I would like to alert the coffeeroom members to a halacha that's little-known and often disregarded, even among people who otherwise know what they're doing.
I noticed that when finishing the Amidah, many people take three steps back, and then bow left, right and center. This practice is clearly incorrect. See the passage below.
(Parentheses mine. CAPITAL LETTERS MINE OBVIOUSLY.)
The Shulchan Aruch, O.C. 123:1, says "One should bow (first), and (then) step three steps back, in ONE BOW. After he steps three steps back, WHILE STILL BOWING, BEFORE HE STRAIGHTENS UP, when he says "oseh shalom bimromav," he should turn his face to his left side, and when he says, "hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu," he should turn his head to his right side. And after that, he should bow in front, like a servant who is leaving his master."
The Rama doesn't argue. Neither does the Mishna Berura.
As a side point, I want to mention that there is NO MEKOR for the "minhag" to bounce after taking three steps forward. If you find one, let me know, but every rabbi who I have spoken to regarding this has confirmed it.