Tip From the Archives
You are having difficulty hitting down on the ball without coming in too steep or chopping down at it.
A common cause is that the lowest point of an overly steep swing is when the clubhead it bounces off of the top of the ball at impact. You need to create a swing that allows the lowest point of the clubhead to occur on the target side of the ball. Think of hitting down and moving through the ball instead of trying to nail it straight down, into the ground.
One great way to encourage a V style swing is to practice hitting the ball off of a tee with your irons. Tee the ball low and make a few swings with one of your wedges. Remove your trailing hand from the club just seconds before you make contact with the ball. The lowest point of the swing will then occur just past the ball instead of at impact.