I had a heavy duty clutch installed in my cj that only had 3 of those springs around the plate and it was very hard to press. My friends and wife always complained and none of them wanted to use it b/c of that
. I then installed a high performance clutch that had about 8 springs in it when I changed my rear seal on the engine and it was really easy to push. I couldn't even feel it pushing in after using the other one and everyone wanted to drive it
. So if you installed a new one recently it just may be the type of clutch plate.