dont put upward pressure on the arrow when drawing!
 NEVER hold the arrow in place with your finger while drawing or at anchor.

ensure your string hand (and therefore fingers) are perpendicular to the string and not pointed down at an angle.

Start your draw with the middle finger lightly touching the arrow nock and your index finger about 1/4" ABOVE the nock.
 (You may need to bring the middle finger 1/8" away from the nock as well.
  That can be problematic if you're "lifting" the arrow off the rest.)

The string angle will bring the fingers together,
  it's not something you have to consciously do.

Ditto for the "turning the arrow into the riser" thing. It just naturally happens. If you try to make it happen, you'll over do it.

If you're using a rest, it need to be angled up slightly.

Since you're new to this, odds are your draw length will increase over the next few months, so yes, longer arrows may be in order.

If you have to keep your finger against the arrow while drawing
  then it's going to fall off everytime when you take you finger off.
    Keep practicing without doing that.

You will eventually get a feel for it. Use a deep hook (first crease of fingers)
 and pull back with the back of your hand not your fingers.
   Fingers should only be used as hook for the string. Good luck...Van

Have a smooth draw. Don't stop pulling.
 When I was recovering from my shoulder injury I had that problem.
   I was tentative and would hesitate during the draw.
    It was frustrating because then I would become even more tentative
     because I would worry about the arrow falling off the shelf.
       Also, try 3 under so you won't pinch the arrow.

keep your string arm wrist relaxed.
 So relaxed that when you start your draw your hand is actually bent in toward the string.
   Then when you begin to apply pressure during the draw, the weight of the bow will straighten your wrist.
    That action will help keep the arrow against the bow.
      As Viper also says but in different words, do not pinch the nock in any way with your string fingers.

Keep your fingers relaxed. You are curling your fingers towards your palm and the arrow is dropping off the shelf. Jawge

Cant the bow and perhaps invest in a "kant pinch" tab.
 The arrow's nock should be tight enough to the string
  that you don't have to squeeze it when drawing
    (another cause of shelf-hopping).

Just tight enough the string will hold it when held horizontally
 but allow it to drop if you tap the string.

George is stating the usual problem until you learn to relax the hand
 and begin to pull straight back.

This seems to occur for those who are beginning or don't shoot a lot.

A lot of times the arrow coming off the shelf is caused by curling your string fingers when you are drawing.
 Curling of the fingers is a typical beginners mistake, actually you want to somewahat relax the fingers. Bob

When you pull on the string even slightly it will tend to twist a bit.
 If your nocks fit the string properly they should follow the direction of the twist,
  pressing the side of the shaft against the bow and keeping it in place.

If your string is too thin for the nock on the arrows, this might not happen.

If that is true you can build up the string a bit by winding on dental floss and then waxing it.

If the fit is OK your subconscious mind may soon take care of the problem, which is common for beginners and rare for veterans. - lbg

The deep hook seems not to allow torquing in the draw stage
 because it won't allow the string to roll on your fingers
  and will keep the arrow on the rest.
    You may still have a torquing problem without proper distribution
     and proper release but the beginning of your draw should be flawless.

You are pinching the arrow, relax your top finger.


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