I notice many young males, including myself, don't really go forward through the ball, instead we hit from our back foot
Issue is usually footwork. If you're moving into court, you generally want to step with foot closest to ball. If you're moving away from court (i.e. a gravity step), you want to plant off foot closest to ball. This transcends the issue of stance.
If you find yourself using closed stance (or really any stance) in order to "create" forward movement, then what you're probably doing is to "braking" your movement with the back foot, and then initiating the unit turn against
the momentum from your movement. That suggests incorrect footwork patterns.
One rule of thumb is that for every step you make, you don't want to close the distance between your feet. Or you try to keep your torso relatively open toward the net.