There are a TON of cool spool holders out there on Thingiverse and Youmagine. I also agree that the friction is too high. The spool holder needs to be free spinning as far as I am concerned.
Probably the cheapest and fastest thing to do would be to go get a lazy susan from a kitchen store. Put it on the ground next to the printer. Put the spool on it. Put something "heavy" on it to keep it from lifting up off of the lazy susan.
This gives the filament a long distance to straighten out gradually and enter the feeder at a gentle angle.
Here is what I ended up with (not the lazy susan).
I had filament get dragged off a fresh spool twice and way too much friction with my favorite PLA for my liking, so I got something similar to IRobertI's Spool holder in a store. But before spending money, do check out his design here: https://www.youmagine.com/designs/low-friction-um2-spoolholder
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