Jump Roping @#$@#%
I've gotten out the Ultra Speed cable jump rope which I bought in 2011 and am learning to use it. One thing I notice is perhaps because of lack of use, the cable has a lot of memory and often forms tangles. I know some of my difficulties come from learning a new skill, but when the rope tangles up it effectively shortens and ends up caught by one of my feet.
Is this normal or perhaps related to how I'm using my wrists/shoulders? Is there a way to get the cables to lay flat? I've tried stepping and stretching out the handles multiple times?