Hey all. I've been experiencing some aching/soreness across my collar and in the front of my shoulders after I've benched the last two weeks, and am trying to figure out how to stop this while continuing to add weight to the bar. I've always had good form - shoulder blades and ass on the bench, lowering the weight slowly and touching my chest before going back upwards with a shoulder-width grip. Adding weight has been easy recently, and I've been working on an 8/6/4 rep pattern. I'm about 5'11" with a comparatively small frame (I was a skinny kid), weighing about 175-178 with a normal wingspan. The last two weeks I was able to accomplish 250lbs x 8, 275lbs x 6, and 300lbs x 4. However, like I said, I'm getting some annoying pain after that effects my shoulder workouts later in the week and is generally painful.
So, I'm wondering what I can do to stop this and still continue to progress. I'd like to try and 1RM 405lbs by the beginning of the summer (for no other reason than a personal goal), and would hate to limit myself because of these pains, but I don't want to risk any sort of damage. I talked to a friend of mine who has worked with that sort of weight and he suggested stopping the descent when my arms reached a 90 degree angle, instead of touching the chest - but this always seemed like such a cop-out to me. However, if this is the only way around it, I'll oblige, I was just wondering what anyone might of thought could be the problem. Thanks!