What your hands do on bench press dictates much of the positional constraints down the chain. So with that being the case, bench grip is a very important part of managing your center of mass and controlling the positional requirements of the elbows and shoulders. In particular, something I find a lot of lifters struggling with is overgripping the bar during the initial setup. In my latest YouTube video, I cover a quick setup tip on the bench press that will almost immediately help you to maintain position better while unracking and allow your upper back to hold less tension during the initial setup phase. And that quick tip is to be more passive with your grip strength. Allow the hand to be a “platform” for the bar to rest on, and wait until after the bar is out over your chest to fully engage your grip to the degree you’d like. This is also just a small portion of what Sean Noriega will be discussing in great lengths in his “How to Arch On Bench Press” video that will be released February 1st on Powerlifting Now. Bench grip is a major component of maximizing leverages with high arch bench pressers, and Sean gives the most informative and all-encompassing breakdown available in his video. But while you wait for Sean’s video, make sure to check out mine by clicking the link above to view!