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Its technique , I always do powerlifting style bench press. Arched back, tucked elbows, retracted scapula etc. It shortens the stroke a bit and also boosts the overall tightness in the body, enables leg drive etc. Much safer for the shoulders and chest as well (although it does lower the chest recruitment in the movement and puts more of it on the triceps).

One would have to arch the back a lot for it to be bad in anyway.

I think my arch looks more than it is though due to having the belt on and the t-shirt being baggy around it.

A good arch should be about high enough that someone could comfortably slide an arm between the bench and the lower back. Here is some good pointers by Dave Tate
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