One thing i dont like about meets is that most people dont count the gym lifting. He said he has been benching atleast 11 hundred for a while, if im not mistaken he said he went up to over 12 hundred. He failed less then that in a meet...
He should film himself benching what he normally has been benching in the gym and even though its not a meet, it still matters to us/me all the same even though he didnt set an organization record.
He may have been training lockouts, or board presses or anything. A meet is where it is at in PLing, just like a comp is where it is at in BBing.
It is one of the many reasons I regard gym time for PLers and BBers as nothing but training. It is not the actual sport, but merely preparation. Much like footy practice isn't the sport but merely the practice to be ready to play in the game.
It's kinda different when you lift with bench press shirt or raw. When lifting raw, you lift what you lift (you can't get more than your strength allows you). But with shirt, the same amount of weight (e.g. this attempt) can be lifted either with another shirt or at a different day. But if you fail like that when lifting raw, there's no way you can get it up at another day.
No, I don't like powerlifting that much (raw excluded).
But this is just my humble opinion and actually there's nothing to argue about. This doesn't mean that Scott wouldn't know what he's doing.
Raw lifting is a different beast but I have missed lifts one day and then nailed them and more the next week. I've also nailed lifts one week and battled to get close the next week. Missing a lift isn't just the bane of geared lifters.
Also your comments about lifting gear are wide of the mark. They aren't magical and make you a better lifter. You still have to be a good lifter and a strong lifter regardless of gear. A bench shirt won't magically make a bench attempt reachable just because of the shirt, it is still the lifter that makes the lift.