
-When i do horizontal medicine ball throws (pressing type akin to bench) i can throw the ball the hardest when i bring my elbows back to just about my midline so the upper arms are vertical. Im sure this is the same with many people.
-I am somewhat compact and have longer forearms than upper arms. I do not have a big thick chest, the bar needs to go down a long ways.
Therefore i do not like dropping the bar all the way to my chest when benching.