Re: Just call me Popeye!
If you lubed it well in the sheath and you have well greased the arm and arm lever cam, this will help. It will get better if properly adjusted as well.
What helped me the most was cutting my clutch cable sheath down to the correct size - the supplied one was just too long, adding all kinds of friction, especially because of the bends due to the excessive length. I think I took several inches off mine. I cut it with a rotary tool cut off blade.